The people of Lincoln are summoned to go to the polls on May 5. Candidates promise many things, but what are the biggest problems facing Lincoln?
We asked which issues should be tackled next, regardless of who wins in the local elections on Thursday.
Mark Reynolds (49) Hykeham, Train driver for East Midlands Trains
“The roads aren’t very good after the winter we’ve just had. As for the council, obviously they’ve had big cutbacks because of the government’s response to the monetary situation, which in my opinion is too much. It’s destroying the city, destroying the community.
“I think Lincoln needs to look at how it deals with its tourism. I think it could promote it better. We’ve got a lot to offer.”
Imogen Bell (26) Lincoln
“The transport between Lincoln and other places, it’s a total nightmare. There are no buses to Cherry Willingham, for example, on a bank holiday or a Sunday. It’s a real pain. And anti-social behaviour too, drinking in the streets.”
Naledi Withers (19) Lincoln, Gap year student
“I think that they could market [Lincoln], especially uphill, a bit better. I’m a tourist guide at the castle at the moment and they could really boost that I think. It would bring many more people to the area.
“When it’s sunny like this everyone just heads to the coast, but we’ve got so much here. With plenty of ice creams stores along the way, I’ve noticed.”
Erol Palsay (69) Lincoln, Retired
“I think Lincoln’s fantastic. I first settled here in 1975 and I’ve lived here ever since. I have no desire to move. It’s fine. [No issues] not in Lincoln, no. Maybe pensions. But I love Lincoln, no problems with anything.”
Kim Cade (48) Bracebridge Heath, Sales Assistant
“Definitely the traffic situation, it’s getting worse. As soon as you have one road closed it just causes congestion everywhere. Public transport has gone downhill. They’ve cut a lot of buses out. It’s ridiculous.”