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June 2014


  Help us fight to save this special town from a giant new supermarket

East Lindsey District Council has decided to press ahead with a sale of the cattle market site, which will go to a full council meeting on July 23. This flies in the face of the majority local opinion, and of common sense. It also ignores our latest petition, of 4,300 signatures which urges them not to.

Louth has proved an exception to the destruction of the British high street. A thriving Lincolnshire market town, with bustling independent shops and a shop vacancy rate less than half the national average.

The reason it has done so well is because of the character and charm of the town, which attracts thousands of visitors each year to its butchers, fishmongers and greengrocers, and to the many events laid on by the Louth Town Partnership. Perhaps even more importantly, Louth has fought to keep away the out-of-town and edge-of-town supermarkets which have blighted much of the rest of the country, and which suck spending power away from town centres.

This, in essence, is what Keep Louth Special is about: to fight to ensure that growth in the town – whether in housing or retail -- remains graceful, imaginative and in keeping with the distinctiveness which has been the town’s main attraction.

Unfortunately, ELDC has chosen to pursue its need for cash (which we understand) both by this summer pushing forward with a plan to sell the cattle market site and by dramatically increasing the cost of parking in the town. This we really don’t understand.

KLS has for years been pushing ELDC to consider more imaginative ways of making use of this site, without displacing the market, the last livestock market in Lincolnshire, while generating additional income.

In 2013 we commissioned a detailed development plan from an architect, and started approaching developers over a community-led purchase of the site. (Click here for the details).

We have also cautiously backed an idea for a Aldi store on the site of the Malt Kiln, which would offer budget consumers local low-cost food without damaging the premium offering of the town’s independent shops (Click here for the details).

The arrival of the Aldi would make it less likely that any new supermarket of a more damaging nature could be built on the cattle market site at Newmarket. (Click here to read the ELDC-paid for report which suggested one)

Keep Louth Special was formed in 2008 in response to a similar threat, getting 5,300 signatures on a petition to save the cattle market in 2008/9. The people of the town, and thousands of shoppers who come in from other areas to buy produce here, were clear that they wanted to stop Louth becoming just another clone town.

This time we have much more support. Louth Town Council has already forced the issue into ELDC’s scrutiny process, which will examine the effect on the town of a new supermarket.

Please make your support known by sending us an e-mail, and please bookmark this page so that you can see how developments pan out.

Sign the petition online here:  


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