Mayor targets ‘Tidy Town’ as council sets priorities

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A tidier Market Rasen heads a list of town council priorities for the coming year.

And the fight to keep free parking will also 
continue.

A ‘tidy-up’, says mayor John Matthews, will help the town in a bid to enter next year’s Best Kept Village 
competition.

The deadline for this year’s competition is this week, too late for the town to produce a worthwhile entry, members heard.

“We are not short of cash (to fund improvements),” Coun Matthews told councillors at the first town council meeting since the May 7 
elections.

The Rotary Club has planters full of plants to give to the town council, he said.

And all the council has to do is decide where they go and to maintain them.

The mayor was also talking with Market Rasen Business Improvement Group about hanging baskets being erected in the town.

Members agreed to support tidying up Market Rasen.

This will include side streets as well as the High Street.

However, Coun John McNeill warned ‘buy-in’ from the community was needed as he said one untidy house could ‘spoil’ Market Rasen’s entry into the 
competition.

Other priorities included continuing the monthly town council surgeries, upgrading the electricity in the Market Place, developing the 
open spaces and recreational fields in the town, the future use of the Old Police Station, continuing to 
build better communications and partnerships with 
outside bodies, speed cameras, moving 
towards becoming a ‘quality council’, and improving the public perception of the town council through communications including social 
media.

Reflecting one of the big issues of the past year, Coun Ken Bridger reminded Wednesday’s meeting that the new West Lindsey District Council has yet to resolve the issue of free parking in Market

Rasen.

Thus “town car parking” was added to the list.

“These priorities are what we want to do in the next year,” said Coun Steve 
Bunney.

“We do not want car parking charges in the 
town,” he said.

In other developments, the town mayor also announced plans for a council award for outstanding personal contributions to be given to De Aston School.

The mayor said he had already spoken to school head Ellenor Beighton about one award for the upper school and one award for the lower school.

Winning pupils will receive an engraved glass plaque and a framed award certificate.

Coun Matthews also announced this year’s mayoral charities would be the Air Ambulance, as before, and the Motor Neurone Association, in honour of former town councillor John Hadlow who was forced to stand down this year after developing the illness.

An open day was also planned for the Old Police Station.