A rare sighting of an adder has been confirmed in the Swanholme Lakes area on the outskirts of Lincoln.
A public exhibition is being held to help select the design of a memorial to commemorate RAF Bomber Command crew stationed in Lincolnshire.
Savings totalling nearly one million pounds have been agreed by City of Lincoln Councillors.
72 redundancies have been made at Walkers Crisp factory in Lincoln, equating to just under a third of the workforce. Parent company PepsiCo says the cuts are as a result of a huge investment it's made at the Newark Road site, where a new packaging system's been installed.
The company has stressed that the cuts are not as a result of cost cutting measures. It was initially thought that 87 of the 251 strong workforce could go, but there have instead been 72 redundancies following a consultation period.
The MP for Lincoln, Karl McCartney says he will be working closely with Network Rail. In a statement he adds:
I know many of my constituents in and visitors to Lincoln will be pleased to learn that planning permission for the footbridge at the Brayford Wharf Level Crossing has now been granted. This is great news and will help to reduce risks at this crossing for pedestrians. I also understand that Network Rail are progressing negotiations with owners of some buildings at the High Street location to allow them to proceed with planning permission applications and ultimately a footbridge at that location also.
– Karl McCartney MP for Lincoln
There is more to do – particularly as the current 20-23 minutes plus per hour the barriers are down during the day is to be increased by Network Rail to 40+ minutes per hour to allow long freight trains to pass slowly through our beautiful City. Such an increase in barrier down time will not benefit anyone in Lincoln at all. However, I will be working closely with Network Rail and other elected representatives ... towards a welcome positive conclusion in the near future
Plans for a new footbridge across a railway line which cuts through the centre of Lincoln have been approved. Network Rail is installing the bridge on Brayford Wharf East, one of two places where the railway line cuts straight through the centre of Lincoln.
It means pedestrians and shoppers will no longer be held up by trains. Talks are also underway to try and find a solution for the other crossing on Lincoln High Street - where a bridge could also be installed in the future.
It's being claimed that parks in Lincoln could become "no-go" areas if plans are approved to scrap the 'Urban Rangers' who police them.
A final decision on the future of the Rangers is being made at a budget meeting this evening, as the council attempts to save nearly a million pounds. But residents say scrapping the team will lead to more drug use, vandalism and crime. Kate Hemingway reports.
Savings totalling nearly one million pounds have been agreed by City of Lincoln Councillors, which will mean the closure of the Urban Ranger and Commons Warden services. Officials tonight approved the steps as part of efforts to balance this year’s budget.
The City of Lincoln council says its being forced to make front line cuts because of drastically reduced Government funding.
The leader of the council says he's also angry about the situation - given that he helped set up the Rangers just a few years ago.
– Cllr Ric Metcalfe - Leader of the City Council
"This is a direct consequence of cuts in Government grant. It means that excellent services like the Urban Rangers service are going to be affected. We can't make that scale of savings without services being affected."
John Shipton from the Long Leys Residents Association says he is worried that if the urban rangers go, there could be an increase in anti-social behaviour and crime in Lincoln's parks. Council bosses will decide tonight whether to withdraw the service as part of a cost cutting exercise.
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.