CLA Regional Surveyor Claire Wright explains how the CLA supported its members and backed the continuation of Louth Livestock Market.
A few months ago we were contacted by concerned members in Lincolnshire regarding a renewed attempt by East Lindsey District Council to close the Louth Livestock Market. This could have spelt the end of livestock markets within the county of Lincolnshire and caused the agricultural community a great deal of anxiety.
CLA East’s Lincolnshire branch got fully behind the campaign to retain the market on the site within the town. Our branch President, Michael Scott wrote to key players within East Lindsey District Council including the Chief Executive, the Portfolio Holder for Market Towns and the Councillor for the ward in which the market is located. This letter set out the key concerns of CLA members.
CLA East staff attended sales at Louth Market on two occasions to meet with auctioneers, vets, the nurses of Lincolnshire Rural Support, drovers and those who regularly use the market to trade livestock. It was clear that the market was a vital resource in an increasingly isolated profession.
Last night (October 11) I went to Tedder Hall and joined representatives from the auctioneers and the agricultural industry to listen to what was expected to be a tense debate on the future of the market. It was heartening to see that the comments from councillors were overwhelmingly positive and that they firmly felt that there was a place for Louth Livestock Market to continue trading. There were many councillors who had not spoken in the debate so the final vote was not a foregone conclusion.
It was pretty nail biting as they worked through the list of councillors alphabetically. The votes in favour of retaining the market and renovating where necessary started to stack up. Finally they reached the last councillor and we had the result. A unanimous decision to retain the market. A great result all round.
This illustrates what we can achieve when CLA staff and members work together to campaign on a local issue that is of importance. We are always here to listen to concerns of our members and where those concerns require lobbying activity we will do what we can to bring our influence to bear. If it matters to you; then it matters to us.