WLDC “shot themselves in the foot”

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Rasen Mayor John Matthews says “by their own admission” West Lindsey District Council “shot themselves in the foot” over planning.

Planning was also raised when he and MR BIG met WLDC CEO Manjeet Gill and other council bosses last week, in addition to seeking council support for the Market Rasen Town Partnership.

Market Rasen Town Council has long complained over WLDC “ignoring” its planning recommendations, taking too long to approve projects, and not communicating enough over projects, including its own projects like restoring the Old Police Station.

Mayor Matthews said West Lindsey’s planning department lost many staff, but to save money, it did not replace them quickly enough.

But there was a “massive influx of big projects. The backlog snowed them under,” he told councillors.

“The revenue in planning (fees) is £1.5M. It gives some scale of the pressure the department is under.”

WLDC has since employed extra planning staff, including agency staff, he added.

Coun John Hadlow, agent for the council’s police station project, said: “I find out more from the Rasen Mail than West Lindsey.”