A report from Councillor Rob Kendrick on County Council business in April 2022
It may be spring, but our gritting teams were out on the road recently, hopefully for the last time! Roads are a major concern to many of us and sadly so far government has not heeded our call for more funding despite our lobbying campaign which included local residents’ contributions. So once again we have had to dip into reserves but will keep fighting for a better share of the financial cake.
Car park charging at Metheringham railway station
I know rail users are concerned about the charges East Midland Railways have introduced at Metheringham. I have spoken to our MP Dr Caroline Johnson about these concerns, and she raised them at a recent meeting with EMR and government minister. EMR said they would look into the issue. At the moment we are awaiting their response to the points that have been raised.
Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue support efforts in Ukraine
UK charity FIRE AID and International Development (FIRE AID), and the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) have co-ordinated donations of more than 5,000 items of fire and rescue equipment and PPE which have been sent in convoy to Ukraine.
Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue have contributed kit including fire boots and masks as well as gas monitoring equipment. This will make a real difference to firefighters in Ukraine who are often responding to severe emergencies with old or damaged kit.
The deployment of these donations is being supported by funding from the Home Office, Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, and the FIA Foundation, as well as through a public appeal via JustGiving - https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/KeepUkraineFireFightersSafe.
New Extra Care Housing scheme opens in Lincoln
Lincoln’s new De Wint Court Extra Care facility in Boultham Moor has been officially opened, with residents set to move in next month.
The £12 million, 50 one-bed and 20 two-bed apartment extra care facility is the first such scheme to open its doors. Jointly funded between Lincolnshire County Council, City of Lincoln Council and Homes England, the facility has care provision available, non-resident management and support staff, a wellbeing suite, changing places facility, restaurant and salon.
The facility will provide quality accommodation at affordable rents for older people who want to remain in their own homes, but it also gives them the option of on-site care. This will enable residents to maintain independence for as long as possible even as their care needs change.
Bringing children and young people some Easter excitement!
The Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme, funded by the Department for Education, will provide children and young people receiving benefits-related free school meals a wide-range of exciting activities and a meal plus snacks for free this Easter.
Each venue will offer healthy food and its own fun and unique activities such as cooking, visits, arts and crafts, sports, drama, beatboxing, animal encounters, an Easter treasure hunt and kite flying.
Hundreds of children have taken part in our previous programmes, and the feedback from families has been fantastic. Places fill up quickly so eligible families should book as soon as possible. See www.lincolnshire.gov.uk for more information.
Small but not forgotten
I was pleased to see the recent road improvements in one of our smaller villages - Rowston. Local residents spoke to me about their concerns regarding the condition of their roads and asked for improvements. I like to think regardless of how large or small a village is it should have road improvements, funding permitting of course. Thinking of larger villages, I am well aware of the condition of Princes Street, Metheringham leading from the B1188 to the village cross in the centre of the village. I have been pressing Highways to get the repairs done. The road is in the programme for resurfacing, and I have been lobbying for this to be done when funds become available.
Collection amnesty launched for unwanted medical equipment
Residents are being urged to return medical equipment they no longer need as part of a new initiative to reuse and recycle items such as crutches and commodes. The pandemic has meant there is a shortage of these items which would often clutter living rooms or end up in domestic waste after use.
So, to combat this a pilot drop-off facility for equipment has been launched at Lincoln Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) to help patients in the area to support a greener, more economic health and care service.
Through this initiative we can help those patients who need this equipment the most, reduce the NHS’s carbon footprint, and work more cost effectively.