Welcome to this newsletter. I hope you and yours are well. This is my personal newsletter to inform you what I am doing on your behalf and to keep in touch with you. Let me know if I can help with anything.
Beating the bug: Lockdown Two
Bonfire night coincided with the start of a national month lockdown to reduce the spread of Covid 19, but less restrictive than the last one.
Open; food shops, DIY, gardening, anything “essential”, schools, playgrounds and universities, recycling centres, trades. Closed: hospitality, but takeaway is OK, libraries, leisure, churches, entertainment.
You can travel for work, school, a place of worship for individual prayer or voluntary work if it cannot be done from home. Exercise is unlimited, meeting another if you like. One adult living alone, can be added to your home “bubble”. Students are to stay at Uni and not go home.
People who are extremely clinically vulnerable are in lockdown again, and this time it is the County Council making sure they are safe and supplied, rather than a national contract. There will be many others who would feel safer if able to self-isolate. Thus our volunteers in covid self-help groups are needed again. We might want to strengthen our groups into more long-term neighbourhood support group(s).
Test, trace and isolate is continuing, with grants for those forced to self-isolate because they have tested positive.
Job Support Scheme
People with reduced hours during covid can access the Job Support Scheme up to a max. amount or 80pc wages.
To keep safe the simple rules of wash hands, use face coverings and keep 1m space are still important. If you need help, contact the Covid helpline on 01522 782189. For children ring 01522 782030. Book a test online or 119.
Fireworks at Waddington Airfield. Tips on keeping pets safe:- www.texvetpets.org/article/tips-pets-fireworks-anxiety
Test, trace and isolate
This week, I joined leading Councillors from across the Country, invited to question three ministers online about the Test and Trace and about the forthcoming lockdown. There is recognition that the national “moon-shot” test, trace and isolate has not worked well. Without use of local intelligence, people were asked to travel great distances, adding to the “no-shows”. Performance in England is here. We have 50 cases at Moy Park, Anwick, and 61 schools with Covid being controlled. Our call for more localised approach using the Council’s skills is now being taken up, accompanied by more funding.
Supporting Local Businesses – Grants
We called for support for our small businesses. District and Unitary Councils will be distributing government grants of £1.1bn, that’s around £20/head. Between £1,334 to £3,000 is for each rateable business forced to close for the month by these rules. There is a new grant for businesses who have suffered a reduced demand of 70% as much as closed businesses, backdated to 1 August.
It will be important to help make sure your business is registered and there may be some who fall between the cracks. Ring for advice on 07920 472671 or online at www.businesslincolnshire.com/explore/funding/search and wider support www.businesslincolnshire.com
Sweeping changes to planning
There are things wrong with the current system, but these proposals only make it worse. Dubbed a “Developer’s Charter”, it takes the power of deciding local applications effectively into central government hands, thus making it much harder for local people to have an effective voice.
www.lincolnshireindependents.org (bottom of the home page) Please write to your MP to make your views known.
Leaving the EU
With the transition ending in 56 days, colleagues and I met with the Minister Luke Hall, looking at what councils need. We are concerned about extra resources needed especially regarding ports, training in trading standards and issuing certificates for exports.
We are also pressing for urgent details on the UK Prosperity fund that will be equivalent of the EU structural funds. This supports our rural economies, for example, but based on this government’s priorities, we are told. We called for the funds to be delivered to democratic Councils rather than enterprise partnerships.
Highways Working in Welbourn
After a series of flood events in the village, it’s clear the brick Roman and Victorian drains no longer do the job. Highways have spent some weeks digging up the road and replacing the drains. A huge thank you.
The Parish Councils and I have a list of priority works for each parish, and we are working through it. Please keep reporting repairs needed on www.fixmystreet.com
The Thorold Arms in Harmston has new tenants moving from the Bell in Coleby. The Bell has a planning application for development as housing.
Coleby Parish Council held a public meeting and decided to nominate the Bell as a community value asset. That demonstrates its importance to the village and if it were to be sold, the pub would be offered to the Parish Council first. The Tempest and the Bell are two complementary facilities and both wanted. Comment on the planning application to convert the Bell into a dwelling at “North Kesteven planning on line”. Type in reference 20/1361/FUL
A huge thank you to all our Covid support groups who have done so much over this period – and now we know it is not over. We have twelve groups in my area, serving around 12,000 people – amazing work!
Congratulations to Jason Snape of Witham St Hughs who was the overall winner of the North Kesteven District Council community awards presented on-line last month. Congratulations to all and thank you.
Thanks to Brownowl Heather Lee and the Brownies for hosting a zoom meeting in Parliament week. Lots of questions and interest, especially coinciding with the election day for the American President, results just out – Joe Biden!
Remembrance Sunday online at https://fb.me/e/11zz3k1e2
Many thanks for your continued hard work. It has been a hard six months and we are embarking on the next. Neighbourliness will be needed for some yet!
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Thank you for your support.
Marianne Overton MBE and the Team
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