A flag of convenience? So-called ‘Independents’ join the @LincsTories ahead of 2019 District Council elections.

Grantham and Stamford Conservatives have seen a recent flurry of membership applications from town and district councillors and candidates. Most of these have happened just a few months ahead of the District Council election in May. What a coincidence, eh?

In recent years in Lincolnshire, the Conservative austerity agenda has resulted in the bedroom tax; the creation of foodbanks; the closure of youth centres and libraries; and numerous examples of botched service delivery.  However, in Stamford, three sitting so-called ‘Independent’ councillors have suddenly realised their political affinity lies with the Conservative Party. In Deeping St James, a former Independent District Councillor has come to the same conclusion and yet another Deepings Councillor is rumoured to be at the point of signing up for a blue rosette (NB. It’s not me!).

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July 2018 – Report to Market Deeping Town Council

Report to Market Deeping Full Council – July 11th 2018

Apart from watching World Cup football, I’ve had another busy month. Here are the edited highlights:

Friends of Mill Field

Since my last report, Friends of Mill Field have heard news from the Independent arbiter of the Village Green application. There will be a public inquiry into the application which will probably take place in November.

In an attempt to ‘lock the stable door’, the County Council has taken the gormless decision to register a landowner deposit to declare that they wish to put an end to the recreational use of the land.

I am trying to find out how many people responded to the so-called consultation about potential development on the land.

Town Centre

SKDC’s new Head of Town Centres, Paul Allen, contacted me for a meeting about growing the town’s economy, including an update on the Saturday market. I invited Cllr Virginia Moran to join me the meeting as I know she has done a significant amount of work planning this year’s Christmas market as well as acting as liaison with SKDC regarding the proposed Saturday market. We gave Mr Allen a short tour of Market Deeping explaining the key issues faced by retailers, residents and visitors.

Saturday Market

Over 500 people responded to the recent SKDC consultation regarding a weekly market in the old market place. More than 85% of the responses were positive and the County Council is now being consulted because they are technically responsible for the market place. Assuming the County Council don’t drag their feet, the market could be launched in the autumn. Continue reading

See Shakey live at the #WatertonArms, DSJ, this friday!

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I am delighted to promote the Mask Theatre Company’s forthcoming production of  ‘The Comedy of Errors’. It is touring the Peterborough area from tomorrow (Crowland Abbey) but this Friday 29th June it will be performed at the wonderful Waterton Arms in Deeping St James.

Tickets are £10 and food and beer will also be available (though sadly not within the ticket price).

Last year’s performance of Macbeth at the Waterton was fabulous with twilight birds and bats adding to the atmosphere of the play. I am looking forward to Friday’s performance even more though because my beautiful and talented eldest daughter is a cast member this year.

If you want to buy tickets for the play then click here 

Meanwhile, to whet your appetite, here is some recycled blog roll on the issue from the Mask’s resident blogger Becky Owen Fisher

This evening’s blog comes from our renowned Abbess, Emma, who observes, very eloquently, just how much left we have to learn. We had some photos of our rehearsal yesterday, but they’re in the process of being WeTransferred, so you’ll just have to look out for those later. Time waits for no man, and it certainly […]

via Time waits for no man — Dromio, Dromio, which one are you Dromio?