We have formally objected to the planning application lodged by South Holland District Council to return the Johnson Drinking Fountain to Ayscoughfee Gardens. Our objection to the planning applications made under references H16-0704-22 and H16-0705-22 can be found below and on the Council's planning pages.
Our objection can be summarised as follows:-
The Heritage Impact Assessment shows neither the accuracy nor coverage one would expect for an application of this public importance.
There has been no pre-application public consultation or engagement, contrary to government guidance, even though Spalding people have shown a clear concern about its siting.
The matter has been pursued in isolation from the Town Centre Regeneration Steering Group, set up by the Council to provide a coherent set of regeneration proposals for the town centre.
The rehabilitation of the Fountain has been inadequately researched:-
The HIA discusses only a single town centre site, when there are other possibilities, so there is no sequential test.
The proposal to site the Fountain in Ayscoughfee Gardens fails to stand up to examination:
A possible alternative town centre site is explored by the Society that has an arguably much greater claim to the Fountain than Ayscoughfee Gardens.