Latest information for town and parish councils in Lincolnshire
Welcome to the March Town and Parish Council Newsletter
This issue includes information about holiday fraud, a cost of living survey and Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue priorities. You can also read about our Agricultural Champions, recycling and the Good Citizens’ Award 2023.
Nominations open for Good Citizen Awards 2023
Volunteers are a vital part of many local organisations and groups. Their hard work helps to make Lincolnshire a great place to live, and their commitment is an excellent example to us all.
Lincolnshire County Council’s Good Citizen Awards initiative shines a spotlight on those that go the extra mile in their area, promoting and celebrating their fantastic achievements.
Nominations for this year’s awards are now open, and we are looking for individuals, including young people, pairs and groups who are a real positive force in their community. Winners enjoy a VIP day out at the Lincolnshire Show with a guest, as well as a framed certificate.
To find out more and to make your nomination online, visit Nominations open for Good Citizen Awards – Lincolnshire County Council. Alternatively send your contact details and those of the person you’re nominating, together with a description of the voluntary work they’ve done, to:
Freepost RSTY-UXJB-ARHK, Lincolnshire County Council, PDP 17 – Communications, County Offices, Newland, Lincoln, LN1 1YL.
Agricultural Champions Videos
Lincolnshire has a strong farming history. During National Careers Week we highlighted the range of career options within farming. As part of this, our Lincolnshire Agricultural Champions have recorded videos about current and future jobs in agriculture.
Please visit our YouTube playlist to hear from our champions.
Priorities for Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue
More than 650 people responded to Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue’s survey last year that helps the service complete their community risk management plan. Those views, along with incident data from Lincolnshire and the UK, have been used to list the biggest risks to Lincolnshire communities.
There’s now a priority list and the fire service want to know if you agree or disagree with it. You can simply answer one question about what you think the biggest risk to Lincolnshire is, or if you have a few more minutes to spare you can make your own priority list.
Visit Let’s talk Lincolnshire to rate the risks.
Look out for the full community risk plan that we will be produced at the end of the year. This is a really detailed look at how the risk of fires and other emergencies in the county can be reduced and help keep everyone safe.
Helping you put the right thing in the right bin
Are you ever unsure about whether or not you can recycle something in your bins at home, or at one of our Household Waste Recycling Centres? You can now search for it on the A-Z waste directory on the Lincolnshire County Council website. You can also find the details and opening times for your local recycling centre.
National cost of living survey
The Rural Services Network and the Citizens Advice Rural Issues Group have received almost 5500 responses to their rural cost of living household survey but they want more! The survey is now in its final few days and closes on 31 March 2023.
They need your help to receive as many survey responses as possible, whatever a household’s income or financial position. This will help them to engage more effectively with Government departments, MPs and other policy makers.
The survey can be found at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Rural_Households_Cost-of-Living
Please forward the link to contacts, networks, family and friends living in rural areas – the greater the response the better. You can also download the poster at this link or by clicking on the image above which has all of the information and QR code on for people to access the survey.
Holiday Fraud can happen when you paid an agent or someone offering accommodation online and find out that the holiday you’ve booked (or parts of it) doesn’t exist.
Fraudsters use fake online adverts, bogus sales calls, emails and text messages offering cheap rates to tempt you to book a holiday. They steal images of hotels or apartments from other travel websites. Don’t reply to unsolicited emails, texts, social media or calls with holiday offers. Links and attachments in emails may lead to malicious websites or download viruses. Book a holiday directly with an airline or hotel, or through a reputable agent. Check whether they’re a member of the Association of British Travel Agents. Don’t book on websites that don’t have a padlock icon (https) in the address bar, and be extra cautious if you’re asked to pay using bank transfer or cash; pay by credit or debit card if you can.
Report it to Action Fraud online or call 0300 123 2040
Name change marks start of two-year refresh of city’s museum
Ahead of the 20-year anniversary in 2025, Lincolnshire County Council is updating The Collection Museum over the next two years – starting with a straightforward renaming. From 1 April 2023, the venue on Danes Terrace in the city, will simply be known as Lincoln Museum, to mark the start of its refresh.