New Village Hall at Carlton Le Moorland
The Local Open Day for Carlton Le Moorland’s new Village Hall on June 1st was a great success. The demolition, then building and fitting of such a brilliant light, airy and useful community building on time and under budget is a magnificent achievement. Huge thanks and congratulations to Andy Sceeny, Debbie Parker, John Clarke and the whole committee on an excellent job well done. Thanks to everyone who supported fund-raising events and to the Parish Council for solid support. Thanks also to grant-funders, notably, the National Lottery and our local community charity. Booking is incredibly good value at £6.50-£10/hour. Please contact 01522 788489 firstname.lastname@example.org
Celebrate All Things Lincolnshire
at the Lincolnshire Show
Wednesday 19th – Thursday 20th June
Join me for coffee and biscuits in the County Council Member’s marquee. I will be there to welcome you 11-noon on the Wednesday and after lunch on Thursday for definite and may well be there at other times. Feel free to pop in, make yourself at home and raise any issues with me or with staff.
Two votes in May
Thank you very much for voting for me twice in May!
Congratulations to the Cliff Villages who had the highest turnout at over 40% and gave me the largest vote, very humbling, thank you. I shall be doing my level best for you.
Overall, the Council elections returned 22 Independents and 20 Conservatives. Two “Unaligned” councillors separated themselves off from us and supported a Conservative Chairman, who had the casting vote for Leader. Thus, we continue under the same leadership as before. The exciting news, however, is our vibrant and diverse group of councillors, bringing huge talent and skills, and determined to serve you, the residents. The Council has an optimistic buzz about it.
The EU Elections and Invitation
A huge thank you to all who heard our call to support businesses and communities in Lincolnshire and the East Midlands. Isn’t that what our MEP’s are for? We also supported respect for the Brexit referendum vote. We polled 7,600 votes. Three Brexit Party members, one Labour and one Lib Dem were elected. That included at least three previous MEP’s, Bill Newton-Dunne amongst them. Would you like to visit Brussels before we leave in October? Please let me know.
Supporting our local community: NK Awards
Please nominate one of our many a local heroes by August 5th https://www.nkawards.org/nominate
Sea Level rise as the ice caps melt remains a significant threat. We see Lincolnshire flood defences allowed to weaken as the cost of maintenance is deemed too high in places. Globally, many of the most densely populated areas would be underwater, displacing many millions of people, who would be looking for a new place to live. Worse, is the increase in climate extremes, as the balancing global currents are broken. My speech on our website or search on “Lincolnshire Council podcast”, starting at 2:16:12
To reduce emissions, we need local services.
Government Consultation on flood defence
The Government’s plans are in a neat little video on Consult.environment-agency.gov.uk/fcrm/national-strategy-public #fcrmstrategy2100
Fundamentally they suggest not developing in flood plains, allowing the sea to reclaim some land and using the internet to keep people informed. Does it sound like enough? See what you think.
Safer Rural Roads
Thank you for signing the petition. I raised the issue at full Council and they do agree that dangerous potholes need urgent repair. When reporting potholes, please be clear that they are dangerous which is why you are reporting them! You can also follow them up through the fixmysytreet website.
Bassingham has purchased another speed camera and the Cliff Villages are making progress. There is a call for a public meeting in Welbourn or Leadenham and I have asked for officer support.
Thank you for responding on the Conservative closures of the heritage sites. There is a petition to save the Usher Gallery on Change.org, search “Usher Gallery”. 4,000 signatures so far. Meanwhile Alford Mill has just closed.
Harmston Story Trail
It is a story trail on June 9th starting at Harmston memorial Hall at 2 pm.to 5 pm. Free entry, lovely teas and indoor games and activities in the hall.
Everyone is welcome, of course but this is for children to learn to map read, answer questions on each of the 16 sites and HAVE FUN!
|Thank you all for your support and for all you do for our communities. Let me know if I can help further.
Marianne Overton MBE
|Independent Councillor for Bassingham and Welbourn on Lincolnshire County Council and for the Cliff Villages on North Kesteven District Council
Leader of the Lincolnshire Independents
Vice Chairman of the Local Government Association