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West Lindsey District Council

West Lindsey News The magazine for West Lindsey residents

Spring 2011

Positive about young people Full story on page 5

Market Rasen’s new Household Recycling Centre

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West Lindsey News is your magazine Edited by the Communications Team at West Lindsey District Council and produced in partnership with North Kesteven District Council. Each copy costs approximately 11p to produce. Editorial Tel: 01427 676512 Email: Address: West Lindsey District Council, Guildhall, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, DN21 2NA Council Enquiries Tel: 01427 676676 Typetalk: 18002 01427 676676 Website: Email: Caistor Area Office: Multi-Use Centre, Caistor LN7 6UB. Tel 01472 859017 Market Rasen Area Office: Adj Festival Hall, Caistor Road, Market Rasen LN8 3JA Tel 01673 843263 West Lindsey News is the prime source of news about the District. Our magazine is delivered to every household and includes information which the authority would have to pay to publish elsewhere. We welcome your comments about the magazine – all correspondence should be addressed to West Lindsey News, Guildhall, Marshall’s Yard, Gainsborough, Lincs DN21 2NA or email:

No increase in council tax for the district despite reduction in government funding


est Lindsey District Council has made a pledge not to increase Council Tax. No services run by the council will be scrapped this year and there will be no increase in our council tax levy despite a significant reduction in cash from the government. The news has been welcomed by residents who already benefit from paying West Lindsey’s council tax bill which is one of the lowest in the country. Andrew Morriss, 63, of Walesby, Market Rasen, attended one of the budget consultation meetings across the district, which he described as ‘well run’. He added: “As an exercise in council tax democracy in the district it was pretty well run. “It is an achievement that no services are being scrapped and council tax is not being increased. “The fact that West Lindsey is debt-free put us in a much better

position than other authorities. “It is very good that we are still managing to do all the statutory things we need to and much more. This is the best outcome for West Lindsey.” Deborah Barker of Caistor, described the workshop as ‘open and refreshing’. She said: “I felt the event was very well organised and I loved the fact they put all the prices on services, which was very informative and was key in making our decisions. “It was very democratic and everyone was able to voice their opinion. They had not made their minds up for us – they wanted our opinions.” As previously revealed, the council has to find a staggering £2.5m over the next two years, following government spending cuts, and another £250,000 from pressures including inflation. Leader of West Lindsey District Council, Cllr Burt Keimach, said:

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Andrew Morriss and Deborah Barker thought the workshops were refreshing

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It is an achievement that no services are being scrapped Andrew Morriss, Walesby

“We received the worst district council settlement on government funding in Lincolnshire and amongst one of the worst in the country, but we are proposing no council tax rise. “We still have a lot of work to do but early indications show we will be able to balance our budget for this financial year, without impacting on key services, expensive redundancies or an increase in council tax.” The council held a number of workshops in November, December and January to involve residents on how best to tackle the budget. Cllr Keimach said: “I would like to thank everyone who took part. We also had an impressive 733 responses from the Citizens’ Panel and they were all broadly in support of the council’s strategy. “In particular they wanted to see more income generation rather than stopping services to deal with the shortfall although they agreed that some services could be rationalised or provided in another way. “For example our investment of £2.9m in kerbside door-to-door recycling collections means we should look to reducing provision of bring sites, to focus on items such as clothing or books.

Financial Services Manager Russell Stone explains the detail of the budget “What was surprising was residents were often more willing to accept harsher service reductions than the ones we are suggesting. They also felt rather than the tax payers paying, the user should pay for certain services such as bulky goods collections – more than 82% supported a user pays approach.” His views were echoed by Chief Executive Manjeet Gill: “We would not be in this position today if it was not for the fantastic involvement from councillors, parishes, residents, partners, businesses and trade unions. Everyone has worked responsibly as a team.” She also praised ‘entrepreneurial staff’ working within the authority, who

have been creative in reducing costs while at the same time improving performance in many cases. “We strive to provide a better service despite financial challenges, for example we have improved planning performance and found efficiency savings of more than £80,000. “Another example is the proposal around CCTV. We are exploring the possibility of increasing our CCTV monitoring from 72 hours to 150 hours and saving £50,000 at the same time. “Over 90% of the shortfall has been found from efficiencies such as £138,000 from management costs and similar approaches,” she added.

How would you feel if you lost your best friend? The heartache need never happen to you if your pet has a microchip fitted because then you will always know where he is. As well as having peace of mind a microchip can save you money. If your dog strays and ends up being taken to a kennels you will be charged at least £70 whereas a microchip costs around £20.

To find out more call 01427 676676 or ring your local vet

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Scheme keeps winter at bay Big insulation reductions for all – and some get it free!

Philip Bavin received free wall insulation

What’s on offer?


est Lindsey residents can keep out the cold thanks to an insulation scheme from the Home Energy Lincs Partnership. After snow and freezing temperatures across the district, Philip Bavin, 63, of Wragby Road, Bardney, took up the offer of cavity wall and roof insulation even though he thought that at his age he would not get the work done for free. “We noticed a difference straight away. The house stays warmer for longer and we don’t need to have the heating on so early,” said Philip. Mr Bavin saw the details about the scheme in his local Post Office and Parish Newsletter. “It was not as complicated to apply as I thought. The work was done quickly and they did a good job,” he added. Chairman of the Community & Waste Services Committee, Jackie

Brockway, urged people to use the scheme to keep their homes warmer and reduce their carbon footprint. “After the coldest December in over 100 years, it’s good that West Lindsey households are benefitting by using the HELP insulation scheme.” West Lindsey is an area of high fuel poverty rates, and insulating homes keeps heat inside, which means they will be warmer in winter and cheaper to heat.

> Cavity wall insulation and loft insulation > It’s free to over 60s or those on qualifying benefits > It’s hugely discounted for everyone else: £49 for cavity wall insulation and £79 for loft insulation > Save around £265 in heating bills a year by getting both > Reduce the carbon footprint of your home > Apply for HELP by calling the Energy Saving Trust free on 0800 512 012 The HELP insulation scheme is run by the Energy Saving Trust in partnership with Lincolnshire councils.

Would you use a wheelie bin cleaning service? We are often asked if the council could provide a service to clean wheelie bins. This is a possibility, but there would have to be a small charge and we need to find out how many people would be interested. To help us do this fill in the details below (no stamp required) and return it to: Wheelie Bin Cleaning Survey, Freepost, RRYU-BTEG-REAS, Account No 36, West Lindsey District Council, Guildhall, Marshall’s Yard, Gainsborough, Lincs DN21 2NA. Or visit Would you be interested in this service? Yes No Do you receive an assisted collection? Yes No Which bins would you require the service for? Blue (recycling) Black (general) Green (garden waste) How often would you require the service? Once a fortnight once a month Other (please state)………………………………………….

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You’re hired!


New job opportunities on offer as West Lindsey takes on apprentices

oung people across the district have taken their first step on the career ladder.

West Lindsey District Council has offered a number of placements for apprentices and Future Jobs Fund employees in accountancy, housing and customer services. Chairman of the Economic and Regeneration Committee, Cllr Jeff Summers, said: “One of the biggest challenges facing all employers is how to successfully maintain the workforce in order to meet the needs and demands of the community. “This gives us an opportunity to provide jobs for young people and teach them valuable skills and onthe-job training which means the work they are doing is real. “It also gives young people a real opportunity to gain qualifications, upskill and take the first step towards a career.” Accountancy apprentice, Kat Miller, 19, of Gainsborough, sent off more than 50 CVs before working at the council. She said: “I was over the moon when I got the apprenticeship as this is my first proper job. It means I

Leonie Janzen got her foot in the door through the housing team

Apprentice Sami Livingstone helps out customer Roger Bennett-Smith can also study for the Association of Accountancy Technicians qualification and get paid. “Although the apprenticeship is only for a year – the on-the-job experience and qualifications will help me when I need to look for another position.” The council is working towards getting a new quality standard, Positive about Young People. This recognises an employer’s commitment to young people already in the workplace or as potential employees. Sami Livingstone, 17, of Gainsborough, is a business administration apprentice. She works two days in the finance department and undertakes a further three days’ work with customer services. Sami said: “The council works closely with universities and schools in the area offering work placements.” Housing Renewal & Community Safety Manager, Grant Lockett, said: “We offer work placements to develop practical skills. We build a portfolio of work for CVs which works really well.

“We gave a reference to one of the students and this helped to secure a part-time job.” This year three young people have started work at the council as part of the FJF. Leonie Janzen, 18, of Gainsborough struggled to get a job after achieving a BTEC Level 3 diploma in administration. She said: “Although I had the qualification, I did not have any experience and was struggling for someone to give me a chance.” Leonie qualified for the FJF scheme as she was on Job Seekers Allowance and she now works in the housing team. She said: “I am really glad I have managed to get my foot in the door.” Jade Worthington 21, of Fenton, had problems finding suitable work because she has problems with her back. She said: “I am excited about working at the council as the job is quite varied and I have not done anything like this before.” > Our front cover photo shows Kat Miller who was over the moon when she got an apprenticeship.

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Good sports The number of people taking part in sporting activities in the district has increased significantly A fitness class gets into the swing at Nettleton Village Hall


he number of people playing sport in West Lindsey has ‘significantly increased’ in the last four years. Sport take-up in our district has increased by 5.1% according to the latest figures released by Sport England. We now rank 31st out of 237 local authority areas – a staggering 135 place increase. Chairman of the Community and Waste Services Committee, Cllr Jackie Brockway, said: “This is brilliant news and something West Lindsey should be very proud to be part of. “Sports such as cricket, New Age Kurling and tennis have all grown in popularity and schools have also added indoor rowing as an extra curriculum sport. “We now need to sustain this participation and keep pushing forward to boost these figures even higher. Funding and original new projects need to be promoted to keep this happening.” An Active People Survey was carried out by Sports England. It measured people aged 16 and over who take part in sport and physical activity three times a week or more. The Lincolnshire Sports Partnership has been working closely


with the County Council, West Lindsey District Council, School Sports Partnerships and local sports clubs and coaches to increase and sustain participation in sport. Projects such as Sport Unlimited have invested £11,228 in sports clubs and schemes across the district in 2009/2010. This includes: sports clubs at Caistor Grammar School, a project at Scothern Cricket Club, badminton at De Aston School and rowing at Queen Elizabeth High School in Gainsborough. As a result of this 463 new participants have taken part in sport and physical activity. Chief Executive of Lincolnshire Sports Partnership, Janet Inman, was delighted with the findings. She said: “The results for Lincolnshire and West Lindsey in particular have been amazing. The fact that West Lindsey has jumped over 100 places to be ranked 31st in the country is excellent. “My congratulations go out to all those helping to develop and deliver sport across the county; the districts, community clubs and volunteers, and the individuals who are taking part in a wide range of activities and sports across Lincolnshire.” Josie Cleary (80) of Saxilby Kurling Club, welcomed the news.

She said ”I have been at the club for two years. It is ideal for me as it is in the village. I don’t have any transport issues. Kurling is also good for socialising.” Club chairman John Smithson added: “The sport is great, it is open to all ages and it is so popular we now have a waiting list of people who want to join.” Lincolnshire is the highest performing county in the East Midlands and is ranked 10th in 2010 out of 29 counties. How did we achieve this? n West Lindsey and Lincolnshire Sports Partnership created the West Lindsey Inclusive Sport Project thanks to £10,000 of funding from the Lottery to develop inclusive sport for all ages, disabilities and abilities. n The money was used to pay for equipment, develop tournaments, clubs, classes such as Thai Chi and different types of dance. n West Lindsey helped promote the Sport Unlimited project, which invested £11,228 in clubs and schemes in 2009/2010. n Over £100,000 has been invested into schemes including Fit Kids, Health Walks, the Inclusive Fitness Initiative and Free Swimming. n 22 clubs have received Clubmark accreditation in the last three years.

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Stirring stuff! udding chefs are finding their feet around the kitchen and boosting their confidence. We’ve teamed up with Gainsborough College to run a 10week cooking course to help residents make better food choices. Michael Watkinson, 51, of Gainsborough, admitted he had not been eating very well since his wife, Linda, died three years ago. He said: “This course was absolutely brilliant – I’d give it 100% and recommend it to anyone. I can cook with a lot more variety now.” Participants are shown how to make spaghetti bolognaise, pasta bake, flapjack and many other things. Student Ellis Walker, 18, of Gainsborough, wanted to learn how to cook better before she goes to university. She said: “I wanted to learn how to cook more food from scratch. The first week we made flapjack and I even made some more at home. I liked the course as the recipes are easy.” Gary Pearce (53) of Gainsborough,


Cookery lessons boost self-esteem for district residents

said he was only cooking basic foods and used a lot of tins and jars. He added: “I wanted to cook meals from fresh and make more healthy options. The grub is really good and what I don’t eat at home my sister eats.” Cookery teacher, Alison Leffler of Gainsborough College Community Education Department said feedback from the courses has been very positive. She said: “The lessons are going really well. It is nice for me when people come back to classes week after week and tell me they have tried some of the recipes. They do not always like them but the fact they tried is good.” Chairman of West Lindsey’s Community and Waste Services Committee, Cllr Jackie Brockway, was delighted with the success of the course. She said: “Allison Leffler puts the budding chefs through their paces as she teaches them about healthy foods and how to cook nutritional

Get in the network Social networking is set to keep residents, businesses and organisations in Central Lincolnshire informed


he Central Lincolnshire Facebook and Twitter pages hope to inform people of the process in shaping the development of the City of Lincoln, North Kesteven District and West Lindsey District areas over the next 15-20 years. It will provide a forum for discussion on the progression of the new plan for Central Lincolnshire, and will form a hub of information throughout the year, both useful and visual. The Joint Planning Unit over

the past eight months has been consulting with residents, businesses and organisations on the issues and options within Central Lincolnshire. Social networking now provides the opportunity to consult further and allow more people to have their say. If you want to get involved or find out more visit: Web: centrallincolnshire Web:

Ellis Walker, tutor Alison Lefflet and Gary Pearce prepare to cook a spaghetti bolognaise as part of the course meals. These clients were all referred for the course through the health trainer scheme at the council. I would like to say a big thank you to health trainers Debbie Williams and Mandy Clark for the valuable work they do and congratulate everyone who took part in the course.” If you would like to speak to a health trainer call: Tel: 01427 675288

Towards a better future A six-week consultation on the issues and options for Central Lincolnshire proved a success after 467 responses were received. Responses have been recorded and analysed and will be used to inform the next stages in the preparation of the Central Lincolnshire Core Strategy. This will take the form of a draft plan incorporating preferred options and indicative policies that will go out to further public consultation. Further consultations will take place later on in the year. Visit for further information.

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Ready, steady...


Make sure of your vote in the first all-out district elections he first-ever all-out elections which will see all 37 West Lindsey district councillors elected on the same day will be held on Thursday May 5. Elections for all Town and Parish Councils will be held on the same day and you will also be able to have your say in the UK Alternative Vote Referendum. Since the inception of West Lindsey in 1974 elections have been held ‘by thirds’ which meant that only a third of the seats were contested three years out of four. But now the council has decided that all elections for the district, town and parish councils will take place on the same day once every four years. In making this decision councillors said it would reduce confusion and maximise turnout. It is also anticipated that a clear vision and priorities can be developed over a four-year period without the impact of changes in political control. Each elector entitled to vote will receive a poll card which will give details of their local polling station. Polling takes place between 7am and 10pm and the results will be announced overnight from approximately 2am onwards. You can keep up to date with all developments by logging on to our website at as we will be publishing the results for each ward as they are announced. The current composition of the council is Conservatives 22, Liberal Democrats 13, Independents 1 plus one seat remaining vacant. To gain overall control of the council, any group requires a minimum of 19 seats. In addition to the local elections the UK Alternative Vote referendum will also be held. The referendum will give electors the opportunity to adopt the



Alternative Vote electoral system for electing Members of Parliament to the House of Commons. At present, the UK uses the ‘first past the post’ system to elect MPs. Campaigners in the referendum will explain why they think you should vote ‘yes’ (to use the ‘alternative vote’ system) or ‘no’ (to continue using the ‘first past the post’ system). Booklets explaining the referendum in detail will be issued to every UK household. If you would like the opportunity to speak on behalf of the local community, help local people and shape the future of your area, then consider becoming a candidate at the elections. You need to complete a nomination paper which must be returned before noon on Monday April 4 2011. For further information contact the Elections Office at the Guildhall in Gainsborough by calling: 01427 676575/6 or email: graham.

Have you got a postal vote? Anyone on the electoral register can now have a postal vote. All you have to do is telephone the Elections Office on 01427 676575/6 and ask for an application form which will then be sent to you. Forms can also be downloaded from the council’s website: The form is easy to complete, but should any help be necessary, the election staff will be happy to assist and advise. Completed forms need to be returned to the Elections Office at the Guildhall in Gainsborough on or before Thursday April 14 2011. Your ballot papers will be sent to you a couple of weeks before the election for you to cast your vote. You are assured that postal voting follows strict secrecy rules and you are guaranteed that no one else will know how you have voted. Those electors who already have postal voting arrangements in place do not need to reapply.

Elections will be held on Thursday May 5

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NOMINATION PAPERS Nomination papers may be obtained from the offices of the Returning Officer, Guildhall, Marshall’s Yard, Gainsborough, DN21 2NA on Monday – Thursday 9am – 4:30pm and Friday 9am – 4pm (excluding Bank Holidays), who will, at the request of any elector for the Ward, prepare a nomination paper for signature. DELIVERY OF THE NOMINATION PAPERS Nomination Papers must be delivered to the Returning Officer, Guildhall, Marshall’s Yard, Gainsborough, DN21 2NA, on any day on or after the date of this notice, on Monday to Thursday 9am – 4:30pm and Friday 9am – 4pm (excluding Bank Holidays), but not later than 12 noon on Monday 4 April 2011. POLL If the elections are contested, the poll will take place on Thursday 5 May 2011. ABSENT VOTES (POSTAL AND PROXIES) Electors and their proxies should take note that new applications for a postal vote or to change or cancel an existing postal vote or proxy appointment must reach the Electoral Registration Officer by 5pm on Thursday 14 April 2011. Applications for new proxy appointments must reach the Electoral Registration Officer by 5pm on Thursday 21 April 2011 except in cases where unforeseen illness or incapacity occurs after that time in which case applications may be made up until 5pm on Thursday 5 May 2011. Application forms are available from the Electoral Registration Officer, Guildhall, Marshall’s Yard, Gainsborough or by telephoning 01427 676575/6. Rachel M. North Returning Officer

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NOMINATION PAPERS Nomination papers may be obtained from the offices of the Returning Officer, Guildhall, Marshall’s Yard, Gainsborough, DN21 2NA on Monday – Thursday 9am – 4:30pm and Friday 9am – 4pm (excluding Bank Holidays), who will, at the request of any elector for the Ward, prepare a nomination paper for signature. DELIVERY OF THE NOMINATION PAPERS Nomination Papers must be delivered to the Returning Officer, Guildhall, Marshall’s Yard, Gainsborough, DN21 2NA, on any day on or after the date of this notice, on Monday to Thursday 9am – 4:30pm and Friday 9am – 4pm (excluding Bank Holidays), but not later than 12 noon on Monday 4 April 2011. POLL If the elections are contested, the poll will take place on Thursday 5 May 2011. ABSENT VOTES (POSTAL AND PROXIES) Electors and their proxies should take note that new applications for a postal vote or to change or cancel an existing postal vote or proxy appointment must reach the Electoral Registration Officer by 5pm on Thursday 14 April 2011. Applications for new proxy appointments must reach the Electoral Registration Officer by 5pm on Thursday 21 April 2011 except in cases where unforeseen illness or incapacity occurs after that time in which case applications may be made up until 5pm on Thursday 5 May 2011. Application forms are available from the Electoral Registration Officer, Guildhall, Marshall’s Yard, Gainsborough or by telephoning 01427 676575/6. Rachel M. North Returning Officer


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Snow heroes win special award


he British Red Cross has praised staff at West Lindsey for going the extra mile to support vulnerable people during December’s severe weather. Despite heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures of minus 17 degrees centigrade staff rallied round to support the charity in helping local residents. Senior Service Manager for the British Red Cross, Edith Wesley, explained how they took the lead in directing staff to priority needs in the area. She said: “I am delighted to present this award to West Lindsey District Council – for their innovative help during the severe weather conditions. “We received calls from residents in areas of West Lindsey which were hard hit, including people who were alone, had no food or heating and needed urgent help to get to medical appointments. “Between ourselves and the council we were able to support residents. It did not matter what time of the day we called – there was always someone willing to lend a helping hand. “This award is recognition of the council thinking totally outside the box and offering to support the Red Cross and vulnerable people in their area in a time of crisis.

West Lindsey staff praised for going the extra mile during the adverse weather conditions

We made the most of our resources to help communities Rachel North, Director of Strategy & Regeneration

Council worker Paul Redhead clears the snow so a resident can attend a medical appointment

“To me this was a fantastic offer by West Lindsey and has been flagged up as good practice to be considered in future emergencies.” Director of Strategy & Regeneration, Rachel North, said she was delighted to receive the award on behalf of the council. “It recognises our staff’s ability to be flexible in some of the most testing circumstances. We offered extra support to vulnerable residents by helping to clear pathways to get them to medical appointments and delivered food parcels and heating.” And Mrs North said the award reflected the West Lindsey community spirit as a whole: “We made the

From L-R: Director of Strategy & Regeneration Rachel North; Senior Service Manager for the British Red Cross Edith Wesley; and Lesley Beevers pick up the award

most of our limited resources to help communities help themselves. “There were some great examples of communities working together to clear snow from their own streets and checking on their neighbours, which has to be commended.” Mrs North said the award was a credit to the great partnership work between the Council, the British Red Cross, Lincolnshire County Council and Lincolnshire Police. Councillors did their part by rallying support to help their local wards. Council Leader Cllr Burt Keimach said: “We had one of the worst winters in over 100 years. I was delighted to see councillors out and about helping the local community. “Offers of help ranged from using their own 4x4 vehicles to access residents, putting out posters to inform residents of static waste collections or offering a shopping service for some of the most vulnerable residents – a good effort was made by all. “It was heart-warming to see communities pulling together to help themselves – whether it was clearing the market place in Market Rasen or helping to check on a neighbour.”

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What’s on

Trinity Street, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire DN21 2AL Box Office: 01427 676655 Web:

Monumental films, a drama classic and musical masterpieces will all be seen at the arts centre for West Lindsey during March Opening the show on March 2 is Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest (PG). This awe-inspiring documentary follows Conrad Anker’s attempt to climb Everest following the exact route of George Mallory, the British explorer who famously quipped ‘because it’s there’ when he was asked why he was going to climb the world’s highest mountain. Tickets are £4.50 (£3.50 concessions). Then on Thursday March 3, Hull Truck present Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence. Lady Constance Chatterley is trapped in a loveless marriage. Injured in battle, her husband Clifford is unable to satisfy her desires and so Constance finds herself drawn towards a man she meets in the woods. Contains adult scenes. Tickets £12 (£10 concessions).

the globe for 17 years and the act is guaranteed to have everyone singing along to the music and dancing in the aisles to timeless hits including That’ll Be The Day, Peggy Sue, It Doesn’t Matter Anymore, Raining in my Heart, Oh Boy! and many more. Tickets are £12 (£10 concessions). Also billed for this month are: March 9: The Way Back (12A). Based on Slavomir Rawicz’s acclaimed memoir The Long Walk, the story follows the courageous escape of seven multi-national prisoners from a Soviet Labour Camp in 1941 and their treacherous journey as they battle the elements through Siberia, the Gobi Desert, Tibet and the Himalayas in search of safety, refuge and freedom. Tickets £4.50 (concessions £3.50). March 10: The Hoot Comedy Club with Danny Pensive. City Life Friday described Pensive as: ‘Paddington Bear meets the loony at the bus stop.’ Tickets are £5.

A Buddy Holly Tribute takes to the Trinity stage on March 4

March 4 sees what is billed as the longest-running and greatest Buddy Holly Show on Earth. Buddy Holly and the Cricketers have delighted audiences across

March 12: Blue Valentine (15). The film centres on married couple Dean (Ryan Gosling) and Cindy (Michelle Williams) and their relationship over a number of years by shifting between different periods. Tickets £4.50 (£3.50 concessions).

March 16: The King’s Speech (12A). This is the story of the man who would become King George VI. After his brother abdicates, George ‘Bertie’ VI (Colin Firth) reluctantly assumes the throne. Plagued by a dreaded nervous stammer and considered unfit to be King, Bertie engages the help of an unorthodox speech therapist named Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush). Tickets £4.50 (£3.50 concessions).

Escape movie The Way Back is screened on March 9

March 18: 127 Hours (15). This is the true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston’s remarkable adventure after a fallen boulder crashes on his arm and traps him in an isolated canyon in Utah. Over the next five days Ralston examines his life and realises he must save himself by any means necessary. Tickets £4.50 (£3.50 concessions). March 19: Rape of Lucrece by William Shakespeare. Gerald Logan stars in the first ever stage

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127 Hours is showing on March 19

adaption of this work. The Rape of Lucrece is a brilliant, brutal narrative poem giving an account of the terrible crime of rape and its dreadful consequences for victim and perpetrator. Tickets £10 (concessions £8). March 23: Of Gods and Men (15). In a monastery perched in the mountains of North Africa in the 1990s, eight French Christian monks live in harmony with their Muslim brothers. When a crew of foreign workers is massacred by an Islamic fundamentalist group, fear sweeps through the region. The army offers them protection, but the monks refuse. Should they leave? Tickets £4.50 (£3.50 concessions). March 25: Tannahill Weavers. See one of Scotland’s premier traditional bands whose diverse

Blue Valentine focuses on marriage on March 12

repertoire spans the centuries with fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs and original ballads and lullabies. Their music demonstrates to young and old alike the rich and varied musical heritage of the Celtic people. Tickets £10 (£8 concessions). March 26 at 2pm: Babbling Vagabonds present The Buried Moon. In the darkest corners, among the wavering tossocks and the trembling mools, the muddy, black bogs and the great snags... The Things dwell. Tickets £5 (£4 concessions). March 30 at 12 noon: Lunchtime Literature. Dr Jane Mackay on Anna Karenina by Tolstoy. Come and meet one of Tolstoy’s most intriguing heroines, the respectably married Anna who has a scandalous affair with the dashing Count Vronsky. Tickets £6.50 including a drink. March 30: Chico and Rita (15). This beautifully animated classic love story brims with charm and is alive with the spirit of Latin jazz. It all begins on a steamy night in Havana in 1948 when Chico, a rising jazz pianist, is entranced by a beautiful songbird named Rita. She turns out to be the key to his success and is the girl of his dreams. Tickets £4.50 (£3.50 concessions).

Save on your night out Enjoying a night out at Trinity Arts is cheaper than you might think if you live outside Gainsborough. Parking in Gainsborough is free after 6pm each evening and all day on Sunday which is not the case in neighbouring towns and cities. So a trip to Gainsborough will not only be great entertainment but you’ll be quids in!

Could you be a guardian angel? Could you be a guardian angel? If live theatre, music and cinema have you on cloud nine then you could be just the person to be a Trinity Arts Centre Guardian Angel. Amongst the heavenly benefits are: >> £1 off all films >> Concessionary prices for most live evening shows >> Priority booking on selected events >> A discount booklet for extra savings during the year >> Membership newsletter, brochures and e-bulletins >> Discounted room hire for parties, meetings and special occasions >> Free entry to the prize draw for panto tickets 2011 All for £15 (£10 concessions).

To find out more visit: Tel: 01427 676655 Web:

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A mobile cinema screen designed to bring the big screen experience to rural areas has been introduced in the district


he Council has teamed up with Big Country Rural Cinema Network to produce a project which is hoped will be a ‘reel’ attraction for movie lovers. Gainsborough councillor and Trinity Arts supporter, Cllr Gillian Bardsley, said: “We are delighted to be able to offer this fantastic scheme to residents of West Lindsey. “Centre Screen is a scheme that uses portable cinema equipment to provide film screenings in alternative venues, particularly in areas where cinema might not otherwise be available, such as rural locations. “We hope volunteer promoters will take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to turn their local venue into a temporary cinema, so that local people can enjoy films old and new at a friendly nearby venue. The benefits Gainsborough has will now be shared out across the district.” Volunteers within the community select the film, book the venue and set the price for the tickets and then sell them. Centre Screen West Lindsey, based at the Trinity Arts Centre in


Gainsborough, provides a technician and the equipment to run the screening. The screenings cost £90 and the money returned to the scheme will help to maintain the equipment and keep the costs down.

We hope volunteer promoters take advantage of this opportunity so that local people can enjoy films Cllr Gillian Bardsley

Any money groups make from organising raffles or selling refreshments they get to keep. Centre Screen comes with support from the technical staff at Trinity Arts Centre, a venue with 25 years’ experience in cinema and live events. Kevin Dunbar, co-ordinator for Centre Screen, West Lindsey said: “This is a new and exciting venture and it is a great way to bring the community together. “Centre Screen works with voluntary promoters based at

venues as diverse as village halls, libraries, community centres, schools and colleges – anywhere that is a meeting point for local people and can provide some very basic facilities.” The scheme is a partnership with Big Country Rural Cinema Network and funded by E.M Media but it is managed by Centre Screen West Lindsey. Similar schemes based at Phoenix Arts in Leicester currently operate within Leicestershire, Rutland, Northamptonshire and Lincolnshire. For more detailed information please visit:

> To join the scheme or to find out more information contact: Kevin Dunbar, Centre Screen Co-ordinator, Trinity Arts Centre, Trinity Street, Gainsborough, DN21 2AL, (01427) 675137 alternatively email: kevin. Pictured above left: Kevin Dunbar who will soon be producing scenes like this (centre) at a village hall near you.

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Thanks for keeping us

off the streets Teenagers grateful for youth café


eenagers have thanked the council for helping to keep their youth café open.

“The council is working closely with CG Partnerships, Graffiti art is design wit t Luke Brisbane pro which manages the café, to h help fro duced his m the Friday look at making its future more The Arena Café in Market Rasen Night Pro James Mayle at ject’s Urb an Extrav sustainable.” provides a safe place for young anganza Jack Rook, 14, has been people to meet up instead of hanging going to the café, also known as the around on the streets. because they had nothing Friday Night Project, since it opened. Figures released by Lincolnshire else to do.” He said: “It is somewhere to go Police show the café has helped “If I was not at the café I would be rather than loitering around on the to halve the number of anti-social hanging around on the streets with my streets. behaviour incidents in the town since friends. “It is not fun for people to see January 2010 – down from 32 to “Now I help out in the tuck lots of kids on the street as it can be just 17. shop, play on the Wii and use the intimidating, when they walk past big The Community Safety Unit at computers. I am so pleased the groups. the council has awarded the café a council have given the café a grant to “I am pleased the council has paid £15,000 grant to ensure its good work keep open.” to keep the café open. The fact they can carry on. Young people can use all the are putting money into the café at all Leader of West Lindsey District facilities available and youth workers because of the budget cuts is really Council and a ward member for are on hand to talk to. Market Rasen, Cllr Burt Keimach said: good.” CG Partnership Project Worker, Mason Dawson, 13, meets up with “We are delighted to award this grant Sam Rea, said the café regularly has his friends in the café. He is also a to the youth café, which has had a between 20 and 30 young people member of the Market Rasen Youth significant impact in Market Rasen attending on a Friday night. Council. – and not only on the anti-social She said: “This grant is fantastic He said: “Before the café opened behaviour figures. news. This café really has given “It has also made a big difference to there was a lot of vandalism in the young people an opportunity to say no town caused by people the area and gives the young people to going out drinking with their friends a safe place to go on a Friday evening , ct and has given them an alternative in the town. je ht Pro e Friday Nig na Café th r fo er rk place to go. uth wo t the Are Sam Rea, Yo with young people a “Last year we engaged with chats 137 people and almost 80 of them returned four or more times, which exceeded our expectations. “I have definitely noticed a positive change in behaviour and attitude with the young people we have at the café on a Friday night. “One young person recently opened up to me and said ‘you and the Friday Night Project have made a difference in my life’.”

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What’s on West Lindsey MARCH 5-6: Free entry to Goltho Gardens as part of Discover Lincolnshire Weekend. This stunning 4.5 acre garden was only started in 1998 but already looks established. 8: Frankenstein Live! at the Broadbent Theatre Presented by the Angus & Ross Theatre Company. This show has been financially assisted by Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire Rural Touring Partnership funded by the Arts Council England & Lincs County and District Councils. Tickets £8 (£6.50 concessions). 7:30pm start. For more information: 01673 885500.

APRIL 2: Caistor Food Fair at Caistor Town Hall Organised in conjunction with Tastes of Lincolnshire, there will be a large number of stalls, ranging from highquality meat and fish, Lincolnshire cheeses, home made breads, cakes, preserves and confectionery. 10am – 4pm. Free admission. For more details contact Caistor Town Council on: 01472 851679 or visit

26: Made in Lincolnshire – The Industrial Archaeology of the County at St Andrew’s Centre, William Street, Saxilby This comprehensively illustrated talk by Chris Lester gives an overview of Lincolnshire’s industrial archaeology. Runs from 7pm to 9pm. Book in advance: 01529 461499 or email:

The seventh Lincolnshire Wolds Walking Festival is taking place from Saturday May 21 to Sunday June 5 and offers a huge range of over 75 walks in our Area of Outstanding Natural beauty and surrounding countryside. With walks to suit any age, ability or interest, there really is something for everyone – from gentle strolls to the more energetic long distance walking and throughout the day into the evening. This year for the first time there’s a Nordic walk taking place and a walk especially for dogs – and their owners! Most of the walks are free of charge, but some may require early booking, to ensure a place. This year there is an exciting launch event with fun for all the family at Brackenborough Hall Coach House Holidays near Louth and two walks from Louth will be walking to Brackenborough to launch the event. There’s also a finale taking place at the delightful village of Partney, where several walks will be taking place from Partney of differing lengths and leaving times – and all arriving back at the same time in the afternoon for the cutting of the Festival cake!

Would you like your activity included in the next edition of West Lindsey News? Email:

For further information: Tel: 01507 609740 (and ask for a free Wolds Walking Festival brochure) Web: Email:

MAY 7-8 and 14-15: West Lindsey Churches Festival. More than 90 churches are open over the two weekends from Saxon, Norman to Victorian gems. Activities throughout the weekends include: bell ringing, organ music, kneelers, exhibitions, arts and crafts, flowers and music. 16-21: Gainsborough Theatre Company presents Like a Virgin at the Old Nick This powerful play with music is a romp through the bubble-gum years of teenage life. For more information: 01427 810616.

11-12, 18-19: Dick Whittington in the Osgodby Village Hall (pictured above) Presented by The Osgodby Amateur Dramatic Society – “The TOADS”, a thriving drama group. 7.30pm start. Tickets £6 adults and £3.50 children (available from Ann Bennett at the Post Office). 30: Lark Rise to Candleford at the Broadbent Theatre Presented by the New Perspectives Theatre Company. Tickets £8 (£6.50 concessions). 7:30pm start. For more information 01673 885500.


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Great days out in West Lindsey


veryone knows that going to the Lincolnshire Show is a great day out in West Lindsey. And visitors to the council’s stand at this year’s event on June 22-23 will be able to find out about more fantastic days out in our district. We’ve decided to hand over part of our display space to tourism providers in our area so that visitors can find out about some of the great attractions we have on offer. Chairman of the organising committee, Cllr Irmgard Parrott, explained: “The council is very proud of the fact that the county’s premier event is in our district and we know West Lindsey hosts the very best day out for many miles around. But we also know that our district has many other fantastic tourist attractions so we decided to give two of them the

chance to work with us on the theme of Great Days Out in West Lindsey.” We contacted all tourist businesses in the area and asked if they wanted to join us. The names of those interested went into the hat and the lucky winners to join us at the Show are the Gainsborough Model Railway and Wharton Hall Farm. Cllr Parrott added: “We are delighted that these attractions will be joining us and I am sure that visitors will soon realise that although they are enjoying a great day in West Lindsey at the Show there are lots more great days out to be had in West Lindsey.” The leisure and tourism theme will be continued when visitors will be asked to do a spell on a treadmill to help us Walk the Viking Way in West Lindsey and Cycle the Sustrans Cycle Route. The name of everyone who

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oining us at the Show will be the Gainsborough Model Railway which has one of the largest layouts in the country. Based on the East Coast Main Line from London Kings Cross to Leeds Central, the railway covers 2,500 square feet, has more than

helps us reach the target distances will go into a draw and there will be great prizes for the winners! The West Lindsey stand at the Show has proved very popular with visitors who live in our district and we are sure that will be the case again this year. Cllr Parrott said: “As usual councillors will be on hand to discuss issues with residents and answer questions and staff will be available to help with general enquiries. If we cannot deal with any question on the spot we will take details and make sure residents get an answer as soon as possible.” Last year an Economic Impact Study carried out on behalf of the Lincolnshire Agricultural Society revealed that the Show puts nearly £12m a year into the economy, with £8m of that staying in the region.

Keep on track at the Lincolnshire show with the Gainsborough Model Railway

1,200 feet of main line track and needs 10 operators. It also features 150 locomotives, 100 coaches, 200 wagons and vans, 150 pieces of pointwork, half a mile of trackwork and nine stations. As a contrast Wharton Hall Farm Park is set in 10 acres and includes

a mile long walk around the animal paddocks. The animals include sheep, pigs, rabbits and goats and there are lots of exciting breeds of animals and birds as well as rare breeds.

Above: The fantastic Gainsborough Model Railway is one of the largest in the country. Right: Let’s talk to the animals at Wharton Hall Farm Park

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Funding for

worthy projects

Community groups get a helping hand from councillors’ fund

Cllr Jessie Milne with Lea Village Hall secretary and treasurer May Greenway and her team who dug deep to find £40,000 ports equipment, Wi-fi and even a new footpath have been paid for thanks to West Lindsey District Council. The Councillor Initiative Fund gives each elected member £1,000 to spend on projects in their ward. Many chose to divide their allocated £1,000 between several good causes and as a result submitted a number of applications; others allocated their entire fund to a single project. Lea Village Hall is just one of many groups to benefit from the fund. The group has invested £40,000 to give the outside of their village hall a much needed makeover. They received £1,000 from Cllr Jessie Milne’s allowance towards the cost.  Cllr Milne said: “It is vitally important we keep village halls like this alive because they are the very lifeblood of rural communities.”  Work to the hall includes urgent repairs to the drainage system, paving, trees and retaining walls. 



Treasurer and secretary May Greenway said she was delighted with the grant: “The management committee has had to work its socks off to raise nearly £40,000 from a variety of sources.” Nettleham Parish Council was given £1,000 from Cllr Malcolm Leaning’s allocation, to pay for printing costs of the Nettleham Design Plan. He said: “The council is trying to encourage as many town and parish councils as possible to have a parish design plan because it will help when it comes to making planning decisions.” This cash meant the parish council could print an extra 2,000 copies to make sure everyone in the village got a copy.  Willingham Parish Council was given £1,000 towards resurfacing the cemetery footpath.  Cllr Reg Shore said: “It was such a big project for a small cemetery and a small village. Without this cash the

parish council would never have been able to afford it. “The money was not just spent on resurfacing the footpath it also helped sort out the shrubbery and making some grave stones safe.  “It was thanks to the parish council, Hill Holt Wood and money from West Lindsey that we were able to address this issue.” More than 20 children were treated to a special trip to the pantomime at the Trinity Arts Centre in Gainsborough. Cllr Mel Starkey used part of his allowance to treat youngsters who attend Gainsborough Adventure Play Association to a trip to the Christmas Pantomime. Cllrs Malcolm Parish and Di Rodgers both used parts of their fund to help Toft Newton Parish Council. They helped to buy sports equipment and a secure shed to store the equipment. Cllr Angela Lawrence allotted half of her grant to Caistor Town Hall to pay towards additional free Wi-fi access for anyone using the Town Hall. The hall has undergone a makeover thanks to grants from waste management company Biffa, Community Lincs and the town council. Cllr Alan Caine has given £500 to Caistor Heritage Trust, with two further £500 sums coming from Caistor Development Trust and Renaissance East Midlands. He said: “This will be used to catalogue the wealth of heritage material that has come to light over recent years, both tangible items and photographic collections spanning well over a century of history. This will all be digitised and available on the internet worldwide.” For details of all Councillor Initiative projects visit: initiativefund after April 1.

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Supporting you to

stay at home

A practical ‘hands on’ scheme has been launched following the council’s successful bid to Lincolnshire Supporting People


practical ‘hands on’ scheme to prevent homelessness has been launched in West Lindsey following a successful bid to Lincolnshire Supporting People.

West Lindsey District Council has set up the Floating Support Service to help residents find and keep their accommodation. It is available for single people and families across the whole of the district who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Chairman of the Economic Development & Regeneration Committee, Jeff Summers, said: “We recognise that for some people having a roof over their head is not enough to guarantee they will not end up homeless. “We are delighted to provide this scheme, which will help arm residents with the skills they need to help them sustain their own tenancies and live independently.” Two new support workers have joined the council’s Home Options Team to help deliver the service. The support workers will be able to offer help and advice on a number of areas including: > Finding accommodation and establishing tenancies > Applying for benefits/grants > Managing money and budgeting > Accessing furniture from charitable groups > Setting up utilities > Making arrangements with creditors to manage debts Housing, Renewal & Community Safety Service Manager, Grant Lockett said: “I am delighted to bring this service into the Home Options Team which will help us offer a full support package for residents. “Floating Support is all about keeping tenancies by putting in place

Referral forms can be accessed: Web: Tel: 01427 675676 (Home Options Team)

Claire Ross (centre) has joined the Housing Team as a Floating Support Worker measures to prevent homelessness. We will not only help residents find a place to live but we will create an individual support plan to focus on their needs. “This could include setting up a bank account, obtaining furniture or registering with a GP and dentist.” The council is already reducing the number of people who are homeless in the district and the amount of temporary accommodation needed. This is thanks to a greater emphasis on prevention. Since April 2010, 98 cases of homelessness have been prevented or alternative accommodation found – thanks to efforts by the councils’ Home Options Team. The authority helped prevent the number of people becoming homeless through mediation, mortgage rescue, the council’s deposit guarantee scheme and many more schemes.

The Floating Support Service The Floating Support Service is a short term housing support service. Service users will have a project worker to help them create a support plan which may include partner agencies involvement. Referrals can be made for anyone in West Lindsey who is at risk of homelessness and in need of housing related support. To access the service people must be aged 17 or above. They may be homeless, living in temporary accommodation, living in social or privately rented housing or be owner occupiers.

The floating support scheme has already helped to enhance the council’s homelessness prevention efforts. Since January 2011, 13 households have been signed up onto the scheme and a number of referrals to the scheme are being received.

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Nettleham Parish Council Chairman Terry Williams (left) and district councillor Malcolm Leaning with the aqua sacs bought to protect the village

Working to keep flooding at bay n the battle to beat flooding, ditch and dyke owners have been warned they could face legal action if they don’t remove obstructions in their watercourses. Communities across West Lindsey are being urged to regularly check ditches, dykes, rivers and streams to ensure they are not blocked with debris that will reduce flow of water. Chair of the district council’s Communities and Waste Committee, Cllr Jackie Brockway, said: “One of the most frequent causes of flooding is poorly maintained watercourses. “Blocked ditches and drains can lead to serious issues during severe weather conditions if flow is restricted and water spills over the top.” The council is urging residents to be vigilant and report any potential problems in their areas to their parish or town council or local flood warden. Cllr Brockway added: “The council does not have the resources to check all the watercourses in the district, which is why we rely on the support



of residents and parish and town councils, who are best placed to respond swiftly to problems. “Flood Wardens and local councils can approach the owners to ask them to try and solve the problem. If the works are not undertaken then either West Lindsey District Council or the drainage boards have legal powers to ensure the work is done.” Many parish councils have appointed flood wardens who regularly patrol their communities and check on the condition of local watercourses. The district council has also set aside £10,000 to offer grants of £250 to parish councils to be used for flood prevention. So far only £4,000 of this fund has been claimed, with the cash being spent on equipment for the wardens. Five parish councils have bought aqua sacs with their grant money, including Nettleham. Cllr Malcolm Leaning, who represents Nettleham, welcomed the aqua sacs as an alternative to sand bags.

He said: “Some parish councils, whilst wanting to be ready for possible floods, have found problems in finding substantial storage space for sand and bags. Nettleham has been investigating the cost and positioning of a suitable store for these. “They have now decided to buy ‘Aqua Sacs’ instead. They contain a gel which expands on contact with water and can be re-used and are much more easily stored. “The council has bought 100 aqua sacs. They were able to pay for them thanks to a £250 grant.” Chairman of Nettleham Parish Council, Cllr Terry Williams said: “This is an excellent example of how the district and parish councils can work together to produce a practical solution to a real problem that can have devastating consequences for residents who are directly affected.” If your council has not applied for a grant visit: uk/parish/floodgrant

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The Concessionary Bus Pass Scheme is changing… Central Government have decided that from 1st April 2011 responsibility for bus passes will transfer from the District Council to the County Council.

So what does this mean? • Current bus passes will still remain valid until their expiry date. • Financial constraints will mean non-continuation of some discretionary elements such as taxi tokens and rail card contributions. • The way you apply for a new bus pass will be different. From April you must apply by post, or alternatively you can present yourself at City Hall in Lincoln. • The option for doing pass applications and renewals on-line is also being developed. • These options will give you a choice of how to obtain your pass but please do not apply any earlier than 21 days in advance of the due date. • Application forms and an information leaflet about the scheme will be available from Libraries, Local District Council Offices, other key access centres and online. For further information visit: or alternatively contact: Lincolnshire County Council Accessibility & Policy Unit, City Hall Lincoln, LN1 1DN

Fantastic recycling record! he latest figures from our recycling department reveal West Lindsey residents are smashing government targets.


However, there is still progress to be made on the range of materials we recycle. Although the majority of us say that common items such as paper (91%) and glass bottles and jars (89%) are being recycled, only a small per cent say we are recycling electronic equipment, which contains precious materials. More materials than you might think can be recycled in West Lindsey, both at the kerbside and at your local household recycling centre. Once collected and sorted, recycled

The government has set an ambitious goal of recycling half our waste materials by 2020, but together we’ve achieved that nine years ahead of schedule. So far this year 57% of your materials have been recycled – up more than 15 percentage points since the triple bin scheme was introduced just 18 months ago. And since wheeled bins were introduced in 2004/2005 recycling rates have quintupled! According to research recently conducted in our area only 1% of us now feel recycling is a waste of time and nearly all of us (98%) are recycling at least one item.

Your Recycling Guide Your BLUE Bin One of the best ways that you can help make sure the environment is protected for future generations is to recycle as much as possible in your blue bin. We accept all items listed on this page.


Garden waste

 Bottles & Jars

Metal  Aerosols  Aluminium foil (clean)

 Drinks cans  Food tins

 Sweet and biscuit tins

Paper & Cardboard All types including:

Please wash, and where possible, squash items and place them loose in your blue bin. Squashing and flattening will help you get more items in your bin and help us carry more items in our collection vehicle. This will reduce the number of journeys to the recycling plant and so cut carbon emissions.



materials can become valuable new items. For example, waste textiles can be used to create mattresses, glass bottles can be turned into sand for golf courses and just one unwanted toaster can create 25 steel cans.

 Newspapers  Egg boxes & Magazines  Pizza  Catalogues boxes & Junk mail  Tissue boxes  Cereal  Toilet roll boxes tubes  Corrugated cardboard  Telephone directories

plastic bottles All types including:

 Detergent  Drinks  Household cleaner  Shampoo

 Plastic milk bottles  Ready meal trays


YES PLEASE   Grass Cuttings  Hedge and shrub clippings  Leaves, twigs and bark  Plants, flowers and weeds  Windfall fruit  Small branches  Sawdust  Bedding from vegetarian animals NO THANK YOU   Stones or rubble  Plastic sacks of garden waste  Food waste (no vegetable peelings)  Woody material more than 5cm  Quantites of soil  Animal waste  Japanese Knotweed

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Your GREEN Bin What should you do with your peelings and cores? Government regulations mean that we cannot collect these in your green bin at this time, but home composting is a great way to prevent unavoidable food waste such as peelings, cores and teabags ending up in landfill and can do wonders for the garden. Remember that kitchen waste can be composted at home by using reduced price composters. Tel 0845 130 6090 to place your order.


We will not empty your green bin if it contains items other than those listed as the compost site won’t accept them.


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Recycling is WEEEly easy


o mark the opening of ‘The Rasens’ Household Waste Recycling Centre (see back page) we’re encouraging householders to recycle small electrical items at their local household waste recycling centre instead of throwing them away. According to the latest figures, 154 million items of small waste electronic and electrical equipment (WEEE) such as electric toothbrushes, toasters and mobile phones were bought in the UK last year, equating to around 22kgs per household, but only around 14% were recycled. Research suggests a common reason for this is because people tend to recycle old large electrical items such as fridges and washing machines when buying replacements, but for smaller items, like kettles, cameras and toasters, one-third

(34%) say they throw them out with the household rubbish. In fact it is estimated that over 100 tonnes of WEEE still end up in household bins in West Lindsey every year. In addition, many householders put off throwing away their WEEE because they are unsure of what to do with it. Small electricals such as old kettles and mobile phones may not be top of the spring cleaning list, but research shows on average we all have at least three unwanted electronic items cluttering up the home – and that’s before digging around in the cupboards. However, householders can recycle their waste electricals all year round at HWRCs in Lincolnshire and the facilities in North Lincs also accept small WEEE for recycling. See for

a full list of sites and opening times. Or you can find your nearest drop off point using our postcode locator at Alternatively, if the item is in working order a charity may be able to sell it and raise money for a good cause. Some, such as the British Heart Foundation, even offer a free collection service, for more details see charityshops. Identifying which small electrical and electronic items can be recycled is simple. If it has a mains cable, or uses replaceable batteries, or needs charging, or has the crossed-out wheelie bin logo on it, it can be taken to a HWRC. Examples include hairdryers, curling tongs, food mixers, lamps, batteries, energy saving light bulbs and fluorescent tubes.

Old gadgets new homes


re you considering springcleaning your home but dreading the waste and hassle involved in clearing out your attic or garage? What if you could find someone willing to take those old appliances, gadgets and off-cuts away and give them a new lease of life, all at the click of a mouse? Online swap-shop www. saves valuable resources by offering a quick and easy way for people to give away unwanted possessions or search for something they could put to good use. The Lincolnshire-based online forum is just one of a growing number in the district dedicated to preventing waste; it’s also a notion we should

all consider before we bin anything, suggests West Lindsey’s Recycling. Team Leader Steve Leary. “Recycling breaks things down to manufacture new products. Our kerbside collection scheme and growing number of Household Waste Recycling Centres are designed to make it as easy as possible for residents to do their bit – but if there’s still life in an item, it should be re-used. This reduces landfill and processing costs.” It’s estimated that £5.6bn pounds worth of good quality usable household items are thrown away in the UK every year. One man’s junk is another man’s treasure as the saying goes!

Tips for de-cluttering Log on at: Join the forums and submit any item that could be re-used Don’t be afraid to submit broken items – somebody might know how to fix it. Think about charity shops and advertising in your local newspaper.

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New recycling centre for

the Market Rasen area

Latest recycling facility set to reduce amount of waste sent to landfill


incolnshire County Council is pleased to announce the completion of its latest Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) at Gallamore Lane in Market Rasen. 

‘The Rasens’ recycling centre will allow local residents to deposit up to 35 different types of waste for recycling or final disposal to a separate location. The facility will also help to reduce the amount of waste being sent to landfill ahead of an increase in landfill tax and multimillion pound EU fines for excess landfill levels. There are currently 12 Household Waste Recycling Centres operated by Lincolnshire County Council across the county. The existing policy is to provide a recycling centre within a seven-mile radius for 90% of the


county’s population. Market Rasen and its surrounding area currently represents a significant gap in that policy. However, the construction of the new HWRC on Gallamore Lane Industrial Estate will add approximately 12,000 Lincolnshire residents to the total who are within the 7-mile radius criteria. Around 5,000 tonnes of waste is expected to enter the site per year and will help Lincolnshire to maintain its excellent record as one of the nation’s top recyclers. The types of material accepted at the site include: > Green waste such as grass cuttings/ hedge clippings > Electrical goods > Textiles > Small batteries > Wood including MDF

> Plastics > Cardboard > Car batteries > Engine oil > Tetrapaks (drinks cartons) > Cooking oil Modern compaction equipment will enable up to three times more material to be stored in some of the containers. This creates financial and environmental savings through a reduction in the number of haulage trips. ‘The Rasens’ will be opened on 4 March 2011 and will operate on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays including Bank Holidays. The site opening hours will be 8am to 4pm. For further information: Tel: 01522 782070 Web:

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