Author: Richard Davies

Grantham Councillors take fight for Grantham A&E to Hospitals Minister

As part of the ongoing battle to reintroduce a 24/7 Accident & Emergency department at Grantham Hospital local county I along with other local councillors met with Philip Dunne MP (Minister of State for Health). In a meeting arranged by Grantham’s MP, Nick Boles, a wide range of issues were discussed focussed on the recent STP process and the performance of the Lincolnshire NHS bodies including United Lincolnshire Hospital Trust (ULHT) and East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS). Speaking after the meeting County Council Leader, Cllr Martin Hill, said “We appreciate the Minister finding the time to listen to the...

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Making Lincolnshire Local Government Better

The current two-tier local government structure for Lincolnshire originated in 1974. Reforms in a number of other counties of England have since removed this two-tier structure in favour of unitary authorities. Where the two-tier structure remains, its inherent tensions, most evident in respect of services such as waste, transport and planning, require complex ‘interfaces’ to be negotiated which are rarely efficient and are frequently expensive. Other services are simply duplicated – e.g. economic development and tourism. Political differences between authorities have made focused local direction of some services, plans or programmes difficult and occasionally impossible. There has often been...

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Barrowby Gate to be permanently repaired

Roads in Holbeach and Grantham will be among the first to be repaired as the council gears up for the latest round in its battle against potholes. The council is currently finalising its pothole patching programme for 2017/18, with the initial locations set to be tackled in April (see Notes to Editor for details). Each pothole along these roads will be permanently repaired at an estimated cost of around £250,000. This is just the first stage of a £5m year-long programme, which will eliminate the worst potholes across Lincolnshire and prepare some roads for future surface dressing. Each job...

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Report highways issues quickly and easily online

If you spot a pothole, faulty traffic light or any other highways issue, let the county council know via its online reporting system. The council’s online reporting system, which can be found at www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/faultreporting, is the quickest and easiest way to alert the highways team to an issue. And unlike emails, phone calls and third-party websites, reports made in this way are at a significantly lower cost to the authority. Another disadvantage of using third-party websites is that it is more difficult for the council to keep you updated. In contrast, the council’s online system allows you to sign...

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More trains on East Coast Mainline

To boost the number of seats available to passengers, Virgin have made over 30 changes to our timetable with 16 brand new additional services, including 14 new weekend services. This means an extra 13,000 seats in total. These changes build on the 42 additional weekly London-Edinburgh services they launched earlier this year which added an extra 22,000 seats. Of course, the 65 new Azuma trains will boost capacity even further, adding 12,200 seats to our fleet and increasing capacity into King’s Cross by 28% during peak times. Changes to the Sunday services will commence from Sunday 11 December with...

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