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Round-Up: David Skinner Passes Away, And Aldi Gets The Go-Ahead

December 13th 2013

This round-up starts with some sad news.

The former mayor David Skinner has passed away. Mr Skinner was the mayor of Louth in 2000, after representing Louth as an independent town councillor. He had been ill for some time.

Mr Skinner left local politics just before I started regularly reporting on town council meetings, which is why I don't have a picture of him.

Aldi gets the go-ahead

Aldi's plans for a store on Newbridge Hill have been very popular, with most of the 170+ comments on ELDC's planning portal being in favour of the development. So it was perhaps inevitable that the district council would grant planning permission, and that's what they did on Thursday, 12th December.

This is very positive news for the town, not merely because it will bring a much-needed store to the northern part of Louth, but also because it makes it less likely that supermarkets will try to build stores in less appropriate parts of the town.

However, planning permission is only the first hurdle. It remains to be seen how long it will take to demolish the ABM building, a process that proved too expensive for developers in 2004.

Sports centre

There are further interesting plans for a sports complex on the Fairfield industrial estate. This would include a Tenpin bowling alley, two squash courts, a football pitch, a stadium, a cafe, and a BMX track. This would be sited right next to existing tennis courts.

Many of the proposed sports facilities don't clash with any of the other facilities in Louth, because the town doesn't have them yet. I think the main downsides are that this development is on a greenfield site, albeit on the edge of the industrial estate, and that because it is some distance from the town centre it may mean an increase in car journeys.

Fire station

An application has been made to demolish the fire station on Eastfield Road, and build a new one. The new version would be a two storey building with on-site accommodation for fire fighters, including six bedrooms. That seems reasonable, although housing the fire fighters whilst the construction is going on could cause some problems.


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