MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF LOUTH TOWN COUNCIL
HELD IN THE OLD COURT ROOM, THE SESSIONS HOUSE, LOUTH
ON TUESDAY 11TH JANUARY 2022
Present The Mayor, Cllr. D. Hobson (DH) (in the chair).
Councillors: Mrs. E. Ballard (EB), J. Baskett (JB), M. Bellwood (MB), L. Cooney (LMC), S. Crew (SC), D. Ford (DF), D.J.E. Hall (DJEH), A. Leonard (AL), Mrs. S.E. Locking (SEL), Mrs. J. Makinson-Sanders (JMS), J. Simmons (JS) and Mrs. P.F. Watson (PFW).
Councillors not present: H. Filer (HF), J. Garrett (JG), G. Horton (GEH), K. Norman (KN), F.W.P. Treanor (FWPT) and D.E. Wing (DEW).
The Town Clerk, Mrs. L.M. Phillips, the Town Clerk’s Assistant, Mrs. M.C. Vincent and one member of the public were also present.
A resident addressed the Town Council regarding his concerns about the planning application (Planning agenda) for the Louth Golf Club. The resident reported that the local residents were never kept informed of any plans that may affect them as neighbours and detailed some of the issues that they had including: the increasing extra use of Little Crowtree Lane by Golf Club traffic, (an unadopted road); the safety of people reversing out of this lane into the busy Crowtree Lane; the close proximity of the driving range to the residential properties and issues that both they and neighbours had experienced golf balls being hit into their residential boundaries. Cllr. Mrs. PFW thought that the issues regarding increased use of the unadopted road could be a civil matter. Cllr. SC confirmed she had checked and the Club did have the right of access to the lane. The resident reported that though the lane should be used by a limited number of vehicles, in reality, many cars used it to access the driving range area.
T85. Apologies for Absence
Apologies were received from Cllrs: HF, JG, GEH, KN, FWPT and DEW.
T86. Declarations of Interest / Dispensations
Cllr. Mrs EB – Agenda item 6 as a warden and Chair of KEVIASEC.
Cllr. Mrs. JMS – Agenda item 5 as a member of ELDC and 6 as a member of the academy.
Cllr. DJEH – Agenda item 5 as a member of ELDC.
Cllr. AL – Agenda item 5 as a member of ELDC.
T87. Council Minutes
It was RESOLVED to approve as a correct record, the notes of the Council Meeting held on the 7th December 2021 and 17th December 2021.
T88. Committee Minutes
It was RESOLVED to adopt the resolutions contained within the following Committee Meetings:
Planning – 9/11/21 and Governance & Finance – 9/11/21.
T89. Increase in Green Waste Bin Collection Fee
Following lengthy discussion, it was RESOLVED that the Clerk would write to ELDC to register the Town Council’s objections to the increase in Green Waste Bin Collection costs for 2022/23, and that they considered that this would lead further to an increase in fly-tipping. NB: Cllr. Mrs. JMS voted against this resolution.
T90. KEVIGS – Member of the Academy
Councillors discussed at length whether the Council should accept the invitation that the Mayor of Louth should become a Member of the Academy. Councillors were concerned that this would be a constitutional change and RESOLVED to vote against the proposition. NB: Cllr. Mrs. JMS and DF abstained from the vote.
T91. Cancellation of the Hunts 8 Bus Service
Further to the above (details circulated by email), Councillors discussed the issues with current public transport levels in the town, and it was RESOLVED that the Town Clerk should write to the two Ward Lincolnshire County Councillors and request that they liaise with LCC to ascertain if any government funding has been forthcoming from the Department of Transport, and if so, detail where this has been spent. If funding has not been forthcoming urge LCC to request this as a matter of urgency and ask for feedback from the recent Local Transport consultation. Further, the Town Clerk to write to the local MP, registering the Council’s concern and ask that she contact the Department of Transport to request government funding for public transport services be given to LCC post-haste and/or ascertain details of where funding has already been used to benefit Louth.
T92. Next Meeting
The Council noted that the date of the next scheduled Town Council meeting would be 22nd February 2022.
The Meeting Closed at 8:20 pm.
Signed_______________________ (Chairman) Dated_________________________