Supporting our Communities
Lancaster Bomber Memorial Permission Granted
Permission was granted on 24th April for a full sized replica Lancaster Bomber on the A46 at Norton Disney to form the gateway to Lincolnshire. Higher than the Angel of the North, wider with a 31m wingspan and heavier than a real Lancaster, being built of durable steel, not light
aluminium. It is a fitting commemoration of 100 years of the RAF and the contributions made by people of Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire. The artistic tribute (without the poppies) reflects Lincolnshire’s long-standing contribution to engineering, agriculture and aerial defence. Almost a third of the £100,000 needed has already been raised. The application came with a huge list of supporters and an excellent speakers.
Cutting of the sod Lancaster installation start is at Brills Farm, Norton Disney, May 15th 2-3.30pm www.bombergatewaytrust.co.uk
Celebrating the Armed Forces
The Lincolnshire Independents have raised this as a big year to celebrate the Armed forces, with the opening of the International Bomber Command Centre and to mark 100 years since armistice day and 100 years of the RAF. To perform at our big event on July 1st, book a ten-minute talent audition at the NKFest in Navenby on May 26th www.n-kesteven.gov.uk/NKFEST
There was huge debate at the District Council last week as the Conservative leader put forward a change of branding for the Council, without identifying the full costs to change vehicle markings, uniforms etc. A third of the Council are Independent and almost all spoke with conviction against the imposition of a new identity. What do you think? If you would rather the money was spent of services, there is a petition at https://democracy.n-kesteven.gov.uk/mgePetitionListDisplay.aspx?bcr=1
The District Council will promote discounts offered by your business to Veterans and Armed Forces personnel. Deadline May 31st.
NHS GP facilities not coming to Witham St Hughs
The application for 1250 new dwellings at Witham St Hughs went through planning last week. A high-powered representative of the NHS was there. The NHS five-year plan of March 2017 is to “Strengthen access to high quality GP services and primary care, which are far and away the largest point of interaction that patients have with the NHS each year.”
I made the case for residents in Witham St Hughs, with a high proportion of young families. I asked for a local facility like Navenby where doctors move between surgeries, making it easier for patients. The CCG speaker replied that buildings cost money and they would rather spend the money on services. They have, however, built at North Hykeham and the money is now allocated to build at Bassingham too.
Centralising services may be easier for the NHS but can be very difficult for residents. I also called on the District Council to ring-fence funding for Witham St Hughs.
I believe this is an opportunity missed. I proposed a more imaginative solution, led by the District Council using the £500k promised by developers as a base. This demonstrates to me how we are asked to take large amounts of housing without providing the matching services or facilities.
Carlton Le Moorland New Village Hall
The Old Village Hall is now closed and it is hoped that the new one will be completed in April 2019. Huge thanks to everyone who has helped in the fantastic effort of fund-raising. Thanks to Andy Sceeny, managing a delicate mosaic of grants, John Clarke managing the building side and the whole team. Final grant responses come back in June, when we hope a small public works loan will not be needed! Thank you all for your support and for all you do for our communities. Let me know if I can help further.
High Flight by John Magee Jr
Wellingore Parish Council is chaired by author Roger Coles and includes District Councillor Catherine Mills. Together with volunteers from Wellingore, Navenby, the RAF and Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage, good progress is being made on the planned memorial to the pilot and poet John Gillespie Magee Jr. to be placed in the Millfield Park, along the A607. It is part of our heritage explored in Roger’s book, High Flight.
Listening to you
How many new houses for Leadenham?
Many of you kindly responded when I was consulting on the Local Plan for Central Lincolnshire, which identifies how much and where new housing would be acceptable. I objected to the total increase of 37,900 new dwellings, which comes with a significant unfunded shortfall in facilities. As you will have noticed, our public services are already severely struggling, including roads, NHS hospital and GP’s, police and ambulance services.
To enable some growth but without swamping local services and to keep the village character, small villages like Leadenham were allocated 10-15% growth between 2012 and 2036. 15% for Leadenham was in line with your comments to me and I supported this on your behalf at the public Inquiry. That would mean a further 20 dwellings in total over the 25 years, either new or from conversion of houses into flats. The plan also requires an incremental growth of “about 4 dwellings” in each application and the use of infill or brownfield sites first.
Heyford Developments, however, are asking for 36 houses on the green paddock on the A607 in front of the small industrial site. If all the housing comes at once on one greenfield site, then there is no allowance for anyone else, however small. On the plus side, over ten dwellings means a small contribution to our communities should be due and a larger contribution towards the Lincoln Eastern Bypass. The risk is that this is not always forthcoming, as we have seen elsewhere. Once permission is obtained, the land can be sold, and plans changed, so now is the time to carefully consider what you think is right.
Likewise, NKDC seeks 25% of houses to be “Affordable”, but we often do not get it in the end. For the record, “government affordable” means 85% of market value.
Housing over and above the allocation can only get permission with community support.
The developer’s consultation is on May 24th in the Village Hall. These are often run by professional public relations people who do a smooth job and keep your comments to make their case. Please let Catherine Mills and me who sit on the planning committee, know your views so that we can properly represent you, and keep to the rules.
When the developer is ready, they will submit the application to the District Council who will collect your comments directly via the planning on line website. http://planningonline.n-kesteven.gov.uk/online-applications
Broadband in Brant Broughton
Link up at https://communityfibre.openreach.co.uk/
You can also test whether broadband is now available in your area using a post code or landline number. Community Schemes are available, where residents pay for their own cabinet, with some grant assistance. There may be places where it comes to this, but I am also pushing the County Council to use their £40m public pot to benefit rural areas, not raising already fast speeds.
Carlton Le Moorland has a Young People’s Trust open to applications 07943 760 155. Below: Carlton Le Moorland Spring Show organised by Paul Hubbard and the team was an excellent event once again, thanks to impressive show entries and hard-working volunteers. New hall next time!
Comedy Nights at the George
The George Hotel, Leadenham Friday May 4th 7.30pm
Tickets £12.00 online or £15.00 at the door
Supper included. The line-up is the George Hotel Web Site. Paul Mutagejja will be back as MC for the night, dragging along some excellent stand-up comics. Tickets from behind the bar or via the website
Chat and activities for Babies and Toddlers
Mondays 9am-noon Bassingham Hammond Hall For all
Mondays 9.30-11 Wellingore at First Timers, Fourwinds Farm, The Heath 01522 810003
Tuesday Navenby Methodist Hall 10.30am 811684
Wednesdays 10-11.30am Brant Broughton Village Hall
Wednesdays Hammond Hall, Bassingham , alternating from 9.30am on the 9th and 1.30pm on the 16th
Fridays term-time 10-11.30 Coleby Village Hall
Friday Happy Hours
Harmston Memorial Hall 6-9pm and Witham St Hughs
Parish Offices for local support and information
Navenby Venue Tuesday to Friday 10-noon
Witham Office at Bassingham in the Hammond Hall,
LN5 9HQ 01522 789758 Open Mon, Wed, Thurs 9-1pm
Transport and Travel
Call Connect 8.30am – 7pm Weekdays and to 5pm Saturdays Ring to register and book 0345 234 33 44
or online at www.lincsinterconnect text 82727
Dial a ride 01522 544983 Disabled door to door
Local Plan www.central-lincs.org.uk 01529 308084
Planning on line
See and comment on applications to get your voice heard. Search “planning on line north Kesteven”
Opening Bomber Command Centre
The International Bomber Command Centre Opening Ceremony was momentous, despite the cold. John Bickers 91, and his son were among the veterans from far and wide who had made it to the event.
Waddington Pipes and Drums.
Below: Our Wildlife Watch Leaders enjoyed a sunny day of refreshment training at Horncastle. Wildlife Watch is the junior part of the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust. We enable children to have fun learning about local wildlife, with a view to keeping it in the long term. Last month, our group discovered what owls eat and next is bee-keeping. Events calendars are available from me or Jean Martin on 01636 626176 or email@example.com
Please keep reporting potholes
I asked for the historical records to see the trend in road investment: £175m in 2008/9 and £150m in 2017/8, despite a significant increase in traffic. We have growth, but not the matching services, leading to disrepair.
Despite delays and half-repaired roads, we are beginning to make headway with some notable repairs at last. I am seeing the Highways officer in our villages again on 16th May and escalating those holes that are overdue and dangerous. The best way to report is via the Lincolnshire County Council website, with photos if possible. With or without pictures, please choose “report a fault”, and follow it through. Or phone 01522 782070 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Reporting is the gateway to getting them repaired.