“We’re not jumping the gun”- Mayor

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

Market Rasen Mayor John Matthews has defended a town council competition to design a new Town Sign for the roads into town.

The designs for the art competition must feature the words “Free Parking” even though West Lindsey District Council hasn’t yet decided whether Market Rasen can keep its current free parking.

Mayor Matthews has still to meet WLDC chief executive Manjeet Gill to discuss the free parking issue and the meeting date has yet to be fixed.

“We’re not jumping the gun. West Lindsey haven’t shelved (the prospect of parking charges) but it’s been postponed for a decision until well into the New Year,” he said.

The competition has a first prize of £75 with two runner-up prizes of £25 each. Entries must be emailed or delivered to the council offices by the end of the month, with the winning designed announced at a meeting of the town council in January.

Town and district councillor Ken Bridger saw the competition as part of MRTC’s bid to keep free parking.

“It’s to give the people who make the decisions the message that we are saying ‘we haven’t forgotten. We are pushing to keep the free parking,” he said.

The competition will also be discussed by town councillors meeting tonight.