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West Lindsey District Council

Parish Matters THE NEWSLETTER FOR PARISH AND TOWN COUNCILS THROUGHOUT WEST LINDSEY

OCTOBER 2010

Game, set and match thanks to sports grants esidents throughout the district have been given a sporting chance thanks to West Lindsey District Council. Ten thousand pounds has been distributed to sports clubs to help them pay for essential equipment. Chairman of the Community and Waste Services Committee at the council, Cllr Jackie Brockway, said: “The Community Sports Fund has been a huge opportunity to help the local community boost sports provision in the district. “Sport is a huge area that West Lindsey District Council wants to improve and excel at. “I am delighted we have been able to help a wide variety of groups buy essential equipment to help us all achieve this goal.” “Clubs need to develop each year and sometimes this is not possible without funding.” The grant aims to allow clubs to apply for funding for equipment, projects and other items of interest that would help develop

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sporting opportunities. The fund, which has now been fully spent, was available to parish and town councils, voluntary organisations and community groups. Chris Farrell, Sports and Community Development Officer at the council said: “I have been fortunate to see first hand the appreciation and joy the cheques have brought to these groups. “A small grant can go a long way with organisations and it really helps with developing opportunities both in sports and the community in West Lindsey.” Northorpe Parish Council was awarded £1390.14 to provide both outdoor and indoor equipment to develop grass root sports and opportunities for children with difficulty getting out of the village. Local children presented a letter at a parish council meeting requesting new sports equipment so that they can practise football and netball - the two main sports played in local schools. The letter was signed by all the children in the parish. Vice Chairman of Northorpe Parish Council, Neil Montgomery, said “We are really pleased to have received the funding. You can immediately see the difference in the playing field, it has been brought to life and the children now play

YOUNGSTERS SCORE: Sports and Community Development Officer Chris Farrell presents a cheque for £1,390 to Northorpe their chosen sport in a safe location.” Grants have also been awarded to: ● Market Rasen Cricket Club, £1260 from last year’s fund to buy new nets. ● Saxilby Parish Council have received £994 for a number of sports such as football and hockey. Cash will also go on inclusive sports equipment.

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Save the date

The West Lindsey Parish Assembly 2011 will be held on 4 April at Waddingham Village Hall at 7pm. More details to follow soon.

A £10,000 sporting chance OWZAT! Sports and Community Development Officer Chris Farrell presents a cheque for £1260 to Market Rasen Cricket Club’s Catherine Fussey and Andrew Richley. The money is for new nets.

★ From page 1 ● Whiteswood Lane Judo Club, £1,500 for new mats for national competitions to be hosted in Gainsborough. ● Gainsborough Rowing Club, £1,500 for development of the club and for new training boats. ● Market Rasen Rugby Club, £1,500 for development of the club. ● Tealby Tennis Club, £342.50 for new junior nets to help with junior development and coaching. ● Willingham Playing Field Trust, £1,500 for an artificial cricket strip, equipment to

provide a training facility and to develop women’s cricket. ● Trackside Archery Club, Caistor, £1,000 for new junior bows and targets and general equipment and coaching opportunities for club development. ● Gainsborough Trinity Juniors FC, £273.36, towards new goals. For more information on how sports clubs in your parish could be supported please contact Chris Farrell, Sport and Community Development Officer on 01427 675131 or email

chris.farrell@west-lindsey.gov.uk.

New insulation scheme gives

BIG savings for everyone unique scheme to cut residents’ energy bills and reduce carbon emissions has been launched across West Lindsey.

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Free cavity wall and loft insulation is being offered to residents over 60 and those on qualifying benefits. Huge discounts are also available for everyone else in the district. Karen Lond, Energy and Climate Change Officer at West Lindsey District Council and the secretary of the Home Energy Lincolnshire Partnership (HELP), urged people to use the scheme. She said: “The HELP insulation scheme has been established by a partnership of Lincolnshire councils and is run by the Energy Saving Trust. “We hope many residents throughout West Lindsey take full advantage of this fantastic opportunity. “It will not only help our environment but save some of their hard earned cash.

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“In a time of rising energy prices and economic uncertainty this will be a blessing for those already struggling to keep up with spiralling fuel bills.” Around 10,000 homes across Lincolnshire are expected to benefit from the HELP scheme over the next 12 months. The scheme offers householders the discounted price of £49 for cavity wall and £79 for loft insulation, subject to a property survey and maximum sizes. Sean Johnson, Chair of HELP, said: “We are delighted to be working with other councils and partners to provide Lincolnshire residents with simple routes to saving money and carbon.” Insulating homes keeps heat where it’s needed the most - inside, which means they will be warmer in winter and cheaper to heat. Insulating the loft can save the home-

owner around £150 a year, and a further £115 a year can be saved by getting cavity wall insulation. Denise Marsdon, Centre Manager for the Energy Saving Trust advice centre East Midlands, said: “We are delighted to be able to support this scheme. “Not only will people save money at a time when they need it the most, but this will also go a long way toward helping to achieve Government targets for CO2 emissions reductions.” Teams of canvasses will be making their way around the county to offer this opportunity to residents and will have proper identification relating to the scheme, which residents should ask to see. Householders can also apply for the HELP scheme by calling the Energy Saving Trust free on 0800 512 012.


Floods risk cash still available Act now to make sure your parish doesn’t miss out andbags, aqua-sacs and radios, are just some of the tools purchased by councils to manage flood risks in the district. So far 11 town and parish councils in West Lindsey have secured grants from West Lindsey District Council to support their communities and prevent flooding. Chris Allen, Public Protection Services Manager at the council said: “We are delighted that we have been able to give grants to so many parish councils. “The grants are being used for a variety of reasons including: clearing a beck of blockages, extending a culvert to stop flooding and developing flood risk management plans.” As previously reported, the council has £10,000 to allocate to town and parish councils, who are best placed to know and understand flooding issues within their areas. Mr Allen added: “We still have a significant amount of money available which will be distributed on a first come first served basis. “I would urge councils to apply for a share of the cash as soon as possible to make sure they do not miss out on this opportunity.” Langworth Parish Council has used its grant to arm its flood wardens with personal protective equipment and tools that may be needed in case of a flood. Parish councillor Clive Buttress said: “Langworth was hit quite badly in the 2007 floods with 12 properties flooded, eight of which were on Scothern Lane. “Many people had to leave their homes, which is a tremendous upheaval.”

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Mr Buttress who is also a flood warden along with local resident John Dearman welcomed the funding. Cllr Buttress added: “We will be purchasing waders, which we will find very useful walking through flood waters. “The radios will be extremely useful when we are out patrolling especially if we see Sudbrooke Beck rise again. “We are also looking to purchase LED headlamps as in the 2007 floods we were working either in the dark or in poor light as we tried to stabilise the flood wall.” The surplus cash will be used to purchase aqua-sacs to keep in storage.

AQUA-SACS Keelby Parish Council has made sure they are prepared in case of a flood by stocking up with 50 Aquasacs. The sacs are filled with a gel that expands when wet, but when dry, is virtually flat. This means they are simple to store and far easier to distribute than sandbags in an emergency. They inflate when immersed in water, allowing a protective flood barrier to be built up quickly to protect doorways and airbricks. Stuart Davis, Parish Clerk said: “We wanted to be ready for an emergency – which comes off the back of the flooding problems we had in 2007. “I would like to say thank you to the district council for the grant, which we have used to pay for 50 of these aqua-sacs. “If anyone has not applied for the

Flood warden John Dearman and vice chairman of Langworth Parish Council Cive Buttress pictured on flood patrol cash they should do as it is better to be safe than sorry.” Market Rasen Town Council was given a share of the cash to create a risk management strategy. Faye Rowland, Clerk of the town council said: ”We are delighted to receive this money. We have been affected by flooding in the past but luckily we were not affected as bad as some other places. We believe it is important to always be prepared. “ Yvonne Clark, Parish Clerk for Sturton by Stow Parish Council said: “We are pleased to receive a share of this money as we are putting together a community emergency plan. We hope this money will be used to implement that.” Mike Spencer Chairman of Brattleby Parish Council welcomed the grant, which is being used to extend an existing culvert. He said: “We are thrilled to receive this money as we have got an old stone culvert built around 1839 that runs through the village and used to take all the water but we needed to extend this to the existing stream.” Mr Spencer gave a stark warning to fellow town and parish councils in the district to make use of the grant. He said: “If people do not apply for these grants people will assume we do not need them and they will cease to exist – take this opportunity while it is here.” Application forms are available on the council’s website by visiting: www.west-lindsey.gov.uk./parish/floodgrant

● Pictured left is Keelby parish councillor John Indian with clerk Stuart Davis and just some of their Aqua-sacs


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PUTTING OUR CUSTOMERS FIRST Local Government has the challenge to improve services whilst reducing the cost to tax payers – with the approaching budget cuts this challenge is that bit harder. In West Lindsey’s new ‘Customers First 2010-2015’ strategy the council sets out how it plans to improve the services it gives to customers whilst also making it easier for customers to get to the services they need, when they want them. Alan Robinson, Revenues, Benefits and Customer Services

Manager said: “We would welcome parishes’ comments on our draft Customers First strategy. Our work with parishes is important to the success of our plans and key to the delivery of improvements for residents. We would really value their input.” From September 27 the strategy and feedback form are available online at www.west-lindsey.gov.uk/customerfirst. Alternatively if you would like a hard copy please contact Katy Allen on 01427 675149

Have your say on shaping your community Residents in West Lindsey are being given an opportunity to raise any issues or concerns in their community. The latest round of Area Forum meetings will be taking place in October and is an ideal opportunity to find out about everything from pot holes to the latest developments within Gainsborough Growth Point which will affect the whole district. Here are the dates and times for the next Forums to put into your diaries.

Gainsborough and Surrounding Area Monday 4th October at The Guildhall – 6.30pm – 9pm Topics include: ● Helping to shape future services at John Coupland Hospital ● Update on Gainsborough Growth Point ● Helping to shape the future direction of the Area Forums.

Wolds Area Forum Thursday 14th October – Caistor Town Hall – 7pm – 9pm Topics include: ● Winter road treatments and pot hole repairs ● Helping to shape the future direction of the Area Forums.

Lincoln Villages Area Forum Weds 20th October – Fiskerton Village Hall – 7pm – 9pm Topics include: ● Winter road treatments and pothole repairs ● Helping to shape the future direction of the Area Forums. Refreshments will be provided.

Free transport is also available for more information about this contact Karen Yates, Community Officer on (01427) 675140.


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