Sleaford Town councillors plan to release more information about the offer that was initially put forward by Tesco in return for land on Boston Road recreation ground to be used for a link road.
Councillors came out fighting on Wednesday night after coming in for criticism from people on both sides of the debate.
Members plan to put as much details surrounding the initial negotiations as possible that resulted in the council electing not to sell the strip of land for an access road between Boston Road and Mareham Lane, accessing the maltings and new Tesco. Previously they had been advised not to put the details in the public domain due to legal constraints.Leader of the council Brian Watson was upset by comments claiming members were ‘out of touch’ and ‘dinosaurs’. He said: “Some may be scare mongering but not by ourselves. We have been gagged for long enough about what we can and cannot say. When it is spelled out what the public would get there will be a difference of opinion.”
He also defended against criticism that the council was merely holding out for a better deal. He said that would be up to the council to decide.
Coun David Birks added that it was important to point out the council was not against revitalisation, but protecting land that was under covenant.
There was also discussion about how best to get more public opinion on whether the council should fight on, suggesting canvassing door to door and a town poll. A further meeting will be held to thrash out a strategy.