Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Victoria Atkins Chosen as Conservative Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Louth and Horncastle

Local people from the Louth and Horncastle constituency have chosen the next Conservative Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for their area in an open primary.

The fresh face of Mrs. Victoria Atkins has emerged triumphant from a hard fought primary battle and will replace long-serving parliamentarian, Sir Peter Tapsell, who is retiring at the 2015 general election.

Spilsby's Franklin Hall was the venue where three rounds of voting eliminated James Browne, Sarah Macken and Kelly Smith. Mrs. Atkins said:
"I am really excited and feel very honoured to be chosen as the Conservative candidate. I will take it a step at a time and look forward to learning from Sir Peter as well as doing things my own way.
"The three main concerns of local people are housing development, wind farms and flooding and my role is to continue Sir Peter's campaign on these issues and making sure we build on the good work of local councils."
Mrs. Atkins is married to her husband Paul and has a son Monty. She specialises in fraud and criminal regulatory work, with a practice in serious, complex crime.

Each candidate was interviewed and then subjected to a questions and answers session. A ballot was then conducted. The winner requiring fifty percent support to be selected. A number of ballots were held and if no candidate secured fifty percent support then the candidate with the least support was eliminated and another round of balloting conducted.
Chairman of the Louth and Horncastle Conservative Association, Mr. David Andrews, was pleased with Mrs. Atkins' selections, saying:
"We are very happy. All four would have been excellent candidates but Victoria is very good. She has a lot of hard work to do but we are more than confident she will be able to do it."

Friday, 25 July 2014

New Website

For up to date information on the activities of Cllr. Giles McNeill who represents the Nettleham Ward on West Lindsey District Council please visit: 

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Tragic Deaths of Two Individuals at Cherry Willingham Level Crossing

Two people have been killed after being struck by a freight train at a level crossing in Cherry Willingham.

The pair died after being hit by a freight train at the Cherry Willingham level crossing just before noon today.

The train is understood to have been heading to Immingham Docks.

British Transport Police said the incident, at Croft Lane in the village of Cherry Willingham, was reported at 11.57am and Lincolnshire Police and East Midlands Ambulance staff also attended.

East Midlands Ambulance Service attended but both people involved in the accident were pronounced dead at the scene.

A British Transport Police spokesman said:
 "Both people have been pronounced dead at the scene. Officers are now working to establish the full circumstances of the incident, which is currently being treated as non-suspicious. 
"The Rail Accident Investigation Branch has been informed."
A spokesman for Cherry Willingham Community School, close to the crossing, said:
"We have been told by the British Transport Police that we can't send children who live in the village home that way, and we have told all parents as much as we can."
Ms Annette Atkinson, a shop worker at Maddison's News in Cherry Willingham said:
"Several customers have been in saying they heard a train sounding its horn for a long time prior to this. 
"We heard the train hit a person at Green Lane, but took until Croft Lane to stop." 
Sir Edward Leigh MP for Gainsborough said:
"It is with shock and deep sadness that I have learnt of these tragic deaths today, in Cherry Willingham. Words will never adequately express the grief that will be experienced by the friends and family; a grief shared by the residents of Cherry Willingham and our wider community. I am confident that those in need of support at this terrible time will find it and that answers will be forthcoming to determine what has gone so tragically wrong. My thoughts are with the family, friends and community at this time."