Community group becomes ‘nagging’ concern for council

The controversuial horse's head in Caistor's Horsemarket EMN-140715-104142001
The controversuial horse's head in Caistor's Horsemarket EMN-140715-104142001

A new art work in Caistor is the latest controversy to hit one of the town’s flourishing groups.

Caistor in Bloom commissioned a carved horse’s head with the aim of installing it in the historic Horsemarket area and unveiled it to the town council at their June meeting.

Council members expressed their concern over how the head had come about, but a subsequent meeting with Caistor in Bloom seemed to have resolved the matter.

However, the subject rose its head again at the council’s July meeting, by which time the art work had been placed in the bank at Boys Hill.

“We had a very positive meeting with Caistor in Bloom,” said council chairman Steve Millson, “We said the horse’s head could go up temporarily, for the In Bloom judging on July 11, if they applied for planning permission, but it looks like it has been put in permanently.”

Coun Alan Caine, who also serves as a West Lindsey councillor, confirmed no application had been received to date.

It was also noted another art work had previously been installed without the necessary planning permission.

“As a council, we have to do things correctly, added Coun Millson.

The town council agreed if a planning application had not been received and accepted by West Lindsey within the next 28 days both items would have to be removed.

Chairman of Caistor in Bloom, Deborah Barker, who also serves on the town council, told the Rasen Mail: “An application has gone in and we are waiting to hear from West Lindsey.

“We have a meeting on Wednesday when the position will be updated.”