Centre manager support falls flat

Spalding town centre on market day
Spalding town centre on market day
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A bandstand would serve Spalding better than a town manager.

That was the view of members of the Town Forum when they met last week.

Spalding and District Chamber of Trade and Commerce had written to the Forum asking for a letter of support for their bid for Section 106 funding to pay for a town manager.

Deadline for bids for the £265,000 pot left from the Springfields development was Friday.

However, the Forum has also put in a bid to pay for a bandstand at Ayscoughfee Hall and Gardens, which has been a long-standing aim of the members.

Coun George Aley, who has been re-elected chairman, said he had agreed to take the request for support for a town manager to the table for discussion, but could not see how they could agree to providing a letter when they were also applying for the cash.

Coun Christine Lawton said: “It would be nice if we could finally get the bandstand. People want to see visible projects - that’s what we are aiming for.

”It’s longevity with legs.”

Coun Roger Gambba-Jones said: “A bandstand could be there for 100 years.”

Phil Scarlett, Chamber president, said he was disappointed with the reaction as the Forum had been supportive in previous discussions about getting a town manager.

He said: “I’m not worried though. So far we have had 11 letters of support. Would a bandstand really fit the criteria for the funding, which is to promote the town centre?”