Supporting our Communities: Coleby wins
Congratulations to Coleby for winning the 50th Best Kept Village Competition (Small Village), which they previously won in 2011. The judges comments are brilliant. Also in the top ten of any size village is Scopwick and Timberland in North Kesteven, and Harlaxton, Holbeach, Horncastle, Mareham le Fen, Nettleham and Tealby. Congratulations, Coleby on your resounding success in this and for another excellent Coleby Ball, attended by 218 people!
New Community Pub Opens, Thorold Arms, Harmston
The Community pub is open and Mark and Arzu are serving good beer and good food, Tuesday to Sunday 12 to 11pm. The menu so far, is high quality, limited range, with theme nights in future. A huge thank you to wonderful volunteers, well done!
New Village Hall Opens – Carlton Le Moorland
The formal opening was a brilliant afternoon, with speeches, teas, a wonderful cake and music from “Over the Hill”. A huge thanks to all and congratulations on a fantastic success, especially Andy Sceeny, Debbie Parker, John Clarke and committee on an excellent job well done.
Progress on Heritage Museum – Mrs Smith’s Cottage, Navenby
New staff are in place and work in full swing at Mrs Smith’s Cottage. Emma Clark of Navenby, (above left) is now in charge. Hard hat tours showed us just what a lot of work is underway. Nicki Jarvis (right) is the artist in Residence, exploring how Hilda Smith lived her life in Navenby through practical crafts leading to permanent artworks in the village. Want to get involved? firstname.lastname@example.org 07590 040990 www.mrssithcottage.com
Supporting you on Planning
Rendering Plant at Norton Disney
The proposal for a new rendering plant at Norton Disney is about to come back for consultation and then planning. It was previously refused, but they have now got more information: Planning on line Lincs County PL/0036/18
The Skellingthorpe application was much better but refused primarily on the grounds it included three dwellings outside the village curtilage. The applicants could bring it without those dwellings in
Leadenham vs Branhamthe first instance.
Proposed Pig Unit at Harmston
Residents packed the village hall to discuss the application for units to fatten 1,920 pigs at a time, 770m west of Harmston village, upwind of Bracebridge Heath, Coleby and other villages. It sits below the area of special landscape value. The proposed “open slatted” system means the slurry collects directly beneath the pigs, in a lagoon. Both District Councillors are working on it. I met with planning officers and we have clarified the issues you raised at the public meeting and on line.
The smell is now subject to further investigation by the District Council, which may delay the application slightly. Flies, noise visual impact of the buildings and traffic are all being considered before environment agency and council officers make a recommendation to planning committee.
Thank you to all who have already put in comments. You can also write to me, to the Chairman, Cllr Lance Pennell and/or Tom Siddons, the planning officer on email@example.com or on line “planning on line north Kesteven” 19/1085/FUL
Crematorium near Haddington goes to appeal: 3 Dec
Land to the west of Thurlby Lane, Haddington LN5 9EG was refused permission for another crematorium in March. The applicants have called it to appeal. Their statement says the visual impact is mitigated. Traffic and damage to the roads bothers local people a lot, but Highways say that under government rules, this cannot be a reason for refusal here. At Council, we heard that Lincoln is expanding their facilities and this is only viable if you have a big population travelling into Haddington from Newark and Lincoln.
Supporting our Communities
What’s it like to live in Witham St Hughs?
Peter Overton and I had a fascinating session last week with residents looking at what was good or needed improvement about life in St Hughs. There is loads happening. An ongoing working group has been set up. Would you like to take part? Partnershipsteam@n-kesteven.gov.uk
100 years since Councils first built homes
Thank you for attending the “Consultation with cake” event in Navenby and letting us have your comments.
Campaigning for a better future
The streets of Lincoln and London were jam-packed last week with people campaigning for a more secure future for our planet. I heard explorer and presenter; Steve Backshaw give a shocking speech about the devastation of wildlife that he personally has witnessed in 30 years. The UK Government State of Nature report out recently shows a significant decline in our natural world, especially in the recent decade. Only 10% of England is forested, compared to 40pc of Europe. We are one of the worst countries absorbing only a tiny percentage of the gases that we produce. Even North Kesteven is losing mature trees fast. A group of our councillors are looking at felling permissions and how we can get more trees planted, using new government grants. www.nbn.org.uk/stateofnature2019
Supporting affordable homes: Empty Homes
North Kesteven has 685 properties that have been empty for more than six months. 110 have been empty and unfurnished for more than two years. The Council has an empty homes officer whose job is to help owners bring as many as possible back into use. Last year 20 were brought back into use. If you see homes long empty and unfurnished, please contact Stewart_James@n-kesteven.gov.uk
Building New Council Homes
Nine new council houses have joined over 3,800 owned by NKDC. These are beautifully converted from the long-abandoned school in Sleaford. The Council built 20 council homes last year, bringing the total to 299. They are allocated for rent according to need. I raised concern nationally over the right to buy. A new rule now limits the sale discount so that the build cost is recouped.
Shaping our Local Plan
I attended a meeting about the new Local Plan last week. Thanks to all who responded to the consultation on this new set of planning rules. There were almost 80 responses, about half from developers. The planning officers are now going through them all in detail before a further consultation. I worked with ministers and civil servants to get the formula for calculating housing need down to a more realistic level. The new requirement is now based on the ratio of the median income compared to the median house price. Since ours is 8x, it means the number we are required to build has come down a lot, but is still too high.
Keeping your Councillor?
The government says that our wards need to be revised. They want us each to represent a similar number of residents and we have a committee working on this for NKDC elections in 2022. We agreed to minimum change in the workload, that is, the same number of councillors. Ward boundaries will change, but hopefully not too much. Having a local Independent councillor you know and trust to put you first, is important in planning decisions, good local services and in getting ambitions delivered.
New website for County Council
I helped with the new website and hope you find it easier.
Fighting for better services: Flooding
The deluges we have suffered caused big problems in Aubourn (below) and other villages. Highways have responded to our complaints, clearing as far as possible, but some drains seem to be more severely blocked and will need further work. Please report on Fixmystreet and let me know so I can follow it up.
Electricity cables going underground
The excavations in Coleby seem to at last be progressing and in some areas of the village the verges and parts of the greens have now been filled in and reseeded.
Brexit toolkits are available on the council’s business support website which can be found at www.businesslincolnshire.com. Earlier this week LCC was awarded 50K to explain Brexit to the business community, holding events like “Is your business Brexit ready?” and preparation for exporting if there is a “No deal” brexit.
Supporting Local Events
Thundering horse hooves and incredibly fit riders in teams both local and from far and wide, competed at the Leadenham Polo Field this month.
Thanks to the Collingham Young farmer’s Club Charity Tractor Run in support of The Bomber County Gateway Trust. Phase two of this amazing project has now started. Donations welcome! www.bombergatewaytrust.co.uk
Brant Broughton Playing Field and Bassingham both hosted brilliant Green Festivals, thanks to lots of volunteers and brilliant organisers.
Supporting Bassingham Sustainable Festival, all three Cllrs together, Marianne Overton, Chris Spray and Mary Green.
“Over the Hill from Thorpe on the Hill and magnificent cake by Maxine Clark celebrating the opening of the new hall at Carlton le Moorland.
Congratulations to Fran Brealey retiring with a surprise party after 43 years on the PCC for St Chad’s, Welbourn.
Congratulations to Alison of Welbourn Shop on her marathon efforts for MIND. Justgiving.com/fundraising/Alison-lowe
National Work this month
As Leader of the Independent Network, I spoke at the Scottish parliament, encouraging a more equal number of women into politics. Vice Chairman of the Local Government Association, I spoke in support of Councillors at the Green conference in Newport, the Plaid Cymru conference in Swansea and an Independent Regional conference in Leicestershire. Also I ran training for councillors in Westminster and Warwick University.
I am working on Brexit arrangements nationally and in Lincolnshire, on the Environment and on funding for Local Government, aiming to influence the Queen’s Speech.
Keeping you informed:Forthcoming Events
British National Ploughing Championships at Nocton
9am to 6pm Saturday/Sunday £10 A/£5 children over 11
Contact 07483 285829 Romneyploughing@yahoo.co.uk
Light up the Park in Brant Broughton
Sculpture and light will be on show at Brant Broughton Playing Field, Torches and glow sticks, snacks and drinks available. Tickets from Eventbrite from November 1st. 2-8pm on December 14th
Ice Skating at Bassingham Sat 14-Sun 15th Dec
9th Wellingore and District U3A Medieval Sanctuaries by Nigel Burn Wellingore Memorial Hall 10am
10th Welbourn Gardener’s Club “Moon, muck and magic” by Trevor Rogers from Gunby Hall. Vill. Hall 7.30pm
12th Coffee for St Peter’s 14 Headland Wy, Navenby 10.30
12/13th National Ploughing Match at Nocton 9am-6pm
12th Allo Allo Again with Sue Hodge at Leadenham Village Hall £25 incl. 3 course meal 7pm Book leadenhamEvents@gmail.com
12th Training for volunteers to man the speed monitoring stations Tower Room, Hammond Hall, Bassingham firstname.lastname@example.org 01522 789758 11am
13th St Swithuns Harvest Lunch at the Village Hall £17.50 book by October 9th with Paul on email@example.com or 07837 974 611 12.30pm
13th McMillan’s Tea party at Carlton Le Moorland Village Hall. Stalls and games 2-4pm
16th Welbourn Music Appreciation Society, St Chads 7pm
19th St Swithun’s Churchyard Working Party 10.30-noon
19th Race Night at Brant Broughton Village Hall £8/head including ploughman’s supper 07795 511257 7pm
19th Last Night of the Proms with the Fossdyke Band in St Michael’s Church, Bassingham £10 incl. buffet from Roger Hales, Greens Stores or 788652 7.30pm
23rd Tea @3-4pm no charge Wellingore Memorial Hall
26th Coffee and Crafts, Norton Disney Village Hall 10-1pm
26th Toy Story Flix in the stix in Carlton le Moorland Village Hall £4A/£2 child Doors open at 4pm for 5pm start reserve tickets at firstname.lastname@example.org
26th Mister Keith, songs and stories, Harmston Memorial Hall, £10.50 Tickets 723261 Bar 7pm, show 7.30pm
27th Family day exploring Twyford Woods with Fungi expert, David Feld. Book 01636 626176 10am
28th Garden Club in the Tower Room, Hammond Hall Don Witton on Perennials throughout the year £3 7.30pm
2nd Witham St Hughs Bonfire and fireworks Family ticket £15 in advance, gates open 5pm, fireworks 7.30-8pm Tickets in advance online Seetickets.com or locally
5th Royal Oak, Aubourn Collection for Lincolnshire Air Ambulance BBQ 6pm, Fireworks 6.30pm
6th Bonfire Night at Harmston 7pm Young Farmers Club
Keeping you informed:Some Regular Events
All Fridays: Hammond Hall, Bassingham Coffee Morning for all ages. Harmston Happy Hour in Village Hall 6-9pm, Beckingham Social Club and Witham St Hughs Village Hall
Drop Off then Drop In – St Michael’s, Bassingham 9-10.30
Lunch Clubs from noon
1st and 3rd Tues noon Bassingham Village Lunch Club Book 789236 £5
2nd and 4th Tuesday Bassingham Lunch Club Book 01522 789935 or Lynn 789031 £5
3rd Mon Carlton Le Moorland Vill. Ha. 788303 £3.50 1pm
First Wed monthly Traditional Folk Music (Instrumental) at the Bugle Horn, Bassingham LN5 9HQ on the first Wednesday monthly 8 – 11pm and singaround on the third Wed. Excellent meals too, from Pat and Caroline.
First Wed monthly Folk at the George, Leadenham 8pm
Excellent meals from Jed and Julie.
Every Monday Music with Mummy Bassingham Care Centre elaine 07717 758 4851.30-2pm
Every Wed. Five Bells, Bassingham 10.30am
Every Fri The Venue, Navenby 10.15am
Running Witham St Hughs every Mon and Thurs 7pm
Men on the Mats 45mins Beginners’ Pilates, Harmston Vill. Ha. clainsworth@btinternetcom Thursdays 2pm
Pilates and Yoga Sunday evenings Harmston Vill. Ha. 7 and 7.45pm £6 or £8/both
Crafts First Wed eve and Thurs pm Sarah 788901
Teas Term-time Tuesdays Witham St Hughs Vill Hall 2pm
Coleby Library and tea Second Wednesday 10.30am
Welbourn Vill. Ha. First Thursday monthly 2-4pm
Sundays at Temple Bruer through August 2-5pm and 11am at Navenby C of E School with Café Church
Parish Offices for local support and information
Navenby Venue Tuesday to Friday 10-noon
Witham Office at Bassingham in the Hammond Hall,
LN5 9HQ 01522 789758 Open Mon, Wed, Thurs 9-1pm
Access to Wellbeing Services and care
The Carers service 01522 782224
Support for Adult care is available 01522 782155
Umbrellas events supporting all ages with additional needs and their families email@example.com
To protect a house or business against flooding
To receive info’ on twitter #lincscc_roads
Help save lives and keep countryside clean
Report Potholes 01522 782070
Or use “Fix my street” on line – works well.
Report Litter 01529 414155
Report illegal parking 01522 511142 or
Adult Concern 01522 782151
Police Sgt Ken Whyte 07973 846 537
Facebook Hykeham town rural NPT T @hykeham NPT
Highways, Transport and Travel
Good newsletter from firstname.lastname@example.org
Call Connect 8.30am – 7pm Weekdays and to 5pm Saturdays 0345 234 33 44 or 01522 553143 www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/callconnect/35955.article
Dial a ride 01522 544983 Disabled door to door
Local Plan www.central-lincs.org.uk 01529 308084
Mobile Library 01522 782010 or www.lincolnshire.gov.uk
Planning on line
See and comment on applications to get your voice heard. Search “planning on line north Kesteven”
www.facebook.com/groups/455116074527966/ Navenby and Wellingore business parishes.lincolnshire.gov.uk
Most villages have sites on the County Council web like this, including Welbourn, Leadenham and Coleby.
Branston http://www .tucann.co.uk/the-sheepwash-times Branston Library 01522 880426
County Events- Good web page here
Search Lincolnshire County Council out and about or use