Waste contract extension will save N E Lincs Council £3-million

In 1999 North East Lincolnshire Council entered into a 25 year contract with Newlincs Development Ltd. to manage household and municipal waste in North East Lincolnshire. This resulted in the construction of an energy from waste facility. The contract allows, with the agreement of both parties, for it to be extended for a period of up to 5 years

The council retained the responsibility for collecting waste from householders which is then delivered to Newlincs for processing.

Under the contract Newlincs is responsible for the treatment and disposal of the following types of waste:
• Materials placed in wheelie bins by householders
• Materials collected from households as part of kerbside collection schemes
• Materials deposited by members of the public at Community Recycling Centres
• Materials deposited by members of the public at Bring To recycling sites
• Street sweepings and litter.

Launch of controlled drinking zones to help tackle anti-social behaviour in N E Lincs

Power to control the consumption of alcohol in the West Marsh, East Marsh, Park, Heneage, Sidney Sussex, Croft Baker and South wards  of North East Lincolnshire will come into place from next month

The order means that a request can be made to individuals or groups to stop drinking or hand over alcohol if they involved in drinking related anti- social behaviour. If they refuse to do so they could be served with with a fixed penalty notice of £100.

Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Grove said:

“I congratulate North East Lincolnshire Council on tackling an issue which is of concern both to residents and businesses in affected communities.

“The recent consultation involved residents in finding and shaping the right solution for North East Lincolnshire.

“This has now illustrated the wards where discretion and common sense in enforcement will deal robustly with the issues of anti-social street drinking when and where they occur, without preventing responsible individuals from enjoying a drink, or organised outdoor events from continuing, which do so much to strengthen communities.”

Allen Young Project Director Harbour Place said:

“Operating out of the East Marsh area we have on numerous occasions witnessed members of the public, often mothers and children confronted by people who openly display drink related anti-social behaviour.

“The vast majority of people in this area who enjoy a drink are sociable and friendly and never cause any problems. However; there are a few groups and individuals who are constantly highly problematic and as is often the case the few spoil it for everyone.

“We will do everything we can to fully support the PSPO initiatives and hope that it will have a positive impact for people working, living and visiting this and the other designated wards.”

Chief Inspector Mark Bishop, Operational Policing lead for North East Lincolnshire said:

“Drink related crime and disorder is a priority for Humberside Police and we continue to work in partnership with the Local Authority to reduce the harm caused to local communities by those who abuse alcohol.

“We will not be seeking to criminalise those that drink responsibly but the legislation provides an additional tool to help restrict the public consumption of alcohol where that activity results in anti-social behaviour”

Stephen Pintus, Director for Public Health said:

“Hazardous and harmful use of alcohol has a very real impact on our communities, not only in terms of anti-social behaviour and crime but also upon health and wellbeing.

“Enforcement through initiatives such as Public Space Protection Orders is part of a much wider strategy in tackling alcohol misuse. The impact on individuals and families through alcohol related illnesses and hospital admissions is very significant and particular emphasis is made to promote education and awareness of safe and sensible drinking. A range of support services exist for individuals who are concerned about their alcohol consumption.

“If you are concerned about your use or use by a friend or family member, access to these services can be arranged after consultation with your GP. Information will also be provided to any person issued with a fixed penalty notice. You can also find general information about alcohol consumption at www.alcoholconcern.org.uk”.

Overnight road closures on Cleethorpe Road for four nights this week

North East Lincolnshire Council

As part of the ongoing works to improve air quality and ease congestion in the Riby Square area of Grimsby, Cleethorpe Road will be closed for four nights in both directions to allow resurfacing and alignment works to take place

Street lights on that stretch of road will also be changed during the road closure for the new LED lamps that have now been fitted across most of the borough.

Overnight closures will take place from Tuesday 24 March up until, and including, Friday 27 March between 7.30pm and 5am.

These closures will be on Cleethorpe Road between Lockhill Roundabout and Humber Street and local diversions will be in place.

Please be aware Freeman Street will also be closed from Kent Street to Cleethorpe road during the same period.

The primary focus of the scheme is to improve air quality by reducing congestion in the area.

Changes to the road layout and traffic signals will result in shorter queues at the traffic lights.

This will help cut the amount of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) in the air in that area caused by vehicles queuing on the A180 Cleethorpe Road westbound carriageway.

N E Lincs Healthwatch want to know about your experience with GP appointments

Local people’s most common health concern is being able to get access to their GP, according to a survey by Healthwatch North East Lincs. Healthwatch is keen to find out more, and to promote a conversation locally about what works for people. In the worst cases, more than a quarter of people reported waiting over a week for an appointment.

During March and April, Healthwatch will be encouraging local people to get in touch and tell us about their experiences of getting health advice.

We want people to let us know their views and tell us their stories. We want groups and organisations to discuss the challenges and let us know what their members and group users think.  A short questionnaire is also available via Healthwatch, the North East Lincolnshire CCG and North East Lincolnshire Council’s websites or using the link  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/nelgpaccess

The survey will be available until 17th April.

“This is both a national and local problem.” says Paul Glazebrook of Healthwatch. “We are keen to find out more about what is important to people when they want health advice.”

“We know that our GPs locally are working harder than ever. But there is a national shortage of GPs and we want to find out if it is having an impact locally.

Our GPs are trying lots of new and different things to increase the ease with which people can get health appointments.  But what we don’t know is what works – for the public, for patients, and for the GPs.  We want to encourage sharing experiences and to promote the things that make it easier for people to get the help they need – whether that is form a GP or another health professional”

Paul adds, “We want to promote a reasonable conversation. Sometimes we need to get medical advice quickly, but on other occasions we might be happy to wait. And sometimes we only need advice or reassurance. We don’t always have to see a doctor. Do we know what services are available to us?”

Now is the time to find out more.  Healthwatch will be out and about holding stalls at a number of places and events.  You can also join us for a conversation on 14th April at Centre 4, 17A Wootton Road, Grimsby. DN33 1HE

You can drop in any time between  3pm and 6.30 pm.

Discussion groups will take place at 4pm and again at 6pm.

You can also join the conversation via Healthwatch’s website; on Facebook and twitter.  GP surgeries and Patient Participation Groups are being encouraged to get involved while the Clinical Commissioning Group, Council and Accord, the local Health Membership organisation will all be promoting the discussion.

Healthwatch North East Lincolnshire (HWNEL) is funded through North East Lincolnshire Council to be the independent consumer champion created to gather and represent the views of the public. Healthwatch plays a role at both national and local level and ensures that the views of the public and people who use services are taken into account.   North Bank Forum (NBF) is the host organisation for HWNEL. NBF is a voluntary and community sector umbrella body.

£1m award will transform N E Lincs service for vulnerable families

Vulnerable families in North East Lincolnshire are set to benefit from a million pound project aimed at transforming children’s social care, thanks to funding from the Department for Education announced today

The £1m funding will be used by North East Lincolnshire Council to overhaul their child protection system to create a more effective way of working with families on the edge of crisis and helping them to thrive.

The scheme will also support social workers to develop specialist skills, increase expertise in crucial areas and build stronger working relationships with specialists from other disciplines.

The funding will help social workers to provide the right support and care for the child in the wider context of their family environment – ensuring all children get the support they need to succeed, no matter their background or starting point in life.

Children and Families Minister, Edward Timpson, said:

“This innovative programme will deliver real results for North East Lincolnshire’s vulnerable children and families by focusing on the things that really matter and placing them at the heart of decision making.

“Having worked as a family lawyer in the care system for over a decade, I have seen time and time again how ensuring vulnerable families have the specialist help and support they need – when they need it – can help transform their lives, and I’m hugely excited to see what this venture achieves.”

The scheme is one of the latest projects that have successfully bid for money through the government’s Innovation Programme.

The Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme – backed by funding worth £100 million – aims to kick start the most promising proposals for new ways of providing children’s social care, such as supporting young people leaving care and taking their first steps into adulthood or looking at new bespoke services such as FGM prevention.

The government’s Innovation Programme focuses on two key target areas – fresh ways of working in children’s social work and better support for young people in or on the edge of care. Exciting proposals that have successfully secured funding to date include:

  • the roll-out of a new project aimed at creating homes-from-homes for families on the edge of crisis – from befriending and providing much needed help for struggling or isolated parents, to offering a safe space for the night to children and young people when there is a family crisis or their home life is proving too much to bear;
  • the expansion of a project which helps women who have had successive children taken into care by interrupting repeat pregnancies and giving them a chance to turn their lives around;
  • a new programme to overhaul the entire child protection systems of five councils across the country, which will prioritise frontline work with vulnerable families over form-filling and needless bureaucracy.

N E Lincs Ice reunion – last chance to get tickets

Tickets are still available for a reunion event at Grimsby Leisure Centre for those fanatical ex-skaters who attended the weekly ice discos during the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s

Interest and excitement has been building on social media since the tickets went on sale last month and almost 200 ex-skaters are eagerly awaiting the chance to dust off their skates and reunite with some of their old mates from their disco days.
Ex-skater Alan Redgrift, whose idea it was for the reunion event, has been rallying interest on Facebook and is amazed with the support and interest that the event has generated.

Alan said:

“People have extremely fond memories of their skating days and have jumped at the chance to get back on the ice and relive their youth. The online conversations have been bringing people together who haven’t spoken in years and everyone is looking forward to the event.

“There are still some tickets left and we’re all really keen to see this ice rink packed to capacity with the crowd who used to attempt the barrel jumping and speed skating – I’m not too sure how much of that will be going on – but it’s guaranteed to be a fantastic night.”

The disco takes place from 7:30pm to 11:30pm on Saturday, March 21. There will be food and a licensed bar on site. All proceeds from the event will go towards local charity – St Andrew’s Hospice. Tickets are priced at £6 and are available to purchase from the leisure centre or by calling them on (01472) 323100.

To ensure the event closely resembles the original events, Elite Entertainment are providing the disco – the same company who provided the music, sound and lighting in the 70s, 80s and 90s.

Marc Mackay, manager of Elite Entertainment, said:

“We are proud to be a part of a great event for such a great cause.”

Rose Kelly, operations manager at Grimsby Leisure Centre, said: “All the staff at Grimsby Leisure Centre are really excited about this event and can’t wait to see some of our ex-skater back on the ice and reuniting for this disco.

“We want to thank everyone who’s involved – for getting the message out there and providing their services for free. There’s a great buzz about the event!”

Are you thinking of standing for election in N E Lincs?

In North East Lincolnshire Council preparation for the May 2015 elections, North East Lincolnshire Council is holding a briefing session for candidates and agents who are standing at the parliamentary elections for the constituencies of Cleethorpes and Greater Grimsby; as well as the North East Lincolnshire Council and Town/Parish Council local elections

The briefing sessions will be held at Grimsby Town Hall as follows:

• Parliamentary Constituencies – Thursday, 19 March 2015 at 6pm

• North East Lincolnshire Council and Town/Parish Council local elections – Wednesday, 25 March 2015 at 6pm.

The session will cover the following points:

• election timetable
• qualifications
• disqualifications
• nominations
• agents
• postal votes
• day of poll
• counting of votes
• candidates expenses

Nomination packs will be made available at these briefings and there will also be an opportunity to ask questions.

If you are thinking of standing as a candidate in any of the above elections, particularly if you are new to the nomination and elections process, you are strongly urged to attend the above briefing.

If you wish to attend, please email stephen.mcgrath@nelincs.gov.uk or ring 01472 323737.

Humberside Police appeal for information following suspected burglary in Grimsby’s Harrington St

umberside Police are appealing for witnesses following a suspected burglary at an address on Harrington Street, Grimsby between 1200hrs on Friday 06 March and 1150hrs Saturday 07 March 2015.

A 94-year-old woman was found by a carer on the floor at her address with a wrist injury at around 1150hrs on Saturday 07 March 2015. The woman has subsequently been taken to Diana Princess of Wales Hospital for treatment.
It is not clear how the woman sustained her injury, however numerous parts of the address look like they have been searched and items of property have been moved.
At this time it is not known if anything has been stolen.
Police are treating the incident as a potential burglary and are appealing for anyone who saw anything suspicious at the address to call Humberside Police on 101 quoting crime reference number 2101043 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Motorists are advised to expect delays in the Pyewipe Road area of Grimsby

Pyewipe Road is currently closed for a sewer to be connected to a new store being built there.

A utility company also has four-way traffic control in place at the Market Hotel roundabout at the junction of Yarborough Road, Boulevard Avenue and Cromwell Road.

Motorists are advised to expect delays in the Pyewipe Road, Yarborough Road and Boulevard Avenue areas and avoid where possible.

Keep up to date with travel alerts, including live congestion updates at http://ht.ly/K6XLt

Government sells more shares in Lloyds through trading plan

The Chancellor has today announced that the government has sold another £500m of Lloyds Banking Group shares, taking the total amount of money raised through the trading plan launched in December 2014 to over £1bn.

These sales and the dividend announced by Lloyds last week will bring the total amount recovered for the taxpayer from Lloyds to approximately £8.5bn, and means that the government’s stake in the bank has reduced from around 40% in 2009 to below 23% today.

All shares sold through the trading plan have been sold above the average price the previous government paid for them, which was 73.6p.

The Chancellor George Osborne said:

I am delighted that we’ve raised a further £500 million for the taxpayer through the trading plan I launched in December.

These sales are part of our plan to return Lloyds to the private sector and get taxpayers’ money back. The proceeds will be used to reduce the national debt.

A trading plan involves gradually selling shares in the market over time, in an orderly and measured way. The trading plan was launched on 17 December 2014 and will end no later than 30 June.

As required by Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) rules, Lloyds Banking Group announced today that the government’s shareholding in the bank had crossed through a one percentage point threshold. This announcement therefore notifies the market that the government has reduced its shareholding in Lloyds to below 23%.

Last week Lloyds announced that it had increased its statutory profits before tax by 325% since last year, and that it will resume dividend payments for the first time since the crisis. The dividend will provide the Exchequer with at least another £100m this year.