The long-running saga over the future of Louth's Cattle Market moved a step closer to being resolved today when East Lindsey District Council approved the sale of the site to Leeds-based supermarket giants Asda.
It is anticipated that a planning application will be submitted by Asda in the coming months.
Portfolio Holder for Finance at the Council, Councillor John Upsall, said: “The Council has a very clear duty to ensure taxpayers receive good value for money and I’m pleased Council voted to sell this significantly underused site. Not only is it underused; it would have required hundreds of thousands of pounds of investment over the coming years to maintain it in its current form.
“The Council will now consider in detail options for replacing the Livestock Market facility.”
Yorkshire based supermarket chain Asda has defended a "wearable England flag" it has launched for the World Cup after claims it resembles a Ku Klux Klan outfit.
The £3 St George's Cross, with the word "England" on the red cross, features a hood which Asda said was to allow fans to wear it and stay dry despite the unpredictable British weather.
But some fans took to Twitter to point out what they believes were similarities with the hoods worn by the racist US organisation, also known by its initials "KKK".
The flag's description on the Asda website simply says: "Support England in the world cup with this unique wearing flag!"
A company spokeswoman said it had also produced a wearable Brazilian flag ahead of the competition, with starts in the South American country on June 12.
"We know there's chatter on Twitter about our wearable World Cup flags, but it's simply a flag with a hood - nothing more, nothing less.
"We opted for a hood on our wearable England and Brazilian flags as you never know what the British weather will bring.
"We want customers to get behind the team without getting wet."
The supermarket chain ASDA, based in Leeds, has been at the centre of a storm of condemnation today for selling a fancy dress costume called 'mental patient'.
Charities say it's "staggeringly offensive" and ASDA now admits it was an "unacceptable error". It's taken the costume off sale and donated 25 thousand pounds to a mental health charity.
Tesco's now been drawn into the controversy because of an outfit called pyscho ward and other stores are checking their shelves as Jon Hill reports.
Tricia Thorpe from Time to Change talks to Calendar's Jon Hill about the 'mental patient' fancy dress costumes
Supermarket giant Asda has been forced to apologise after it advertised a fancy dress outfit featuring someone covered in blood and brandishing a machete as a "mental patient fancy dress costume".
The Halloween costume , which has now been withdrawn, was on sale for £20.
Sue Baker campaigner for mental health charity Mind, told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme: "Nine out of 10 people using mental health services in patient care report stigma and discrimination from a range of sources.
"Stigma and discrimination is unfortunately still really damaging in England today and this kind of myth of the dangerousness posed by people, that you should be scared of anyone who has used mental health services, is really damaging.
"(Asda) certainly crossed the line here and I hear it might well have been changed with the addition of mental patient, so it was definitely being used to tap into negative stereotypes."
Former footballer Stan Collymore and political spin doctor Alistair Campbell have expressed disgust at supermarket giant Asda advertising a fancy dress outfit featuring someone covered in blood and brandishing a machete as a "mental patient fancy dress costume".
The Halloween costume, which has now been withdrawn, was on sale for £20 through the supermarket's clothing arm George.
Collymore, who has a well-documented battle with depression, tweeted: "Dear ASDA, nice stereotype of " Mental patients". Something you'd expect from the ###. A f***ing joke."
"Do you actually realise how many people are hanging themselves because of being frightened of the stigma? Wording is CLEAR. MENTAL PATIENT."
Former Labour spin doctor Alistair Campbell, who has also suffered from depression, tweeted: "Look what Asda's selling... what possesses these people?"
A Tesco spokesperson told ITV News they have removed a fancy dress costume called "Psycho Ward" from their website and apologised "for any offence caused".
A spokesperson said: "We're really sorry for any offence this has caused and we are removing this product from sale.”
Leeds-based supermarket giant Asda has been forced to apologise after it advertised a fancy dress outfit featuring someone covered in blood and brandishing a machete as a "mental patient fancy dress costume".
The Halloween costume, which is designed to look like a blood-splattered straitjacket with ragged edges, was on sale for £20 through the supermarket's clothing arm George.
Asda apologised for the incident in a series of tweets and said it would be making a donation to mental health charity Mind.
The company said: "We're deeply sorry one of our fancy dress costumes has upset people. This was an unacceptable error - the product was withdrawn immediately.
"We removed the product from our website this afternoon but unfortunately the page may remain visible for a few more hours."
Thirty fire-fighters are tackling a blaze at an Asda store at Handsworth in Sheffield. It broke out just before seven o'clock this evening. Smoke can be seen from several miles away. There are no reports of any injuries. The store has been evacuated.