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Letters to the Lincolnshire Free Press editor: March 30, 2021

You need car transport for serious shopping

I read with dismay your article about replacing parking spaces with cycle lanes.

We need to revitalise our town centre and attract shoppers.

If you have babies/children and a lot of shopping, a bike is no good. Serious shopping needs a car.

Springfields is very busy with shoppers when it is open – we need to bring them into town.

If the market was updated with attractive stalls and incentives for independent shops, it would offer an alternative to Springfields.

What happened to the money given to the town from Springfields?

Also, with all the new housing being built, they will be paying council tax. Surely some of this money could be used to help rebuild our town.

Mrs R Lloyd
via email

John Elson's Lincolnshire Free Press cartoon. (45631105)
John Elson's Lincolnshire Free Press cartoon. (45631105)

Our call for potential councillors to step forward

Elections are coming up for two places on the Sutton Bridge Parish Council.
Nominations have to be at the South Holland District Council offices in Spalding by April 8.
Details on how to apply from SHDC are on the Sutton Bridge and Wingland ParishCouncil website or you can contact: clerk@suttonbridge-pc.gov.uk, telephone 07852 675851.
The council has not covered itself in glory. There have been many failings including those set out below.
New blood is needed, willing and able to guide the council to better things.
The Bridge Hotel is a major scandal. The council missed an opportunity to tackle the problem when the owners applied for planning permission to build houses at the back facing Wharf Street. It has also failed to prepare proposals for SHDC to make a compulsory purchase order.
New sports pavilion. In October 2018, the then chairman of the village football club and the parish clerk produced a draft lease, which would have unlocked Football Association funds almost sufficient to ensure a new pavilion.
The council refused to consider it and the building remains unfit for purpose to this day with the matter still “under discussion”. Coun Brewis is chair of t.
The ‘marina’. This £1m white elephant was supported by Coun Brewis to the extent of some £260,000 of Sutton Bridge Section 106 money.
The council have made no sensible effort to get anything back for the community from this daft project.
The money could have gone towards a really good sports pavilion.
Is Coun Brewis standing again for the county in the May election?
Is there anyone out there minded to put themselves forward to help the present council function better? Nominations to SHDC by April 8.
We, the signatories below, are all former parish councillors. We have had a go but have been outvoted by compliant supporters of a small group within the council on many, many occasions.
It is age, infirmity and absence which prevents us from entering the fray again. We hope others will come forward.
Chris Brandon-King, Peter Clery and Robert Middleton
via email

Spalding reader Lisa McCullough took this picture of a "very serene Cradge Bank" last June.
Spalding reader Lisa McCullough took this picture of a "very serene Cradge Bank" last June.

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