Stefan Pidluznyj, Local Democracy Reporter

Stefan Pidluznyj, Local Democracy Reporter

Stefan is the Local Democracy Reporter covering Greater Lincolnshire. You can contact him directly with your news via email at [email protected]


Labour’s tight grip on power at City Hall has been loosened slightly after the Conservatives made three gains in this year’s City of Lincoln Council election, but the party still enjoys a healthy majority of 15.

The Conservatives defeated former Labour Councillor Liz Maxwell who was standing as an Independent in Minster.

They also made gains in Witham by defeating Labour’s Jane Loffhagen, and in Birchwood where Alan Briggs beat the serving Labour Councillor Paul Gowen.

Two of the three new Conservative city councillors are familiar faces, with Christopher Reid and Hilton Spratt currently Lincolnshire county councillors.

Councillor Spratt has previously served as a city councillor on and off since the 1980s.

However, the party still has a long way to go to reach the heights of 2007, when it took control of the council from Labour who had been in power for more than 25 years.

Labour defended the other seven wards it held prior to the election, with incumbent councillors Gary Hewson, Loraine Woolley, Pat Vaughan, Adrianna McNulty and Helena Mair being re-elected, along with a new face in the Carholme ward in Laura McWilliams and Bill Bilton returning to City Hall after a two year break.

The party has been in control of the city council since 2011, and before that from 1981 to 2007.

Council leader Ric Metcalfe said: “I think it’s been a pretty good night for Labour. The seats that we have lost are very marginal seats so we expect over the years to sway this way and that. It’s very difficult to put your finger on why that happens but that’s the nature of marginal seats.

“Overall we’re pretty pleased with a very positive campaign saying all the good things that the current Labour council are doing.”

There are now nine Conservative councillors to go with the 24 from Labour.

Opposition leader Ron Hills was very pleased with the results, claiming that this was the first step back on the road for the Conservatives in regaining control of City Hall.

He said: “I would particularly pick out Hilton Spratt and Andy Kerry who both returned over 1,000 votes – the two highest scores in the whole city.

“I think we have bucked the trend here tonight because there were the soothsayers who were saying we were going to be wiped out and we haven’t been so bring it on for next year!

As predicted, the Liberal Democrats, Green Party and UKIP were unable to make any breakthrough at this year’s election.

Turnout was 30.33%, slightly down on the last city council election in 2016.

Below are the results for all 11 wards in full:

Abbey

  • Bill Bilton (Labour) 850
  • Richard Butroid (Conservative) 348
  • Clare Smalley (Liberal Democrat) 311
  • Edward Francis (Green) 126

Birchwood

  • Alan Briggs (Conservative) 786
  • Paul Gowen (Labour and Co-operative) 654
  • Elaine Warde (UKIP) 100
  • Adam Carnie (Liberal Democrat) 68
  • Ben Loryman (Green) 49

Boultham

  • Gary Hewson (Labour and Co-operative) 848
  • Simon Pouncey (Conservative) 453
  • Simon Tooke (Green) 71
  • Kian Hearnshaw (Liberal Democrat) 69

Carholme

  • Laura McWilliams (Labour and Co-operative) 1,008
  • James Brown (Liberal Democrat) 451
  • Kateryna Salvador (Conservative) 293
  • Nicola Watson (Green) 99
  • Andrew Dunn (UKIP) 47

Castle

  • Loraine Woolley (Labour) 894
  • Tom Roche (Conservative) 553
  • Lynne Allison (Green) 119
  • Diana Catton (Liberal Democrat) 78

Glebe

  • Pat Vaughan (Labour) 775
  • Jenine Butroid (Conservative) 574
  • Fiona McKenna (Green) 115
  • Stephen Lonsdale (Liberal Democrat) 64

Hartsholme

  • Andy Kerry (Conservative) 1,031
  • Liz Bushell (Labour) 783
  • John Radford (Green) 169
  • Jamie Gurden (Liberal Democrat) 69

Minster

  • Christopher Reid (Conservative) 793
  • Rebecca Longbottom (Labour) 742
  • Liz Maxwell (Independent) 154
  • Nicole Pouncey (Liberal Democrat) 92
  • Ivan Chafen (Green) 63

Moorland

  • Adrianna McNulty (Labour) 785
  • Sharon Longthorne (Conservative) 664
  • Ross Pepper (Liberal Democrat) 59
  • Christopher Padley (Green) 54

Park

  • Helena Mair (Labour) 819
  • Oliver Peeke (Conservative) 271
  • Sally Horscroft (Green) 110
  • Tony Todd (UKIP) 100
  • Natasha Chapman (Liberal Democrat) 72

Witham

  • Hilton Spratt (Conservative) 1,127
  • Jane Loffhagen (Labour) 786
  • George Hill (Liberal Democrat) 87
  • Michele Servaud (Green) 69

Take a look back at our coverage of the City of Lincoln Council election results 2018 live from the Drill Hall in Lincoln.

The Conservatives made three gains, two from Labour and from an Independent.

Labour retains overall control of the council with 24 councillors.

The Conservatives now have nine.

Ambitious plans to turn Viking House in Lincoln into student accommodation and demolish the former Taste of Marrakesh restaurant have been submitted.

Viking House was initially included in the application for new luxury flats on the waterfront known as One the Brayford, which has already seen Mill House converted into private apartments.

Developers have now reconsidered pre-aproved plans as they felt student accommodation would be better suited for the refurbishment of the second building.

Viking House next to the One the Brayford development

Over 200 student bed spaces would be created as part of Jackson & Jackson Developments proposals next to the Brayford waterfront which, if approved, would be split into two stages.

The first phase would see the conversion of the five-storey vacant Viking House building which was last used by the Department for Work and Pensions.

Viking House would be refurbished, with the design set to take inspiration from the neighbouring One the Brayford development.

Numbers 100, 102 and 104 Newland would be turned into student apartments

A new four-storey extension would be built, connecting Viking House to Newland.

Numbers 100, 102, 104 on Newland, the former offices of CAD Associates Architects, would also be turned into student accommodation.

All this work would create a total of 160 bed spaces.

The former Taste of Marrakesh restaurant would be demolished

Phase two of the project would see the Taste of Marrakesh demolished to make way for a three and four-storey building used for student accommodation.

Further student apartments would be provided in a four-storey building south of 100, 102 and 104 Newland, which is currently a car park.

The second phase of development would see 76 bed spaces added to the site.

Dominik Jackson, of Jackson & Jackson Developments, said that the development would significantly improve the character and appearance of the area.

He said: “Following the recent vacation of Viking House and given the success of One The Brayford, we are looking forward to continuing to develop within this area of the city.

“We had originally planned to convert the Viking House building into an apartment scheme. However, the University of Lincoln’s success with 2018 applicants and the medical school, combined with the opportunity to acquire surrounding buildings, caused us to reconsider the scheme and what is best for the site.

“As a result, we have decided to separate Viking House from One The Brayford to provide a standalone student scheme for the university, entered from Newland.

“Ninety-Eight Newland will incorporate the former CAD Architecture and the Taste of Marrakesh restaurant.

“Throughout the pre-application process we have worked closely with senior officers from the council’s planning and conservation teams. The scheme will combine modern and old architecture with glass links and significantly improve the street scene as well as the character and appearance of the West Parade and Brayford conservation area.”

City of Lincoln Council’s Planning Committee will consider the plans at a later date.

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