Andrew Abbott's Blog

Friday, 27 July 2012

Lincolnshire this week.

The county has missed out on the possibility of 150 new jobs after William Sinclair announced that a planned expansion was going to take place on land purchased in Cheshire. The horticultural supply firm had been searching for land in Lincolnshire to carry out their plans without success. They say planning rules scuppered the move. Peter Williams, finance director at William Sinclair, said: "We have been searching for some time and we have looked in great detail at about 50 sites, many in Lincolnshire. We had extensive conversations with North Kesteven District Council about a few sites in particular. The biggest problem we had was that we needed lots of space to store pallets of compost.

"We would need to get planning permission to store the compost but if you get that permission, then you can build warehouses and offices on the land too.

"There is more value in selling land for warehouses and offices.

"It has been quite difficult finding sites that will allow us to put pallets on them that are still cheap, but Ellesmere Port was the solution to that." The company stressed that no Lincolnshire jobs will be at threat as a result of the move.

A whole street of eco-friendly houses is planned for Lincoln. The new homes will feature rainwater harvesting, solar panels and triple glazed windows as well as enhanced insulation. The three and four bedroom houses will be built by Lindum Homes near to Albion Close, in the Long Leys area. Tony Lawton, the managing director of Lindum Homes, said the houses would be "extremely efficient".

He said: "Working with our consultancy team, including John Roberts Architects and Globe Consultants, we have designed this unique, small development to create 13 impressive modern homes which we submitted to Lincoln City Council Planners on Friday for consideration and await their comments.

"Upon receipt of planning approval, we would hope to have our team start on site soon after and would expect to complete within 18 months." The developers are not going to get it all their own way however. Local residents have formed a protest group. Janice Newsome, said: "One of the reasons we bought our house was because it was safe for our children to play here, and now they want to build a through road.

"We would get a lot more traffic coming through and because it's a very quiet street that's going to make a big difference.

"For the majority of residents, this issue of access is the main concern."

As featured on this blog previously a North Hykeham former nun who wanted to erect an illuminated cross in her garden has had her application for planning consent turned down. North Kesteven District Council planners said the cross would have been inappropriate and intrusive. Sister Mary Michael said she would just have to be a little light herself. The Council commented:-

"The proposed development would, by virtue of its height in comparison with surrounding residential properties and its illumination, represent an inappropriate and intrusive feature within this wholly residential area."

Sister Mary said she would not appeal, not to the council anyway.

The Cleethorpes Carnival will take place this weekend, for the last time. The parade has taken place for the last 36 years but, like so many others has seen it’s appeal fade. Leonore Pidgeon who helps set up the carnival said:-

 "It grew and grew but sadly at the beginning of 2000 it started to slip away from us. We lost a lot of big business as the big floats stopped coming."

"I understand vulnerable people require money before a carnival so we have top get our priorities right," Ms Pidgeon added.

The Heckington show is taking place this weekend, one of the few to survive the awful summer weather. Publishers of a new book on Lincolnshire’s farm animals will use the occasion to launch their tome. Heckington Show committee chairman Charles Pinchbeck said: "Heckington Show has always offered visitors the unique chance to see all our county breeds in one display. We are delighted to have been able to work with the Society for Lincolnshire History and Archaeology team to help people understand and enjoy them even more."

Chairman of the Society for Lincolnshire History and Archaeology Stewart Squires added: "This is a valuable addition to our understanding of how farm animals in the county have evolved into what we see today."

The show will be the 145th and takes place on the outskirts of the village where large crowds eager for country events of this kind mostly denied them this summer are expected ,ourselves included so I’d better go and get my tweed suit ironed. Until next week then. Have a good one.

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