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More for Green scheme to reduce fuel poverty An innovative £3.2 million scheme at Shuttleworth House will provide greener energy for residents and contribute to a more sustainable future for the city. One of the key elements of the project is to install a bio-mass boiler within the grounds of the 16-storey tower block, in Stamp End. This will use sustainable wood pellets to produce heat for the 130 flats. Built in the 1960s, the flats are in need of updating, and the project will also include installing more effective insulation in the external walls and ceilings, replacing windows and balcony doors and an improved ventilation system. John Bibby, Director of Housing and Community Services at the city council, said: “This is a hugely innovative and exciting project that will offer residents a realistic opportunity to reduce their heating and hot water bills and improve their health and well-being. “As a council, we are committed to working towards greener, more sustainable options for the city, and this will help us reduce our carbon footprint. “It is one of our main priorities to reduce poverty and help the poorest people in our society, and this project will assist up to 130 households to save hundreds of pounds off their heating bills.” As part of the scheme, tenants will all receive ‘smart’ meters that will show them how much energy they are using.
The scheme will be funded through the council’s Housing Investment Programme, and may also be eligible for funding from the Government’s ECO Scheme, which could help towards the project costs. Work is hoped to start on site by the summer. The council will be working with Kier to deliver the project. T he flats in Shuttleworth House currently use expensive electric storage heaters B y switching to a bio-mass boiler, the anticipated carbon saving is 10,640 tonnes T enants could save money on their heating bills T he ECO Scheme supports the installation of energy efficiency measures in low-income households and areas to help reduce the UK’s energy usage and support people living in fuel poverty
LESS! More than 90 per cent of Lincoln households who signed up to an energy switch scheme earlier this year were able to save money on their gas and electricity bills. The Lincolnshire Energy Switch Scheme (LESS) ran in January and February. If you didn’t sign up this time round you may not have missed out. Keep an eye out in the local press and on the council’s website for future opportunities. In Lincolnshire, more than 3,600 households registered for the scheme. The average saving works out at £167 per household. In Lincoln itself, 351 households registered. 7 7.5 per cent will save more than £50 14 per cent will save up to £50 For those who registered for dual fuel switch and to receive an online bill the average saving was £197 Residents are able to choose to accept their offer or not as, once registered, there is no obligation to switch. Those that registered must confirm acceptance of the offer by March 31. Cllr Ric Metcalfe, Leader of City of Lincoln Council, said: “We are always keen to look at new ways to help our residents reduce their monthly outgoings and help those most in need address real fuel poverty.” Future opportunities will be announced at www.lincoln.gov.uk
Funding cuts force council tax rise Due to the effects of the recession, Lincoln’s residents and businesses are continuing to tighten their belts, and the city council is no different.
With the city council’s 1.8 per cent increase this means the total council tax bill for the year from April 2014 will be: Band County council Police City council
A B £710.46 £129.24 £163.38
£828.87 £150.78 £190.61
Total bill 2014-15 £1,003.08 £1,170.26 Due to a 13.7 per cent cut in Government funding, the council has been forced to increase its level of council tax. Although the Government offered a grant to councils that chose to freeze their council tax, this grant would only be equivalent to a 1 per cent rise – resulting in a loss of income of around £320,000 over five years. When considering the budget for 2014-15, council leader Ric Metcalfe, working with the Executive and senior council officers, faced tough choices to come to a decision in the best interests of people living, working and visiting Lincoln. Cllr Metcalfe explained the reasoning behind the budget: “Having already made significant cuts it is becoming increasingly difficult to find savings. However, we are determined to provide high quality frontline services. “We have already experienced dramatic cuts in funding from the Government, and by 2015 we will be operating with 43 per cent less funding than we had in 2010. We will be smaller but our aim is to become more resilient. We will concentrate more on
the things that matter most, like the local economy and growing Lincoln as a place.” The council’s net revenue budget is shrinking from £17 million to around £12 million over five years. This year the authority needs to save £2 million – much of this will be achieved by working more efficiently and savings from services cut last year.
Council tax Councillors agreed to increase council tax by 1.8 per cent – which equates to a little more than 6p per week extra for four in every five homes in Lincoln.
What will I pay? Lincolnshire County Council chose to freeze its share of the council tax – which makes up the largest portion – and Lincolnshire Police have set an increase of 1.99 per cent.
Find out more at www.lincoln.gov.uk
Easy Ways to Get in Touch Information can be found on our website at www.lincoln.gov.uk You can also do many things online, such as: Pay bills Check your bin collection day Report a problem: for example dog fouling, litter or fly tipping Request a repair to a council house Request and pay for green waste collection Tell us about changes to your household You can get in touch via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
‘Bedroom tax’ loophole A loophole in the Government’s ‘bedroom tax’ means some residents who were wrongly affected could receive extra housing benefit. The ‘bedroom tax’ was introduced in April 2013, when housing benefit claimants saw a deduction in the amount they could claim if they had one spare bedroom or more. Since then, a legal loophole affecting a number of cases has been uncovered.
Get in gear with parking freeze Thanks to rising fuel costs motorists have been among the hardest hit since the recession. That’s why the city council wants to help by freezing the price of parking at all of its car parks. Not only that, the decision was made to continue with a range of offers catering for daytime, evening and weekend parking aimed at commuters, residents and visitors. The current offers are:
Fourteen households have already been identified and anyone else who thinks they might be entitled should let the council know. The loophole was closed on March 4 and the spare room deduction now applies to all cases. However, if you met the following conditions before that date you may be entitled to extra housing benefit: • Continuously entitled to housing benefit since January 1, 1996, and • Living in the same property during that time, except for any periods where a fire, flood, explosion or natural catastrophe meant the property was uninhabitable, and • There was a gap in entitlement of less than four weeks, or, the gap was less than 52 weeks while a welfare to work beneficiary If you believe you were wrongly affected email email@example.com, call the council on 01522 873355 or speak to one of our advisers at City Hall.
• Park all day on Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays for just £2.50 at Broadgate, County Offices, Rosemary Lane or Lincoln College car parks • Get a 25 per cent discount on parking on Mondays if you pay by phone at any council-run car park. Register in advance at www.paybyphone.co.uk or when you get to the car park • After 3pm on any day, pay £2 for three hours parking at Tentercroft Street car park, with free evening parking thrown in • Regular evening parking discount – buy a scratchcard for £12 to use at any council car park after 5.30pm. The scratchcard lasts for 15 sessions – working out at 80p per evening – and have no time limit. They can be bought from City Hall • Other scratchcards are also available – check out www.lincoln.gov.uk/parking for the latest offers • Free charging at Broadgate car park for electric or hybrid vehicles
Find out more at www.lincoln.gov.uk
Don’t lose your vote! Lincoln people are being urged to protect their right to vote by registering with the council.
Be the councillor you want to see Voting isn’t the only way you can influence how City of Lincoln Council is run. If you have passion and commitment you can stand for election as a councillor and have a say over what the council does. Councillors have significant influence in what happens in Lincoln – directing services, controlling budgets, and making challenging decisions which influence the direction of the city. Every decision can have a variety of outcomes with businesses, community group and individuals often making strong cases for opposing options. All of this makes it vital that our councillors know how to listen to their communities and how to communicate with local people. As a representative of your community you don’t need to have any special qualifications or experience though. If elected, the council will provide all of the training and advice that you need on how to carry out your new role.
A lot of people think councillors have to represent a political party but this isn’t the case. Plenty of independent councillors are elected across the country every year. An independent voice in the council can be just as strong and influential as one from a political party. In order to stand for election you need to live or work in Lincoln, and have the support of 10 people living in the ward you want to represent. You’ll also need to be eligible to vote in local government elections, which includes British, European Union and Commonwealth citizens. If you need any more details, you can attend a drop-in session at City Hall or get in touch with a member of the Elections Team on 01522 873374 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Keep an eye out for more information on drop-in sessions at www.lincoln.gov.uk
Find out more at www.lincoln.gov.uk
European and local elections will be held on Thursday, May 22, with 11 seats – one in each of the city’s wards – being contested locally. All households received registration forms between October and December last year, which should have been sent back to the council. Alternatively, a registration form is available on the Electoral Commission website www.aboutmyvote.co.uk. The deadline for registering is Tuesday, May 6. For organising a postal vote it is Wednesday, May 7, and for proxy votes it is Wednesday, May 14. For more information call 01522 873374.
More power to PCSOs Police Community Support Officers will be given more power to act on crimes including littering, dog fouling, fly-posting, graffiti and out of control dogs. Following a request from the Chief Superintendent of Lincolnshire Police, the city council agreed to give PCSOs powers to issue fixed penalty notices to help tackle anti-social behaviour in Lincoln. Sam Barstow, Service Manager for Public Protection and Anti-Social Behaviour at the city council, said: “We are looking forward to working with the police to deliver this. “We will by no means be scaling down our own efforts, but by giving these powers to PCSOs we are increasing the chances of culprits being caught, and providing a greater deterrent to would-be criminals.”
White Bridge is back! Visitors to Hartsholme Country Park can enjoy the park’s iconic White Bridge once again after it reopened in early March. Specialist steelworkers worked through one of the wettest winters on record to replace the 100-year-old bridge. Project Manager Alan Brookfield said: “I hope people can appreciate the ambitious nature of this project to replace a 100-year-old bridge over the lake in the middle of this beautiful country park. “It’s fantastic to see the bridge back where it belongs and we are looking forward to seeing it being enjoyed by visitors to the park for years to come.”
Lucy Tower will reopen soon
Newport Arch diversions
An extensive refurbishment of one of the city’s most popular car parks, Lucy Tower Street car park, is nearing completion. Council staff and contractors worked around the clock to reopen most of the 458-space car park ahead of the Christmas market in December 2013. Since then, work has continued and the car park is set to fully reopen at the end of March.
Specialist stonemasons are continuing to restore Newport Arch after it was placed on English Heritage’s ‘At Risk’ register. The 3rd Century Roman gateway is the only such arch in the country where traffic can still pass underneath and is a vital part of Lincoln’s heritage. Large sections of the monument need to be taken down and rebuilt stone by stone to repair damage caused by weathering. A new capping will be added to protect the arch in the future. To allow the stonemasons to work safely – and for the safety of the public – the road will be closed and diversions put in place (see map). Bailgate traders will be open as usual for the duration of the work.
Find out more at www.lincoln.gov.uk
Fly tipping What is it? Fly tipping is the illegal disposing of waste. It is against the law to leave waste on our streets, open spaces or any other land without the owner’s permission.
What problems does it cause? Not only is fly tipping an eyesore, it can cause serious health and safety hazards. It is also costly to remove – and this costs council tax payers money. In 2012-13 the council spent around £28,500 removing fly tipping.
Green waste renewals open on April 14 Almost 16,000 households have joined the city’s paid-for green waste service since it started in July last year. The renewal date for the scheme is July 1, but to make sure you are registered and ready to go you can pay anytime from Monday, April 14. If you want to keep your green waste collection service the fee is being frozen at £25 for the year – that’s less than 50 pence per week. John Bibby, the council’s Director of Housing and Community Services, said: “People can renew or join the scheme anytime between April 14 and June 12 and ensure they get a full year of service. “We believe that by freezing the price at less than 50 pence a week, the service remains exceptionally good value for money compared with the alternatives.” Anyone who renews or joins the scheme will be sent information and a sticker which needs to be placed on the bin, so there is no confusion as to who has paid for 2014-15.
If you don’t want to be part of the service, don’t forget you can compost green waste at home or take waste to a household waste recycling centre. If you do want to use the service, you can sign up quickly and easily by logging onto www.lincoln.gov.uk/green, or by calling the green waste payment line on 01522 873255.
What can go in your green bin? • Grass cuttings • Leaves • Hedge trimmings (max 2.5cm diameter) • Flowers and plants • Twigs (max 2.5cm diameter) • Weeds
In 2013-14, the council collected: • 215 dumped televisions • 290 mattresses
What should I do with my waste? You can dispose of household waste for free at Lincolnshire County Council’s Household Waste Recycling Centres - the nearest are at Great Northern Terrace and Whisby. Some charities are very grateful to receive unwanted items, although you should check with them first. The city council runs an Assisted Bulky Collection service for residents on means-tested benefits, and several waste collection companies will collect waste for a quoted fee.
Reporting fly tipping If you see any fly tipping please let the council know as soon as possible. You can call the team on 01522 873423, report it online at www.lincoln.gov.uk or email email@example.com The council aims to remove all reported incidents of fly tipping within 24 hours.
Penalties Offenders will be prosecuted with a potential maximum fine of £50,000 or 12 months in prison. For more information visit www.lincoln.gov.uk/waste
Items which can go into the recycling bins are: Glass Food tins Drink cans Cardboard Food/drink cartons Plastic bottles Paper
The three main items mistakenly included are: Textiles – these were previously accepted through kerbside collections but should now be taken to charity shops or textile banks lack bin bags – people who have B extra recyclable waste should leave it in cardboard boxes next to their bin or in non-black bags clearly marked ‘recycling’ Food waste – this contaminates recyclable materials that it comes into contact with meaning it all has to be rejected. Rinsing of food containers helps reduce this
Recycling efforts not going to waste! Thanks to the efforts of residents recycling contamination has reduced significantly. In 2012-13, the city council’s recycling team collected less contaminated recycling as a result of residents’ efforts. Of the 8,554 tonnes collected during the council’s recycling rounds, 8.7 per cent ended up as landfill as it wasn’t recyclable material – down from more than 10 per cent the year before. Better still, this has continued to improve, with just 3.1 per cent contamination in December and January. Caroline Bird, Community Services Manager at the city council, said: “People have really taken on board the recycling
message and how important it is that their bin contains only the materials we are able to recycle. “We’ve also had an element of ‘quality control’ which takes place at the kerbside to avoid emptying contaminants into the collection vehicle to reduce the risk of damaging good material, for example if food waste spreads on to paper and card. “While there is still some work to be done to maintain the target we have set ourselves of less than five per cent of recyclable waste going to landfill, we are encouraged by the improvements which
give us a great foundation to build on.” In some months last year contamination levels were well below five per cent, whereas the year before there were a number of ‘spikes’ at more than 15 per cent. Brown bins need to be left ready by 7am on their day of collection. Materials must be clean and loose in the bin. Once the bins are collected by Cory Environmental the recycling waste is handed over to Viridor, the county council’s recycling contractor, which separates the items for recycling. Contaminated material, which is anything other than what’s on the accepted list, is rejected and sent to landfill which incurs an extra cost.
Support for sports stars of tomorrow A Lincoln athlete has made history as the first British woman to win a Paralympic alpine ski-ing medal. Jade Etherington, 23, won silver at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games on March 8 with her guide Caroline Powell. Just two days later, she also won a bronze medal in the Super-G. Jade was born with glaucoma and Axenfeld Syndrome – a rare eye disorder which means she has less than five per cent vision in each eye – but this hasn’t stopped her from following her dream and becoming Britain’s number one visually impaired alpine speed event ski racer. At the time of going to print, she had another three events to compete in at Sochi, which is her first Paralympic Games. Earlier this year, she won two downhill golds in two days at the IPC Alpine Skiing World Cup in Tignes, France. Jade is one of 14 talented Lincoln athletes and 35 from across the county to benefit from the Lincolnshire Elite Athlete Programme (LEAP) run by Lincolnshire Sport. The programme provides up to £1,000 funding, mentoring and training camps with Olympic medallists, as well as media training and support. Other chosen LEAP athletes include Team GB golfer, Ashton Turner; Skegness windsurfer, Robert York and footballer, Martha Harris. Managed by Lincolnshire Sport and supported by local authorities, businesses and organisations from across the county, LEAP provides funding and support for talented sportsmen and women in Lincolnshire. Elite athletes receive support through National Lottery funding but the tier below that has what can best be described as
Healthy doesn’t have to be hard Make some smart swaps for a healthier lifestyle and healthier pocket! Swapping takeaways for home cooking can save £800 a year Vegetables tend to cost less than meat so add more veg to your meals to fill you up and help your pocket Try sugar-free fizzy drinks or better still milk and water are much healthier and cheaper Swap full-fat cheese for reduced fat cheese Use skimmed or 1 per cent fat milk instead of full-fat or semi-skimmed.
Lincoln skier Jade Etherington
‘patchwork’ support. LEAP provides funding and support to these athletes. More than 20 different sports are represented in 2014, including athletics, cycling and swimming. People and businesses who would like to support the LEAP can help raise funds for the programme by choosing LEAP as their charity for 2014. Runners who raise funds through sponsorship at The Imps Revenge 10k in June will get free entry to the race. For more information, a full list of the LEAP athletes for 2014, or information about how to become a sponsor, call Lincolnshire Sport on 01522 585580 or visit www.lincolnshiresport.com
Find out more at www.lincoln.gov.uk
Be calorie smart, 400 calories for breakfast, 600 for lunch and 600 for tea is a good guide. Men typically need 2500 and women 2000 a day Get the Change4Life smart recipes app – download it from Itunes or Google play Get in touch with your local Health Trainer – they can help you make savvy swaps and give you lots of support to help keep you motivated and it’s completely free for anyone over 16! Call 01522 873581 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
! s k r a m On your Thousands of people are preparing to hit the streets as the 18th Active Nation Lincoln 10k Road Race returns to Lincoln. Even if you donâ€™t want to get your running kit on, there is still time to get involved by lending a hand on the day, or just turning up to offer encouragement and enjoy the event.
Saturday 5 april 9.15am 2.8km Direct Textiles Ltd Primary Schools Race 9.20am 5km Running Imp Secondary School Race
Sunday 6 april 10.55am Wheelchair athletes race 11am
Now in its 18th year, a race that began with just 200 entrants now attracts up to 5,500 professional and fun runners from across the country and beyond - entrants have come from as far as Texas and New York! The increasingly popular Lincoln 10k is taking place on Sunday, April 6, and it promises to be a great day once again for runners and spectators alike. Steve Lockwood, Leisure, Sport and City Services Manager at the city council, said: “Lincoln is a beautiful city and this event always has a fantastic atmosphere. Runners are especially impressed with the spectacular finish past the city’s two most iconic landmarks – the cathedral and the castle. “Support means a lot to runners, so if running’s not your thing, or if you live nearby, please come and soak up the atmosphere and cheer everyone on as they head for the finish line.” Scott Worboys, who will be running the 10k for the fourth time this year, said: “I’ve done many races around the country and have to say your 10k is an unmissable event. Massive respect to the amazing people of Lincoln who turn up in their thousands to cheer us on. And oh that castle finish! Breathtaking.” Shops will be open as usual in Steep Hill and the rest of the city – so why not make a day of it? It is estimated that last year’s race brought more than £280,000 into Lincoln’s economy.
Fancy dress is a popular choice for fun runners. Look out for Super Mario and Darth Maul complete with light saber – both have entered this year!
Charities Although people can run for any charity they wish to, the organisers are working with two charities this year – Active Nation and the British Heart Foundation. Active Nation works to encourage people to get active to improve their physical health and overall wellbeing. You can choose to fundraise for them or make a donation at www.justgiving.com/ activenation
The British Heart Foundation has fought against heart disease for more than 50 years by funding research. More information is included in the runner’s pack or you can go online at www.bhf.org.uk/lincolncity10k Find out more at www.lincoln10k.co.uk
Follow the action Regular updates will be posted on the event’s Facebook and Twitter pages in the run-up to the event, on the day and afterwards. It’s also a great opportunity to chat to other runners and let people know why you’re running. @lincoln10k www.facebook.com/lincoln10k
Could you help? Could you help the event run smoothly? Volunteers play an important part in the run up to the race, helping to pack goody bags and setting up for the events during the weekend. Helping out during the races could include giving out medals, manning the water station and cheering on the runners. Volunteers need to be aged 18 or over. Please email email@example.com to find out more.
Road closures During the weekend there will be a number of road closures. These will be kept to a minimum in order to disrupt people living nearby as little as possible. On Saturday, road closures will be in force between 8am and 1.30pm, and on Sunday from 9am. Roads will begin to reopen from 12.30pm, with all roads open by 3pm. For the full list of closures please check www.lincoln10k.co.uk Residents living on streets affected by the closures will receive a letter. Castle Hill and The Lawn car parks will be closed for the duration of the weekend.
A group of former and serving RAF Regiment Gunners enjoyed the 10k so much they will be returning this year to raise money for a soldier’s son who suffers from a rare genetic condition. Last year the ‘Rockapes’ raised more than £3,000 for the RAF Benevolent Fund. Member Sean Allerton said: “It was a really, really brilliant day. There were people cheering us on we’d never seen. The atmosphere was brilliant.”
Find out more at www.lincoln10k.co.uk
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Children Saturday, April 5 Although you need to be at least 15 years old to enter the 10k, sporty youngsters need not miss out. The childrenâ€™s races are open to 9-14 year olds and are free to enter. All children taking part will get a free t-shirt, medal and goody bag! Both races will start and finish at Yarborough Leisure Centre. Volunteers and supporters will be welcome. 9.15am 2.8km Direct Textiles Ltd Primary Schools Race for 9-11 year olds. 9.20am 5km Running Imp Secondary School Race
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Shaping Lincoln’s future Engaging with local communities is the key to producing a new Local Plan that will guide long-term growth in Lincoln, West Lindsey and North Kesteven. Photo by: Anna Draper, Lincolnshire Echo
The sky’s the limit for Lincoln’s Mayor! Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No…it’s the Mayor of Lincoln!
“I would really appreciate it if people could show their support and give as much or as little as they can for such a worthy charity.”
Lincoln’s daredevil mayor, Pat Vaughan, is preparing to reach new heights – quite literally - in his fund-raising efforts. The Mayor, who is 71, has even persuaded the council’s Civic Manager, Kate Fenn, to join him for a sponsored skydive raising money for his chosen charity, the Motor Neurone Disease Association. The courageous duo will jump out of a plane at 13,500 feet as they complete tandem skydives at Langar Airfield in Nottinghamshire on April 9. The Mayor has so far raised more than £3,000 for the MDNA. He said: “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed all the activities and events I’ve been able to get involved in and wanted to end my civic year on a literal high! “From celebrating World Hello Day to my 15 minutes of fame in the Lincoln Lip Dub video, this year has been better than I could ever have imagined and I feel extremely honoured to have been offered the opportunities that have come my way. “I’m excited, and slightly nervous, about the skydive, which will be one of my final fund-raising events.
Go online at: www.justgiving.com/mayorsskydive Call the Civic Office on 01522 873507 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
To sponsor the Mayor you can:
Hold the phone! You can also donate by text - and it’s free! Just text ‘MAYR71’, then state how much you wish to donate (whether that it £1, £2, £10 or even more if you’re feeling really generous), and text it to 70070. We’ll be posting a video of the Mayor’s skydive online after the event. Keep an eye on our website and Facebook page.
A new local development scheme was agreed by members of the Central Lincolnshire Joint Strategic Planning Committee (CLJSPC) in March. This scheme sets out the programme and timetable for the production of a Local Plan that will be used to steer development from 2016 in the three districts, collectively known as Central Lincolnshire. The committee also agreed a draft community engagement strategy, which is designed to build on the experience of previous consultation and make sure people have a say in the future of their communities. The Local Plan will be in place of the Core Strategy and will be central to delivering Central Lincolnshire’s vision for the future. It will set out how the area will grow and meet the challenges of future generations – creating jobs and homes, strengthening infrastructure and building self-sufficient and vibrant communities. Cllr Ric Metcalfe, chair of the CLJSPC, said: “In producing this new Local Plan the committee is determined to place even greater emphasis on effective public consultation. “We genuinely want active participation by everybody in central Lincolnshire in shaping the future of the area.” A series of events will take place later in the year. To find out more go to www.central-lincs.org.uk
Each year we welcome thousands of school leavers and adults returning to learning through our doors. Whether you are considering your options after Year 11, want to get a formal qualification to recognise your skills and knowledge or are looking to retrain altogether, Lincoln College has a course for you.
What do you want to study? Full time or part time courses A Levels & academic courses Vocational & work related programmes Apprenticeships & work based programmes University level courses Lincoln College has centres in Lincoln, Newark, Gainsborough and the Boston Training Hub. Some courses are run throughout the year. Please visit our website for details.
Now accepting applications for courses starting in September 2014
Learning at Lincoln College makes a difference to your life, and your pocket!
Studying at Lincoln College will also be boosting your bank balance for the rest of your life - your annual income increases as you do higher level qualifications:
Entry level £42,279 more Level 1 -£71,383 Level 2 -£138,265 Level 3 - £229,084 Above Level 3 - £570,902 Source: EMSI
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What’s your next move? Are you struggling to find a job? Or are you finding it difficult to gain the skills you need for full-time employment? A traineeship could be the step you need to prepare you for the world of work. But what do you know about them? Traineeships offer high quality work experience and training to young people aged 16 to 24. Taking this opportunity would see you attending work in an office environment twice a week, while working towards a City and Guilds qualification and functional skills in Maths, English and ICT. The scheme runs for a minimum of 12 weeks to a maximum of five months. At the end of your course, your suitability for a full apprenticeship will be assessed based on your performance and development throughout the programme and following an interview process. The least you will leave with is a full reference, a wealth of work experience and interview and application form training to support you on your next steps into employment. Although traineeship work is unpaid, there are plenty of added benefits that come with the experience:
• To prepare you for your future career, you will gain support with applications and helpful interview techniques • You will achieve a City and Guilds qualification and functional skills in Maths, English and ICT • The scheme offers work for no more than 16 hours per week, therefore no benefit or support claims will be affected • You could be entitled to travel expenses of up to £5 per day
Two apprentice gas engineers have taken advantage of a fantastic opportunity to develop their skills in a different country. Nicolae Lia, of the city council’s City Maintenance Services, and Nicolas O’Hern, of Aaron Services, spent three weeks in the Coesfeld area in Germany during March for a work placement as part of an exchange programme run by Lincoln College. Nicolae said: “I never thought I’d get an opportunity like this through my apprenticeship. Working and learning in a different country was an amazing experience.” Funding was secured by the college and its partners at the Krieshandwerkerscaft (Guild of Craft) in Coesfeld as part of the Leonardo programme, which is a European initiative to raise the quality and provision of lifelong learning.
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Work Based Learning Team Leader Jen Teague said: “Valid, relevant work experience is a key employability factor missing from many CVs. “Traineeships are an innovative way of engaging with young people who are looking to develop their employability skills, with the view of enrolling onto a suitable apprenticeship in the future.”
Over the coming months there will be opportunities to learn a trade with City Maintenance Services, the housing repairs team of the council, or Aaron Services Ltd, which carries out the council’s gas maintenance, servicing and installation. Aaron Services will be recruiting apprentice gas engineers and CMS will be recruiting two craft apprentices. Apprentice joiner Taylor Whittaker, the first female operative in CMS, said: “It’s a great experience, I’m learning something new every day. I absolutely love it.” Details of the CMS vacancies will appear on the council website at www.lincoln.gov.uk. If you have any questions in the meantime contact Sally Des Forges on 01522 873437 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information contact Jen Teague on 01522 873394 or e-mail email@example.com
If you are interested in working with Aaron Services call 01473 835168 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Lincoln Poverty Conference
> 11,000 residents live in some of the most deprived wards in the country > One in five earners in the city earn below £10,016 per year > In 2013, food bank Lincoln Community Larder gave out a total of 30,500 meals.
More than 100 people representing charities, voluntary organisations, schools and councils attended the first Lincoln Poverty Conference.
Organised by the city council’s Community Leadership Scrutiny Committee, the event looked at the issue and its significant effects on the lives of people in the city, after it was found that one in four children live in poverty and one in five households are estimated to be in fuel poverty. The conference was the culmination of nine months work by the committee examining all aspects of poverty as it impacts people in the city and marks the start of the next part of the process. Councillor Karen Lee, Chair of the Community Leadership Scrutiny Committee, said: “I am passionate about making a difference for people facing the daily challenges of living on very limited income, so the focus of the scrutiny committee will now turn to working with partners to turn the many fantastic ideas developed into schemes to benefit people in our local communities.” Lincoln Poverty Conference proved to be such a success that delegates voted unanimously for it to be held each year, to review the progress being made. If your charity or voluntary organisation would like to be involved, contact email@example.com
Your councillors Abbey Ward
Kathleen Brothwell T: 530289 firstname.lastname@example.org
Donald Nannestad (Deputy Leader) T: 545831 email@example.com
Jane Clark T: 879522 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ron Hills T: 878352 email@example.com
Rosanne Kirk T: 684990 firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrew Kerry T: 07879 474548 email@example.com
Eddie Strengiel T: 884688 firstname.lastname@example.org
Geoff Kirby T: 680803 email@example.com
Katie Vause T: 812739 firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Burke T: 856296 email@example.com
Bill Bilton T: 873533 firstname.lastname@example.org
Brent Charlesworth T: 524126 email@example.com
Fay Smith T: 875817 firstname.lastname@example.org Peter West T: 528010 email@example.com
Boultham Ward Gill Clayton-Hewson T: 803793 firstname.lastname@example.org Gary Hewson T: 803793 email@example.com Ralph Toofany T: 885802 firstname.lastname@example.org
Carholme Ward Tony Speakman T: 528222 email@example.com Karen Lee T: 546065 firstname.lastname@example.org Neil Murray T: 546065 email@example.com
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Jim Hanrahan T: 881161 firstname.lastname@example.org Loraine Woolley T: 543889 email@example.com
Minster Ward Yvonne Bodger T: 520083 firstname.lastname@example.org David Gratrick T: 530163 email@example.com
Hilton Spratt T: 878305
Sue Burke T: 856296 firstname.lastname@example.org
Jackie Kirk T: 07531 022876 email@example.com
Bob Bushell T: 870625 firstname.lastname@example.org Geoff Ellis T: 683620 email@example.com
Richard Metcalfe (Leader) T: 720960 firstname.lastname@example.org
Adrianna Ellis T: 07950 885430 email@example.com
Patrick Vaughan T: 534044 firstname.lastname@example.org
David Jackson T: 522335 email@example.com
MP for Lincoln Karl McCartney T: 01522 687261 / 0207 219 7221 firstname.lastname@example.org
Party Key: Labour Conservative
Shadow Minister Visit Work to bring communities together in Lincoln has been praised as ‘trailblazing.’ Shadow Communities Minister Lyn Brown MP came to see what the city council and its partners have been doing to improve the lives of everyone living in the city. The MP was invited by Councillor Brent Charlesworth and her visit was recommended by Professor Ted Cantle, who established the former Institute of Community Cohesion in 2005. Lyn Brown MP said: “Ted thinks Lincoln has cracked it and I think he has a point. “I think with a small budget, the value that is coming out of it is impressive. “There’s a genuine coming together of a lot of enthusiastic people wanting Lincoln to be the best it can possibly be. “It’s certainly a trailblazer.”
A campaign aimed at reminding young people to keep the noise down when returning from a night out has been launched. Shush is a scheme run by the community cohesion steering group partners, including City of Lincoln Council, the University of Lincoln Students’ Union, Lincoln BIG, Lincolnshire Police, the University of Lincoln, Street Pastors and West End Residents’ Association. The project has seen purple wristbands with the words ‘Shush – let’s make it a silent night’ handed out to students and young people aged between 18 and 25 as a reminder to them to think of their neighbours on their journey home from nights out. The wearers have enjoyed the benefit of queue jumps at certain nightspots. A competition has also taken place with students submitting their designs for a logo which will be used on all future material, including wristbands and posters. After much deliberation over a high standard of entries, Joshua Ost’s clever design with a volume bar decreasing across the middle of the campaign’s slogan was
Shush logo competition winner, Joshua Ost
picked as winner. As well as his logo being used for the project going forward, he also won a VIP booth night at Home nightclub and two tickets to a gig at the Engine Shed. Brian Alcorn, Vice President of the students’ union, said: “I hope that, jointly with the help of our partners, we can make some progress with this Shush Campaign in reducing the incidence of noise complaints in residential areas late at night.” Heather Grover, Senior Policy Officer at the city council, said: “Shush is an important campaign and we and our partners believe it is something which will have a positive impact for everyone involved.” Marion Cooney, Evening Economy Manager for Lincoln BIG, said: “It is envisaged that through working with other partners on this project it will raise awareness to the importance of being considerate to your local neighbourhood as well as having a great night out in Lincoln.”
Holocaust survivor Councillors and members of the community cohesion steering group in Lincoln heard from a survivor of the Holocaust Yvonne Franklin, from Swinderby, a French survivor of the Holocaust, spoke on the subject of ‘Our experience as Jews in occupied France’ at City Hall. Councillor Brent Charlesworth, Portfolio Holder for Social Inclusion and Community Cohesion, said: “We must never forget the Holocaust and the depths of cruelty and inhumanity from which humankind, alas, subsequently appears unable to rise. Its full story must be retold as an object lesson to every new generation.”
Jump on board ‘Your Bus’ in LN6 Have you thought about using the bus more? Whether you’re commuting to work, travelling into the city centre or visiting friends and family, the bus could be an easier, cheaper and more environmentallyfriendly way to travel.
Why should I use the bus? • Save Money – with a weekly bus ticket in Lincoln costing just £10.50, public transport can work out much cheaper than running a car, buying petrol and paying for parking • Get a little fitter – enjoy the five minute walk to your local bus stop each morning • Help the environment – buses can carry about 30 passengers at one time, while still only emitting the same CO2 as a small car • Relax – rather than driving and thinking about traffic, use the time to read a book, listen to music, check your emails or play on your phone • Convenience – with 11 bus services in LN6, see if there’s a route near you
Damon Powell, from Doddington Park, who uses the bus every day, said:
“Catching the bus is a cheap and convenient option for me - I save money on the costs of running a car, the buses are frequent and hassle-free, and I can spend the time reading a book, having a snooze or on the phone.” To encourage more people to use the bus, Access LN6 – the multi-million pound programme to improve sustainable transport in LN6 – is launching the ‘Your Bus’ campaign. Councillor Richard Davies, Executive Councillor for Highways and Transportation, said: “The ‘Your Bus’ campaign is about promoting local bus services to local people. Access LN6 has extended a number of bus services in the local area, and more people are using these services, but there are still some people who don’t know where their local bus stop is, or how much a ticket costs. “The campaign will focus on enhanced information, road side information and a series of bus roadshow events. We want to let people know that travelling by bus is simple and affordable.” Events will be taking place between April and August 2014.
How much does it cost? For Stagecoach, a Dayrider – which allows you to travel all day on any bus within the city – costs £3.90, whilst a weekly Megarider costs £10.50. If you travel every day, this works out at just 75p each way. Other options include a Flexirider, which allows you to take 12 journeys within one month and costs £16.50, or a monthly Megarider, which costs £38. PC Coaches offer a flexible 10 journey ticket costing £15 and a monthly ticket costing £40.
Photo by Damon Powell
Find out more at www.lincoln.gov.uk
On-street travel advisors People living in Birchwood and Doddington Park will be able to get extra advice on travelling options thanks to a team of on-street travel advisors. From March 28, the team will be on hand to provide information to residents about their local sustainable travel options. The team will provide information about: • Local public transport options in and around the local area • Information on local walking and cycling routes • W ays residents might be able to reduce the impact car travel has on their wallet and the local area • Information on local facilities which can be reached by walking and cycling
Access LN6 Travel Advisors in green t-shirts will be providing free information and advice about your local travel needs For more information log on to www.accessln6.co.uk or contact the team on 01522 782070 or email@example.com.
Philip Barnatt and Mayor
Claire Eldred and Chelsey Barnes The Mayor of Lincoln joined pupils from St Francis Hill Community Primary School to bury a time capsule – which included a copy of Your Lincoln - in the park.
Get involved in Boultham Park project Special events, volunteering opportunities and a photographic calendar are among plans to involve the community in the multi-million pound regeneration project at Boultham Park, which began last month. The project, a joint venture between City of Lincoln Council and the learning disability charity, Linkage Community Trust, will see the restoration of the old stable block, which will be converted to an education centre, plus the development of a café, shop and horticulture centre. Key park features will also be restored, such as the bandstand and fountain. The lake will be dredged, and there will be interpretation boards to illustrate the fascinating history of the 50-acre park. The £3.7 million project has received funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund Parks for People initiative, and a community appeal, led by Lincoln businessman Philip Barnatt, has been launched to raise the final £250,000.
Meet the team The five-year project will be run by a four-strong team, including Project Manager Claire Eldred and Community Development Worker Chelsey Barnes. One of the first activities for Chelsey is to co-ordinate a twice-yearly Boultham Park
newsletter and a photo competition for a 2015 calendar. She said: “This is a great way to gather memories, which is also part of this project. We are looking for 12 images for the 2015 calendar and want to reflect all seasons. It’s one of many exciting activities that we have planned over the five years so if anyone’s interested in volunteering for the project, please get in touch.” Photos can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org, or entered via Twitter using the hashtag #BoulthamPhoto. You can also enter on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ boulthampark. The winner will receive a free copy of the calendar. Entries should include your name and contact details, and a short description of the photograph including year it was taken. All entries are sent with permission to be used in the calendar, added to the Boultham Park archive and potentially used in future publicity. Calendars will be available to buy in October, to help with the fundraising efforts for the park.
Help the project with your memories Linkage and the council have already sealed some history for the future with a time capsule, supported by local schoolchildren. Stories have been coming through of people who enjoyed the miniature train rides and selling ice cream during busy weekends. Please make contact through the website with your anecdotes of the park and what it has meant to you. The project team has already attracted the interest of radio students at the University of Lincoln who are making mini-documentaries on different aspects of park life and history. An Easter egg hunt is being planned in the park. Please visit www.boulthampark.co.uk for more details.
If you live in the Boultham area, look out for a copy of a dedicated newsletter through your letterbox or at local shops. The project team also needs your memories of the park – send them to Chelsey at email@example.com. Full details of the fundraising campaign can be found at www.boulthampark.co.uk. For the latest information, you can follow @boulthampark on Twitter or visit www.facebook.com/boulthampark
Find out more at www.lincoln.gov.uk
VW Camper Day Brayford waterfront March 30, 10am – 4pm Volkswagen owners and enthusiasts gather at the Brayford Waterfront during this amazing display of VW Campers. Scores of vehicles – many uniquely customised by their devoted owners – will be bringing an extra splash of colour and nostalgia to the popular area. The VW Camper Day is organised in association with Lincoln BIG. FREE / 07950 822276 www.vanjamboree.co.uk
Active Nation Lincoln 10k Road Race Weekend Castle Square and Yarborough Leisure Centre April 5 – 6, various start times Soak up the atmosphere as a runner or spectator at the 18th annual road race. Activities start at Yarborough Leisure Centre at 9.15am on Saturday for the 2.8km Direct Textiles Ltd Primary Schools Race for nine to 11 year-olds. Then at 9.20am the 5km Running Imp Secondary School Race starts for 11 to 14-year-olds. On Sunday, the wheelchair race will start at 10.55am, followed by the 10k Road Race at 11am. £23 for non accredited runners £21 for club accredited runners and free for 9 to 14-year-olds www.lincoln10k.co.uk
Sevens to the Sea Hartsholme Country Park April 6, 8am to 9.30am The Austin Seven owners’ club leave from the car park at Hartsholme Park for their annual ‘run to the sea’. Come along and have a look at the vintage machines before giving them a good send off as they leave. FREE / 01522 873735 firstname.lastname@example.org
Lincoln Big Mini Day
Brayford Waterfront 13 Apr, 10am – 4pm
Castle Square April 20, 10am – 4pm
Around 200 old and new, cool and quirky Mini cars will line the Brayford Waterfront. Trent Valley Mini Owners Club and Lincoln BIG invite all types of Mini to this annual event, so expect displays from the oldest to the newest cars.
Soak up the atmosphere of Castle Hill Square, where more than 40 stalls will feature antique furniture dealers, antique silver dealers, pottery and porcelain, Asian art, fine art, modern collectables, toys and Die-cast, retro, vintage and much more.
01724 762642 / email@example.com
01522 684388 firstname.lastname@example.org www.lincolnantiquesfair.co.uk
Junk Animals Hartsholme Country Park April 15, 1pm to 3pm Let your imagination run wild as Hartsholme Park allows you to create your own junk animals from recycled materials. The activities will take place in the visitors centre and are suitable for the whole family. Places are limited so booking is essential for this event. £3.50 / 01522 873735 email@example.com
Easter Egg Hunt Hartsholme Country Park April 18 - 21, 12pm to 3pm Easter fun will be taking place at Hartsholme Park, suitable for all the family. The Easter egg hunt will take place from the visitors centre and allow you to explore the park to find many treats leading to the last Easter delight. £2.50 / 01522 873735 firstname.lastname@example.org
April Fete on the Strait The Strait April 19, 10am – 4pm The Strait at the top of Lincoln’s High Street will be full with stalls, arts and crafts, local produce and activities including face painting for kids. Plus all the shops, cafes, and bars in the area will be open as usual for you to enjoy. The event, organised by local businesses, will feature lots of live music with performances at the foot of Lincoln’s Steep Hill – from medieval bands to buskers. Food and drink will also be available and the fete will even have its very own Pimms bar! There is plenty for children to enjoy including face painting and balloon modelling. www.visitlincoln.com / FREE
Discover the Herons Hartsholme Country Park May 3 – 4, 11am to 4pm Join the RSPB and ‘Make a Date with Nature’ by taking part in the annual Heron watch to learn more about giants of the bird world. This event is free of charge and suitable for all the family. FREE / 01522 873735 email@example.com
Endellion Quartet LPAC, University of Lincoln May 4, 3pm The Endellion String Quartet is renowned as one of the finest quartets in the world and is entering its 34th year. Recent and future engagements include concerts in Eire, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Holland, Mexico, India, the USA and Canada. In Britain, the Quartet has appeared at nearly all of the major series and festivals and has broadcast many times on BBC radio and television. £16/£14 concessions £5 students and under 26s 01522 837600 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Lincoln Inspired Various venues 6 May – 11 May, 9am – 10pm Lincoln Inspired, a community-focused arts festival, returns in 2014. This is an innovative festival for all ages where arts, music, books, theatre, comedy and conversation come together at venues across the historic city of Lincoln. email@example.com www.lincolninspired.co.uk
Lincoln Jazz Week Various venues May 9 – 17, various times The jazz scene comes to Lincoln for its annual nine day celebration of jazz music. Jazz artists, bands and experts will be performing in venues across Lincoln, including Doubletree by Hilton, Lincoln Hotel and the LPAC. 01522 545711 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Lincoln Grand Prix Festival of Cycling Castle Square and city wide May 10 – 11, 10am to 2pm The Velo Club Lincoln will be holding the 59th cycle grand prix, which will involve the cyclists completing 13 laps of an eight mile circuit. The race will start from Yarborough Leisure Centre at 10am and is expected to finish in Castle Square at about 2pm. FREE / www.lincolngrandprix.org.uk
Discover the Trees Hartsholme Country Park May 18, 11pm to 1pm Learn the basics of tree identification with a guided walk of Hartsholme Park. Find out some of the interesting facts about trees that can be found in the park during the three mile walk. Places are limited so booking is essential for this event. 01522 873735 / £2.50 email@example.com
1000 Years of craft Lincoln Castle May 31 – June 1, 8am – 6pm Now in its third year, the grounds of Lincoln Castle will be filled with craftspeople demonstrating traditional skills from blacksmithing and pole lathe to willow weaving and jewellery making. Try your hand at one of the short courses that will be taking place in the recently built Heritage Skills Centre. Younger visitors will also be entertained in the children’s marquee which will provide a range of activities for them to show off their artistic side. 01522 550646 www.visitlincolnshire.com
The 2014 Lincoln Festival Brayford Waterfront June 7, 10am – 10pm The Brayford Waterfront will explode into life as the Lincoln Festival arrives with live music, free activities, a carnival procession and a firework finale. This popular annual event brings street stalls, have-a-go sporting activities, live music and entertainment. 01522 842702 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Butterfly Survey Hartsholme Country Park July 15, 1pm to 3 pm Take part in this year’s Butterfly Conservation’s Big Butterfly Count as Hartsholme Park play host to a guided walk. Take the time to find out about some of the species that reside at the park during summer while learning the basics of invertebrate identification. £2.50 / 01522 873735 email@example.com
History of Hartsholme Hartsholme Country Park June 8, 1pm to 3pm A guided walk that will take you back through time will be taking place at Hartsholme Country Park. From the visitors centre, the walk is approximately three miles long and is suitable for all the family. Places are limited so booking is essential for this event. £2.50 / 01522 873735 firstname.lastname@example.org
Wartime Farm and Foreign Fields Museum of Lincolnshire Life June 8, 10am – 4pm Travel back to wartime Lincolnshire with living history of the Museum of Lincolnshire Life’s outdoor farm. See 1940s entertainment inspired by wartime life on the Lincolnshire farm and remember the forces serving abroad in the Second World War. Enjoy an outdoor concert of ‘40s music, a working military camp and demonstrations of agricultural life when steam drove the farm machinery and girls got into their overalls and joined the land army. This event is a living history day presented in partnership with the Society for Lincolnshire History and Archaeology. FREE / 01522 782040 Lincolnshirelife_museum@lincolnshire.gov.uk
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