Market Rasen

May 19, 2022 8.58 am

We are appealing for witnesses and anyone who may have captured dashcam footage following a serious RTC on the A631 last night.

Officers received reports of a single-vehicle collision just after 7pm on 18 May involving a white Yamaha FZR 600 motorcycle.

A 34-year-old man sustained serious injuries and was taken to hospital where he remains.

The collision occurred on Gainsborough Road, Bishopbridge and the A631 junction just north of West Rasen was closed before 8pm to allow emergency services to deal with the incident. It was reopened during the early hours of this morning (19 May).

If you witnessed the collision or captured dashcam footage, you can get in touch in one of the following ways below:

  • By calling 101 quoting incident 421 of 18th May.
  • By emailing [email protected] quoting incident 421 of 18th May in the subject line.
  • If you wish to remain anonymous, you can report via the independent charity CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111 or online https://crimestoppers-uk.org/

Supermarket chain Lidl has made a last ditch plea for South Kesteven District Council officers to change their mind over plans to refuse a new store in Market Deeping.

The authority’s planning committee has been recommended to turn down the multi-million-pound plans for Peterborough Road on Thursday with officers instead preferring a town centre location.

They are backed by a number of traders who warned Lidl’s proposal could do severe damage to the town centre.

Aldi recently went out for consultation on proposals for the Deepings Centre – the option officers prefer.

In a statement on Tuesday however, a spokesman for Lidl said there was a “large number of residents” who supported their plans and that the Deepings Centre site came with its own difficulties.

More than 210 residents have now written to SKDC urging the council to give the green light to the plans.

Lidl’s statement said Aldi’s chosen location was occupied in part by a petrol station, and a public car park.

“The petrol station has a lease until 2030, so the land would not be available until then,” it said.

“If the land did become available then obviously the Aldi proposal would involve the demolition of the petrol station and the loss of over 80 car parking spaces.

“We feel councillors should not refuse Lidl’s application on the basis that an Aldi store might come forward in the future, not withstanding this would also involve the loss of the petrol station and car parking spaces.”

The layout of the new store planned for the town. | Photo: Lidl

The Lidl scheme would create a 2,277 square foot shop and 40 jobs, with parking for 128 cars.

Council officers said the development would have a “prominent, unattractive visual impact” on the area, particularly for people entering the town from the A15.

There currently aren’t any budget supermarkets in Market Deeping, forcing shoppers to travel further afield.

Objections from a group of 18 traders have said Lidl’s plan “poses significant and irreversible damage to the town centre”.

They said the town centre site Aldi was plumping for would “support town centre businesses, as people would link trips to other shops, pubs, cafés, and restaurants when they visit Aldi for groceries”.

“Market Deeping welcomes a new discount food store, particularly as people try to manage the rising cost of living.

“But we can have either an Aldi that will support the town centre, or an out of town Lidl that would harm it.”

A Market Rasen area man will face trial at Lincoln Crown Court after he denied a charge of possessing a prohibited weapon.

Prosecutors allege Leigh Dearden, 37, was in possession of a stun gun disguised as a mobile phone on August 8, 2020.

Dearden, of Legsby Road, Market Rasen, entered a not guilty plea to the charge when he appeared at Lincoln Crown Court.

Judge Catarina Sjolin Knight adjourned the case for a trial at Lincoln Crown Court in the week beginning August 22. The trial is expected to last one day.

Dearden was granted unconditional bail until his trial.

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