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Fears over decision to allow second cattle market in Louth

By Louth Target  |  Posted: August 01, 2012

CATTLE MARKET FEARS: Louth Town Council has expressed fears over the future of Louth's current cattle market site after East Lindsey District Council approved outline plans for a similar cattle market on Fairfield Industrial Estate.

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THE DECISION to allow a second livestock market in Louth has received further criticism.

Louth Town Council has spoken out about the decision made by East Lindsey District Council's planning committee which supported the proposals by seven votes to six.

The outline application is to use a building as a cattle market, cattle slaughter auction and auction house on land next to Windsor House on Fairfield Industrial Estate.

Councillor Fran Treanor described it as a "sad decision."

He said: "In my opinion, animals and heavy transport on the industrial estate do not go together.

"People believe the underlying reason is to free up the old cattle market site. East Lindsey has boobed on this one. Common sense did not prevail."

Councillor George Horton said more detailed plans will be forthcoming which they will again be consulted on.

He said: "Once full plans go in and are put forward, then we can get our teeth into it and oppose it once more. Everybody I have spoken to in town are quite disgusted by the decision."

Councillor Andrew Leonard said East Lindsey District Council should not have been the deciding body due to them being the owners of the current cattle market on Newmarket.

He said: "If the existing cattle market were to fail, East Lindsey would have a site to sell potentially.

"I'm unsure how they can sit as judge and jury on a site which could have a massive impact on a site they own."

East Lindsey's planning committee chairman, Councillor Neil Cooper, said the application was determined in line with planning policy.

He said: "Before any work can take place on the site, we will need to consider a fully detailed application from the developer.

"At that stage we will be able to further consider the impact of the application.

"Local people's views are always important in helping us reach our decisions and at the detailed stage there will be a further opportunity for comment. However, all decisions we take on planning applications must be in line with local, regional and national planning policy, which this was."

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  • ludaman  |  August 01 2012, 3:53PM

    Councillor George Horton, of course, runs Bowler Auction at the site of the existing cattle market, so he might be better declaring an interest in the case, or is he above doing such a thing?

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