Lincoln business owner frustrated at city’s ‘Glory Hole’ closure

A business owner in Lincoln is calling for quicker action following the closure of the city’s ‘Glory Hole’ walkway.

There was a partial collapse of the footway between Wigwford Way and the High Street in February 2023 which resulted in Lincolnshire County Council closing it for temporary repairs. Further investigations found there was more damage and extra work would be required.

Roger Baldam-Lucas, owner of the Now Hair by the Glory Hole footway, said he has had to move to a temporary location.

“It’s a huge inconvenience,” he said.

“We had to shut this down and let our customer base know and redirect because they couldn’t come through here. We’ve not got any passing trade which has impacted our footfall.

“Costs are going up constantly with the business and if there is no money coming in then we’ll have to close our doors.”

The owner of Now Hair salon says his business has been impacted Credits: ITV Calendar

Lincolnshire County Council says there needs to be more extensive work before the footway can reopen.

In a statement it said: “We’ve had to deal with several external agencies. And dealing with each takes time on their part. In addition, we have

Historic rally: Japan’s Nikkei 225 breaches 40,000 level for first time

Japan’s Nikkei 225 Stock Average climbed above the psychological level of 40,000 for the first time, opening the door to further gains in its historic rally.

A man uses his smartphone in front of an electronic screen displaying Japan's Nikkei share average as the share average climbed to a record high outside a brokerage in Tokyo, Japan.(Reuters)
A man uses his smartphone in front of an electronic screen displaying Japan’s Nikkei share average as the share average climbed to a record high outside a brokerage in Tokyo, Japan.(Reuters)

The blue-chip gauge rose as much as 1% to 40,301.30 on Monday, a fresh intraday record. Tech shares, which have helped push shares higher over the past year, were leading the way, with Advantest Corp. among the top performers.

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The broader Topix index also rose but remained about 6% below the record it set more than three decades ago before Japan’s asset-price bubble burst. Both the Nikkei and the Topix found support from US consumption data, which added to expectations that the Federal Reserve may be able to cut interest rates as early as June — a boon to global sentiment.

“The Nikkei 225’s 40,000 is certainly a key psychological level, which could offer some resistance for the index and bring volatility,” said Charu Chanana, strategist at Saxo Capital Markets based in