Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Wind Farm - Hemswell

Secretary of State intervenes over Hemswell Cliff wind farm

'Plans for a wind farm at Hemswell Cliff face another hurdle as the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Eric Pickles has called in the application for “his determination”.'

Hemswell Cliff wind farm: Minister Eric Pickles 'calls in' controversial plans for final decision

'Campaigners against a wind farm proposals which sparked 2,000 letters of objection have won the latest stage in their battle against the controversial Hemswell Cliff scheme.'

Eric Pickles to decide on Hemswell Cliff wind farm

'The future of a 10-turbine wind farm in Lincolnshire will be determined by the Communities Secretary Eric Pickles.'

Villages of the Cliff Against Turbines

'We are currently battling on behalf of the villages around Hemswell  to prevent a disaster for the area.  RWE [a German Wind Turbine operator] has put in a planning application to West Lindsey district Council to build TEN 400ft wind turbines on the Cliff close to the A15 Red Route.  This is why we oppose the application.'

Monday, 21 July 2014

Mobile signal

Orange and EE Service

I have been having difficulty with my mobile phone reception for the last two or three weeks. Inside our property on Main Street I have been getting no signal at all.

You may have been suffering the same intermittent service.

I contacted EE for their explanation a couple of weeks ago and it appears there is a problem with the transmitter located on the buildings at Nocton Farms. I was advised that EE engineers were trying to gain permission to access the site, but was assured they were aware of the problem and to phone back if the service didn't improve in the next week or so. As I was still experiencing problems over the weekend, I telephoned again.

I have been told this is now 'work in progress' and engineers are due on site again today. Apparently, when the nearest transmitter experiences a problem, the phone then tries to locate an alternative signal. This results in additional traffic to the alternative transmitter which can 'back up', causing a slower and intermittent service.

As I am writing, I see I am now receiving a constant three bars on my mobile phone inside the cottage, so it looks like the problem may have been sorted. Let's hope so.

Finally, when checking the coverage of the EE service on the web, I discovered that the village of Nocton actually gets a 3G service. It appears the faster 4G service is due to be extended to an area just outside Nocton within the next six months. However, this will require a short walk up the B1202 towards the B1188, where you just may be able to get a 4G signal!

Stephen Phillips MP

Oral Answers to Questions - Prime Minister: Engagements (9 Jul 2014)

Stephen Phillips: Businesses across Lincolnshire report growing confidence and lengthy order books, highly skilled workers benefiting from the tax cuts that the Government have introduced and hard-working apprentices enjoying the sorts of opportunities that they could not have had just a few years ago.

Oral Answers to Questions - Home Department: Migration (EU Accessions) (7 Jul 2014)

Stephen Phillips: What representations she has received on the potential effect on UK migration figures of further EU accessions.

More from Stephen Phillips MP

Sunday, 20 July 2014


Access to Advice in One Place

The following announcement was received via the Neighbourhood Alert System on Thursday 17th July:

"Thanks to Big Lottery funding, Lincolnshire residents can now access advice, information and support agencies from across the County in one place from a new service called Lincs2Advice.
The free, impartial and confidential service, which can be accessed by telephone or website, will help residents to find the best placed advice provider quickly and easily and can assist with a diverse range of issues from health and care through to money and work.
More than 200 organisations from across the County including Citizens Advice Bureau, Age UK and Lincolnshire Credit Union are working together in partnership to support people looking for help. By sharing information, residents can find out who can help them in one place rather than going round the houses and the service can assist with everything from debt and benefits through to volunteering and health support.

To access the service, just telephone the Lincs2Advice team of specially trained coordinators on 0844 257 0042 or go to the website
Lincs2Advice also offers a free ‘Helping you Manage your Money’ service for individuals across the County. The service which is open to every one, will help identify areas where money could be saved such as energy and debt payments, tips on coping on tight budgets, saving ideas and advice on what bills should be paid as a priority. Telephone the Lincs2Advice team to make an appointment to see an advisor in your local area."

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Wind Farm

E-newsletter 7

The following newsletter was received by email on Thursday 17th July:
"Thank you
Thank you to all who attended our recent information sessions to find out more about the continuing work on exploring the wind energy potential at Nocton Fen.

The documents on display at the events can be found here: If you could not attend the events please share your feedback with us by downloading the feedback questionnaire and sending it to before Friday 25th July 2014.

A feedback report of the findings will be sent to all participants next month. 

Get others involved
We want to keep as many people informed as possible as the project progresses. Please encourage others to sign up to receive e-newsletter updates like this one here. 
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