Depot team strike gold

Dedicated staff at our waste and recycling depot in Spalding had cause to celebrate after being handed a prestigious award for their excellent health and safety record.
The team were recently presented with a Gold Award by Pristine Condition, to recognise the fact that no manual handling accidents happened at the Westmarsh Road site during 2014.
Barry Bradley, Operations Supervisor at the depot, said: “The entire team are very proud because these awards are not handed out regularly.
“This shows that the team takes health and safety matters very seriously and that the training we give staff on correct manual handling techniques is highly effective.”
Mr Bradley runs an induction programme for all new starters at the depot.
The four hour session covers many aspects of health and safety including manual handling techniques and is mandatory for all recycling and refuse staff. Pristine Condition, which trains and monitors staff across the UK, hands out three health and safety awards – gold, silver and bronze. 
Barry Bradley (right) is pictured receiving the Gold award from Phil Bladon of Pristine Condition.

Open Arts Deadline looms
Artists have only two weeks left to enter a prestigious competition designed to showcase the best work created by professionals and amateurs across the region.
Entries are open for the 15th South Holland Open Arts Exhibition which will take place at the South Holland Centre in Spalding from March 5 – 12 2015.
The deadline is Friday, January 30 and organisers are keen to make sure that nobody misses this fantastic opportunity.
Artists can submit their work and an independent panel of judges will choose the pieces which will be displayed at the exhibition.
Cllr Howard Johnson, portfolio holder for arts development, said: “This prestigious event has been running since 1999 and previously attracted artists and visitors from all over the East of England.
“I’m sure this year’s event will be of the usual excellent standard and I look forward to seeing the artwork on display.”
The contest is open to any professional or amateur artist over the age of 14 living or working in Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire, North East Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire, Nottinghamshire, Rutland, Northamptonshire, Norfolk, Leicestershire or Fenland.

Artists can enter up to three works by completing an Open Arts entry form and submitting it to the Community Development team by Friday, January 30 2015.
Full details and rules can be found in the entry form.
Entry forms are available from South Holland District Council, The South Holland Centre, Ayscoughfee Hall Museum, libraries and galleries in South Holland and online at
For more information or to receive an entry from contact the Community Development team on 01775 761161 or email

Fly tipping cleared from A17

A fly tipping blitz was carried out alongside the A17 this week as part of our Pride in South Holland campaign.
Rubbish that had piled up in laybys next to the busy road was cleaned up by our street sweeping team.
The crews then headed to Long Sutton to sweep footpaths and alleyways in the area.
Over 100 tonnes of rubbish have been cleared in recent weeks as part of our bid to transform derelict and eyesore sites across the district.
Last month we announced that a new street sweeping machine had joined our ranks and along with our two permanent vehicles will make sure that as many small towns and villages are cleaned as possible.
The sweeping team has already hit the streets of Deeping St Nicholas and Crowland as well as heading along the A16 to clean up roundabouts and traffic islands.
The Pride in South Holland campaign was launched recently to boost eyesore sites in the district and has already made great strides.
The former Bull and Monkie pub in Spalding has been cleaned up and other sites, including the Red Cow at Donington are now being targeted.
Over the coming weeks the Pride in South Holland campaign will see local areas spruced up with a range of actions to ensure the district stays clean.
The campaign will also include:
Additional cleaning of town centres
Community payback service carrying out improvement tasks
Re-painting of equipment at play areas
New signage and CCTV installed where necessary.


Council to continue running 17 day centres

Lincolnshire County Council has decided to continue to run 17 day services and modernise the service for the future.
The council has been exploring the option of transferring the day services to Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LPFT). Despite negotiation between the council and LPFT, the organisations did not reach an agreement.
Cllr Mrs Patricia Bradwell, executive member for Adult Care, says:
"The day services are very important and valued by the people who use them; our priority throughout this process has been to secure a safe and sustainable service for those people.
"It is very disappointing that despite thorough negotiations with LPFT, we did not reach an agreement which would adequately assure us that the remaining 17 services would be fit for the future.
"I would like to reassure people that day services remain unchanged and people who need to use this service can continue to do so. Throughout the process anyone in need of day services has had the opportunity to attend them.
"We will now continue to modernise the service ourselves, working with carers, service users and staff to get their input into how it could be improved for the future."


Are you the perfect 'fit' for fire and rescue?

Firefighters are challenging people who are looking to kick-start their fitness regime this year to test themselves through five exercise-themed tasks.
For the first time Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue has launched its free 'fitness taster' campaign for residents at their local retained fire stations.  The service hopes the sessions will encourage people to find out more about helping their local community by training to become an on-call firefighter.

Madeline Martin, recruitment officer for Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue, says:
"At this time of year many people are looking to be healthier, get fitter or for a fresh challenge.  You could actually achieve all of these things by joining your local fire station – and a whole lot more too.  As an on-call firefighter you are paid for your time and receive full training.
"This month we would like people to give the physical side of the role a go by seeing if they could carry a casualty, roll out a hose, and find their way wearing breathing apparatus.  Some of these tasks are very similar to those that our applicants undertake during a selection process."
"If you would like to have a go please come along wearing suitable clothing and footwear.  Our crews will be at the station if people would like to find out more about what they do, and how they make it work with other commitments.    
The events are taking place on the below dates, between 10am and 2pm unless stated.
Saturday 24 Jan
Saturday 31 Jan
Sunday 1 Feb
Billingborough (10am – 12.30pm) 
Saturday 7 February
Wragby (10am – 1pm) 

To find out more about becoming an on-call firefighter please call Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Recruitment on 0800 358 0204.  Alternatively please visit


Proposed changes to school admissions for 2016

Lincolnshire admission authorities are now consulting on any proposed changes to their admission arrangements for the 2016 intake.
At the request of the governors of the schools, this year Lincolnshire County Council is proposing changes to the admission arrangements of:
Queen Elizabeth's High School, Gainsborough. 

Lincoln St Faith's Church of England Infant School
Pinchbeck East Church of England Primary School
Grantham Gonerby Hill Foot Church of England Primary School
North Hykeham All Saints Church of England Primary School 
If a change is proposed by an own admission authority school, the policy will be displayed at . 
The website includes the coordinated schemes that set out the timetable for applications and offers.
Arrangements that will remain unchanged are not displayed.
Anyone wishing to comment may do so through the website or contact the admission authority direct.
The consultation closes on 28 February 2015. 
Final policies for the 2016 intake will be available both on the consultation website and admission authority websites from 1 May.


Have your say on minerals and waste plan

Local people are being asked for their views on how mineral extraction and waste management is carried out in Lincolnshire.
The county council is currently preparing the Lincolnshire Minerals and Waste Local Plan. As part of this, it is consulting residents on a document which sets out how the council proposes to guide mineral extraction and waste management development in the county and the criteria against which related planning applications will be considered.
Consultation begins on 5 January, and comments need to be received by 5pm on 16 February 2015.
Councillor Colin Davie, Executive Member for Planning, said:
“There have been a number of changes to the planning system since we last spoke to local communities about this issue, so it makes sense for us to consult them again.
“We want to make sure that all future mineral extraction and waste management activities are carried out in a sustainable way, protecting both the environment and local communities.
“And this consultation is an opportunity for people influence the way we approach this at an important stage.”


Two South Holland Councillors have been awarded prestigious medals in the New Year’s Honours List.

The British Empire Medal has been awarded to Cllr Graham Dark for services to the community in Spalding and Cllr Michael Booth for his services to Sutton Bridge.
Cllr Booth (73) has been fundraising for the Market House Trust and the church, both at Long Sutton.
He said: “I picked up the post and saw an envelope with House of Commons written on it, my first reaction was ‘uh-oh I’m in trouble now!’
“So it was a nice surprise, a lovely moment, and I feel honoured that the people I represent felt I am worthy to have put my name forward.
“I’ve had several phone calls since from people congratulating me which is also much appreciated.
“I don’t know when I will receive the medal but I have been invited to the Queen’s garden party in the summer.”
Cllr Dark (74) is a volunteer driver of Age Concern ambulances and has run the Spalding Fifty Plus Club for over two decades.
He also helps out at a disabled swimming club and recently helped to install a changing room for disabled adults at the South Holland Centre.
He has put on six concerts to raise money for Help for Heroes in the South Holland Centre, which has so far raised £34,500.
Cllr Dark said: “I was surprised and delighted. It is a real honour and the nice thing is to be nominated by people who have written in and appreciated your work.
“Lots of people have already come up to me and said congratulations which is really nice.
“I have always enjoyed working on ward matters and getting involved in community projects.”