Trust the Hub to put the record straight

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EDITOR – With reference to the letter provided by Mayor Bridger last week, Rasen Hub (MRDT) wish to make a correction of fact.

The town council applied, after the trust had, to become owners of the Old Police Station. The ‘powers that be’ decided to allow the sale, with grant funding from emda, to the town council. MRDT was not part of the bid or a partner to the scheme. In fact directors found out later that the trust had been named as a partner without our knowledge or consent.

It is untrue to state that the trust shifted grant money to the Hub building as that is simply impossible under grant conditions.

When the trust discovered they had been unsuccessful in taking on the regeneration of the Old Police Station it had to refocus its efforts and applied for a Multi Use Centre Grant for the refurbishment of the building at 20 Union Street.

Later on, the trust was informed that a competing MUC bid had been submitted by the town council, again with no sharing of knowledge.

The Hub was granted the MUC funds as at the time there were plans by the town council to develop a major heritage bid which, sadly, did not come to fruition.

It would be helpful if parties stuck to the facts, and as Mr Bridger was at the time a trust board director I am sure he must be aware of this.

Rasen Hub is a social not-for-profit enterprise and all our directors are volunteers who want to make Market Rasen a better place to live and work in.

At present, the trust has been promised support from West Lindsey District Council to demolish some of the myths that have taken root in Market Rasen.

Carol Skye

Volunteer director and chair of Rasen Hub