New planning committee chairman is elected

Caistor Town Council held a minute’s silence at its monthly meeting last Thursday (March 9, 2017) for planning committee chairman Alan Caine, who passed away last month.

Tributes for Cllr Caine were led by Caistor Mayor Carol Mackenzie, County Councillor Tony Turner, and Peter Thompson, who has recently retired as local correspondent for the Grimsby Telegraph. Cllr Turner and Mr Thompson told amusing anecdotes. All three praised Cllr Caine for his work for the community and for being kind.

“He will certainly be missed,” said Mayor Mackenzie.

The first task for the council at Thursday’s meeting was to elect a new planning committee chairman, and Cllr Deborah Barker (pictured) was elected.

“They are very big shoes to fill, but I will do my best,” said Cllr Barker.

Other points raised in last Thursday’s meeting were:-

– District Councillor Owen Bierley warned that the system regarding rate relief on community buildings is to change. Under the old system, buildings such as Caistor Town Hall or the Arts and Heritage Centre used to be awarded 100% rate relief, but this is set to be reduced to 95%. There are separate rules for places of worship.

– West Lindsey District Council is to offer representatives from parish and town councils some training on the Community Infrastructure Levy. The CIL has been described on several websites as a fee paid by developers when they create new floorspaces. Caistor is expected to benefit from any levies on new building in the town. The town is expected to qualify for a higher rate because voters supported its Neighbourhood Plan at a referendum last year.

– There is a possibility that the Mayoral Regalia from Caistor Rural District Council, which existed before a government reorganisation in 1974, might be loaned to Caistor Town Council. West Lindsey District Council currently has possession of them.

– Caistor In Bloom has confirmed that it does not intend to enter any competitions this year. The group’s annual meeting has been scheduled for March 29.

– County Highways has contacted Caistor Town Council regarding some demountable poles in the Market Place. Highways has said that giving responsibility to community groups is commendable but recommends that the Town Council takes ownership of them.

1 Comment

  1. Liesbeth Chauha

    Good luck Debbie, please leave the water hills as they are


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