Councillor calls for SKDC to sever all ties with Belvoir Hunt

  Posted: 12.09.19 at 16:29 by The Editor

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A councillor is calling on South Kesteven District Council (SKDC) to sever all ties with Belvoir Hunt.

Independent Market and West Deeping Councillor Virginia Moran is submitting a motion to full council, scheduled to meet on 26 September, stating that she wants SKDC to resolve to:

• refuse permission for use of SKDC assets for any activity connected with the Belvoir Hunt, including all land and property which is owned or managed by the council

• refuse any discretionary licence application relating to activities of Belvoir Hunt including event licences and ‘charitable’ street collections

• ensure all costs associated with preparation, management or clearing up after activities connected with the Belvoir Hunt are recovered from the organisers

• refuse and withhold any other non-statutory support for the Belvoir Hunt

The motion says: "For many years, the Belvoir Hunt has been associated with Grantham partly as a result of the annual Boxing Day meet.

"This event has been the subject of much controversy and negative news coverage in recent years.

"Supporters claim that the event raises money for good causes but in 2018 the event’s contribution to the Mayor's charity was a paltry £88.82.

"Meanwhile the organisational costs to the public purse eg for preparation, policing and cleaning, were much higher.

"It is time for the council to firmly disassociate itself from the Belvoir Hunt Ltd whose activities continue to bring the town, the Charter Trustees and the district into disrepute."

The motion highlights a number of occasions in recent years when supporters and employees of the Belvoir Hunt have been in the courts and hit the headlines for public order and animal welfare offences.

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