Jamie Waller

Local Democracy Reporter

Jamie Waller is a Local Democracy Reporter covering the North and North East Lincolnshire.


More than 400 dog walkers were fined a total of £41,000 after the council began enforcing a ban on Cleethorpes beach.

Dogs are not allowed on the beach between Wonderland and Cleethorpes Leisure Centre from Good Friday to September 30.

The three-year beach ban was brought following public demand to keep the resort clean in 2019. In January 2022, consultations will begin on whether to extend it or let it expire over the summer.

Since April 2, 418 dog walkers who broke the rules have been handed £100 fixed penalty notices, worth a total of £41,800.

Some 67 of those were on Easter Bank Holiday weekend alone, when the rules first came into force.

Cleethorpes Beach is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and is home to a number of rare habitats and bird species.

Wildlife along the stretch of coast can be disturbed by dogs, which can cause distress to and damage the health of the birds living on the beach.

During 2021, four more people have also faced penalties for not picking up their dog’s mess around the resort.

Another 61 have been fined for littering either on foot or in vehicles. These fixed penalty notices are worth an additional £6,500.

When most people see a homeless person on the street, they want to help out – but we are often unsure of how to assist the person.

Homelessness is a serious issue in Lincolnshire. A recent study claimed that on Christmas Day 2016, over 400 people in the county woke up on the street.

Organisations also agree that homelessness is rising, both locally and nationally.

So what is the best thing to do if you see someone sleeping rough on our streets?

The truth is, it is difficult for people to do anything directly. Most people lack the knowledge or experience to make in long-term change in someone’s life, particularly if they are in difficult circumstances.

Lincolnshire YMCA agrees with the idea that giving money to people begging probably is not the best idea.

Rachael Hewitt from Lincolnshire YMCA said: “There are support services available that can provide shelter, food and clothing should this be needed and people need not beg.

“This causes problems for local businesses, residents and those visiting the city.  As a charity, we work with homeless individuals to remove the need to beg and deal with the problems individuals are facing.”

Professional services

Instead, the best thing to do if you are concerned about someone is to ring the professional services. They are better equipped and having the training to deal with people’s needs.

Jonny Goldsmith is the operations manager for P3, a charity that focuses their support on socially excluded and vulnerable people, like those who sleep rough.

His advice is for members of the public to contact them.

Jonny told Lincolnshire Reporter: “P3 has two support teams. One goes out from 5am to find rough sleepers on the streets, see to their needs and help them to exit the streets if possible.

“The other is a temporary support services for people who need an urgent place to sleep.

“If people see someone they’re concerned about who’s rough sleeping, they should call our free phone number straight away.

“We can find the person and advocate on their behalf. However, our services cover all of Lincolnshire, so we rely on the public’s intelligence to direct them where they’re needed.”

“Our Street Outreach team goes out in the early hours of the morning in order to make contact with people who are sleeping on the streets of Lincolnshire. We will assess their needs, offer advice and advocate on their behalf – to ensure that they receive the support services they require.

“We cover such a large area that we rely on the general public to help us identify those people who are rough sleeping. I would urge anyone who sees someone rough sleeping to contact our Freephone number, that way allowing us to direct our support to those in need.’’

P3’s number is 08082810280. They can also be contacted on [email protected].

Other services that people can call if they are concerned about a person sleep rough are:

  • The Nomad Trust (01522 883703 for daytime and 07376 906789 for out of hours)
  • StreetLink (0300 500 0914 or streetlink.org.uk).

StreetLink also have an app available from the Apple or Google Play stores which people can use to alert the service.

Of course, if you see somebody whose health is in immediate danger, call the emergency services on 999 straight away.

Volunteering

There is one way to help vulnerable people in your area though, and that is volunteering. Giving your time free of charge can be valuable, especially when services are short of manpower.

Volunteer queries should be directed to: [email protected] or 01522 508388.

The P3 website also has a variety of volunteering opportunities around Lincolnshire.

The Volunteer Street Buddy role requires people to support professional Outreach Workers in responding to referrals or working with established rough sleepers.

Get in touch with P3 by emailing [email protected]


Just how big a problem is homelessness in Lincolnshire? Let us know your thoughts on what can be done in the comments below or by emailing [email protected]

Jamie Waller is a Local Democracy Reporter covering the North and North East Lincolnshire.

It’s the eternal debate whenever a group wants to order pizza – Domino’s, Pizza Hut or Papa John’s? They’ve each got their fans and their haters.

The Lincolnite decided to settle the argument scientifically by comparing pizzas from each of the three popular chains based in the city.

To make it fair, we tried to order as close to the same products as possible: a simple medium pepperoni pizza.

The three chosen pizzas

We selected:

  • The Pepperoni Feast from Pizza Hut (£11.80) 
  • The Pepperoni Passion from Domino’s (£15.99)
  • Papa’s Double Pepperoni from Papa John’s (£14.99)

The crucial factors that we rated them for were value for money, presentation, taste and extras. It’s impossible to have a great pizza without all those components; we were looking for a pizza that was a good balance of all.

Pizza Hut

The Pizza Hut medium pizza was £11.80. Many people wouldn’t be too unhappy to pay that dining in, and the added bonus of having it in the comfort of your own home makes it seem pretty affordable.

On the other hand, it didn’t come with any dip or sauces – a deal breaker for some.

The Pizza Hut Double Pepperoni cost £11.80

Presentation was good and it came with a pizza saver (the technical name for the white plastic object which stops the roof of the lid from sticking to the pizza). It was divided neatly into six even slices, each laden with evenly distributed pepperoni.

The pizza help together and was crispy without being overcooked.

On some slices, it was difficult to see the cheese! It was also cooked to perfection, with just the right amount of crispiness.

Perhaps the most important factor was the taste, and the most personal. The balance of cheese, tomatoes and pepperoni was nice and the base held together well. The toppings never slid away.

  • Presentation: 9/10
  • Taste: 9/10
  • Extras: 6/10
  • Value for money: 9/10

Overall score: 33/40

Domino’s

The Domino’s pizza was slightly more expensive at £15.99. They offer plenty of deals if you are ordering two or more pizzas or want some sides and drinks. However, a single pizza on its own was much more than you would usually pay.

On the other hand, the delivery arrived right on time.

Texture-wise it seems to have a lot more dough than its Pizza Hut competitor.

Domino’s Pepperoni Passion cost £15.99

The difference in presentation with the Domino’s pizza was obvious. While it had a thicker crust and more cheese, the distribution of toppings wasn’t good. Some were on their sides or not laid flat, and they seemed to be scattered much more randomly.

One slice had two pieces and another seven. This would be sure to cause fights when you ordered it for a group.

The Garlic and Herb dip was an undisputed highlight

There was a slightly smaller distribution of sauce with the Domino’s pizza.

As you can see on the pictures, the grease was also obvious straight away. This might add to the taste but it didn’t necessarily make it look appetising, some Lincolnite taste testers were put off by the extra grease.

The base was almost twice as thick as the Pizza Hut version, making each bite a real mouthful.

In addition, the Domino’s pizza had a secret weapon – the Garlic and Herb dip. It went down much quicker than the pizza itself and made every mouthful much more flavourful.

  • Presentation: 6/10
  • Taste: 8/10
  • Extras: 9/10
  • Value for money: 6/10

Overall score: 29/40

Papa John’s

At £14.99 Papa John’s medium pepperoni pizza was also at the higher end of the non-discounted budget.

Presentation was good with an even distribution of ingredients, a garlic butter sauce and even a pepper for daring diners.

Papa’s double pepperoni cost £14.99

None could fault the flavour of this pizza. The sauce in particular was noted for its sweetness and was deemed to be the best of the bunch. The dip added to the dish, but generally was not thought to be as tasty as Dominos’ herby version.

Tasters enjoyed the flavour, however slices were somewhat floppy.

Most thought the crust of the pizza has an enjoyable texture, however slices did tend to be on the floppy side with lots of sliding toppings.

Overall it was slightly less greasy than the Domino’s version and the pepperoni slices had a nice crunch.

  • Presentation: 8/10
  • Taste: 8/10
  • Extras: 8/10
  • Value for money: 7/10

Overall score: 31/40

And the winner is…

Pizza Hut Pepperoni Feast was named the overall winner by Lincolnite taste testers for its fresh flavour, lack of grease and lower cost – but the others had their advantages too.

Pizza Hut performed best on affordability and taste. The thinner crust gave it crisper texture, and it turned out to be a case of quality over quantity.

That said, tasters loved the Domino’s dip and judged the Papa John’s pizza to have the tastiest sauce.

The Pizza Hut Pepperoni Feast on the left came out victorious

What do you think? Who do you call when you need a pizza delivery in Lincoln?

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