Lincolnshire County Council
Boundary changes have occurred here. 2013 seats are an estimate of what the result would have been then if the new boundaries had been in place.
Election 2017 Results
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It "doesn't make sense" for parts of Lincolnshire to go into tier three coronavirus restrictions when infection rates in some areas are well below the national average, the leader of the county council has said.Copyright: Reuters/Carl Recine
The whole of Lincolnshire will go into "very high alert" restrictions on 2 December following today's government announcement.
Martin Hill, leader of Lincolnshire County Council, says this could badly affect the hospitality sector and more support is needed for the county’s business in addition to furlough.
Mr Hill says: “It’s very disappointing the whole of Lincolnshire has gone into tier three as we are seeing infection rates fall, especially in those few districts that were previously causing concern – and this could have a crippling effect on our hospitality sector.
“Although our figures have been high in some districts and lower elsewhere, there’s a clear levelling off and drop in the numbers as the lockdown restrictions and the considerable efforts of our residents begin to take effect.
“While some of our districts have infection rates well below the England average, why should the whole of Lincolnshire go into tier three for the sake of higher rates in some districts? It doesn’t make sense.
Mr Hill adds that Lincolnshire will be looking to move out of tier three restrictions "as soon as possible".
Almost £8m has been saved by Lincolnshire County Council's Counter Fraud team over the last decade, it's been revealed.Copyright: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Just in the last year, the team prevented the authority losing £1.5m in one fraud alone, according to the county council.
It also recovered £114,000 of taxpayers' money.
Members of the team deal with issues relating to fraudulent council tax and benefit claims, misuse of council resources and expenses by staff and also by outside sources attempting to steal taxpayer's cash, the council says.Quote Message: We have a duty to protect taxpayers' money and will not tolerate those who seek to defraud our residents." from Councillor Alexander Maughan Council Fraud Champion, Lincolnshire County Council
Disagreement over the future of Lincoln's Usher Gallery appears to be deepening.Copyright: Google
Lincolnshire County Council wants to hold wedding ceremonies in the city centre art gallery, claiming it will make the site more viable and save money.
But the City of Lincoln Council is against the plans - and offered the City Hall as an alternative in a bid to find a way forward.
City council leader Ric Metcalfe says he's deeply disappointed.
Mr Metcalfe said: “We understand the county council wishes to use the Usher Gallery as a wedding venue and we remain willing to explore the potential for this, but at a scale that does not detract from the building continuing to function as primarily an arts venue across both floors of the building.”
But county council leader Martin Hill says the offer doesn't solve the problem that the gallery is under-used.
"The big problem we've got there is that not many people go to the Usher Gallery at present. It's underused and has been for many years, so there is a need to look at doing things differently."
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A Covid-19 outbreak at Bakkavor's Newark desserts factory has resulted in 22 people in Lincolnshire so far testing positive for the virus.Copyright: BBC
The latest figures from Bakkavor, Nottinghamshire County Council and Public Health England confirm more than 50 of the 1,600 employees have tested positive, according to Lincolnshire’s health bosses.
Of those, 19 are workers who live in Lincolnshire and commute, and three further family members have been infected.
Lincolnshire County Council’s director of public health, Professor Derek Ward, said: "I’m comfortable and confident the factory and Public Health England are managing it appropriately.
"I do expect we’ll see some more positives over the coming week or two.
"We will continue to see outbreaks around the edges of the county such as here [Nottinghamshire] and Northamptonshire – another neighbouring county.
"We might also see outbreaks within the county and I’ll be a lot more directly involved with leading that response along with Public Health."
The Collection museum in Lincoln has reopened but visitors are being asked to book a ticket in advance.
Managers say to ensure social distancing rules are observed they're limiting numbers.Copyright: Michael Westley/Geograph
A one-way system has been set up and interactive displays and touch points have been removed.
The museum's Visitor Experience Manager, Paul Mason, says: "With all the safety measures we've put in place, being able to offer that reassurance, the feedback has been really positive and given us confidence."
The leaders of two Lincolnshire councils have issued a joint statement asking people to use "common sense" when visiting the coast as coronavirus restrictions are eased.Copyright: Mike Egerton/PA Wire
Martin Hill, leader of Lincolnshire County Council and Craig Leyland, leader of East Lindsey District Council, stress in the statement that things are a long way off returning to normal.
They say: "Not all shops and businesses are opening just yet and we are asking people to use common sense and make reasonable adjustments when they visit.
"With pubs and restaurants opening this weekend, we understand people will want to celebrate the easing of restrictions, but we are urging people to drink responsibly, respect social distancing and keep safe."
The two leaders say it's traditionally a time when many people from the Leicester area would be visiting the coast, but the city has been placed on a local lockdown for at least two weeks.
The councillors continue: "Those who had planned a visit to the coast are being advised to talk with the respective caravan site or hotel in order to rebook their visit.
"We are also asking pub licensees, hotel and caravan site owners to be vigilant - but also to be flexible in rebooking alternative dates for those from the Leicester lockdown."
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The opening of the long-awaited Lincoln Eastern Bypass has been delayed.
It was due to be complete around now, but officials say it won't be ready until the end of the year.Copyright: Thoma/Geograph
The multi-million pound bypass will link the A158 with the A15 but the project has been blighted by delays, including the collapse of the construction firm Carillion.
Councillor Richard Davies, who's in charge of highways for Lincolnshire County Council, said: "It will open this year and while it's disappointing this is a road project which has been fraught with problems...the wait will be more than worth it."
Lincolnshire is one of the 140 local authorities facing a budget shortfall because of the economic costs of the coronavirus pandemic, it's emerged.Copyright: Google
Lincolnshire County Council is forecasting a £3.2m black hole.
The authority says it's not considering an emergency budget, and insists it has reserves which could be used.
It comes as some of the largest UK councils say they may have to declare themselves effectively bankrupt unless the government agrees to further support.
Five councils across the country say emergency spending controls - so-called section 114 notices - could be needed due to the impact of Covid-19.
Tributes have been paid to councillor Charles Lewis Strange following his death.Copyright: Lincolnshire County Council
Charles Lewis Strange, who was Conservative councillor on both West Lindsey District Council and Lincolnshire County Council, died on Thursday following a short illness.
The Gainsborough Conservative group said he was "dedicated and passionate" and would be "sorely missed".
Gainsborough MP Sir Edward Leigh said he had been "deeply saddened" by Mr Strange's death, describing him as "a wonderful man".
He said on Twitter: "The very best of Lincolnshire; kind and dedicated. As straight as an arrow and always ready with honest, sound advice. A superb councillor. Greatly loved and missed."
Two men have been charged after cannabis plants with an estimated street value of over £1m were discovered at a house in Lincolnshire.Copyright: BBC
The plants were found in a property in Firsby, near Spilsby, yesterday.
Two 24-year-old men have been charged on suspicion of the production of Class B drugs.
They are due in court later, according to Lincolnshire Police.
Millions of pounds are to be spent on repairing potholes and improving transport links in Lincolnshire.Copyright: BBC
The government's allocated almost £100m for the works in Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire, which includes improved facilities for cyclists and bridge repairs.
Richard Davies, Lincolnshire County Council's Transport Portfolio Holder, said: "What we'll be looking to do is spend more money on roads maintenance, filling potholes, pavement repairs - all that kind of stuff people expect us to do.
"We'll also look at using some of the money to see what we can do about bolstering sustainable transport and making public transport more obtainable."
Lincolnshire County Council's website has been struggling to handle the amount of people looking to book a slot to drop off waste at the authority's recycling sites:
The web page went live this morning at 10:00, with 39,000 slots being released so people could book to drop off green waste and wood when the sites re-open next Monday.
They have been closed for some time due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The system is now running as expected after some "technical difficulties", the council says, adding that there are slots available across the count
Councils in Lincolnshire are to receive an extra £28m to help them respond to the coronavirus pandemic.Copyright: BBC
It's to be spent on services such as social care and housing the homeless.
The extra cash has come at a time when councils are facing a potential loss of millions from things such as car parks and leisure centre.
This fresh allocation of government help brings the total amount so far allocated to Lincolnshire to £43m.
Parents are to be reimbursed for school transport costs during the coronavirus lockdown, Lincolnshire County Council says.Copyright: BBC
The authority says it will issue refunds to cover the entire period, though warned it's not going to happen straight away and has asked people to be patient.
Martin Smith, interim assistant director for education, said: "While we appreciate some children reaching the end of their studies will not be returning to school, we are asking parents to be patient at this very busy time so refunds can be processed collectively rather than on an individual basis."
The council has said parents in financial hardship can apply for a fast-track refund, while those who paid schools direct are being asked to contact the schools and not the council.