Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Carollers Support Local Charities

Lincoln's Our Lady's Carollers, who collect donations during the festive season for local charities, have met to decide how to distribute the monies raised during the 2011 season.

The Carollers have given £2,900.00 for local charities this year and the following charities have or will recieve donations of between £100 - £1,000:
  1. Lincolnshire Air Ambulance
  2. Cherry Willingham Special Families
  3. Youth 2000
  4. St Mary Le Wigford Church's drop-in centre
  5. Down's Heart Group
  6. Lincoln Samaritans
  7. Age UK (Lincoln Branch)

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Police Announce Custody Suite Plans

In what has been a fairly badly kept secret locally Lincolnshire Police have announced that a new multi-million pound police station could be built in Nettleham.
An artists impression of the new facility.

The news comes after private security firm G4S was awarded a £200 million contract to provide a host of services to Lincolnshire Police. As part of the deal, G4S would build and run a new state-of-the-art police station.

It is understood that the force's preferred site for the development would be at its existing headquarters in Nettleham, north of Lincoln. In addition, older stations around the county could be replaced.

The project is expected save Lincolnshire Police Authority an estimated £28 million and an eco-friendly design will cut running costs by £5 million over the next ten years.

The 30-cell station, based on a hub-and-spoke design, would house up to 120 staff. It would also be extendable in the event of major incidents or anticipated peaks in arrests and is expected to account for a 'major proportion' of the savings, said G4S.

A formal decision on where the new station will be has not been made. Lincolnshire Police Authority spokesman Alan Hardwick said:
"The chairman of the authority has made it known the site that's favourably under consideration is actually at the headquarters site in Nettleham. 
"The next step is that G4S and ourselves will be preparing plans to go to West Lindsey District Council. 
"It's land we already own and subject to planning permission that's the preferred site. But we have not ruled out alternatives. 
"We are carrying out a review of our entire estate which also includes the south of the county. And we will look very critically at some of our older stations."
It is thought around 544 of nearly 900 full-time civilian employees in the authority could be affected by the deal.

From Sunday, 1st April 2012 G4S will be Lincolnshire Police Authority's partner for other services. This will cover areas such as human resources, information technology, fleet management, custody services and firearms licensing for at least the next ten years. Lincolnshire Police Authority chairman Mr. Barry Young said:
"G4S shares our values and our ambition to maintain and improve services. 
"Crucially, the new strategic partnership will also deliver significant infrastructure investment that will offset the budget reductions called for by the Government. I believe we are leading the way."
Ms Kim Challis, group managing director of G4S Government and Outsourcing Services, said:
"G4S is excited to be partnering with Lincolnshire Police in delivering this landmark programme. 
"We are particularly delighted to have the opportunity to implement many new innovations, such as our purpose-built Bridewell custody suites – the first of which will be completed within a year."

Saturday, 11 February 2012

County Councillor Criticises Town Council Colleagues

A Liberal Democrat County Councillor has launched a bazaar attack on his colleagues on Gainsborough Town Council.

Cllr. Mick Tinker, Liberal Democrat (Gainsborough Hill Division) has demanded to know why his Liberal Democrat colleagues (they have 12 of 18 councillors) in control of Gainsborough Town Council failed to discuss a planning application until only a handful of days remained before a decision would be taken by Lincolnshire County Council.

The criticism is published on the Gainsborough Liberal Democrats website it points out that Gainsborough Town Council received the planning application at the end of November last year, and mentions that three council meetings elapsed before the matter was discussed.  Cllr. Tinker, doubtlessly with one eye on re-election in 2013, objects to a proposal for a waste and refuse facility which will see the districts rubbish being processed potentially close to homes, which have yet to be built.

Whilst it is odd that Cllr. Tinker has attacked a council run by his Liberal Democrat colleagues, what is truly surprising is that Mr. Barry Coward, the Chairman of Gainsborough Liberal Democrats, who took up his post at the start of 2012, has decided to publish the article on an official party website. It will be interesting to see what, if any, response follows from the Liberal Democrats on Gainsborough Town Council.

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

EXCLUSIVE: New Development Considered for Nettleham

A consortia of three landowners have started preliminary discussions with Nettleham Parish Council which will ultimately lead to them seeking to develop a 30 acre (14 hectare) site off Larch Avenue, Nettleham.

It is understood that the range of housing developed could include starter homes for first-time buyers, accommodation for the elderly and even provision of a care/nursing home.

However, owing to changes currently happening in the planning system it is likely that planning permission will not be applied for for at least 18 months, if not 24 months. It is to the credit of the developer that they have approached Nettleham Parish Council to begin consultation with both the council and the wider community.

It is understood that technical assessments have previously been undertaken including ecological, highways and flood risk but that owing to the proximity of the Sewage Treatment Works there may well be some constraints to the extent of the development.

The possibility of what sort of 'planning gain' - benefits for a local community from development - the developer might offer are now being considered. Part of the development of the site might include landscaped areas, woodland planting, walks or an open space amenity which could include sports provision. Local community organisations such as the Nettleham Woodland Trust and the various sports organisations in the village will doubtlessly be approached for comments and ideas.

If and when planning permission is sought by the developer, from West Lindsey District Council, who are the local planning authority, Nettleham Parish Council becomes involved as a statutory consultee. Local people are free to express their view to both the Parish and District Councils. The most persuasive arguments that hold sway, when the Planning and Development Committee at West Lindsey District Council are determining a planning application, are those based on planning policy guidance.