Red Lion Square rumpus hits South Kesteven District Council cabinet meeting.
Nationwide interest in the rumpus over Red Lion Square affected this afternoon’s cabinet meeting of South Kesteven District Council.
Stories today appeared in national media, including the BBC, the Sun, the Times and the Daily Mail concerning many Stamford town councillors wanting them replaced with something more hard wearing.
But the plans, first revealed in the Stamford Mercury, have sparked a national uproar, with one paper branding them ‘cobblers’ as the press also highlighted the square’s use in Hollywood movies.
After cabinet approved council plans to investigate further the options for improved leisure facilities, including building new facilities in Stamford and the Deepings, council leader Matthew Lee said he had to leave early.
The Stamford St Mary’s councillor told the meeting: “There’s a large issue with Stamford and Red Lion Square has now hit the national papers and national tv.”
He continued: “I was asked to give an interview. I am campaigning strongly to support Stamford heritage. I don’t understand how we can have one of our greatest stone towns in our heritage and tarmac over one of its historic squares.”
Last year, Stamford Town Council voted 16-to-1 to replace the cobbles with tarmac, with one also abstaining.
The issue was raised again at a town council meeting last week, with the Urban Group of Stamford Civic Society saying removing the stone cobbles would be a waste of money and damage the heritage of Stamford.
After Coun Lee left the meeting, his deputy Coun Kelham Cooke (Con-Casewick) took over and the meeting continued.
Further details of the council meeting will be in the Stamford Mercury next week.