Grantham Journal Review of the Year: July

Lord Coe signs autographs at the Sports Day at SKDC Stadium. 314D
Lord Coe signs autographs at the Sports Day at SKDC Stadium. 314D
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After declaring he would end Grantham’s “pothole plague” Councillor Richard Davies said Lincolnshire County Council would add £2m to the Government’s £6.5m for road repairs.

He said: “ I will be pushing the area highways manager – specifically for our Grantham team – to make sure the money is spent on critical areas so where there are big potholes and damage we can target them.”

Lord Coe, middle distance world record holder and chairman of the London Olympic Games, appeared at the Summer Cup event organised by the Grantham-based David Ross Education Trust at The Meres sports stadium. Charles Read Academy was well represented.

The Meres also hosted a Mini Olympics to celebrate the Olympics and Paralympics in which more than 750 schoolchildren representing 37 schools took part.

Coach company AC Williams and engineering firm Autocraft Drivetrain Solutions both announced expansion plans, the first by takeover, the second through a £1m investment in new machinery.

Charity concert event Knipfest had its funds wiped out after another successful weekend due to the theft of an uninsured generator left on site.

A breakfast workshop looking at the growth plans for Grantham revealed that to hit South Kesteven District Council’s target of 7,500 homes and 4,000 new jobs by 2026, eight homes a week needed to be built for the next 13 years.

At the same event, KGGS headteacher Graham Burks revealed 250 students from Grantham went to University each year and Stuart Pigrim, chairman of Grantham Business Club said the town “needed to know what it wants to be” to secure the growth required.

As part of the Journal’s Shop Local campaign, greengrocers Arnold Graham was featured. The Swinegate business has been around since 1955 and little has changed in that time with owner David Graham saying: “It is very important for towns to keep their individual shops.”

Many Springfield Road and London Road businesses were beginning to feel the pinch as motorists avoided the extensive roadworks. Belton Lane was also closed off by the county council’s highways department.

A massive blaze destroyed a large part of the Norbert Dentressangle’s cold storage site and debris was still falling in nearby villages a week later. Hundreds of workers were evacuated safely.

Independent retailer David Charles carried out a survey which showed Grantham people wanted to shop locally and he said he would look to form an independent retailers’ organisation to cater more strongly for that need.

After 17 years as Rector of St Wulfram’s, Canon Christopher Andrews was to retire and move to Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. He said he had wanted to make the church: “A place for people to call their own. It doesn’t belong to anyone else.”