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Sutton Bridge marina disappointment among this week's letters




Village has received no benefit at all

The headline Sutton Bridge Marina ‘fails in every description’ only tells part of the story.

Lincolnshire County Council ‘took over’ the project some years ago and ‘invested’ some £260,000 of Sutton Bridge’s s106 funds from the power station.

Quite apart from what was reported last Tuesday, Sutton Bridge has received absolutely no benefit from that ‘investment’ whatsoever.

None of the ‘claimed’ economic uplift in the area (originally a laughably unattainable £200,000 pa), nor any share of any of the mooring fees since it opened.

Despite trying to discuss those issues with the county council, they have steadfastly refused to even consider passing on any of the ‘surplus’(profit) being made from the running of the marina to Sutton Bridge, for use in areas for the benefit of the village.

It is also very disappointing to note that a recent Freedom of Information request to LCC asking for various accounting details (income, expenditure, uncollected mooring fees etc for the last financial year) has only produced what can only be described as a ‘non-
answer’.

I have some old (the previous two financial years) figures, together with anecdotal evidence, that LCC are not even collecting all the mooring fees. It will be interesting to see if the ‘uncollected fees’ figure has increased during the most recent financial year, from those shown in the previous two years.

Perhaps that is why LCC are so reluctant to provide the figures, despite being able to provide them for previous financial years?

In answer to one of the correspondents (letters to the editor) in the same edition, even Sir John Hayes MP, who has kindly taken up this issue on our behalf, appears to being given the ‘run around’ by Lincolnshire County Council.

The arrogance exhibited by LCC knows no bounds!

PS: Where are all the fee-paying ‘leisure craft’ in the picture?

Chris Brandon-King

Sutton Bridge

John Elson's Lincolnshire Free Press cartoon (49105952)
John Elson's Lincolnshire Free Press cartoon (49105952)

It’s not surprising they can’t get drivers

I was astounded to read in your article (about haualge recruitment problems) the person from the Recruitment Agency quoting higher rates of £11.25 an hour.

It is not surprising they can’t get drivers.

I think supermarkets pay cleaners that rate.

No qualifications, no compliance, no dimwitted motorists to deal with and no responsibility and nice and dry indoors. I was paid rates higher than that in 2000, 21 years ago.

David Taylor

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