Are we getting closer to 4G for Lincolnshire?

Today saw the news that Ofcom has allowed Everything Everywhere (the network used by Orange and T-Mobile) to use its existing network to deliver 4G services. (Press Release) This means that earlier than expected, faster mobile broadband speeds will be available using 4G LTE (Long-Term Evolution) technology, delivering superior download and upload speeds wirelessly. This decision has shocked and disappointed the other big players in the mobile industry, namely Vodafone and O2. They feel that the sector will be unduly distorted by allowing early entry into the market by a dominant company. So what does this mean for Lincolnshire? Well, OnLincolnshire has been … Continue reading Are we getting closer to 4G for Lincolnshire?

My article for the Grantham Journal (published on 1st June 2012)

So finally moves are being made on the Station Approach re-development, with compulsory purchase orders being put on the businesses that are located on the site. I am disappointed that negotiations have not resulted in a better resolution; however it is sometimes the case where businesses will need to move to ensure the continued improvement of the town.  The Station Approach development, in my opinion, should form part of the development of the town. The ideas contained within the development are good, and should they come to fruition, would lead to a much-needed improvement of this area.   It has always … Continue reading My article for the Grantham Journal (published on 1st June 2012)

The Academies Show in London

Today, I took myself off to London to go to the Academies Show with a couple of colleagues to take a look at what is involved in the Academy business and if any answers can be found over whether conversion is a good thing or not. It has always been my opinion that there needs to be a compelling argument to change for a school to make the leap from the local authority to become an academy. A simple financial incentive is not enough for me. I need to be convinced that the education of the children will be inexorably … Continue reading The Academies Show in London

Executive bonuses and a cap on benefits. Two sides of the same coin?

I have been struck by the debate raging about two topics that everyone seems to have an opinion on. The bonuses being paid to big banks chief executives by what is essentially a private company, and the money paid to benefit claimants by the government. There have been calls for the amount of benefits that one claimant can claim should be capped to £26,000 p/a. There have been similar claims to cap the level of bonus paid to high-flying executives and bankers. However, both of these issues boil down to a fairly simplistic argument. Do these individuals deserve the money they … Continue reading Executive bonuses and a cap on benefits. Two sides of the same coin?

Lincolnshire County Council to set aside £30m for Grantham Relief Road

On the 7th of February, the executive of Lincolnshire County Council will be given a budget proposal. This proposal has been out in the public domain for a few weeks to gather comments from the public. These comments will then be forwarded to the Executive to help them make a decision on whether they should accept this proposal. All fine so far. However, what is surprising is a small bullet point, tucked away at the back of the report on page 9 under “Capital Programme”. This bullet point reads: Grantham Southern Relief Road (2013/14 to 2016/17) at £30m So, with … Continue reading Lincolnshire County Council to set aside £30m for Grantham Relief Road