EDITOR - I am writing with some dismay and trepidation regarding the episode of Village SOS based in Caistor.
It is not only my opinion, but that of everyone else who has spoken to us regarding this, that it is looked upon as a total travesty and an insult to the majority of local people.
For starters - who’s idea was it to employ a person so alien to this area to oversee the whole project and at what phenomenal cost?
What anathema to all the highly regarded and established magnates in the local vicinity - everyone from the great estate owners and managers, to the hauliers and food industry magnates, and many others, particularly business owners in Caistor itself.
Having been in business myself, working for many illustrious multi-billion global and local industries, including the RAF, the Red Arrows, Yamaha, Rover, Birdseye Walls, BP and many others, with clients including a very young Wills and Harry Windsor, King Hussein and family, and many other notaries and dignitaries, and representing global interests, it is vital to be up to speed on all aspects of the client and what is your ultimate goal taking into account the immediate surroundings, state of local economy and impact on established businesses and available local income, not London wages.
What also stood out was the fact that very few locals were involved from grass roots level – simply because of lack of information – which is a fact no matter how much this will be denied.
Most of all was a wanton and deliberate blanket ban in the programme about the true and massive destruction of the absolute centre of Caistor – the Market Place – with the Co-op relocating to the Old Talbot Inn.
Sarah Beeny herself at the very start of the said programme extols the demise of the villages of England being due to the loss of pubs and post offices.
Here is the perfect example of just such a demise – not only of losing the Old Talbot Inn, but the very heart of Caistor, which IS the Market Place and NOT Plough Hill.
Many people fought tooth and claw to retain the old inn and keep the Co-op in the centre of Caistor - through a very genuine concern of what a decimating effect this would have on the rest of the businesses in the centre and in this it is already becoming a devastating fact.
I know of one enterprise which will soon be calling it a day, and many others are struggling massively and are thinking of giving up, many of which are long established family businesses.
With this in mind, the fact that I and many others who were treated with malign, indifference and utter contempt for campaigning to keep the true heart and centre of Caistor alive and beating were ignored for the vainglorious vanity of an elitist few, to the cost of the many. It’s enough to make a cat laugh.
PS Caistor was not built on cappuccino.
G P Hoblyn