Petition would build barricade not relations

A PETITION to erect a fence around the Town Green in Beechers Way, Market Rasen, to keep out “unwelcome visitors” was considered by the town council last week.

Linwood Chase resident Graham Bower, a former town councillor, presented the petition signed by 44 residents.

Councillors heard the fence would cost an estimated £15,000, which was not available in the current or future budget and would have to be paid for by the town’s taxpayers as Section 106 money from Linwood Chase’s developers was not available for such a project.

Mr Bower said he feared “unwanted visitors” may move on to the open space if it was not fenced off.

But Coun Margaret LakinWhitworth said the De Aston Park development also had an open space which the residents will be responsible for once building is finished, not the town council.

Mayor Ken Bridger also pointed out that residents of The Brambles paid an annual maintenance fee while the residents of Linwood Chase did not and suggested the homeowners look at paying for alternative projects.

Coun John Hadlow concluded: “Personally I think to put up a barricade is the wrong approach.

“We have got good relations with a number of the travelling community. Building relationships that way is how we should be progressing.”