Grantham Journal review of the year: October

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Firefighters rescued a man from a burning house in Second Avenue, Grantham. The blaze had been started deliberately.

Councillors rejected plans for wind turbines at Carlton Scroop. Although officers recommended the plan be approved, district councillors refused the plan for two 40m-high turbines.

Grantham College principal Linda Houtby stands outside the run-down Stonebridge House in Grantham.

Grantham College principal Linda Houtby stands outside the run-down Stonebridge House in Grantham.

The former owner of China 88 announces plans to open a restaurant in The George Centre. Arri Bharwani said he was opening a buffet-style restaurant in the former Internacionale store.

The Journal launched its ‘We Want to Work’ campaign. With unemployment levels rising in the area, the Journal told the stories of 10 unemployed people in the town in a bid to help them find work.

A former Grantham man, now living in America, was one of 100 wingsuiters who jumped from 13,000ft over California to break a new world record.

John Kidd opened a new florist shop in The George Centre after he was forced to close his flower stall outisde his home in Harrowby Road. Mr Kidd opened Buster’s Blooms after a complaint led the district council to take enforcement action against him.

Four men were jailed after planning to steal £350,000 from cash machines. The gang admitted theft from the National Westminster Bank in Bingham and an attempted theft in Long Bennington where they were disturbed by police.

Readers were invited to come and meet the Journal team on St Peter’s Hill following the relaunch of the newspaper.

Corby Glen Sheep Fair was declared a success. Committee chairman Steve Honeywood said it had been the busiest fair in some years.

An appeal was launched to save the war memorial at the former Aveling Barford site. The memorial was dedicated to the 17 workers at the company who were killed in the Second World War.

A new £4.1m “Business incubation centre” was given the go ahead. The new building is part of the Grantham Growth Point Project and will be built in Wharf Road on the site occupied by Tanvic and Jewson to form a new-look Station Approach.

Grantham College bought Stonebridge House and nine houses with plans to refurbish the buildings. They were the former home of Grantham Police Station.

A Grantham mum feared drivers were putting lives at risk because they were ignoring a ‘no left turn’ sign at the bottom of Station Road and turning into Harlaxton Road when pedestrians were crossing.

Eight fire crews fought a major blaze at Mid UK Recycling in Caythorpe. The fire was centred in a room 100m x 30m.

South Kesteven District Council set out its stall for the future when it predicted big things for Grantham. The Station Approach development, approval of a A1 distribution hub, and the Gravity Fields Festival were all cited as examples of why the future is bright for the town.

Councillors demanded that a committee should decide whether a Tesco Express would be allowed to open on the site of the former Cherry Tree pub in Harrowby Lane.