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Objections raised to Fleet agricultural store plan

Objections have been lodged over plans to build a new agricultural store over fears it could impact a junction with the A17.

Fleet Parish Council members have raised concerns over Mr G Franklin’s bid to add a new agricultural store at Mill House Farm in Fleet.

Mr Franklin has applied to South Holland District Council to extend its existing buildings to create additional floor space for crop and machinery storage. The proposal will create an additional 2,217sqm of floorspace.

The A17 at Fleet
The A17 at Fleet

During the last virtual meeting Coun Peter Coupland raised concerns about any impact the plans might have on the A17 junction with Lowgate.

He said: “I did put a reference into Lincolnshire County Council to ask if they had a traffic movement plan from what the business is going to create down there

“I have asked them to check it with the movement to the junction with the A17.”

Concerns were also raised during the meeting by nearby residents Richard and Belinda Lane.

Mr Lane said: “We have got concerns with how it sits with our house and the sheer magnitiude of what he is proposing to do in relation to the expansion.

“I have done a review of what they have there in storage and other processes. It looks like a 50% increase in storage capacity there.”

Mrs Lane also said: “Where it is sited there is great significance on this listed building.”

The application’s design and access statement says: “Due to continued expansion, the applicant requires additional storage for the farming business for both potato boxes and to provide safe cover for machinery and equipment.

“Traffic movements will be largely neutral with benefits in economies of scale.

“Overall the proposal will add to the existing mass of agricultural buildings on site.”

No rise in precept

Parish councillors say they will not be increasing the parish precept next year.

Chairman Paul Barnes proposed during Tuesday’s meeting that the parish council’s section of the council tax bill should not be increased after hearing about the council’s finances.

The council has not been able to complete a number of projects over the last financial year to due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Villagers urged to decorate homes to add festive spirit

Residents in Fleet are being urged to get in the Christmas spirit by decorating their homes with festive lights.

Chairman Paul Barnes did suggest the parish council run a competition with a cash prize up to £150 but members turned down the suggestion.

Coun Val Gemmell raised concerns about people losing their jobs and said: “What happens to the people who can’t afford the lights?”

Parish council donates money to buy village children a festive treat

The parish council will be supporting a residents committee plans to provide a treat for village children this Christmas.

Fleet Parish Council will be providing £150 to the village’s Residents Events Committee who are looking to buy selection boxes for children.

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