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Artist's impression: Archway to The Strait Credit: Artist, Lea Goldberg

Plans for an iron archway to attract people to the Cathedral Quarter of Lincoln are to be looked at by the council.

A group of local traders have submitted a design for a fifteen-foot-wide arch to be constructed at the bottom of Steep Hill.

Their concept was chosen as part of a competition by Lincoln BIG, where people in the area could pitch their design ideas.

It’s hoped that constructing an arch at the historical gateway to the The Strait will draw more people in to explore that part of the city.

Artist's impression: Archway to The Strait Credit: Artist, Lea Goldberg

As well as businesses in the area raising money, the traders are also hoping that the European Regional Development Fund will help pay for it.

Chairman of the Bottom of the Hill Traders Richard Baxter said:

“For three years, the group has been doing all it can to raise money to help fund the archway, so hopefully it will go ahead.

Once we get the go-ahead, we shall invite Lincolnshire forges and craftspeople to tender to make this prestigious piece of metalwork.”

If approved by the council, the new archway will be installed next spring.

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Green bins hit 10,000 milestone in Lincoln

More than 10,000 green waste bins have now been signed up for in Lincoln.

This morning the order for the 10,000th bin was placed, with people signing up to pay the £25 annual charge.

The City of Lincoln Council, who are introducing the scheme to help balance the budget after government grant cuts, will shortly be sending out information and stickers ahead of the paid service coming in on July 1.

Council trials "green" van

City of Lincoln Council has added an electric van to its fleet for use by its parking team.

The van, which can do around 80 miles on a single charge, has been bought to replace one of the council's diesel vans. It takes around three hours to charge up, and is emission and noise free.

Rod Williamson of the City of Lincoln Council says the van is a trial, and that it could add more electric vehicles to its fleet in the future.

"Green " drive for Lincoln Council

City of Lincoln Council's new electric van Credit: ITV Yorkshire

City of Lincoln Council has added an electric van to its fleet for use by its parking team.

The van, which can manage around 75 miles on a single charge, has been bought to replace one of the council's diesel vans. It takes around three hours to charge up, and is completely emission and noise free.

City of Lincoln Council's new electric van on charge Credit: ITV Yorkshire
Rod Williamson, City of Lincoln Council Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Rod Williamson from City of Lincoln Council says the van is a trial and they could introduce more in the future.

Future of "Urban Rangers" under threat

The future of "Urban Rangers" will be decided at a meeting in Lincoln tonight, as the city council attempts to save nearly one million pounds from its budget. The Rangers, who patrol around 60 green spaces across Lincoln are used to help keep things like anti-social behaviour under control.

Council bosses are deciding whether to withdraw the service, along with that of the Commons Warden. Withdrawal of both services would save the council around 500 thousand pounds over five years.

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Protest planned ahead of Lincoln council's budget meeting

Protesters are planning to gather outside the Guildhall in Lincoln ahead of tonight's full meeting of the City of Lincoln Council. They will lobby members as they arrive to discuss a possible 1.9% council tax increase and set the council's spending budget for the forthcoming year.

Members of the Lincoln Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition say they support councils in refusing to pass on cuts following reductions in central government funding. They are angry at proposals including cutting funding for the Walk and Ride bus, Lincoln Drill Hall and other community projects.