Highways Briefing Note Update – July 2014

Lincoln Eastern Bypass

Unfortunately, there has been a temporary setback to progress on delivery of the Eastern Bypass. At the start of the month we received notification from the Secretary of State NOT to confirm the Side Roads Order and Compulsory Purchase Order. The basis is that the Secretary of State accepts the Inspectors conclusions that there is a risk to highway safety relating to the route of the non-motorised user bridge in the Hawthorn Road area.

 

Lincoln East/West Link

The Orders have now been confirmed by the Secretary Of State and we are now out to tender, with work planned to start in October/November. The early stages of the work will be confined to demolition of a number of properties and construction work within the former coal yard at the bottom of Tentercroft Street. Disruption to traffic and access to car parks on the run up to Christmas will be minimal and is not expected to cause any delays.

 

Whisby Road Scheme

Significant progress is now obvious on the northern side, and the next major phase will be the construction of the new roundabout at Station Road, due to start shortly. Works are also about to commence on further cycle way provisions on Station Road itself. These are being undertaken during the school holidays whilst traffic flows are much lighter but, unfortunately, we do expect some impact on traffic flows in the area.

 

Canwick Road South Park to Hall Drive (Local Pinchpoint Fund)

Some advanced work will be undertaken during August to divert underground apparatus alongside South Park Avenue, and we will need to carry out site clearance work adjacent to the South Common during November/ December. This is largely off carriageway and again we do not expect any serious disruption to traffic in the run up to Christmas. Information signs will be installed on the approach to these works well in advance of the start date to inform road users of the impending works.

 

Brayford Wharf East Footbridge

Advance works started on 21July and are expected to take around five weeks. We are awaiting a revised programme from Network Rail, but the bridge will not now be completed for Christmas as per the original programme

 

Business Club Celebrates a Decade of Donations

pinThe Lincoln Business Club will be cutting a special anniversary cake to celebrate its 10th birthday during its Annual General Meeting on Friday 25th July 2014.

The not-for-profit, voluntary organisation provides networking opportunities for the city’s business community. It was founded in 2004 by a group of local businessmen and women and currently has over 500 members.

“I was a member of the Newark Business Club before starting the Lincoln Business Club,” explained City of Lincoln councillor and honorary lifetime member Eddie Strengiel. “It dawned on me that since Lincoln is a city it seemed only appropriate that it should have a club.”

“When I became Mayor in 2004 I got together with Keith Alexander, Brian Logan, Rob Bradley and Steff Wright to see if we could launch a business club in Lincoln.

“They were very supportive and with the help of other local businessmen and women the club was born. We also received great amount of support and assistance setting up the club from Keith Girling, the Chairman of the Newark Business Club.”

In 10 years the club has held over 100 meetings and has attracted over 5,000 delegates. More importantly it has raised over £10,000 for charity. Regular donations are given to good causes in the local area, such as KIDS Strut, the Pelican Trust and St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice.

Julie Taylor, the current Chair and the founder of Gti Consultancy, said: “We have such a wide variety of business sizes from an array of industries as part of our membership base and each and every one of them has been instrumental in growing the club and ensuring we can continue to donate generously to charity.

“With a new member directory and over 3,000 Twitter followers, our creative marketing committee has harnessed innovative technology to ensure as many people as possible hear about the good work the club is doing in the city.

“We’re also getting more involved with the local authorities to ensure the opinions of local businesses are voiced and taken in to consideration.”

Eddie Strengiel added: “The club has gone from strength to strength and is still thriving ten years on, of which I'm very proud."

Meetings are held from 7am to 9am on the last Friday of every month in the Trust Suite at Lincoln City FC. Membership is free and a £3 entry fee is payable on the door.

To mark the club’s 10th birthday a celebratory birthday cake will be provided courtesy of Angels Dessert as well as commemorative badges by Marker Mark Promotions.