Review of Year Part Two: Wind turbine worry for local residents

Ray Whiteley vowed to fight the turbine plans EMN-141216-101851001
Ray Whiteley vowed to fight the turbine plans EMN-141216-101851001

February was a time for investment at Market Rasen, with plans announced to demolish a half -century old stand at the racecourse.

The £800,000 development would see The Family Enclosure grandstand, built in the early 1960s, go to double the size of its Tote Exacta bar and increase the capacity of the popular Tattersalls Enclosure.

The development opened on Boxing Day last week following a six month build.

There was investment too for the younger residents of the town, with a new multi-games area being completed at the Mill Road play park.

Another award came the way of MR Big, with the monthly markets being voted ‘best social enterprise market of the year’ at the annual National Association of British Market Authorities (NABMA) annual awards.

But that wasn’t the only local market to be honoured this month.

Brigg Farmer’s became the Market Farm Shop & Deli Awards Market of the year.

A flurry of wind turbine applications were put before planners.

But residents of Caistor, Brookenby and other areas saw it as an icy blast to blight the landscape.

And one Brookenby resident vowed to fight the plans for turbines on the edge of his village, which he said would “kill off wildlife and destroy a memorial park to members of Bomber Command”.

Meanwhile, Market Rasen Town Council were calling for more policing in the town, echoing residents’ concerns it was not properly policed and there had been a spate of violent incidents.