Coningsby

The best friend of a much-loved woman from Coningsby who sadly and unexpectedly died, is trying to raise money to help the family cover the cost of the funeral.

Debbie Smith, 45, died very suddenly on April 26 and was kept with the coroner for over two weeks. Debbie’s partner Michael Scott is really struggling to come to terms with his loss, whilst also looking after their son Bobby.

Debbie’s best friend Lisa Hearth, who has known her for six years, has been trying to help the family wherever possible and spoke to DWP and filled out forms on Michael’s behalf to try and get him financial support.

Lisa said the process is dragging on and, with the funeral due to take place at Alford Crematorium on Friday, June 4, she is trying to do what she can to help. She paid the full cost of the funeral upfront on her credit card as an emergency to help with the family’s grief as she didn’t like seeing Michael and Bobby struggle.

She has since set up a GoFundMe page to appeal for help to raise money towards the funeral costs and to help the family. See the appeal page here.

Lisa told The Lincolnite: “Debbie’s partner and child are finding it very hard and I’m trying to support them in any way I can. Her partner is really struggling with grief and balancing looking after Bobby, who has ADHD, and trying to organise things.

“Debbie was a jolly person. She had her moments, but don’t we all. She was kind hearted and would do anything for anybody, she was a special person. She kept herself to herself, but when she made friends she opened up to them and was so nice, kind and giving.

“The community of Coningsby has pulled together and helped buy Bobby a suit and new shoes for the funeral and the generosity of the village has been amazing.

Joni Batterley, who has lived next door to Debbie for two years, said: “She was a lady of the community and much liked by everyone. It was so unexpected and out of the blue to lose her, and her little boy and partner are struggling.

“She was quite a private person, but very family orientated. Her son was her life and she was much loved by the community.”

A farm shop and 149 homes in Coningsby have been approved by East Lindsey councillors.

G.S. Gaines & Sons submitted an application to build the farm shop and homes on the land south of Leagate Road, Coningsby which will sit on 5.87 hectares of flat agricultural land split over two separate fields.

All homes will be two storey in height with 25 one bed, 36 two bed, 58 three bed and 30 four bed homes. 30% of the homes will be affordable (45) and there will be three local play areas on the site.

Developers said: “The affordable units have been placed around the site in small groups in order to blend with the overall scheme.”

Access will be provided off Leagate Road to the north of the site and connects to a spine road that will join the different development areas of the proposal.

Some 38 letters of objection were received by the council, including reasons such as loss of countryside views, light and privacy, as well as noise pollution and harm to wildlife.

Illustrative layout for the 149 homes and farm shop in Coningsby.

In East Lindsey District Council’s Planning Committee on Thursday morning, nine councillors were for the application, one abstained and no one was against.

Cllr Billy Brookes said: “It’s always nice to see when [developers] don’t try and push their luck by getting more than what’s been allocated.”

The developers chose to construct 150 buildings, not the 153 that were allocated.

Where the 149 homes and farm shop will be built in Coningsby.

A farm shop and 149 homes in Coningsby are set to be approved by councillors on Thursday.

G.S. Gaines & Sons are wanting to build the homes and farm shop on the land south of Leagate Road, Coningsby which will sit on 5.87 hectares of flat agricultural land split over two separate fields.

All homes will be two storey in height with 25 one bed, 36 two bed, 58 three bed and 30 four bed homes. 30% of the homes will be affordable (45) and there will be three local play areas on the site.

Developers said: “The affordable units have been placed around the site in small groups in order to blend with the overall scheme.”

Illustrative layout for the 149 homes with farm shop in Coningsby.

Access will be provided off Leagate Road to the north of the site and connects to a spine road that will join the different development areas of the proposal.

Some 38 letters of objection were received by the council, including reasons such as loss of countryside views, light and privacy, as well as noise pollution and harm to wildlife.

East Lindsey District Council are recommended to approve the plans in its Planning Committee on Thursday morning.

Where the 149 homes and farm shop will be built in Coningsby.

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