West Lindsey District Council
West Lindsey News THE RESIDENTS’ NEWSLETTER OF WEST LINDSEY DISTRICT COUNCIL / SUMMER 2009
waste collections go district wide from September 7 Full details pages 3 – 6
Making a Difference
Making a Difference
triple bin refuse collections Your 4-page guide to Triple Bin waste collections starts here…
start for everyone from September
Triple Bin refuse collection is being rolled out across the whole of West Lindsey in September. The new scheme means that all households will receive a free garden waste collection service.
he Triple Bin scheme starts from September 7. You will still receive a weekly collection service – blue and green bin collections one week and black bin collections the next. You should have already have received a calendar showing which bins will be collected on what day. The vast majority of people will still have their refuse collected on the same day as they do now. But to be absolutely sure of your collection day visit www.west-lindsey.gov.uk/mybinday - insert your postcode and full details of your collections will appear on the screen. In a district-wide questionnaire in February 2009, 79.2% of people who replied said they would support a Triple Bin waste collection service. Until now, the green bin garden waste collection service has only been provided to those who paid an annual fee. Whilst we believed this was good value for money we also felt that many
people – particularly the elderly on fixed incomes – were put off from recycling garden waste because of the cost. It is vital that as many people as possible recycle garden waste because if it finds its way into a landfill site it becomes a major source of methane, which is a dangerous greenhouse gas. Now the green waste we collect from you will be converted into compost and soil conditioner which is used on local farms. Blue bin recyclables are made into a variety of things – plastic bottles are used in the production of fleecy jackets, paper often takes on a new life as a newspaper, and steel cans
are formed into a whole host of products. Naturally, there is a cost associated with the introduction of a free green waste service for everyone but this will be recovered by the Triple Bin scheme which will cut the amount of fuel we use and reduce the emissions we make. This will reduce the carbon footprint created by the waste collection service. Evidence collected from around the country proves that when black bin waste is collected once a fortnight people recycle and compost more which is just what we want. n If you live in Gainsborough’s South West Ward and are currently on a bag collection service, you will NOT be affected by these changes.
Triple Bin Roadshows – August / September 2009 1 2
Saturday 22 August
Market Rasen - Market Place
9am – 3pm
Tuesday 25 August
Surgery at the Church Hall, High Street, Cherry Willingham
7pm – 9pm
Tuesday 18 August
Bardney Village Hall car park
Tuesday 25 August
Wednesday 26 August
William Street Sports Field, Saxilby
9am – 3pm
Thursday 27 August
Brookenby Village Hall
10 – 3pm
Wednesday 26 August
Saturday 29 August
Rear of Nettleham Co-op
1pm – 7pm
Sturton by Stow Village Hall
Gainsborough Market Place
Wednesday 2 September Park Springs Community Centre, Gainsborough
1pm – 6pm
4pm – 7.30pm
9am – 3pm
7pm – 9 pm
Don’t forget if you are in any doubt about which bins will be collected from your address on what day please visit www.west-lindsey.gov.uk/mybinday or call (01427) 676676 West Lindsey News
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The idea of emptying bins on alternate weeks has been introduced elsewhere with very few problems. his kind of refuse collection service is widely used throughout the country. In Lincolnshire only the councils in West Lindsey and South Holland do not use the alternate weekly collection system. The Lincolnshire councils using alternate weekly collection schemes have better recycling rates than West Lindsey. East Lindsey has alternate weekly collections and has the best recycling rate in the country at 58.4%. The idea that alternate weekly collections will generate problems with
odour and flies is a myth. The Triple Bin scheme causes no problems as long as common sense is applied. All food waste should be bagged before it is binned and in warm weather we recommend that waste is double bagged. We also recommend that the bin lid is kept closed. Some residents may fear that there will be capacity problems if black bins are only emptied on alternate weeks. Households that have four or more occupants or a specific verified need (such as children in nappies or
medical waste) can apply for an assessment to receive an additional bin or a larger black bin. This will be provided subject to them using the existing recycling facilities to the fullest extent. However, if your blue bin is getting full and you are making the most of the space by ‘flattening and squashing’ we will be happy to talk to you to find a way to solve the problem which could involve providing an additional blue bin. This is especially relevant to those with large families. n
be greener by making more of your blue bin One of the best ways you can help make sure the environment is protected for future generations is to recycle as much as possible in your blue bin. All the following can be accepted: PAPER: Newspapers, magazines, old mail, junk mail, envelopes, printed paper, paperback books, paper bags, manuals and instructions, leaflets, flyers, Yellow Pages, telephone directories, exercise books, mail order catalogues. However, if your newspapers are recycled by a local community group we would encourage you to continue using the service.
CARDBOARD: Corrugated and noncorrugated including old boxes, cereal packets, pizza boxes, egg boxes, greeting cards, toilet and kitchen roll tubes and general packaging.
TINS AND CANS: Typically food and drink cans.
LARGE TINS: Sweet, chocolate or biscuit tins. PLASTIC BOTTLES: Milk, drink, washing up containers and toiletry bottles. PLASTIC FOOD TRAYS: Clean plastic food trays only – not polystyrene meat trays.
AEROSOLS: Deodorants, polishes, hair sprays, cleaners and air fresheners.
ALUMINIUM FOIL: Clean food trays and used kitchen foil. GLASS: Any colour bottles and jars.
what the locals said about the scheme…
Sarah Smith, Rawlinson Avenue, Caistor
Sarah had a few concerns before the Triple Bin system was introduced as there are four in her family and a dog. But the system is working well for her and she has had no problems.
the pilot scheme
Residents in Caistor and Keelby were the first to try out West Lindsey’s new Triple Bin refuse collection service.
ust over 2,000 homes were included in a pilot scheme which began in April and saw black bins emptied one week and blue recycling and green garden waste bins emptied the next. The scheme was an immediate success and the recycling rate in this area shot up from just over 40% to a new high of 69% with an average of 65%. Delivery of the bins and an information leaflet were done in good time and this approach will be followed as the scheme rolls out to the rest of the district. Chairman of the Community and Waste Services Committee, Coun Irmgard Parrott said: “We do understand that this new system is a major change for everyone and that change can sometimes bring concerns. That is why we have
recycling advisors who can visit homes in the area explaining exactly how the new system will work.” The Council has also sent residents a list of Frequently Asked Questions and has posted more information on its website at www.west-lindsey.gov.uk/triplebin. Coun Parrott added: “Residents throughout West Lindsey have already achieved a recycling rate of more than 40% which is a wonderful effort and I thank everyone for what has been done so far. “We are now ready to do even better with this new Triple Bin collection system which will safeguard resources and avoid government fines that will be imposed on Councils which do not divert waste away from landfill sites – fines that would ultimately have to be paid by you as council tax payers.” n
She said: “The whole family are recycling everything that we can, cardboard, paper, plastics and glass. As a keen gardener the green bin is great for disposing of my garden waste and grass cuttings. I have always been keen to recycle and the new system allows me to do this easily. Providing that everyone does their bit and recycles correctly there should be no concerns over the new collection system.”
Tony Close, Longmeadow Rise, Keelby
Tony said: “The new system is a real success. I didn’t have a green bin before and I find it very useful. The whole thing works really well.”
Mrs Judith France, Saxon Way, Caistor
Mrs France is very pleased with the new system. She said: “The information which West Lindsey delivered prior to the start of the scheme was useful and informative. I know what we can recycle and now we don’t put a lot into the black bin at all. The free green bin is handy for my garden waste too. The new system took a little getting used to but after a couple of weeks we had no problems.”
John Hewson, Riby Road, Keelby
John said: “Most things go in my blue bin now we can recycle more items. My friends who live outside West Lindsey are very envious of the service we get.”
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how you can recycle
You can recycle even more of your household waste by making use of West Lindsey’s carton recycling scheme and by sharing your books, videos, audio tapes, CDs, DVDs, and pc/video games.
he Council has worked with Tetra Pak Ltd and the carton industry body ACE UK to offer a carton recycling service at: • Tesco in Gainsborough • John Street car park in Market Rasen • The Talbot Inn, Caistor • The Co-op in Nettleham • Bardney Village Hall Drinks cartons cannot be recycled in domestic blue bins but they can be recycled if they are taken to the collection points. Once collected they are taken away to be baled and transported to a recycling mill. They can be transformed into a number of different products ranging from plasterboard liner to high-strength bags and envelopes. Please remember to wash and squash your carton before recycling and only put paper-based liquid food and drinks cartons in the recycling bins unless otherwise specified on the bin. No plastic, card, cans, glass, plastic bags or foil.
Don’t forg et you ca n recycle your cart ons too.
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Now you can recycle books, videos, audio tapes, CDs, DVDs and video games. In picture is the facility at Gainsborough Leisure Centre
Your old books, games and CDs can also be enjoyed by somebody else if you recycle them. Book Banks have been installed at:
• Recycling Point, Gainsborough Leisure Centre • John Street car park, Market Rasen • Talbot Inn car park, Caistor • Ship Court car park, Gainsborough All you have to do is take along the items you have finished with and pop them in the bank to give pleasure to someone else. Paper and hard-back books can be accepted and the only restriction on tapes and videos is that they must not be home recordings. Good quality books will be resold through the British Heart Foundation shops and some may be sent abroad to help education programmes. Paperback books unsuitable for resale will be recycled into newsprint. Don’t forget that you can still give items to your favourite charity shop if you prefer. n
super show simply
undreds of people visited the West Lindsey tent at the Lincolnshire Show despite soaring temperatures that encouraged everyone to enjoy the outdoor attractions rather than the indoor ones. Pulling the crowds were the Council’s displays centred on the authority’s aim to make the district a great place to live, work, visit and invest in. Recycling displays were a real centre of attraction and a competition to identify items that can be transformed into something else after they have been recycled in a blue bin
was won by Jill Smith of Torksey and Margaret Smith of Saxilby, who each received £25 vouchers. There were also displays from the Job Centre and on West Lindsey’s Wheels2Work scooter loan scheme which allows people to have a scooter for six months to enable them to get to work or training whilst they save up for a transport solution of their own. “Places to visit” was the theme of another display and throughout the two days of the Show, councillors were always on hand to listen to local residents’ views and explain the work of the authority. n
for recycling champs
ne of the competitions at the West Lindsey tent at the Lincolnshire Show asked visitors to examine a list of items and then say which ones could or could not be recycled in a blue bin. Jill Smith from Torksey Lock and Margaret Smith from Saxilby both scored 20 out of 20 and each collected a £25 shopping voucher. Margaret Smith was unable to attend the presentation. n
Jill is pictured here receiving her prize from Chairman of the Community and Waste Services Committee, Coun Irmgard Parrott (right) watched by recycling inspector Elaine Bilton (left)
The Princess Royal was the special guest at the Lincolnshire Show this year. In our picture West Lindsey Chairman Coun Jessie Milne and Chief Executive Duncan Sharkey are being presented to HRH
West Lindsey News West Lindsey News is the voice of West Lindsey District Council and the prime source of news about the Council for everyone in the district. Our magazine is delivered to every home in the Council’s area and is part funded by advertisements from partner organisations and by including information which the authority would otherwise have to pay to have published elsewhere. We would welcome your views and comments about the newspaper and all correspondence should be addressed to West Lindsey News, Guildhall, Marshall’s Yard, Gainsborough, Lincs DN21 2NA or email email@example.com When you and your family have finished with West Lindsey News, please recycle it either at a recycling bank or by using the Council’s kerbside collection service on your recycling day.
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West Lindsey has become the first local authority in the country to reach the achieving level of the Equality Framework for Local Government.
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he feat was recognised at the Equality Mark Awards 2009 held in Crewe, when Chairman of Generic Equalities Coun Irmgard Parrott, and Director of Strategy and Regeneration Rachel North, received the award on behalf of the Council. The standard recognises the importance of fair and equal treatment in local government services and employment. Ms North said: “This is a fantastic achievement. What we have done is move from quite a low level only two years ago to one where we are achieving under the new guidelines framework set out by the Improvement and Development Agency. “We have got to this level by knowing what our community’s needs are and responding to them. We have not stuck slavishly to the criteria making sure we can tick the right boxes; it’s been about making things fair and accessible and that resulted in improvements being made quite naturally. “We must now continue to make
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sure no-one feels excluded or discriminated against by ensuring that what we do and the services we provide are accessible and equal to everyone.” The Standard has been split into five levels and has been developed primarily as a tool to enable local authorities to mainstream age, disability, gender, race, religion or belief and sexual orientation into council policy and practice at all levels. At the awards ceremony, Surinder Sharma, National Director for Equality and Human Rights, Department of Health, congratulated the Council on being the first local authority to reach the new achieving status. As part of the equality and diversity programme, West Lindsey has hosted a series of courses for staff and partners with practical demonstrations of what life is like if you suffer from a disability or are an older person. Policy and Performance Team Leader, Julie Taylor said: “People attending the course were put into wheelchairs, had their arms restrained and wore frosted glasses to restrict their vision. They were then taken into town to find out when your movement and
vision is restricted even the most simple tasks that most of us take for granted can be made really quite difficult.” The experience was backed up by presentations from the local Age Concern branch and pressure group West Lindsey Disability Network. Coun Parrott added: “A speaker with eyesight problems talked about her difficulties in day-to-day things like making a cup of tea or crossing the road, whilst other wheelchair users talked about getting access to shops and using public transport. It was very powerful and at times quite humbling.” The Council, which received the equality award only months after achieving Investing in People status, is now setting its sights on joining the select band which can boast the Equality Mark level of excellence. Chief Executive Duncan Sharkey said: “We know we have got some way to go but we have already proved we have the will to keep company with those who deliver the very best practice in local government. “We are now in the process of assessing all our policies against Equality Mark standards and as we continue to develop our services with the help of our partners, I am sure that more improvements will be delivered.” n
Director of Resources Daren Turner finds out that manoeuvring a wheelchair along cambers in the road is not too easy
life with a disability
If you are an older person or suffer from a disability, getting around in West Lindsey can be a nightmare.
t a series of Disability and Age Awareness Days, district councillors, staff and employees from partner organisations found out for themselves how difficult life can be when they took to the streets in wheelchairs with their legs and arms immobilised and their vision restricted by frosted glasses. The result was that perfectly ablebodied people admitted to being terrified, uncomfortable and having never realised that everyday tasks could be so difficult. Cambers on the roads made controlling wheelchairs difficult, pelican crossings barely allowed time for people to make it across busy roads and the attitudes of people who did not know what to do were frequent complaints. But for Nigel Webster of the West Lindsey Disability Network, perhaps the biggest issue of all was that far too often the emphasis is on what people with a disability can’t do, not what they CAN do. “People always look at the negatives instead of asking what we can do,” said Nigel, who became disabled following a car accident. “We are very resourceful at finding ways round our disability even when this can reflect badly on our benefits,” he added. Getting ready to hit the road and begin to understand life as someone with a disability
Nigel said that the language used to describe people with disabilities was now much better, but he challenged whether attitudes were still anywhere near as good as they could be. “Shops say they want our business but many still don’t provide ramps to facilitate us. I need accessible parking – which I don’t mind paying for – but I also want it properly policed and protected so that when I get there I can use it. If things aren’t right those who are responsible for it will hear about it – I am not frightened to be an irritant on behalf of people with disabilities,” said Nigel. Philippa Haresign, Age Concern Lindsey, said that many of the difficulties and frustrations felt by those with a disability were shared by older people. Coun Irmgard Parrott, Chairman of Generic Equalities, had opened the session by saying that the difficulties of older people and those with a disability were often not understood. She said: “By changing the format of this session from the traditional dry classroom setting to a practical test of the problems faced by people each day will dispel some of your ideas and show you that some of your perceptions are totally wrong.” How right she was… n
but it’s not only about
talking and training West Lindsey has been actively involved in a New Age Kurling Project which promotes inclusive sport to people with disabilities.
ew Age Kurling is a form of the original curling game, but adapted so that it can be played indoors on any smooth, flat surface, such as a sports hall, rather than on ice. Importantly, the game can be played by anyone of any age. After being successful in obtaining £10,000 from the Lottery’s Awards for All scheme, Inclusive Sports Clubs are now being set up in West Lindsey. So far sessions are up and running in Saxilby, Gainsborough and Market Rasen and further clubs are proposed across the district. The project is working in partnership with Social Services and Lincolnshire Sports Partnership. After the success of this project in West Lindsey, Lincolnshire Sports Partnership are now rolling out the initiative county wide. Another success story is the Inclusive Fitness Initiative where the Council is partnered by the Primary Care Trust and Lincolnshire Sports Partnership. This project is at work at West Lindsey Leisure where lighting, doors and changing rooms are being made more disability friendly and new equipment is being installed in the gym that can be used by people with disabilities. n
To find out more or to get help call: • West Lindsey Disability Network on (01427) 811920 or 07760 362876 Gordon Brumby from the Waste Services Team finds out about life in a wheelchair
• Age Concern Lindsey on (01507) 524242
• West Lindsey District Council on (01427) 676676 West Lindsey News
Operation Fusion News from your Local Police Teams
Lincolnshire Police have this month launched ‘Operation Fusion’, which will be a continuing operation to target active criminals, particularly those committing burglary, robbery and vehicle crime.
he launch of the initiative was marked by Chief Constable Richard Crompton, accompanying one of the teams executing warrants in the Lincoln area. Mr Crompton said crimes such as burglary, robbery and vehicle crime have a considerable impact on the victims. “Despite Lincolnshire being one of the safest counties in the country, we are aware of the impact of these crimes on people’s lives and this new initiative is designed to better coordinate our efforts to combat them, tackle them more robustly, and make the county even safer,” he said. The ‘Operation Fusion’ launch coincided with the first day of ‘National Tackling Drugs Week’, which aims to raise awareness of the wide range of work which the police and their partners undertake to reduce drugrelated crime and its consequences. “The link between drugs and acquisitive crime means that it was particularly appropriate to launch the operation during that week,” said Mr Crompton. “As part of ‘Operation Fusion’ there will be regular ‘Days of Action’, which will consist of intensive,
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co-ordinated operations targeting specific problem areas, crimes or individuals. These may entail focusing all force resources into a particular initiative, or form part of local plans to address specific problems,” he said. Mr Crompton says an essential ingredient to make ‘Operation Fusion’ a success will be close working with partner agencies and the public. “Detecting crime and bringing offenders to justice is just one aspect of making communities safer, he says. “There is also a huge amount of excellent work being undertaken to reduce or prevent crime, and we want to maximise the benefit of this as part of the operation”. “Community vigilance and intelligence are often the most powerful weapons against these crimes, and we will be encouraging people to play their part in helping to make the overall operation a success,” says Mr Crompton. “Every member of the public can have their say on local policing and often it is that kind of interaction with our local policing teams that leads to police operations to arrest offenders and recover stolen property,” he added. Lincolnshire Police say that activities under the banner of ‘Operation Fusion’ will be based on intelligence gained from their own sources as well as new information coming from members of the public. “We will also ensure that members of the local community are kept informed of the policing operations in their areas and provided with as much information as we are able to release at the time,” said Mr Crompton. “My message to criminals is that we are targeting you, and with the help of our communities, we will catch you and bring you to justice.” n
bigfoot Beware the
This leaflet, in the shape of a footprint, is a very effective and memorable way that Police will be using in your area. The leaflet is specifically designed to be left at a home where insecurity has been spotted – for example, an open window. The clear message that Police aim to leave is that the next footprint you find, could be that of a sneak-in burglar.
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Your support is vital to the success of ‘Operation Fusion.’ If you have any information or suspicions about criminal activity, call the Police! Alternatively you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Putting the on
You may also see the handbrake leaflet which aims to promote vehicle safety. As with Bigfoot, this leaflet is specifically designed to be left on a car that has been left vulnerable to crime. This could be an open window, an unlocked door, or a valuable item on show – such as a sat nav. The leaflet gives general car safety advice and aims to target those who have left themselves vulnerable. The warning being that this time the issue has been spotted by Police, next time it could be spotted by a thief!
By following these very simple and cost effective steps, you could reduce the risks of becoming a victim of a serious acquisitive crime.
1 Help prevent burglary
• When you go out, always close and lock the external doors and windows, even if you are just going out for a short while. • Remove all valuables from out of sight. Remember if they can’t see it, they can’t take it! Keep them safe. • Visible burglar alarms, good lighting and carefully directed security lighting can put a burglar off. Less darks spots means less hiding places for someone not wishing to be seen! • Always keep gates locked when not in use. Easy access to a property is often the trigger that makes a property an attractive target. Don’t make it easy for them!
2 Help prevent vehicle crime
• Never leave anything on display in your vehicle. Even small change could pose an attractive target for opportunist thieves. • Always lock the doors and close the windows when you park your car, even when it is locked in your garage or on your driveway. It is essential that you do this, even if you are just stepping out of your car for a few minutes. • Remember to remove sat navs, including the support cradle and the suction pad. Remember to wipe away any suction pad marks left on the windscreen. • Keep your car keys out of sight, even in the house. If someone broke into your house, they could potentially steal your car keys too!
3 Help prevent robbery
• Be vigilant and alert when walking on your own. Try and stay in well-lit, busy areas. • Try not to advertise your valuables such as a mobile phone. Keep it out of sight. • Never use shortcuts such as alleyways or waste ground. Always stick to a main road. • Carry a personal attack alarm. West Lindsey News
News from your Local Police Teams
Market Rasen Sector
The Market Rasen Sector is the biggest in Lincolnshire Police’s West Division and covers from Keelby to Upton to Bardney.
he Market Rasen sector has four Neighbourhood Policing Teams. These teams are the Nettleham Team, the Caistor Team, the Market Rasen Team and the Welton and Hemswell Team. For details of each of your team members, and what they are doing in your area, visit our website at www.lincs.police.uk. These Teams aim to work with you to gather information, tackle local challenges, provide advice and help reduce crime in your area.
Residents Give Cold Callers the Cold Shoulder
The Market Rasen Policing Team have set up No Cold Calling Zones in Middle Rasen in a joint initiative with Trading Standards. A No Cold Calling Zone is exactly what it says - an area where companies or individuals are not allowed to cold call on residents. The areas are clearly marked and residents are given No Cold Calling packs, which include door stickers, general information and useful phone numbers. The scheme is funded by Trading Standards, and is completely free for residents. The aim is to reduce the number of cold callers and potential rogue traders, and in turn reduce the threat of doorstep crime. By specifically designating a certain street it allows residents to feel more empowered to say "no" to cold callers.
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The first zone was launched at Kingsmead Caravan Park at Swinhope followed by two further schemes at Braemar Close and Mayfield Crescent, Middle Rasen. PCSO Laura Rowley explained that other areas would also be considered for the scheme: “Once these are up and running, we will be looking for more residential areas to further the scheme. We'd be happy to hear from anyone who wants to set up a scheme in their street. Doorstep Crime is an important issue and we're working hard to try and prevent it. We'd urge people to report any suspicious people or vehicles in their area.” Information being shared with residents in the No Cold Calling Zones includes simple steps like fitting and using door security chains, asking to see and handle identification cards and verifying identification. Other advice also includes getting a second opinion before agreeing any work, keeping doors and windows locked when in residence, not keeping large sums of money in the house and ensuring purses, wallets and handbags are out of sight. Anyone wishing for further information on the No Cold Calling Zones or wanting free security and crime prevention advice should call their local Neighbourhood Policing Team.
Introducing the evening, Assistant Chief Constable Alec Wood paid tribute to the Officers who had been singled out for the exceptional service they have provided to Lincolnshire. “These Officers are outstanding examples of Policing with Pride – and they do it day in, day out.” Constable Ian Cotton and PCSO Julie McFaul received the award for their joint operation with Trading Standards which aimed to eradicate the sale of counterfeit goods from the market. As a result of combining high visibility patrols, plain clothes patrols and excellent team working with other members of staff and partners, Constable Cotton and PCSO McFaul have achieved the seizure of 80,000 counterfeit DVDs/CDs and the execution of 13 search warrants. One man received a custodial sentence and there are further cases pending. The work undertaken by these officers has also resulted in the owners of the site signing up to the Market Owners Code of Practice. Inspector Rod Brant said: “Without the professionalism, commitment and team work demonstrated by these officers in coordinating patrols and obtaining intelligence there is no doubt that this criminal activity would have continued.” n
Your Award Winning Team for Hemswell
Officers identified as having gone above and beyond the call of duty have been recognised for their achievements. Family members and friends were also invited to an awards ceremony when officers’ bravery, dedication and professionalism were recognised. Amongst those honoured were your local team for the Hemswell area.
Constable Ian Cotton and PCSO Julie McFaul
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The Gainsborough sector has five Neighbourhood Policing Teams. These teams are the Rural South Team, the Rural North Team, the Lea and South West Team, the Gainsborough Town Team and the Uphills Team. Working to protect our beautiful woods
Your Neighbourhood Policing Teams for Lea and South West and Gainsborough Rural North Team, are taking a proactive approach in protecting the woodlands on their respective patches. The two Teams cover Lea Woods and Laughton Woods and both have been actively looking for solutions to the challenges raised by their local communities. The new Community Beat Manager for Lea and South West, PC Rebeka Oakley, was keen to support the work already in motion to in her new area. "Lea Woods is a really beautiful area and one that has a very low crime rate. We want to keep it that way! So I was pleased to see that PCSO Sarah Gibson had been working with Fire and Rescue to deter any individuals from setting fires in the area. There is not a problem with this at the moment, but we did have a report of a small amount of rubbish being set alight. It is this sort of thing that myself and the team will seek to address before it does become a problem,â€? said PC Oakley who is pictured here with the new PCSO for Lea and South West, Mel Crabtree. Issues have also been highlighted at Laughton Woods. Members of the public have complained of vehicles being used within the woods in an anti social manner, fly tipping taking place, burnt out vehicles and campers in the woods who have been lighting fires and leaving rubbish behind. This has resulted in the team taking a proactive stance and arranging a Joint Agency Meeting with the West Lindsey District Council Anti Social Behaviour Team and the Forestry Commission. PC Lindsay Postles, also new to the role of Community Beat Manager, said: "It is the people who come to the
PC Rebeka Oakley and PCSO Mel Crabtree
woods and behave in a manner that causes other people problems that we are most interested in targeting. The use of any type of vehicle within the woods anywhere is strictly prohibited. We have had recent incidents reported where people have attended the woods with vehicles under the impression that this is perfectly acceptable. â€œThis is not acceptable as we do have small communities of people who live within the woods and they are being disturbed by this type of behaviour on a daily basis. Further to
that, people behaving in this manner are also disturbing and destroying the natural homes and habitats of many birds and animals that live within the woods. We want Laughton Woods to be an area of natural beauty that all residents in the area can be proud of." n If you have any concerns about either of these areas, contact your Neighbourhood Policing Team. For details of each of your team members, visit our website at www.lincs.police.uk.
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What do think about our future housing priorities? ‘H’ – high priority • ‘M’ – medium priority • ‘L’ – low priority Our housing priority
How do you Your comments on priorities rate this priority? H, M or L
Meeting the challenges of our ageing population
Increasing the supply of affordable housing, particularly for local people in our villages
We recognise that we have a lot to do to achieve this and we can’t do this on our own.
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‘We want people in West Lindsey to be able to choose a home and community that meets their needs and aspirations’
Developing Gainsborough as a growth area and tackling poor housing in the town
The Housing and Renewals Team Freepost RRYU-BTEG-REAS Account Number 22 West Lindsey District Council Guildhall Marshall’s Yard Gainsborough Lincs DN21 2NA
e are developing new plans and services for housing in the area – covering areas like finding a suitable home, developing new affordable housing, improving the quality of existing housing – things that matter to people in West Lindsey. We have some ideas about what needs to improve and have started to make changes – but we want residents, communities and partners to help shape what we do in the future. We are developing our housing plans for the future around 3 key themes: People, Places and Homes, and we think our big priorities should be:
• Meeting the challenges of our ageing population and assisting vulnerable households
• Developing Gainsborough as a growth area and tackling poor housing in the town
• Increasing the supply of affordable housing particularly for local people in our villages
new team under one roof West Lindsey District Council has responded to the Audit Commision’s report on its strategic housing service by pledging to have at least a one star service in 12 months. Housing and West Lindsey District Council As the strategic housing authority for the area, West Lindsey District Council has responsibility:
• To provide a housing options advice service to help people find a suitable home and prevent homelessness • To hold and maintain a Housing Register of people looking for affordable homes in the area • To provide services and secure accommodation for people who do become homeless • To understand the local housing market • To work with housing associations, developers and private landlords to deliver new affordable housing for rent and shared ownership • To improve the quality of housing across the area by providing advice and encouragement to owners and, where necessary, taking enforcement action • To work with owners and managers of private rented properties to provide affordable decent homes that are well managed • To return empty homes back into use • To regenerate and improve our neighbourhoods • To improve energy efficiency in all homes reducing fuel use, costs and carbon emissions • To assist our increasing older population to live independently in their own homes • To provide Local Housing Allowance for people on low incomes • To prepare Local Housing Strategies and Plans so we will deliver the actions needed
he report gave the service no stars and said there were uncertain prospects for improvement. Director of Strategy and Regeneration, Rachel North, said the Council had been aware of the position before the inspection and action had been taken. “A new Housing Manager has been appointed and a new team is in place. We have an improvement plan and our homelessness service has been brought back in house which means that all our functions are now under one roof which has many benefits,” said Ms North. A number of new initiatives are now under way. A Choice Based Letting Scheme has been developed in the district. This scheme allows applicants to see the full range of advertised available properties and then put in a bid for any home they qualify for. So instead of a council officer making an allocation, the successful applicant is the person with the highest priority for the property they have made a bid for. Help is also on the way for victims of domestic abuse. The district council, police, fire and rescue and domestic abuse coordinators are all working together to introduce a sanctuary scheme. Housing and Renewal Services Manager Grant Lockett (pictured) said: “The idea is that in extreme
cases victims of domestic abuse, HATE abuse or severe harassment alternative housing can be found. But in the majority of cases the aim is to allow people to stay safe in their own home by doing work which could be as simple as setting up security lighting or as complex as establishing reinforced secure rooms where victims know they will be safe.” Ms North added: “We are also working in many other areas including being part of a bid to bring more than £75 million of extra spend for housing to Lincolnshire and a housing condition survey is underway to give us the information we need on where to target our resources. “All of these things and other actions will dramatically improve our housing service and I am sure that local residents will soon be seeing the benefit.” n
Iceland cash thaws
The first repayments of money invested by West Lindsey District Council in collapsed Icelandic banks has been returned to the authority.
oint Administrators for Heritable Bank Plc (in administration) have sent a first instalment of £350,000 against the £2 million the Council had invested. West Lindsey has a total of £7 million invested in three of the failed Icelandic banks. Latest financial advice also suggests that Landsbanki – where the Council has £4 million invested –should be able to repay the Council all it is owed. And Glitnir – where the Council has £1 million invested – appears to have assets significantly greater than
the liabilities and a full repayment is likely. An external investigation into the circumstances surrounding how West Lindsey’s investments were made has reported that the authority’s guidelines met good practice and officers applied strategy guidelines correctly. The report, commissioned by Council Leader Bernard Theobald, says the banks used met the required ratings, that lending limits were not breached, and the Council’s records are complete, accurate and properly authorised. n
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a year makes…
by West Lindsey health trainer Ashleigh Stevenson-Leigh
High Sheriff of Lincolnshire Lady Sarah McCorquodale learns how a body fat monitor works from West Lindsey’s health trainer Ashleigh Stevenson-Leigh watched by Chairman of the Council Jessie Milne. Lady Sarah was a visitor to the West Lindsey tent at the Lincolnshire Show
t has only been a year since the health trainer service first arrived in West Lindsey, and already it has proved a great success. I was appointed in July 2008 to help tackle the health inequalities that are present in Gainsborough. Startlingly statistics showed that: • 1 in 4 adults in our district are obese • Only 20% of adults meet physical activity recommendations • 1 in 5 adults are smokers
These statistics highlight problems that we are now facing up to as a district. With the development of the health trainer role and the intense one-to-one support it provides, we are ensuring that individuals with the greatest need are being individually mentored towards better health. We can now offer clients a direct route onto the West Lindsey exercise referral scheme as well as referrals to other local organisations such as SureStart groups, Smoking Cessation, and Phoenix Weight Management. To find out more call (01427) 676676 or ask your GP to make the referral for you.
Health Trainers, helping you, to help yourself!
what’s on at Trinity W
est Lindsey’s Trinity Art Centre in Gainsborough has got a programme for September which balances some old favourites with some new and exciting shows that we hope you will enjoy! And Art in the Bar for the season offers collections by Kevin Marron on walls and Rosemary Pike in the craft cabinets. n For a brochure or to book tickets for a film or live show call the box office now on 01427 676655 or visit to book online at www.trinityarts.co.uk
Full September programme is: • Wednesday 2nd September at midday Lunchtime Literature with Dr Jane Mackay – John Steinbeck: 'The Grapes of Wrath' Tickets £5 • Friday 4th September at 8pm LIVE MUSIC: Opera Dudes Tickets £8 (£6 Concessions) • Saturday 5th September at 2pm Multi-Story Theatre presents Clever Clogs and the Cunning Princess Tickets £3 Child, £5 Adult, £15 Family
Clever Clogs and the Cunning Princess – September 5
• Saturday 5th September at 7.30pm FILM: Public Enemies (CERT TBC) Tickets £4.50 (£3.50 Concessions)
• Wednesday 9th September at 8pm London Classic Theatre presents The Beauty Queen of Leenane Contains strong language and recommended for 14 years + Tickets £9 (£7 Concessions) • Thursday 10th September at 8pm The HOOT Comedy Club With Ray Crawford, Joseph Wilson and Elliot J Huntley Tickets £7 (£5 Concessions) • Friday 11th September at 8pm Spike Theatre presents HOOF! Tickets £7.50 (£5.50 Concessions) • Saturday 12th September at 7.30pm FILM: Blood the Last Vampire (18) Tickets £4.50 (£3.50 Concessions) • Thursday 17th September at 7.30pm FILM: My Sisters Keeper (15) Tickets £4.50 (£3.50 Concessions) • Friday 18th September at 8pm Rolling Stones tribute: The Stones Tickets £9 • Saturday 19th September at 2pm and 6.30pm KIDS CLUB: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (PG) Tickets £4.50 (£3.50 Concessions) KIDS CLUB: £1.50 (£2.50 Adults) • Friday 25th and Saturday 26th September at 7.30pm Gainsborough Amateur Operatic Society presents Steppin' Along Broadway Tickets £8
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