Market Rasen’s former deputy-mayor John Hadlow is bowing out with an upgrade to the town’s Old Police Station.
But the lasting legacy of this popular town councillor is tinged with much sadness as he has been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease.
“It’s come as a surprise. It takes no prisoners. I don’t know what the progress will be,” he said.
The Bleasby Moor resident said he will “continue to support the council and the town” and he wanted to thank everybody for the support he has received over the years.
Coun Hadlow has been on Market Rasen Town council for eight years, working on the police station upgrade for the past three.
Only yesterday, did West Lindsey District Council confirm approval of listed building consent for works to be carried out inside.
“We want to see the court room restored to its former glory as best we can with artefacts on display,” he said.
The court room will become available for members of the public and could be used for weddings, social functions and other events.
“It’s my present (for the town),” he said.
The work will see one of the two toilets converted to a kitchenette.
“All the plans we have got are not going to affect the structural integrity at all. It’s been difficult getting the permission as it is a listed building. We (the town council) have got the money ring-fenced in our accounts,” he said.
Local suppliers will carry out the work, including Wazel wood floors of Alford and Ben Tasker of Louth building the kitchen.
“We will try very hard to get the work finished before my time at the council ends,” Coun Hadlow continued.
Looking back at his time on Market Rasen Town Council, Coun Hadlow said he helped bring superfast broadband to Market Rasen, courtesy of a deal with Linpop Broadband, which later became Quickline. Four years ago, he also led the refurbishment of Market Rasen’s Festival Hall.
Before retirement, Coun Hadlow was engineering manager for a roofing company and travelled the world. He spent some time living in Germany before moving to Market Rasen.
Outside civic life, he is “very active in the old classic car business,” owning a 1932 Austin 10 and 1933 Austin 7.
Market Rasen Mayor John Matthews said when Coun Hadlow told him “the very sad news of his failing health it came as a terrible shock.
“His dedication and commitment to the town and the council over the past years has been immense and to lose a councillor with this tremendous experience is a great loss to the town.
“He has worked tirelessly on the renovation of the Old Police Station and it is ironic that the Listed Building Consent, that we have waited for nearly six months to be granted, is approved the exact week he made the decision not to stand.
“We all thank him for what he has given us with his wisdom. He will be very sadly missed and our very best wishes go out to John and his wife Angelika,” he said.