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Grantham Journal column: Council must show vision

Planning Application S16/1810 for Highway works and Parks: The Poplar Farm estate is planned to be 1300 homes and a large roundabout access is required to Barrowby Road at its junction with Gloucester Road along with a “Ghost island” junction further towards the A1 which will connect to the Gladman Homes 300 dwellings development for which planning approval has now been given.

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Coun Bob Adams, Conservative leader of SKDC ENGEMN00120130424141642

Grantham Journal column: We are doing all we can to get the best possible service at the hospital

Feelings have been running high in Grantham following the news that our hospital accident and emergency unit is to remain closed between 6.30pm and 9am for at least three months.

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John Boulton

A&E closure: ‘Situation not ideal but the safest option’ says head of nursing at Grantham Hospital

In the first of a new series of monthly columns, head of nursing at Grantham Hospital John Boulton tells us ‘I think the future of Grantham Hospital is bright’.

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Lincolnshire County Council leader Coun Martin Hill.

Grantham Journal column: A few minutes of your time could change our future

There’s only a few days left to have your say on plans that could change this area for years to come. The devolution consultation that has been running since June, is nearly at an end, but you can still take part.

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A personal view

Grantham Journal column: Do I have a bag? Errr, do you have a minute to let me explain...

A polite message to all bag-thrusting retailers – when I politely decline the bag that you automatically grab for my purchase, it’s not because I fear you may charge me.

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Coun Charmaine Morgan

Grantham Journal Column: Our future generation is at stake

In a bid to address issues identified, briefing sessions on housing in the East Midlands Council and South Kesteven District Council are taking place. Many in our communities reliant on social housing will shortly face a significantly more challenging future when it comes to security of their home. Affordability and availability are key concerns. There is a general shortage of both privately owned and rented homes. The reliance on the private sector to deliver housing is not working. In our district, even where the council has identified land for builders to use, development targets have not been met. There is a significant gap in the Government’s Housing Policy which emphasises home ownership. However, UK house prices and income levels mean at least a quarter of our population cannot afford to own their own home. Government policies are affecting those already living in, or, providing social housing. The Government is reducing incentives to provide social housing and has capped rents landlords can charge. As overheads increase, this puts financial strain on social housing providers. Council tenants are to see rent rises that will bring their costs in line with the private rented sector and secure tenancy for life is to be removed. This not only affects tenants but puts a huge burden on the council who will have to administer changes to tenancy agreements. The sale of council homes also outstrips the ability of local authorities to build replacement homes. New housing standards and regulations anticipated, though welcome, are likely to result in a significant loss of private rented housing accommodation as both public and private landlords potentially face large housing improvement bills and new rent caps. Other changes also affect tenants.

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Coun Ray Wootten.

Grantham Journal column: Town must retain A&E

Having recently been taken ill in the early hours of the morning, I attended the A&E in Grantham Hospital. I was admitted and spent three days in hospital before being transferred to the Lincoln hospital for specialised treatment.

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Coun Bob Adams, Leader of SKDC ENGEMN00120130424141642

Grantham Journal column: Give your view on this vision for our future

The last three to four weeks have thrown up some remarkable events in politics.

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Grantham and Stamford MP Nick Boles.

Grantham and Stamford MP Nick Boles tells why he backed Boris, switched to ‘political soulmate’ Gove...and resigned as minister

Nick Boles, MP for Grantham and Stamford, has had a turbulent fortnight, first backing Boris Johnson as Conservative Party leader, then signing up as Michael Gove’s campaign manager. Here, he explains what happened and why he took the decision to resign from his ministerial role.

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Social media columnist

Grantham Journal column: Feelings really count

Targeting an audience based on their feelings is nothing new. Marketing has long been a cross between business and psychology.

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Mayor of Grantham Coun Linda Wootten. EMN-160531-154609001

Grantham Journal column: I don’t feel Brexit will change things straight away

I didn’t stay up to watch the referendum results on the television so I was surprised when I caught the 8am news and I couldn’t quite believe the country had voted to leave the EU, as I thought the ‘Remain’ would just pip ‘Leave’ past the post.

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Roy Wright, chairman of Grantham Carnival

Grantham Journal column: The right thing to do? Only time will tell

Well, we’ve only gone and done it. Pulling out of Europe that is.

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MEP for the East Midlands Emma McClarkin. EMN-160218-143720001

Grantham Journal column: It is time to unite in the best interests of the country

Events since the EU Referendum vote have been fast-moving, and no doubt there will be new developments by the time you read this article. Nevertheless, I feel that, as someone who campaigned for a Leave vote, I would like to set out some thoughts below.

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Grantham and Stamford MP Nick Boles. EMN-151105-160103001

Grantham Journal Column: A wonderful person doing something wonderfully ordinary

One week ago, Jo Cox walked across the road in the small market town of Birstall towards the library where she, like her predecessors before her, held surgeries as the MP for Batley and Spen.

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A voter registration drive is under way in Bourne and the Deepings.

Grantham Journal column: Leaving EU allows us control of our borders, money, trade and laws

I​ ​was​ ​recently​ ​asked​ ​to​ ​talk​ ​to​ ​an​ ​undecided​ ​voter​ ​and​ ​explain​ ​why​ ​they​ ​should​ ​vote​ ​to​ ​leave​ ​the​ ​EU.

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John Knowles

Grantham Journal column: Dedicated group of volunteers Keep our river clean

Grantham is extremely fortunate in having a stretch of the River Witham running close to the town centre.

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Grantham and Stamford MP Nick Boles. EMN-151105-160103001

Grantham Journal column: US following in our footsteps but fight for equality is far from over

On 7 June 1866, Elizabeth Garrett and Emily Wilding Davison went to Parliament to present a petition calling for women to be given the vote.

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Charmaine Morgan

Grantham Journal column: EU membership helps to protect our wellbeing and our environment

The EU referendum is taking place on June 23. Many young people and residents living in rented accommodation have not yet registered to vote and will have no voice. There is still time to register by calling 01476 406080 before June 7.

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Coun Ray Wootten.

Grantham Journal column: Allison Homes plan is not a done deal

Over the past few months when I have spoken to residents about the planning application by Allison Homes (ref S15/3189) I have occasionally been told that people feel that’s a done deal and whybother objecting.

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A view that was familiar to one of the world's most prominent politicians.

Grantham Civic Society column: Here’s where Mrs Thatcher grew up

The shop illustrated on the right hand side of the painting by A. Bellatti in 1834, displayed a sign saying ‘Pindard’.

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