‘We want action, and we want action now’

  • Council says time has come to tackle town’s empty buildings

Caistor Town Council has vowed to take action over the town’s empty buildings.

Councillors discussed the problem during their monthly meeting and agreed to compile a list of empty properties and any others needing 

Their plan is to then send this list to West Lindsey District Council, pushing for action to encourage owners to bring back buildings into 

Coun Mike Galligan told the meeting: “Caistor’s main problem at the moment is derelict 

“We want action, we want action now.”

Unlike the town council, the district council has details of building 

One of the town’s most notable empty buildings is the Grade Two listed Westgate House in Plough Hill, which has been derelict for many years.

Coun Martin Sizer told the meeting that some of the town’s ‘iconic buildings’ were in a bad state.

He said: “That will continue unless something is done now.”

Coun Alan Caine said: “It’s really a case of finding new ways of getting these buildings back into use, 

Speaking during a public forum part of the meeting, resident Cliff Rust said he believed that unless the ‘state’ of these building was ‘pointed out’ then nothing would be done to tackle 

He said: “Something really does need doing 

But Coun Angela Clark said the problem has been on the agenda for many 

She said: “When I was on the council in 2003/4 this was on the agenda 

“It’s been going on quite a long while.”

As well as contacting the district council, Coun Galligan questioned whether it would be possible to get in touch with MP Sir Edward Leigh and Lincolnshire County Council leader Martin Hill asking them to ‘drive this 

He said: “Otherwise we’ll be here in five 

The meeting was held in the Arts Centre at Caistor Town Hall.

It took place on Thursday, December