First Rasen Christmas for new town residents

Margaret and Bill Wright EMN-141216-094919001
Margaret and Bill Wright EMN-141216-094919001

Earlier this month, Market Rasen Town Council was able to increase spending by nearly 4% without putting up its council tax thanks to a growing population.

The Central Lincolnshire District Plan has targeted Market Rasen for taking some of the 25,000-47,000 homes the region needs by 2036.

But who are these new residents and why are they coming?

Hunters Place is just one of several new housing schemes underway in Market Rasen. Built by Lincolnshire developers Chestnut Homes, the site by Willingham Road on the eastern end of town contains 66 properties on land which was formerly occupied by industrial buildings, including a former veterinary surgery and a building used by Holton Tractors.

Carol Reid, sales negotiator for Chestnut Homes at Hunters Place says the new development has attracted a variety of buyers, including locals, with 25 homes already sold.

Market Rasen was attracting people from afar for its closeness to the Wolds countryside and being a pleasant market town with many amenities.

Such comments are reflected in the views of two newcomers we found.

Margaret and Bill Wright from Southport have retired after 40 years working in the National Health Service.

“The children have left home and we decided to move elsewhere. My brother lives in the Wolds and we have visited a few times,” said Bill.

“We have been driving though Market Rasen, we would go to the cafes. We realised the developments that had been going on for about two years. We like the little town. People are really friendly. All the amenities are here. The shops and the services are not too far away for anything, including the airport,” continued Margaret.

Margaret, a former orthopaedic trauma nurse, has looked at the Hub and its art art activities, but for now is happy to enjoy cooking, finally having time for it.

Bill says they like to walk and bike and they have driven to Grimsby and Lincoln, but not the coast.

Cheap houses are another reason they came to Rasen.

“There’s no way we could have moved south of Birmingham. For the money you get for a house in Southport, you cannot afford it,” he added.

Harry Bonser and partner Pat Benson moved down from Seahouses, Northumberland. They were from the Midlands and Harry was a postman and Pat a library assistant.

Friends bought a place in Seahouses, where they decided to live for ten years but they realised it was too far for the children to visit and as they got older they needed to be closer to facilities like hospitals.

“Most of the kids live around Derby. Pat’s daughter got married two years and and lives in Lincoln. We looked at the area, looking for an old-folk’s bungalow but the ones we found, the people did not want to sell. We kept walking past Chestnut Homes and for the money this was excellent, three bedrooms and three toilets to clean and you can walk to everything. Seahouses is beautiful but you have to go miles for anything,” Harry explained.

Pat was visiting her granddaughter in Lincoln but Harry said they love the cinema, shows and walking on Market Rasen’s flat streets. They are also interested in folk music and dancing and Harry will join the bowls club “when things settle down.”

And with family coming for Christmas, Rasen’s cheap property means for spare bedrooms “which make a big difference,” Harry said.

“There’s also an office for Pat and a big kitchen, which she’s not used to!”