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Shoppers threaten boycott over parking fines

Fury has continued over ‘ridiculous rules’ in a Lincoln retail park

Shoppers have threatened to boycott a Lincoln retail park as backlash continues over claims of ‘leaving the site’ parking charges.

Parking rules at Valentine Retail Park have sparked fury among shoppers after some claimed to have been issued bizarre ‘fines’.

It appears as one single retail park to shoppers, but those caught unaware wandering from one side to the other have reportedly been fined.

The Lincolnite investigated the complaints and found that two different parking companies are operating in Valentine.

The car park is split into two sections and managed by two separate parking companies which operate ‘no leaving the site’ rules.

Valentine is owned by British Land and the car park is operated by CP Plus. Valentine South (which includes Wren Kitchens and The Range) is owned by Bracknell Forest Borough Council and the car park is operated by UKCPS.

While CP Plus told reporters they do not fine drivers who park on their site and shop next door, UKCPS said they will issue tickets to anyone leaving their site, including into the second half of the shopping complex.

Now shoppers are threatening to boycott the retail park after they started to issue the “ridiculous parking rules.”

“It’s the shops that’ll lose out because shoppers will just shop online,” wrote Tony Gardiner.

Bill Morris added: “Time for a boycott and go elsewhere.”

But he wasn’t alone in the idea, many others commented on our previous story to say that they will just avoid shopping in brick and mortar stores.

Alison Callaghan said: “It’s so busy finding one parking space is often hard enough and expecting you to put kids back in the car to move the car a few yards is totally unreasonable.

“The shops need to get their act together and sort it out or they don’t deserve our custom!”

Anyone caught leaving the site will be fined. Photo: Connor Creaghan for The Lincolnite

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A body has been found at Grimsby Town train station and British Transport Police officers are trying to identify the person, but the death is not being treated as suspicious.

Officers were called to the station at 5.35am on Saturday, October 16 following reports of a casualty.

Paramedics also attended, but sadly the person was pronounced dead at the scene.

A spokesperson for British Transport Police said: “Officers are continuing to work to identify the person and inform their next of kin.”

A Shadow Executive made up up Labour and Independent councillors has been formed as the opposition on Conservative-led Lincolnshire County Council.

Councillor Robert Park, Labour Group Leader, will serve as Leader of the Opposition until the next Annual Meeting of the Council in May 2022. The role will then transfer to Councillor Phil Dilks, Independent Group Leader, for the following year.

This follows the agreement at the county council meeting on September 18 that the Labour Group and Independent Group should together be recognised as the opposition.

September’s council meeting also endorsed a protocol to alternate the post of Leader of the Opposition on an annual basis.

The eight elected members of the county council named as the official Shadow Executive are as follows:


  • Councillor Robert Parker – Resources, Communications, Commissioning, and Procurement
  • Councillor Julie Killey – Children’s Services including Safeguarding
  • Councillor Karen Lee – Adult Social Care, including Local Authority Public Health
  • Councillor Kev Clarke – Fire and Rescue, including Community Safety and Cultural Services

Councillor Robert Parker said:“This is a practical solution to make sure that there is a recognised Opposition to hold Conservative councillors and particularly the Executive to account for their actions.

“We will be doing so on behalf of the people of Lincolnshire. After all, the Council has a revenue budget of £505 million a year and a capital budget of £208 million: scrutiny of that level of expenditure is essential.

“We will also be putting forward our own policies as will the Independents. Where we agree with their policy proposals no doubt we will support them.”


  • Councillor Phil Dilks – Waste, Trading Standards, People Management, Legal and Corporate Property
  • Councillor Ashley Baxter – Economic Development, Environment and Planning
  • Councillor Marianne Overton – Highways, Transport and IT
  • Councillor Richard Cleaver – NHS Liaison and Community Engagement

Councillor Phil Dilks said: “Effective Opposition and well-informed constructive scrutiny in local government contributes to more robust and accountable decision-making. So it’s important that an agreement has been achieved which allows a functioning Shadow Executive to be established.

“We look forward to working creatively to offer positive and innovative proposals for the benefit of the people of Lincolnshire – whilst ensuring that the identity and integrity of both our groups is maintained.”

The return of big and fantastic firework displays in and around the city will create a lot of excitement in November.

The Lincolnite has put together a list of displays to look out for to celebrate Bonfire Night this autumn.

If your display is not on the list and you’d like it to be added, please email full details to [email protected].

Autumn Lights – Lincolnshire Showground

The popular Autumn Lights fireworks display is returning to the Lincolnshire Showground on November 6, with fire and glow entertainers, street food and drink, as well as a funfair.

The fireworks display will be choreographed to music alongside hot air balloons glowing in the night sky.

Where: Lincolnshire Showground
When: Saturday, November 6 (2pm-9pm)
Cost: £45-£55 per car – buy tickets here

See more information here.

Back With A Bang – Sincil Bank

| Photo: Lincoln City Football Club

Fireworks will be back at Lincoln City’s Sincil Bank stadium for the first time since 2019 with a fun evening of family entertainment on November 4.

There will also be live music and entertainment, including from the cast of New Theatre Royal Lincoln’s Christmas panto Beauty & the Beast, and a chance to meet the Lincoln City first team.

Where: Lincoln City’s LNER Stadium
When: Thursday, November 4 (from 5pm, display at 8pm)
Cost: Adults £6, concessions £4, family £18, with discounts for Imps Gold/Gold + Members – buy tickets here.

Lincoln Rugby Club fireworks display

Watch the fireworks at Lincoln Rugby Club. | Photo: Brian Penney

Lincoln Rugby Club in Nettleham will host a fireworks display with fun for all the family – fairground rides, candy floss, a sparkler pit, large inflatable slide and bouncy castle.

There will also be pizzas, burgers, hotdogs and a sweet stall at the family-friendly event.

Where: Lincoln Rugby Club, Lodge Lane, Nettleham
When: Friday, November 5 (gates open 6pm, display at around 7pm)
Cost: £5 per person or family tickets for £15 (two adults, two children). It is advised to book in advance, but tickets can also be bought on the day. Buy tickets here.

Firework Spectacular at Sir Francis Hill

Firework Spectacular at Sir Francis Hill Community Primary School

The annual firework event will return with a bang at Sir Francis Hill Community Primary School for its 25th year, on November 5.

Fireworks, fairground rides and food will be available at the event described by the school as “a great night out for all the family at one of Lincoln’s most popular firework events”.

Where: Sir Francis Hill Community Primary School, Bristol Drive, Lincoln
When: Friday, November 5 (5.30pm-8pm)
Cost: Adults £5, children £3, family tickets also available and prices vary. People can purchase tickets here in advance or pay at the gate on the day.

Harmston Young Farmers Bonfire Night

| Photo: Harmston Young Farmers

The free annual family bonfire and firework night held by Harmston Young Farmers’ club for the village and the wider community returns this autumn.

There will be hot food, a licensed bar, sparkler zone, and a rousing performance by The Sleaford Concert Band.

Where: Harmston Village, LN5 9SN
When: Wednesday, November 3 (starts 6pm, fireworks at 7.30pm)
Cost: Free entry, but donations will be collected throughout the evening for a chosen charity.

See more information about the event here.

Sturton by Stow bonfire and fireworks

The Sturton by Stow bonfire and fireworks night will return on November 6, 2021.

The annual firework spectacular will return to the Sturton by Stow recreation field

There will be food and drink stalls, as well as glow sticks sold by Sturton Youth Club. The event will help raise money for the local recreation field, FOSSA and Sturton by Stow Youth Club.

Tickets will be available from mid-October from Sturton General Stores and Sturton Primary School, with limited tickets available on the gate.

Where: Sturton Recreation Field, LN1 2BU (parking available at the school and Bradshaws)
When: Saturday, November 6 (gates open at 5.30pm)
Cost: Adults £6, under-14s £4, under-3s free. Family ticket (two adults and two children) £18 if purchased in advance.

See full information here.

Bassingham bonfire night

The bonfire night and fireworks event will return to the village of Bassingham in 2021. | Photo: Elliot Doody

The fireworks event in the village of Bassingham will return for the first time in four years, for families and anyone who still loves a traditional bonfire night.

Tickets can be purchased from Greens of Bassingham corner shop and The Bugle Horn pub, with a limited number available on the gate on the night.

Where: A field in Bassingham near LN5 9JU
When: Saturday, November 6 (starts at 7pm with fireworks at 7.20pm & 7.45pm)
Cost: Adults £3, under-16s £2, under-4s free.

Harby Bonfire and Firework display

Harby Bonfire and Firework display will be held on November 5, 2021.

Harby’s firework display is its main source of income to help provide the local playing field, bowls pavilion, tennis court, and children’s play area.

Due to bad weather and coronavirus, Harby’s last firework display was held there years ago, so this will be an extra special event and help raise some urgently needed funds. Food, drinks and refreshments stalls will be available.

Where: Church Road, Harby, NG23 7ED
When: Friday, November 5 (gates open at 6pm)
Cost: Adults £5 and all under-16s get in for free

Ingham Bonfire Night

Ingham Bonfire Night will take place on November 5, 2021.

Food and drink will be on sale inside the village hall as part of the returning Ingham Bonfire Night.

No sparklers are allowed, but glow sticks will be on sale, while there will be limited free parking at the GP surgery on Lincoln Road.

Where: Ingham and Cammeringham Village Hall and car park
When: Friday, November 5 (gates open 6.15pm, bonfire lit at 7pm, fireworks at 7.30pm)
Cost: Tickets on the gate – Adults £5.50, Children £4.50 (under-5s free), Family Ticket £18 (two adults, two children)

Witham St Hughs Bonfire and Firework Night

Witham St Hughs Bonfire and Firework Night.

There will be kids rides, food vendors and a bar at this year’s Witham St Hughs Bonfire Night.

Where: Witham St Hughs Village Hall
When: Saturday, November 6 (gates open at 5pm, bonfire lit at 7pm, and fireworks at 7.30pm)
Cost: Tickets can be purchased online or on the gate. On the gate is priced at £8 for those aged 16 and over and £6 for children aged 5-15. Online tickets are £5.50 for those aged 16 and over, with children aged 5-15 costing £4.50. Family tickets are also available priced at £17.

RAF Waddington will also be hosting a fireworks display on Wednesday, November 3. It is only open to military personnel and will be taking place on base, but the local community will likely be lucky enough to see the display from their homes as per previous years.

Elsewhere in the county, the popular Enchanted Lights event returns to Stourton Estates in Baumber near Horncastle between November 4 to 6.

An alternative evening’s entertainment to a traditional bonfire or fireworks night, including the trees and arboretum lit up with coloured lights, toasting marshmallows on specially designed mini fire-pits, and more – see more information and buy tickets here.

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