Town future on agenda at Wainfleet meeting


Emergency measures have been used to ensure a town council can continue to run its affairs after its elected membership collapsed leaving local services in danger.

Wainfleet All Saints Town Council needed at least six councillors to hold legal meetings and make decisions but due to resignations and bad health, the number of elected representatives fell to three.

East Lindsey District Council stepped in to use the powers under section 91 of the Local Government Act 1972 and appointed three temporary councillors to give the authority the quorum it needs to be legitimate.

A meeting is being held at the Wainfleet Community Hall, Rumbold Lane, Wainfleet, tomorrow (Thursday, January 23) at 7pm to discuss important issues such as how to save the library and Magdalen Museum.

One of the newly appointed councillors, County Councillor Chris Pain, said current elected and appointed members hope ex-councillors and some new blood will want to be involved with the town council and get things done.

“I will be clarifying the position of the Wainfleet Library, If local people are interested in saving both the library and the Magdalen museum, I urge them to come to the meeting on Thursday,” Coun Pain said.

An East Lindsey District Council spokesman said : “The Council’s Chief Executive, Stuart Davy, has temporarily appointed District Councillors Kevin Smith and John Upsall, along with County Councillor Chris Pain, to Wainfleet All Saints Town Council.

“In appointing Councillors Smith, Upsall and Pain to the Town Council there will now be six sitting town councillors which means that the Town Council can enact its necessary business through formal meetings.”

Wainfleet All Saints councillor Keith Motley said the number of councillors had dwindled over the last couple of years.

Anyone who wants to help make a difference to the town is invited to attend the meeting, which will also discuss the town’s impending audit.

For more information contact county councillor Chris Pain on 07771 980477,