Who are the other musicians?
Should you buy or rent a house? Buying your own home can be expensive but could save you money over the years. Renting a property through a letting agent or private landlord offers less autonomy to live by your own rules with more flexibility if you need to move.
Yet, there is a third way which many people seem to forget, yet it plays an important role in the housing of Grantham people. Collectively known as social housing, social housing is affordable housing which is let by either South Kesteven District Council or a Housing Association to those considered to be in specific need, at rents below those characteristic in the private rental market.
In Grantham, there are 3,062 social housing households, which represents 17.06% of all the households in Grantham. There are further 2,999 families in the South Kesteven District Council area on their waiting list, which is similar to what it was in the late 1990’s, its down from a peak in 2005, when it stood at 6,509 families, a drop of 53.9%
Nevertheless, this doesn’t necessarily mean that more families are being supplied with their own council house or Housing Association property. Six years ago, Westminster gave local authorities the authority to limit entitlement for social housing, quite conspicuously dismissing those that did not have an association or link to the locality.
Interestingly, the rents in the social rented segment have also been growing at a faster rate than they have for private tenants. In South Kesteven District Council area, the average rent in 1998 for a council house/ housing association property was £166.41 a month, whilst today its £350.70, a rise of 211% in 19 years.
When comparing social housing rents against private rents, the stats don’t go back to the late 1990’s for private renting, so to ensure we compare like for like, we can only go back to 2005. Over the last 12 years, nationally private rents have increased by a net figure of 19.7%, whilst social housing renting, national rents have increased by 59.1%.
So, what does this all mean for the homeowners, landlords and tenants of Grantham?
Rents in the private rental sector in Grantham will increase sharply during the next five years. Even though the council house waiting list has decreased, the number of new council and housing association properties being built is at a 70 year low. The government crusade against buy-to-let landlords together with the increased taxation and the banning of tenant fees to agents will restrict supply of private rental property, which in turn using simple supply and demand economics, will mean private rents will rise – making buy to let investment a good choice of investment vehicle again (irrespective of the increased fees and taxation laid at the door of landlords). It will also mean property values will remain strong and stable as the number of people moving to a new house (and selling their old property) will continue to remain restricted and hence, due to lack of choice and supply, buyers will have to pay decent money for any property they wish to buy.
Interesting times ahead for the Grantham Property Market!
Here’s a question for the highways department.
Recently…Barrowbygate had all the potholes repaired.
Is there any reason they completely ignored the crap state of the road at Barrowby gate/ Dysart road junction?
I’ve seen more than one cyclist nearly fall off due to the state of the road.
Residents and businesses across South Kesteven have the opportunity to help determine the future shape of the district in a series of ten drop-in events that begin on Thursday 6 July.
They are encouraged to attend consultation events during July and August to see the latest version of a Local Plan, which aims to pave the way for high-quality sustainable growth in the district until 2036.
The plan will be published on SKDC’s web site on 3 July. Drop in events take place over a six week period until Friday 11 August. Comments are invited until 4.00pm that day.
In the Local Plan foreword, Coun Mike King, Cabinet Member for Economy and Development, described the new Plan as ‘a framework document’ to help South Kesteven’s towns, villages and countryside to grow as thriving local communities.
It combines tried and tested policies with new or enhanced measures for employment and housing locations and a policy relaxation to allow some homes for local people in even the smallest villages.
Specifics include a new 96-hectare employment location close to the A1 at Grantham, development of the town’s Spitalgate Heath Garden Village, a new housing area in Stamford, limited new housing sites to the north west of Bourne and new employment and housing sites in Market Deeping.
The Plan recognises the importance of the visitor and retail economy building on the heritage and vibrancy of South Kesteven’s market towns and villages. A new Supplementary Planning Document will also be produced to ensure good design.
A questionnaire will help gather information about specific polices and site allocations.
Coun King said: “This is a golden opportunity for everyone to have their say on what the district is going to look like for years to come and how it can perform for everyone.
“We have a variety of ways for everyone to voice their opinion, from the general public to our business leaders and partners. We welcome comments regarding the Plan’s aims and proposed policies.
“Please come along to one of our public events and talk to our staff. Alternatively you can go online and leave us your comments or fill in our questionnaire. Last year’s consultation resulted in 600 responses and we want to exceed that this time round.”
The roadshows, starting in Long Bennington on 6 July, will showcase preferred site allocations and reflect representations received during the last consultation in 2016.
Paper copies of the Plan and questionnaires are available free of charge from council offices at Grantham, Stamford, Bourne Community Access Point and Market Deeping Community Centre.
6 July Long Bennington (Village Hall). 1pm – 6.30pm
10 July Grantham (Isaac Newton Centre). 11am – 4pm
12 July Market Deeping (Market Stall). 10am – 3pm
12 July Market Deeping (Deepings Community Centre). 5pm – 7.30pm
17 July Corby Glen (Village Hall). 5pm – 7.30pm
20 July Bourne (Market Stall). 10am – 3pm
20 July Bourne (Corn Exchange). 5pm – 7.30pm
28 July Stamford (Market Stall). 10am – 3pm
28 July Stamford (Arts Centre). 5pm – 7.30pm
4 August Grantham (Isaac Newton Centre). 11am – 4pm
A chapel near Grantham. Where is it?
Villagers in Billingborough were stunned to see riot police – with shields and battering ram – storm their village yesterday.
The Police Support Unit (PSU), were responding to an incident in Brewery Lane.
It followed concerns for a man’s safety. He was arrested and treated by paramedics.
The funeral of Josh Davies, who died earlier this month following a road accident, will take place on Wednesday 28th June at 3pm at Grantham Crematorium.
The 19-year-old was a passenger in the Toyota Yaris, driven by his friend Shaun Durham (20) which left the road and overturned at Londonthorpe at 11.30pm on Thursday 8th June.
Both men died from their injuries at Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham.
Biker friends of Josh have organised a motorcycle escort the the funeral cortege.
They will be meeting at The Grantham Football Club car park, Trent Road, at 1315 to 1345 ready to leave by 2pm.
The route will be through various areas of the town towards Grantham Crematorium.
One of his friends said: “Josh was a great guy who had a huge passion for motorcycles and we’d love to give him the best send-off we possibly can.
“To that end, he had always said he’d love a huge procession of motorbikes to escort him from his home to the Crematorium.
“We now have a full police escort and road closures for the procession route through Grantham.
“Please share this post everywhere as we want as many numbers as we can get.”
Friends are also welcome to the Springfield Arms, Huntingtower Road, afterwards for a wake in celebration of Josh’s life. You can let the organisers know you are attending by visiting… https://www.facebook.com/events/1453039501401638/?ti=cl&__mref=mb
Shaun Durham’s funeral will be held at Harrowby Lane Methodist Church on Friday 7th July at 11 am followed by burial.
Family and friends will be celebrating his life at The Fox and Hounds, Old Somerby.
Tel: Mary 07757763959
Events are being held across Lincolnshire to help inform a major health strategy.
Anyone with an interest in health matters can take part in the workshops, which will look at people’s health and wellbeing needs in Lincolnshire, now and in the future.
Chair of Lincolnshire’s Health and Wellbeing Board, Coun Sue Woolley, said: “Our Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy is being updated for 2018.
“We use a huge amount of evidence and statistics to pull this together, but we also need to know what county residents think the priorities should be so we have a good understanding of their needs.”
A survey is also available online for people who can’t attend the events. Visitwww.lincolnshire.gov.uk to access the survey or book a place at an event.
Places are still available for the Grantham event on 18th July 2017 from 1pm – 4pm at Jubilee Church Life Centre, St Catherine’s Road.
At the sessions, participants will look at the evidence available about the current and future health and wellbeing needs of Lincolnshire’s population, taken from the recently-updated JSNA (Joint Strategic Needs Assessment) which is available at www.research-lincs.org.uk .
For more information about the engagement events or the development of the new strategy, please contact [email protected] or call 01522 553729 for a paper copy of the
Whom do you know in this 1974 photo? (They seem to be a player short)
I can be contacted at 07738229824
Do you want a job that is both challenging and rewarding?
PCSO Gary Jacobs gave his insight into the role, “I’ve been a PCSO for six and a half years in Lincoln. It’s a great city with great people. Working with the community, I have made many friends and contacts and people always stop and talk.
“I am quite often asked for my input into the local community, and when local events are going on, I am invited to attend. I get to mix with people that otherwise would not speak to Police. I go into schools and meet the children giving them the opportunity to ask questions and to try on Police uniform and sit in Police cars.
“Being a PCSO has opened many doors and allowed me to gain opportunities and experiences I would otherwise have missed out on.”
If you would like to know more, further details are available in our vacancies section.
If you have the required skills and want to help make a difference in your community, we look forward to receiving your application.
My little boy Fenton was at the carnival last Saturday, when a man on a bike asked him to sit on his shoulders.
The man was part of the park act in the main part of the field.
Did anyone get any pictures as we didn’t
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Accident on A1 Southbound near Colsterworth. One lane closed on the southbound carriageway of the A1 at Colsterworth, due to an accident.
Two cars are involved.
One observer notes: ” The northbound is now getting congested as idiots keep looking across to see what’s going on.”
As at 4.30pm
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The tour organisers for the visit through Lincolnshire of the legendary Flying Scotsman tomorrow have published an amended timetable.
The train is setting off from Scarborough, picking up passengers at York (where the loco is based in the National Railway Museum), Doncaster (where it was built) and Lincoln on its outward journey
It will reach Lincoln at 11.55am pulling The Scarborough Flyer on its way to London Kings Cross, in an excursion organised by The Railway Touring Company of Kings Lynn.
It will continue on its journey, passing through Metheringham (12.11pm) and Ruskington stations, although not stopping, and take the avoiding line to the east of Sleaford at about 12.24pm before heading south through Helpringham, Donington, Spalding and out of the county, rejoining the East Coast Mainline at Peterborough, on to London arriving at 3.21pm.