Help us fight to save this special town from a giant new supermarket
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 this Lincolnshire 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, the local authority, East Lindsey District Council, 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.
Having had all our proposals ignored
for five years, we have now
commissioned a detailed development
plan from an architect, and started
approaching developers over a
community-led purchase of the site.
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
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
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. And now we have organised a new petition to stop ELDC selling the livestock market site for a supermarket, one that under new localism rules, will be binding on the local authority. We will also be seeking funds, investors and supporters of all kinds.
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.