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West Lindsey District Council

The Councillor THE INTERNAL NEWSLETTER FOR MEMBERS OF WEST LINDSEY DISTRICT COUNCIL April 2011

Fond farewell to our Sue

ouncillors turned out in force to say a fond farewell to Sue Harrison when she retired as Head of Democratic and Community Services and Deputy Monitoring Officer. Sue has been with the council since it was born in 1974 and her 36 year’s service led Director of Strategy and Regeneration Rachel North to describe her as being embedded in the DNA of the authority.

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Big turn out to mark the end of an era Rachel could not be present for the celebration, but in a message read out by fellow Director James Nicholson, she said if Sue was cut in half it would say WLDC right through the middle. “Everyone is struggling to imagine West Lindsey without Sue Harrison – especially the Members to whom I know she has been a rock, a support and a consistent feature of their experience of serving on the council. Sue knows the council inside out.

“We won’t quite realise how much we need Sue until she has really gone so luckily we have managed to entice her back for a day a week for a final year so we’ve got a little bit longer to ask all those questions before it’s too late and we really are on our own,” said Rachel. She described the day as the ‘end of an era’ when there would inevitably be sadness and tears particularly from those who have worked with and for Sue. She was described as a treasure the council would truly miss and Rachel said the words that would sum Sue up would be: ● Continued on page 2


‘Her DNA is embedded in this Council’ ★ From page 1 ● generous ● patient ● professional ● calm ● organised ● supportive ● knowledgeable ● adaptable Rolling back the years, Rachel said that Sue had joined West Lindsey as a Works Study Trainee for the princely sum of £873 a year and in 1976 she won the Lincolnshire County Council Education Committee prize for her ONC in business studies and was awarded a book token worth £1.25. Happy retirement Sue, you really deserve it.

ELECTION STOP PRESS: First ever all-out district poll Please remember that nomination papers for the district and parish council elections must be returned to the Returning Officer no later than noon on Monday April 4 2

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IN OUR PICTURES: Paying tribute to Sue are: TOP: Chairman of the Council Owen Bierley and then CLOCKWISE: Councillors Irmgard Parrott, David Cotton and Alan Caine


Aiming to buy local t a time when many local businesses are struggling to keep their heads above water, the council is doing its best to help out by encouraging everyone to try and buy goods and services locally. The Think Local First campaign came from a meeting with local traders and businesses who asked us to promote more local procurement. Our Economic Development Team is running the pilot project internally and the aim is to extend it to residents and local businesses at a later date. Awareness levels have been raised with posters around the Guildhall and an article has appeared in the Staff Newsletter. The benefits of shopping locally include:

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● Supporting jobs and income and improving the well-being of local communities ● Success of the campaign will mean more

money stays in Lincolnshire ● The campaign can reduce the carbon footprint - local trade is often the greener option ● Shopping local means businesses can contribute to local economic growth. However, as a council we realise that choosing a local supplier may not always be cheapest, so we are not expecting that everything will change. The ED team is keen to know about opportunities to switch to local traders and want all councillors to tell them about opportunities you feel could be pursued. If you want to know more or can support a local supplier, please contact the ED team.

CAN YOU SUGGEST NEW VILLAGE HOUSING SITES? The search is on to find affordable housing sites in West Lindsey. And councillors are being asked to share their expert knowledge of the district by suggesting places that could be suitable. Leading the hunt are the Rural Housing Enablers at Community Lincs who are particularly interested in sites in or close to Cherry Willingham, Ingham, Lissington, Scampton, Brattleby, Aisthorpe, Willingham by Stow, Stow and Nettleham. Our council has identified a need for some affordable housing in these villages to meet the needs of people in the local communities. The council’s current Local Plan sets out to meet affordable housing needs by allocating residential sites and by allowing affordable housing development where it would not allow general housing. But there is still a shortage of suitable land for affordable housing. The council’s new Local Development Framework – which will take over from the Local Plan – will try to identify more opportunities but won’t be ready for a few years yet. So, to tackle this immediate shortfall, the council wants landowners to come forward with suggestions for suitable sites. This will not prejudice any plans for the allocation of housing sites in the Local Development Framework.

Landowners have until Friday April 22 to register their sites. The district and parish councils will then assess all sites’ suitability for affordable housing development. Small sites, ideally for between five to 15 properties, will be of particular interest, but larger sites will also be considered. The land may also be already allocated or have planning permission for housing. Land outside, but alongside, the settlement’s development boundary may be suitable as an ‘exception site’ for 100% affordable housing. “The lack of affordable homes in these villages is a real cause for concern,” says Rural Housing Enabler, Bob Bowe. “In the current economic climate many local people, particularly the young, can’t afford to remain living there. Young families add to the health and vitality of villages. I urge landowners to contact us if they are interested in using their land for affordable housing, to help local people in need”. Councillors with any questions or ideas about land that could be suitable are asked to contact: Bob Bowe, Rural Housing Enabler at Community Lincs, The Old Mart, Church Lane, Sleaford, telephone 01529 302466 or email bob.bowe@communitylincs.com.

● At West Lindsey you can get more information from Andy Gray.

Got a question about the election? Contact Rachel North on ext 535 or Graham Spicksley on ext 576

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