Thursday, 28 August 2014

Lincoln East - West Link Road

Three contractors bid for £10m part of Lincoln East West Link Road project

'Three contractors have been invited to submit a tender: Balfour Beatty, Galliford Try/Aggregate Industries joint venture and Carillion/Lafarge Tarmac joint venture.'

Three firms in race for £10 million East-West link road contract

'The £22 million East-West Link Road will include £850,000 for design costs, £220,000 in legal fees, £923,000 in utility diversions costs, land costs of £6.7 million, and £680,000 for site supervision.'

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Dog Waste Bins

Health & Safety Notice

Please will any dog owners using the Bridle Path in Nocton be very careful when disposing of their dog waste - the two dog waste bin lid hoppers are rusted and razor sharp.

Bin 1

Bin 2

Bin 2

I see from the Parish Council Clerk's Report of 29 July 2014, the intention is to replace these bins, but there appears to have been a delay:

"The second dog waste bin and two fitting posts to replace the existing posts and bins located on the bridle path have been delivered.  A quote for fitting the posts and bins will be considered elsewhere on the agenda."

Perhaps I shall prompt the Clerk for a response, given the parlous state of the old bins - I will report back in due course!

Bin 2
Latest Update

I have just received a very prompt response from the Clerk to the Parish Council - with encouraging news:

"Hi Geoff,
The bins are being replaced tomorrow.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Best Kept Village

Round 2 - Results Sheet

I have been trying to ascertain the results of the competition for 2014 from the Campaign to Protect Rural England- see my email below:

'From: Geoff Hall
Sent: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 9:29 AM
Subject: Best Kept Village 2014

Good morning,

I see the Best Kept Village competition is now organised by CPRE.  There used to be a very good website where the general public could keep up to date with the competition: Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to locate a replacement website for 2013 and 2014.

Do you know where I can find the current information for 2014, as I believe this year’s competition is now into the second round of judging and I would like to see the interim results?

Many thanks,

Despite protracted correspondence with both National CPRE and a conversation with the Chairman of Lincolnshire CPRE, there doesn't appear to be a replacement website publishing information regarding the Best Kept Village competition. However, I have been able to obtain a copy of the Judging Results for Nocton in Round 2, but it appears we have not managed to progress through to the Final Round.

Sunday, 24 August 2014


Nocton Hall

Once again the land owned by Leda Properties is being used for illegal fly-tipping... with the bill for clearing up being borne by local taxpayers. Each time rubbish is dumped on this private land, North Kesteven District Council are obligated to remove the potentially contaminated material. If you look closely at the photograph below you will see 'NK-Aware' tape encircling the rubbish pile.

Last time this happened, the NKDC investigation team were able to identify the persons responsible for the dumping. Let's hope subsequent examination of this waste will result in prosecution too.

Perhaps Leda Properties should also fulfil their responsibilities by tightening security on the site e.g. by installing a barrier at the approach to the RAF Hospital site to hinder vehicles approaching the access gates and the land to the South and East of Nocton Hall?

Illegal fly-tipping at Nocton Hall

Fly-tipping costs Lincoln taxpayers £27,000 a year and it's on the increase

'The number of fly-tipping incidents in Lincoln rose by 22 per cent last year, with ironing boards, rabbit hutches and even a gas fire among more than 1,000 items dumped.'

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Wind Farm - Who pays for subsidies?

Lunacy on sea: As Ministers agree to the world's biggest wind farm off Brighton, has Britain ever succumbed to a more catastrophic folly?

'The Rampion Wind Farm... we are told, will supply to the national grid 700 megawatts of power... yet, in truth, thanks to the vagaries of the wind, the actual output, as E.on's own website admits in the very small print - will be lucky to reach 240 megawatts. E.on can hope to earn £325 million a year... £220 million will be paid by all of us in subsidies.'

Rampion Wind Farm

'Turbines will have a generating capacity of between 3MW and 7MW, with respective maximum height to tip of 180m and 210m. 100 to 175 turbines, depending on the turbine size selected.'

£11m for the wind farm that was not working

'Ten wind farms have each been paid more than £3 million over the past three years to shut down their turbines, with one alone receiving £11 million'