Joseph Verney

Local News Reporter

Joseph joined the team as a news reporter in February 2018. He has a keen interest in sport and also likes to insert puns into stories where appropriate. If it isn't punny, it's not funny!


Lincoln City fans will get the chance to spend time with their heroes when several first-team players take part in a meet and greet session next week as part of a season launch event.

The event will take place at the club’s shop in the Waterside Shopping Centre between 3.30pm and 5.30pm on Thursday, August 5.

Players will attend to answer questions, sign autographs and pose for photographs.

The players attending will be confirmed via the club’s social media channels closer to the time.

The League One club said the event is being run with COVID-secure protocols, so all attending are asked to wear a mask unless exempt and to respect the social distancing measures in place on the day.

Meanwhile, the new 2021/22 League One season is fast approaching and Lincoln City will kick-off their campaign with a trip to Gillingham on Saturday, August 7.

Plans to demolish a former car showroom on the High Street and transform it into a new care home and retirement living development have been submitted to City of Lincoln Council.

Torison Care, part of Leeds-based firm Torison Group, submitted two planning applications this month, including for the erection of a 73-bedroom residential elderly care home. It will have access from Cross Spencer Street, its own car park and turning area, as well as landscaping, refuse and cycle storage.

The second application is to build an elderly residential living apartment building. This would comprise of 32 residential apartments, and include the conversion of the former United Reform Church to form an additional five residential apartments.

Views from car park facing south. | Photo: Stem Architects Ltd

The site located at 471-480 High Street was formerly occupied by Peugeot dealership Abacus Motor Group before it closed in July 2018.

The showroom and ancillary motor repair buildings would be demolished as part of the plans.

In addition to elevation plans and Design & Access statements, various supporting reports have also been included with the planning application such as noise impact and transport assessments.

Over 1,500 people have signed a petition to say no to plans to store nuclear waste underground on the Lincolnshire coast.

Plans emerged to dispose of nuclear waste at a site near Mablethorpe this week, as Radioactive Waste Management (RWM) said it was in “early discussions” with Lincolnshire County Council about using the former ConocoPhillips Gas Terminal in Theddlethorpe as a Geological Disposal Facility, but that no decisions had been made.

Lincolnshire County Council Leader Martin Hill claimed it was only 10 days ago they had a presentation from the firm, and that it was the first time they’d had a meeting with them. He also said a “binding” local referendum would be held and “if it’s a no, that’s the end of it”, according to the BBC.

Louth MP Victoria Atkins told BBC Radio Lincolnshire on Thursday, July 29 that the plans in fact started in 2019 and were more developed than “just one or two week’s work”. Opposition councillors hit out at Tory “secrecy” at the county council after the plans were revealed.

Jaki Lucas recently launched a petition via change.org called ‘No nuclear waste on the Lincolnshire coast’. By the time of publication, the petition has 1,500 signatures.

Jaki said: “Nuclear waste is being buried on the east coast at Theddlethorpe, in plans being drawn up in conjunction with Lincolnshire County Council.

“The public have not been consulted and we only found out because of a whistle blower. Please sign the petition.

“Our Tory county councillors were informed but not the residents. It appears this has been on going and hidden from the public before our local elections, could knowing this have changed the result? Say no to nuclear waste on our beautiful coastline.”

Steve Reece, head of siting at RWM, previously said: “We would like to engage with the local community to hear their thoughts and views.

“The process to find a suitable GDF site ultimately requires a community to give clear consent [and] this project is totally unique in that the local community will have the final say.”

The developers added that the multi-billion pound project could create thousands of jobs.

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