Sir Edward Leigh, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Gainsborough, has written to West Lindsey District Council asking for a resolution to their dispute with the body that runs the Lincolnshire Showground over business rates.
“The Lincolnshire Agricultural Society is a charitable organisation that runs the Showground and the District Council are charging them full business rates,” the MP said. “Like other agricultural showgrounds across the country, ours uses commercial lettings to help fund its charitable activities but it is fundamentally a non-profit body serving our county.”
“As the local MP, I sincerely hope the Agricultural Society and the District Council can have positive discussions to get this matter resolved.”
In his letter to the Chief Executive of West Lindsey District Council, Sir Edward pointed out that the Lincolnshire Show is a much-loved event which the county does not want to lose.
A copy of Sir Edward's letter can be found in the attachments section below.