FIREFIGHTERS were called to extinguish a fence on fire in Tennyson Avenue, Grantham, at about 10pm yesterday.
They used a hosereel jet.
The cause is unknown.
FIREFIGHTERS were called to extinguish a fence on fire in Tennyson Avenue, Grantham, at about 10pm yesterday.
They used a hosereel jet.
The cause is unknown.
Grantham Meres Leisure Centre received a resounding thumbs up from the local community at its Open Day on Saturday.
South Kesteven District Council leader, Coun Bob Adams, deputy leader Coun Nick Craft and Chairman Coun Ray Wootten with kids, Keaton Leighton, Booth Leighton and Charlie Bavister cut the ribbon to formally open the new centre.
A three month programme of investment by SKDC & 1Life totaling £600,000 has seen the gym double in size and gym equipment double in number, which was a key point from past customer consultation.
New cross training, cardio, strength and easy to use toning machines for flexibility type training mean that the gym is now more suited to a broader range of users.
The equipment has built-in interactive TV entertainment, users can their own devices, or make use of Nike+1Pod technology.
In addition, an amazing dedicated brand new indoor cycling studio with Myride entertainment and instructor technology, means customers can take part in timetabled classes or follow the automatic instructions of a trainer on a screen – which is a first for the district.
Lastly, the investment also funded a second brand new group exercise studio which when added to the existing small hall means Grantham is now able to provide 128 classes of exercise each week, 100 more than previous, another key point from the research we did with customers.
More than 650 members of the community took advantage of the free activities available on the day – where the Pool was almost at capacity as families enjoyed swim and inflatable sessions.
In the gym and studios half hour taster sessions of classes, gym inductions were run. Plus badminton and table tennis as well as a bouncy castle and face painting & were all well attended.
What sealed everyone’s approval was the opportunity to relax in the remodeled reception area and fantastic new Costa Coffee café.
Coun Adams said: “My congratulations go to 1Life and our Venues and Facilities team for their work on this great investment for Grantham Meres Leisure Centre.
“The feedback from the public and customers at the opening was the same as our reaction as Councillors, at how great the facilities look and how impressive the range of equipment that is now on offer for members to enjoy.”
Dennis Bell, on behalf of Leisure in the Community, who helped fund the development said “Leisure in the Community were delighted to have attended the opening of these new facilities for the community at Grantham Meres which have only been possible through working in close partnership with such an excellent authority as SKDC”
General Manager at the centre, James Cole said: “It was really fantastic to see all the different facilities being used. All the visitors and the Councilors who attended the opening we blown away by the quality of finish, technology and variety on offer.
“Our research told us we needed to appeal to a broader range of local people and with the new modern facilities and the great new services we have every chance of helping everyone get the most out of life!”
Police were called at 7:35pm on Saturday 8th August to reports of a disturbance on Watergate, Grantham.
Upon arrival a woman, aged in her 20s, was found with injuries consistent with a fall. She was taken to QMC for treatment.
Her injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.
A 25-year-old man from the Lincoln area was arrested on suspicion of affray in connection with the incident.
He has since been released on police bail pending further inquiries.
Crews from Brant Broughton, Newark and Sleaford were called to a mobile home which was destroyed by fire, on Stragglethorpe Lane, Fulbeck.
Two people were treated at scene for smoke inhalation, although a dog died as a result of the fire. The cause under investigation
The road was closed.
THE A1 northbound carriageway between the A607 on Harlaxton Road and Gonerby Moor and the A52 at Barrowby were closed this morning.
This led to extensive queues of traffic.
This follows a call just after 05.30am that a woman was on the wrong side of the A52 bridge safety barrier over the A1.
Police spoke to the woman to persuade her to come back over the safety barrier to safety.
The roads remained closed while the incident was dealt with and re-opend after two hours
A woman was arrested after being on “the wrong side of the safety fence”. She has since been cautioned for causing a public nuisance.
A1 traffic was brought to a halt from South Witham to Claypole.
They have since been reopened and traffic is slowly getting back to normal.
Crews from Corby Glen and Stamford dealt with a tractor on fire in a field, at Little Bytham at about 4.30pm. Two hose reel jets and breathing apparatus were used.
*Grantham, Stamford and Market Deeping crews dealt with a caravan well alight on Uffington Road, Stamford. Two hose reel jets were employed.
The caravan was severely damage. An electrical fault is believed to have started it.
It was extinguished using two hose reel jets and two men wearing breathing apparatus.
Lincolnshire Police have been advised by the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau about a growing fraud trend that has been identified.
There has been a steady increase in Action Fraud reports recorded in the first half of the year involving fraudulent investments into film productions.
Action Fraud have increasingly recorded crimes from victims all across the UK being targeted by cold callers.
How does it work?
An Unregulated Collective Investment Scheme (UCIS) is a fund into which several people can contribute, in order that it can then be invested into other assets. This may contain risks as it is not regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).
Victims have been cold called and offered investments in film productions with various companies that have been cloned or are fraudulent.
For example, a call will be received, persuading the victim to invest in shares in a new film production staring famous actors.
Often the film production company name is a replica of an existing film company, with a small variation in spelling. Once the victim has transferred the payment online, the suspect organisation can no longer be contacted and the victim does not obtain the promised high returns for their investment. UCIS dedicate money to various enterprises and these schemes cannot be generally promoted to the general public in the UK.
Such schemes are not regulated by the FCA, therefore film production investors are not covered by the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) and the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS).
Lincolnshire Police advise not responding to such ‘cold calling’ opportunities, as you are likely to lose your money.
If you have been affected by this, or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or visitingwww.actionfraud.police.uk
For further advice on fraud, scams and cyber crime contact Lincolnshire Police Crime Reduction Team: email@example.com
FIREFIGHTERS attended reports of a mop head on fire in a shop on Grantham High Street at 4.30am today.
Fire was out on arrival, inspection only by crew.
Lincolnshire County Council’s Fostering and Adoption Service is staging a community engagement roadshow in a bid to attract more foster carers and adopters on 13 August in Lincoln and 14 August in Stamford.
Staff will be on hand to answer questions at City Square in Lincoln and High Street, Stamford, 9am-5pm, and an open-sided exhibition trailer will broadcast three commercials about fostering and adoption.
In the county more foster carers and adopters are needed, especially for children over five years-old, brothers and sisters that need to be kept together and children with additional needs.
Lizette Watts, Recruitment Team Manager for fostering and adoption said: “Carers are needed from all walks of life to meet the needs of children who need to be looked after.
“You can foster or adopt a child regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, marital status or religion.
“Come along for a chat with our staff. We’ll be happy to answer your questions and see if we can start your journey to support some of the most vulnerable children in Lincolnshire.”
For more information about the events, or to talk to a member of staff about fostering or adoption, call 01522 554114.
A HEADSTONE was erected today in honour of Flying Officer Robin Jaques who died when his Avro 504 K aircraft crashed in the field between Cold Harbour and Old Somerby, in August 1923.
He left a widow and two young children, one of whom, 18-month-old Josephine Edwina Jaques became favourite film & TV comedy actress Hattie Jacques.
The engraved Portland Stone headstone was be unveiled in his memory.
Rev Brian Lucas (Retired Air Vice Marshal and Chaplain of RAF) conducted a short Service of remembrance.
The RAFA, Royal British Legion, Burma Veterans paraded with their Colours and 47F ATC was in attendance.
Other Retired Members of Royal Air Force and other Services were also there.
Unfortunately, a fly-pay by a Hurricane and and Spitfire from the RAF Coningsby-based Battle of Britain Flight, had to be cancelled due to mechanical problems.
For information on Robin Jaques go to https://www.granthammatters.co.uk/jaques-robin-1897-1923/
Photos: Dave Jones
Dubbed the ‘Blue Light project’, it aims to help society’s most treatment resistant drinkers and offenders in towns across Lincolnshire.
To be delivered by Nacro and Alcohol Concern, the programme will introduce two specialist outreach workers to help these drinkers, as well as a training package to be delivered to people and organisations who come into contact with these drinkers, including street pastors, family workers, supported housing and children’s services.
Police and Crime Commissioner for Lincolnshire, Alan Hardwick, said: “We need to keep our residents safe. This project will go a long way in helping to tackle the issues and root causes which trigger these excessive levels of drinking which in turn, causes anti-social behaviour in our communities.”
Superintendent Mark Housley, Public Protection Officer at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “This is just one example, but in the past two weeks, Faye* (35) has got into two fights with neighbours and caused criminal damage whilst under the influence of alcohol.
“Police have attended these three separate incidents and know there will be others in the future related to Faye.
“Previously Faye has been in and out of treatment but has not been able to sustain regular and meaningful engagement. We need to do something to get to the root cause of her drinking.”
Mark Holmes from Alcohol Concern, who delivers part of the programme, said: “We’ve been working with Lincolnshire Police to identify those people who are regularly drunk and cause the most frequent alcohol related incidents. We then have assigned two specialist workers to help these people get their lives back on track by coordinating support – so bringing together housing, social care, employment and benefits, thereby addressing their issues and therefore putting them in a better and more willing place to deal with their alcohol dependency.”
As well as these specialist workers, training is currently being rolled out to over 200 people across the county, all of which have regular contact with these treatment resistant drinkers.
Supt Housley added: “It aims to encourage people to think about these drinkers differently.
“Instead of just putting them forward for a treatment service, we need to think about the cause of their alcoholism – why they are drinking? Maybe it is because they are homeless, have no job or no money, problems with their family, or just feel they have no future.
“We need to work out what we can do to solve their issues and get them back on the right track, which we ultimately hope will reduce the amount of anti-social behaviour on our streets.”
FIREFIGHTERS from Corby Glen were called to extinguished a fire in a combine harvester on Park Road, Swinstead, at about 11pm yesterday.
They employed a hose reel jet and thermal imaging camera.
Please see below a copy of the scam email currently being sent to people in Grantham and across the Lincolnshire region.
Do not click on the link shown.
If you receive such an email please forward to Action Fraud via their website reporting facility. www.actionfraud.police.uk
I am sending this email to announce: After the last annual calculation of your fiscal activity we have determined that you are eligible to receive a tax refund of 194.28 GBP.
We have attached the tax return form with the TAX REFUND NUMBER ID: UK321718269-HMRC.
Complete the tax return form by clicking on the link below :
Thank you not to respond directly to this email, your post would not be treated.
MR JACOB N WHITE
HMRC Tax Credit Office
TAX REFUND ID: UK321718269-HMRC
Copyright 2015, HM Revenue & Customs UK All rights reserved.
THE southern bypass, which is set to link the A1 near Gorse Lane with the A52 at Old Somerby roundabout can go ahead, the Appeal Court has ruled.
Planning permission was granted by South Kesteven District Council in 2013 for the Southern Quadrant Link Road.
The decision was subsequently challenged by Larkfleet Homes in a Judicial Review, but this was rejected by the High Court
However, Larkfleet Homes appealed to the Court of Appeal to overrule this previous decision and quash the planning permission.
The appeal was based on the fact the developer felt SKDC did not fully take into account the environmental impact of a proposal for a nearby housing development when granting permission for the road.
They also argued that the road and housing development should have been considered and dealt with as one project. These challenges were rejected by three Appeal Court judges.
Executive member for Highways and Transportation, Coun Richard Davies, said: “We are delighted that the court has once again ruled against the continued and unwarranted challenge which has plagued this road since it was first granted planning permission.
“It is very disappointing though, that at least £50,000 of tax payers’ money has now been wasted over the past two years defending a decision which was clearly the right one to have been taken.
“We can hopefully now progress without further unnecessary delay or expense to the tax payer.”
The 3km section of road will lead from a new roundabout to be created off the B1174, around the Southern Quadrant, linking up with the A52 at Somerby Hill, paving the way for the regeneration of the area including the 4,000 home Spittlegate Heath development.
This will be the final phase of an £80m Southern Relief Road which will link the A52 to the A1, and will improve Grantham’s infrastructure, enable economic growth and improve journey times for traffic travelling east to west, north to south and vice versa.
The Lincolnshire County Council-led scheme is supported by South Kesteven District Council, Greater Lincolnshire LEP (GLLEP), Lincolnshire Strategic Transport Board and local businesses.
One lane blocked and queuing traffic on A1 northbound at Great Gonerby sliprpad, Gonerby Moor.
This is due to an accident involving lorry and two cars.
Congestion affecting Grantham south sliproad
SKDC has launched a new website that allows residents to find information and access council services quicker and easier than ever before.
The new design at www.southkesteven.gov.uk means visitors are now able to find the council service they want within a few simple clicks online.
It means residents can, for example, access streetcare services more efficiently such as renewing a green bin sticker online. The site automatically recognises which type of device is being used, adjusts accordingly to meet the needs of the customer.
There are more services set to be available online soon including renewing and applying for applications for licences through to the customers being able to check their council tax accounts.
The redesign has aided the Council’s drive to enable those with online access to find services more comfortably whilst ensuring it can provide the best possible support to non-web users.
The majority of the site’s design came from in-house work after the authority sought expert advice from web developers and consulted residents on which services they most frequently accessed.
SKDC’s portfolio holder for Governance and Communication Coun Kelham Cooke said: “Our residents’ busy lives don’t always fit around a weekday 9am to 5pm and this new site makes it easier to access, order and utilise our services at a time and place that suits them, with more services than ever before available 24/7.
“The site meets the latest design standards, taking evidence from market leading sites, both in the public and private sector, to deliver a site that meets customer needs whilst being welcoming and user friendly.
“We consulted with our Citizens’ Panel before work began on the site and have also used members of the panel to test the site, throughout the process.
“We received some very positive comments and suggestions for improvement and have made changes along the way to reflect the feedback.
“We will continue to listen and respond to what residents think, where possible adjusting the site further and of course we’re still here to provide services and answer enquiries for those unable to do so online.”
FIREFIGHTERS used a hosereel jet to extinguish a fence that was on fire on Burrows Close, Grantham, at 7.40 last night.
A discarded cigarette was blamed.
Thirty minutes earlier, with colleagues from Corby Glen, attended report of a fire on the side of the A1, Great Ponton.
This turned out to be controlled burning.
They were called out again at 2am this morning, when they employed a bucket of water to extinguish a quantity of rubbish on fire in a garden on Uplands Drive.
SPITTLEGATE Farm on Gorse Lane is to be turned into a small housing development.
The old turkey sheds will be demolished and brick outbuildings and farmhouse will be converted and new homes built on the old farmyard.
The site sits between Grantham Preparatory School and Heath Farm.
There will be 23 new buildings (3x blocks) and six conversions and extension of existing barns, a total of 29 dwellings.
For further information go to http://ww2.southkesteven.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=2230&ApplicationNumber=S15/1718