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My Lincoln: End traffic nightmare and revamp The Lawn

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: January 06, 2014

Hartsholme Park

Hartsholme Park

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Phil Cragg, 57, is a retired solicitor who lives in uphill Lincoln and manages a Lincolnshire Beating Bowel Cancer support group.

What brings you to Lincoln? I came for six months to work in a solicitors' firm in 1979. I'm originally from Skegness.

If you had to describe Lincoln in three words, what would they be? Historic, vibrant, jewel-like.

Where is your favourite tourist spot in the city, aside from the Cathedral? The Observatory Tower at the castle. The view from there is great. Sometimes you can see Boston Stump.

If there was one thing you would change about the city, what would it be? I would make more of The Lawn complex. It has great potential but it's a bit sad at the moment and so under-utilised. It could be a performance area, a cinema or somewhere for the community to meet. Lincoln is very diverse now and there's not that many opportunities for people to come together and mix.

Tell us what you think is Lincoln's best kept secret? The Bishop's Palace at Christmas Market time.

What's your ideal night out in the city? An evening in the snug at the Morning Star in Greetwell Gate and a curry.

How would you change Lincoln in the next 10 years? Focus on better promotion of the city to bring in more tourists and business. We have wonderful heritage, why can't we be the York of Lincolnshire?

Do you watch or follow any of Lincoln's sports teams? I was manager of Welton Boys' FC for 10 years so I still follow them. When I have the courage I go to see Lincoln City FC.

If you could give £20,000 to any city/charity project, which would you choose and why? Welton Methodist Church. They were very good to me and my family when I was struck with bowel cancer. A church is a community of people, not a building. They don't seek any glory for it and they are a remarkable group of people. How can we best encourage Lincoln's many different communities to get along better? Churchill said it's better to jaw-jaw than war-war. We need to communicate with each other and get people to meet one another. The media, the Echo and radio, has a role in that.


Hayley Pedge, 25, is a teaching assistant who lives in Hartsholme, Lincoln.

What brings you to Lincoln? I was born and brought up here. I went to the City School, which is now called the Priory City of Lincoln Academy.

People still refer to it as the City School though.

If you had to describe Lincoln in three words, what would they be? A nice place.

Where is your favourite tourist spot in the city, aside from the Cathedral? Hartsholme Park. I like the open space and the lake. We sometimes walk my mum's dog around the park.

It will be nice when White Bridge is back in place.

If there was one thing you would change about the city, what would it be? The nightmare traffic. Before you even set off on a journey, you know you'll be queuing at some point. People say the train barriers in the city centre are a problem, but you get stuck in Skellingthorpe Road too.

Tell us what you think is Lincoln's best kept secret? The importance of engineering in Lincoln's history. At one time most of the men in Lincoln worked for one of the engineering firms. My granddad used to work at the forge off Monks Road.

What's your ideal night out in the city? I like the cinema and the pub. I'd probably see a rom-com. We like the Harvester on the Brayford to eat.

The Brayford has been developed really well.

How would you change Lincoln in the next 10 years? I would create more car parks and offer more parking discounts and incentives.

Do you watch or follow any of Lincoln's sports teams? No. It does not interest me.

If you could give £20,000 to any city/charity project, which would you choose and why? I'd split the money between the Nomad Trust, the hospital and the RSPCA. It surprises me the number of people homeless in this day and age. At some point in their lives, everyone will need their local hospital. I would choose the RSPCA because I'm an animal lover.

How can we best encourage Lincoln many different communities to get along better? By holding fairs and encouraging more people to use local community centres. I think Hartsholme Park has scope for some big community events.

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