Top 10 Lincolnshire talking points of the year

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This year has definitely been one to remember, and the Lincolnshire Reporter team have had a lot to talk about over the last 12 months.

The team have now put together our top 10 talking points of the year, looking into relevant topics such as childhood obesity, Brexit and the dangers of dating apps.

Take a look at our top 10 talking points of 2016:

Does Grantham really need an A&E?

Photo: Steve Smailes/Lincolnshire Reporter

The controversial overnight closure of Grantham A&E became one of the most hotly discussed topics this year, putting passionate local residents at odds with the trust running Lincolnshire’s hospitals.

Here, Lincolnshire Reporter discusses the issue and whether there is a need for the A&E in the area.

To read the full article, click here.

Who should have the final say on the terms of Brexit?

MPs Stephen Phillips (Sleaford and North Hykeham), Sir Edward Leigh (Gainsborough), Matt Warman (Boston and Skegness), and Nic Dakin (Scunthorpe) give their thoughts on who should control negotiating the terms of Brexit

Lincolnshire voted overwhelmingly to leave the European Union on June 23.

Here, some of the county’s MPs have their say on what role they should have in the Brexit process.

To read the full article, click here.

What’s the answer to reducing the county’s motorcycle carnage?

Some 72 motorcycle riders lost their lives or suffered life-changing injuries on Lincolnshire’s roads in the last year and made up more than a quarter of fatal crashes since January.

Here, the Lincolnshire Reporter team looks into causes of such horrific accidents and what can be done to reduce them.

To read the full article, click here.

Has Greater Lincolnshire missed the boat with devolution?

Greater Lincolnshire council leaders launched the bid for devolved powers and funding in September 2015. Photo: Stuart Wilde

Greater Lincolnshire turned down the opportunity to have more powers and £15 million a year from central government in November.

Councillors and MPs gave Lincolnshire Reporter their thoughts on whether the county had missed the boat in terms of devolution.

To read the full article, click here.

Should schools do more to overcome childhood obesity?

Both Boston and East Lindsey has high rates of childhood obesity.

A report from the Lincolnshire Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) suggested that a number of towns in the county have higher rates of childhood obesity than the national average.

Here, the team at Lincolnshire Reporter looks into what schools are doing to tackle this issue.

To read the full article, click here.

Should police officers be allowed to have visible tattoos?

Do you think police officers in Lincolnshire should be allowed to have visible tattoos? Photo: REX

Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner Marc Jones openly said this year that he has no issue with non-offensive tattoos on police officers.

Here, Lincolnshire Reporter looks into current policies within policing for visible tattoos and whether officers should be able to have their tattoos on show.

To read the full article, click here.

Should women be tested for Group B Strep during pregnancy?

Over 300 women in Lincolnshire were diagnosed with Group B Strep in the last four years, despite the NHS not having routine checks for the infection.

Here, the team at Lincolnshire Reporter takes a closer look at the infection and the effects it has already had on women in the county.

To read the full article, click here.

Is fracking the answer to our county’s energy needs?

Are we likely to see fracking like this in Lincolnshire? Photo: Joshua Doubek

As Lincolnshire and the rest of the country begins to look to alternative sources of energy, the debate about fracking continued to grow and split opinion.

Here, Lincolnshire Reporter looks into the differing opinions of secure energy needs versus the environmental effects.

To read the full article, click here.

Should the government create more grammar schools?

Theresa May on her visit to Lincoln in 2015. Photo: Steve Smailes/Lincolnshire Reporter

Prime Minister Theresa May’s controversial plans for a new wave of grammar schools were hotly discussed both nationally and locally.

Here, the team at Lincolnshire Reporter looks at whether more grammar schools would be welcome in the county.

To read the full article, click here.

Can people who use dating apps or websites always be trusted?

Have you ever had a bad experience using a dating app?

Following the conviction of Stephen Port this year, who killed a number of men after meeting them on dating apps including Grindr and Gaydar, Lincolnshire Reporter looked into how safe dating apps actually are.

To read the full article, click here.

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