Lincoln Business Club kicks off 2017 with a charity donation

Lincoln Business Club charity cheque presentation to St Barnabas Hospice. From left, Rebecca Brittain, Mark Jarvis, Lincoln Business Club chair Zoe Easey, Karen Wright, Caroline Swindin from St Barnabas Hospice and David Cotten. Picture: Chris Vaughan Photography Date: January 27, 2017

Lincoln Business Club charity cheque presentation to St Barnabas Hospice

Lincoln Business Club is continuing its long run of charity donations with the first cheque for 2016 being presented to St Barnabas Hospice. Local Charities are put forward by the members and a shortlist was voted on by Lincoln Business Club members at the November meeting. The donation of £250 was presented to Caroline Swindin from St Barnabas Hospice by club Chairman Zoe Easey during the monthly networking meeting at Lincoln City Football Club on Sincil Bank on 27th January.

St Barnabas is a local charity providing support to adults living with life-limiting illnesses and their families.

Caroline Swindin said “We are incredibly grateful for every donation we receive. As a charity we need to raise £5.5million per year to continue the services we provide, and every donation really does help”.

Lincoln Business Club is a not-for-profit, voluntary organisation that provides networking opportunities for the city’s business community and currently has over 800 members.

The club has been running since 2004 and was founded by local business people who decided that Lincoln needed an inexpensive and relaxed forum for local business people to meet. The majority of members’ entrance and sponsorships fees are donated to local good causes.

Club Chairman Zoe said: “It’s very important that the club and its members are able to give our support to local charities, afterall they are part of our business community too”.

Lincoln Business Club meets at Lincoln City Football Club on the last Friday of every month at 7am. The next meeting is Friday 24th February and costs £4 which includes free tea and coffee.

Extra £5.4m for road improvements in Lincolnshire – with more expected

The county council now has £35.4m to spend on local road improvements in 2017/18 - and there could be more on the way.

The authority has been allocated an additional £5.4m by the Department of Transport (DfT) from its National Productivity Investment Fund, which can be used to reduce congestion at key locations, upgrade or improve the maintenance of local highway assets, to improve access to employment and housing, and to develop economic and job creation opportunities.

This follows the news last autumn that the authority was to receive £27.6m for general maintenance in 2017/18, with an additional £2.5m to tackle an estimated 46,800 potholes.

That has taken Lincolnshire’s total allocation for next year to £35.4m. However, the authority is also expecting to receive a share of DfT’s Local Highways Maintenance Incentive/Efficiency Element Funding and will soon be able to bid for a slice of the £175m Safer Roads Fund to make improvements on specific sections of the A1084 and A631.

Cllr Richard Davies, Executive Member for Highways, said: “We know that good roads are a top priority for residents, which is why we not only invest heavily ourselves, but also lobby government for additional funding.

“We’d been expecting to come out of this with around £32m in funding for the year, so to have already hit £35m with more likely to be on the way is a great result.

“We’ll be sure to make every penny count and keep the county’s roads in the best possible condition with the cash that’s available.

“And that’s not just good news for motorists - it should also help boost the local economy, which is good news for everyone.”

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