Andrew Abbott's Blog

Friday, 16 March 2012

Lincolnshire this week.

The Red Arrows are off for their annual warm weather training in Cyprus which, under normal circumstances would be a case of nice work if you can get it but of course the Reds have had more than their share of heartache over the past twelve months Two pilots have been lost and, recently Flt Lt Kirsty Stewart has left the flying side of the operation to a ground based role. Consequently the aerobatic aces will operate this season with an unusual seven in the formation. They normally fly with nine. The summer presents an opportunity for life with the Reds to begin to return to normal with a full programme of displays and the team are expected to take a prominent part in the Queens Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust was in the news as the press jumped on increased car parking charges, Lincolnshire being one of the highest rises at 112% although the trust disputes the figures.

A rural broadband firm, Next Genus is on the point of collapse having failed to find any viable source of funds. The company was set up to help areas of the country access high speed internet connections and has been popular in Lincolnshire. Yellow Belly surfers will soon find their service terminated though as the company revealed they had no realistic prospects of it being able to pay it’s creditors.

East Lindsey District Council has done an about turn on a proposed development in Mablethorpe. The scheme, by Lindum Group of Lincoln was for 180 houses and a supermarket and was initially turned down. Now the £50m build can go ahead as the Council re heard the application.

Belvoir Castle has appointed an agent to look after its lettings portfolio. The castles estate runs to over 300 residential properties and until recently administered the renting themselves. However the Duchess of Rutland has now appointed a specialist agency to deal with the management:-

“So many people are now moving out of London and the southern counties, as they search for a peaceful and safe place to live, although some retain their London homes for investment purposes.

“The Belvoir Castle estate is very much a hidden gem in the heart of England.” Said the Duchess.

The castles choice? It had to be Belvoir lettings. The regional firm has offices throughout the county.

Two of the county’s biggest football clubs have been doing battle this week. In court rather than on the pitch. Boston United were miffed at Grimsby Town enticing their managerial partnership to Blundell Park. The Pilgrims sought compensation and when the Mariners refused to cooperate the Pilgrims owner, David Newton demanded justice through the courts. Boston emerged the victors and Newton was jubilant:-

“We did try to settle this matter some months ago at a figure less than the damages now awarded and hence remain very sad that the matter had to be concluded in court.

“We had a great relationship with Rob and Paul and it was not pleasant sat on opposite sides of a courtroom.

“We are pleased the matter has now been concluded and hope that good relations can once again be restored with all the people at Grimsby Town Football Club.

Popular beat combo JLS will be performing in the county this summer. The X Factor graduates have proved themselves with MOBO and Brit awards and the Lincolnshire girlies had better get their screaming voices revved up for 2 September at the Lincolnshire Events Centre which for the uninitiated is at the Lincolnshire Showground. The events centre are delighted at the coup:-

“We’re delighted to be welcoming such a fabulous group to the Lincolnshire Events Centre. The 200-acre Lincolnshire Showground is the perfect venue for large music concerts. Said director of the centre Jayne Southall.

“Last year we were proud to host Scouting for Girls and we’re getting more and more enquiries for concerts and festivals which can only be good for lovers of live music in the county as well as local businesses.”

That’s it for this week. Hope your weekend is a screeching success.

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