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Royal British Legion to face questions over Donington club




Donington Parish Council news. (1929845)
Donington Parish Council news. (1929845)

The Royal British Legion is to face questions over the future of its social club, which closed after a final New Year’s Eve bash.

Coun Bryan Robinson said villagers had put a lot of time and effort into running the hall over many years.

He said: “Don’t you think we ought to be notified and told what’s going to happen to the place now?”

Coun Phil Lovell believed the people of Donington had raised all of the money for the building.

He asked: “How did it finish up out of the hands of the people of Donington and in the hands of the British Legion?

“Who gave it to the British Legion?

“Who actually decided that the British Legion owned it?”

Members agreed to ask clerk Diane Fairweather to write to the Legion HQ in London and ask what it plans to do.

Donington doesn’t have a doctor’s surgery of its own and Coun Lovell said the social club building would be the perfect spot if one came to the village.

The building was known as Donington and Quadring Royal British Legion Social Club and it was reportedly closed due to health and safety reasons.

Following the club’s closure, Boston couple John and Sandra Lea, who attended dances there, arranged for the entertainment nights to switch to Wyberton Sports and Social Club.

• Sutton Bridge lost its Legion social club in 2013 and the building, which has been targeted by vandals, remains a boarded-up eyesore.

In other Donington Parish Council news:

Lottery cash on offer

Donington could be in line for “at least £10,000” to commemorate its most famous son, explorer Matthew Flinders, councillors heard.

Clerk Diane Fairweather said the offer was made by “someone from the National Lottery”, and members agreed to look into it.

Flinders is already commemorated with a Market Place statue and a museum in the church.

Outgoings outstripping car scheme’s income

The voluntary car scheme in Donington is on the lookout for more cash because outgoings are outstripping income.

The parish council and three district councillors last year jointly gave £750, but parish councillor David Hawkins said nearly £500 has gone out in six months.

The car scheme provides transport for people doing to doctors and hospitals.

Thanks to a 15p a mile subsidy, Donington people pay 30p a mile while people from neighbouring Quadring and Gosberton pay 45p.

Coun David Hawkins said the scheme is “eating into the reserves all of the time”.

But clerk Diane Fairweather pointed out that the council couldn’t look at offering help without seeing audited accounts.

Coun Mark Rollinson said if the council could be given a detailed set of figures, the required sum could be added to its precept.

Council chairman Arthur Baldwin and Coun Jane King suggested the car scheme should approach the Co-op for help.

Coun Baldwin asked that the car scheme search other avenues for income, including approaches to the doctors’ surgeries in Swineshead and Gosberton.

Chasing Donington's development cash

Parish councillors are trying to get hold of £18,000 in S106 cash that was earmarked to improve open spaces in the village.

Councillors heard the sum came from Larkfleet as a result of the company building homes off Town Dam Lane in 2016.

Coun David Hawkins said there was a stipulation that the money should be spent in Donington, and he’s been told the money is “there” by a member of legal services at South Holland District Council. But clerk Diane Fairweather said she was previously told by the district the money was in a general pot. Members agreed to chase payment.



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