Market bid wins support

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Market Rasen Town Council is getting backing from West Lindsey District Council to help manage its markets in the town.

Town Mayor John Matthews and MR BIG Directors Sara Scott and Darren Lince met with council chief executive Manjeet Gill on Monday 
to see what support the district council could give to Rasen.

The town council has been seeking financial and other support to help it with plans to have a markets forum and some kind of town manager to manage the markets and help promote Market Rasen.

West Lindsey District Council is already involved in a Gainsborough Town Partnership, which brings together the Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce and various Gainsborough businesses, something seen as an example for Rasen.

“It was very good, a very positive meeting,” said Mayor Matthews.

“We are confident we will get support with the markets programme. There will be no immediate policy but everything grinds to a halt with the May elections.

“We have been offered some interim support with the markets. The longer term will be thrashed out in May for June,” he said.

However, that future support will have to be adopted by whoever is elected in 
May, though Mayor Matthews was confident it would be coming.

It was also too early to comment on any specifics.

MR BIG Chair Sara Scott also declared the meeting “really positive” saying West Lindsey District Council seemed “broadly supportive of the idea of a town partnership” and “they liked the sound of our proposals.”

But Ms Scott confirmed the council backing would have to be voted on by district councillors through their committees and because of the upcoming elections this may be some time.

“We were really encouraged. West Lindsey District Council would appear to be supportive of making it happen,” she said.

In the meantime, MR BIG has been working with the town council and traders on the Markets Forum idea and the town partnership, which would also involve the Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce. The forum plans to meet in the next couple of weeks.

“It’s all heading in the right direction,” Ms Scott added.

West Lindsey District Council Leader Jeff Summers said he is unaware of the details of what was discussed on Monday so he couldn’t say what support the district council should give Market Rasen.

“As far as I’m concerned West Lindsey is in full support of the development and prosperity of the market in Market Rasen,” he said.

“Where it’s appropriate to give support, we will do so,” he added.