2012 Louth Town Meeting
April 18th 2012
Where The Money GoesThe town council's net expenditure in 2011/12 was £188409. Significant costs were:
LocalismThe Localism Act brings changes to local government that come into force from April 2012. It affects five key areas.
Louth is Britain’s Favourite Market Town, Say LudensiansIt's all change at Louth Town Partnership, as Samantha Phillips takes over from Alison Hall as the new town manager. She didn't make a presentation at the town meeting, having been only five days in the job, but she has been working to promote the town in other ways, and the partnership have issued the following press release:
Louth has the honour of being shortlisted by the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards in the Britain’s Favourite Market Town category and it is now over to the public across the country to vote for their favourite. BBC Countryfile Magazine has formed 12 categories and asked its panel of experts to create a shortlist in each. Louth has been shortlisted in the Britain’s Favourite Market Town category and the Louth Town Partnership is keen to encourage people to vote for the town to win. Town Partnership Chairman, Peter Atterby is excited by the potential of winning this award; “Louth is a very special Market Town and it is time we achieved more national recognition for our blend of successful, vibrant markets alongside many independent retailers and specialist local food shops, attracting a wide range of residents and visitors alike. “Winning the Award for Britain’s Favourite Market Town would be a huge benefit to Louth; firmly putting the town on the map as tourist destination, which would be a real boost to the town’s sustainability as a special Market Town.”
It doesn't seem that long since we were being asked to vote for Lincolnshire as the greatest food county, or for the prettiest town, or whatever. I hate to be the one to sound a note of scepticism about these awards, but I can't help myself so I'm going to anyway. They don't seem scientifically rigorous. So rather than getting an objective view of which town the best at whatever, all you get is who has the most active tourist promotion, and/or where are the readers of that publication more likely to come from. In short, these things are great for promoting the organisation running the award, but they don't tell us much about the best places to visit. I have my doubts that they have much influence on tourism as well, but things like this are notoriously difficult to measure.
I prefer to see an emphasis on the tangible changes that make the town a great place to visit, such as the floral displays encouraged by the Lovely Louth competition and events like Wolds Words and the Victorian Fayre. But you don't have to agree with me. If you think voting in the Countryfile awards is a good way to spread awareness of our town you can turn to page 58 in the April edition of the BBC Countryfile Magazine, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website. Voting is open until June 1. Votes will be entered into a prize draw to win a two night break in Devon.
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