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Lincolnshire County Council have applied to the District Council for outline planning permission to build up to 260 houses on Market Deeping’s Mill Field. It is neither the right time or the right place for such an application. It isn’t the right time because it is disrespectful of the County Council to preempt the decision […]

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As I said I would in the immediate aftermath of the referendum, I have largely kept away from the subject of Brexit, believing it right to show respect for the result and give time for the arrangements for our departure to be made without an ongoing commentary from myself. In any case, I’ve been busy […]

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Following years of myself and others seeking improvements to the footpath¬†which passes through the recently constructed Persimmon housing development behind Market Deeping’s Tesco store, significant improvements could be on the cards. The Planning Inspectorate have now issued an interim decision relating to the future of the footpath. This follows the public inquiry held in August […]

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The public inquiry into the future of footpath no. 4, which passes through the Tesco site and the adjacent Persimmon housing development, concluded this morning. This followed a site visit earlier to look at the two routes involved in the inquiry. These are the existing legal route which is now obstructed by houses and the […]

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Initially, changing the law to add “death by dangerous cycling” or “death by careless cycling” sounds like a good idea to protect pedestrians and make penalties for road users fairer. Thinking about this more however, I conclude that it isn’t. The whole reason why the Government is looking at this, a sad but incredibly rare […]

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The Planning Inspectorate have confirmed that the public inquiry to consider whether the County Council’s plans to divert the footpath that runs down the side of Tesco and through the new Persimmon estate are acceptable is to take place in August. The County Council’s plan would make Persimmon’s current illegal diversion the new official route. […]

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In Grantham earlier, I attended today’s meeting of the District Council’s Development Management Committee. The committee were considering the application to build up to 145 homes off Linchfield Road. I’m happy overall with the result. The application has been approved with conditions that require the developer to pay towards improving local facilities and that require […]

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No, this isn’t an April Fool’s joke. Water company Anglian Water are working on plans for a new large reservoir near Spalding. The proposed South Lincolnshire Reservoir would have a capacity of around 50,000 million litres. That’s about 20,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools. For comparison, Anglian Water’s Rutland Water reservoir has a capacity of around 120,000 […]

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With the news of the inability of Virgin Trains East Coast to meet their future commitments to pay the Government for their right to operate services on the East Coast Main Line, nationalisation is again being touted as the solution. The inter-city franchise has a rather tortuous history, with GNER, National Express, and now Virgin/Stagecoach […]

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The County Council has launched a campaign for fairer funding of local government in Lincolnshire by central government. This comes within a context of significant reductions in the funding our local authorities receive direct from central government and restrictions on increasing council tax which means it is not possible to maintain current spending levels. Unfortunately, […]

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