Mayor: “I’m fed up with being over-ruled”

A 'fed up' Mayor John Matthews
A 'fed up' Mayor John Matthews

Market Rasen Mayor John Matthews has told councillors: “I’m fed up with being over-ruled.”

The outburst came at planning committee last week after members heard Tesco had gained planning permission for some new signs, which followed its recent approval for a car wash facility, which the town council wanted siting elsewhere in the store car park.

Mayor Matthews told the Rasen Mail afterwards that there have been “numerous incidents over the last couple of years where we have put in objections and they (West Lindsey District Council) have over-ruled us.”

This included giving approval for flats behind the Hub, which the town council also opposed.

Town and district councillor Ken Bridger says Mayor Matthews is right to be ‘fed up’ “but we have to abide by planning regulations.”

Coun Bridger agrees the district council has “not been taking any notice” of objections over the Tesco car wash and other planning issues.

“West Lindsey are the planning authority. If they say yes, it’s yes. It (Market Rasen Town Council Planning Committee) is just a formality to keep us happy. I feel we are not been listened to. We need to get more say,” he told the Rasen Mail.