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- Residents and businesses urged to have their say on South Holland's Draft Budget
- Have your say on Neighbourhood Plan
- £1.3 million boost to help the most at-risk rough sleepers across Lincolnshire!
- New scheme to crackdown on street drinking
- Recycling sacks distribution to change
- Join our smoke free resolution
From today (Friday 13th January) the Council is launching a public consultation on the plans and would like to hear views from as many residents and businesses as possible.
The consultation runs until 22 January and there are a number of ways that you can have your say.
Visit http://www.sholland.gov.uk/article/5102/Draft-Budget-201718-Consultation to view the Budget in full and for further details on how to respond.
Cllr Peter Coupland, South Holland District Council's Portfolio Holder for Finance, said: "We are in financially challenging times and are under pressure to continue to find efficiency savings.
"Despite this, through prudent financial management, we are able to propose a balanced budget for 2017/18 whilst maintaining key services that our residents rely on, such as our weekly refuse/recycling collections.
"Looking further forward, we will be generating substantial income and savings by 2020 as part of our ongoing Moving Forward Programme.
"Please don't miss this chance to have your say. It is vitally important that we consider as many views as possible before making a decision on the proposals."
All responses to South Holland District Council's Draft Budget consultation will be considered as part of the budget planning process ahead of consideration by the council's Cabinet on February 14 and Full Council on February 22.
Paper copies of the Budget can be viewed in the council's reception area at its offices in Spalding at Priory Road.
To request a paper copy of the Budget call the Customer Services Team on 01775 761161.
Surfleet Parish Council has applied to South Holland District Council to designate their Parish area as a neighbourhood area.
Neighbourhood Planning offers communities the opportunity to shape future development by creating new policies which are used in determining planning applications.
South Holland District Council will now undertake a six week consultation on the proposed neighbourhood area. The consultation will start at 9am on Friday, January 20 and close at 4pm on Friday, March 3.
Cllr Nick Worth, South Holland District Council's portfolio holder for strategic planning, said: "A Neighbourhood Plan gives people greater involvement and ownership of the plans and policies that affect their area.
"Policies which form adopted Neighbourhood Plans are then used when considering planning applications in the area concerned.
"Neighbourhood Plans can influence the type, design, location and mix of new development and ensure important local spaces are protected for future generations.
"So I would encourage any residents who care about the long term development of Surfleet to get involved and have their say."
All comments on the proposal should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or alternatively in writing to:
South Holland District Council
For more information on Neighbourhood Plans visit http://www.sholland.gov.uk/article/5092/Neighbourhood-Planning
The four-year initiative has been given the green light and will see service providers tasked with achieving specific outcomes.
Enabling rough sleepers to become drug and alcohol free
Sustain their own accommodation
Address health and mental health needs
Access education, training and employment
A group of councils and agencies from across the county teamed up to bid for Social Impact Bond funding (SIB) totalling around £1.3 Million. This is one of only 8 projects nationally to receive this funding.
Michelle Howard, Chairman of the Lincolnshire Homelessness Strategy Group, said: "We are delighted that our bid for funding has been successful and can now focus on helping some of the most at-risk rough sleepers in the county.
"There are a number of rough sleepers in the region who have become entrenched in that lifestyle and need urgent support to get their lives back on track.
"We are confident that the SIB funds will result in an effective outcome-focused approach to service delivery which will make a real and positive difference in our communities."
Led by homelessness charity P3, a designated team of specialists, including a drug worker and mental health practitioner will provide intensive support to help 120 of the region's most vulnerable rough sleepers across the county, throughout the four year period.
They will aim to support rough sleepers off the street, into accommodation, help provide support services for drugs and mental health, with the aim of getting individuals into employment.
The scheme is based on similar initiatives in America, which have proved effective at rehabilitating vulnerable rough sleepers.
Updates on progress made by the scheme will be announced in due course.
A Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) has been set up by South Holland District Council and this week signs promoting the initiative are going up within the designated area.
The order has been introduced to improve the quality of life of those living, working and visiting the area which covers from St Thomas's Road north to West Elloe Avenue and from the railway station east to Commercial Road.
The following activities are offences within the PSPO:
Failure to comply with an officer's request to stop drinking alcohol in a public space
Spitting saliva or any other product on to the ground
Urinating or defecating
Malcolm Chandler, deputy leader of South Holland District Council, said: "Whilst it is pleasing to hear that reported incidents of antisocial behaviour are reducing in Spalding, we accept there are still incidents occurring and there remains a public perception of street drinking, which we want to change.
"The PSPO is a new piece of government legislation to help authorities address community concerns and make public spaces more welcome to the majority of people.
"It is important that incidents of antisocial behaviour are reported to the Council's Communities team on 01775 761161 or to the police via 101 so that issues can be monitored.
"We are committed to supporting safe communities across South Holland and are confident that the PSPO will continue to reduce street drinking and other nuisance behaviours."
Inspector Jo Reeves, community policing inspector for South Holland, said: "Lincolnshire Police are supporting SHDC with the PSPO to further the considerable good work which has taken place over the last few years to reduce street drinking to the low levels we currently experience.
"We will continue to provide a visible presence in reported hotspot locations to reduce antisocial behaviour and improve the locality for all who use it."
The PSPO replaces the previous Designated Public Place Order in the town centre, which resulted in a decrease in the number of reported street drinking incidents since 2014.
The new law does not allow for a complete ban on drinking alcohol in a public place, the offence is failing to comply with an officer's request to stop drinking within a PSPO area.
Following a recent public survey, South Holland District Council will begin a fairer way of distributing sacks from January 2017.
At present all households in the district are entitled to 52 recycling sacks a year, distributed in batches of 26 twice a year. Currently, additional sacks can be picked up for free from the council's offices in Priory Road, Spalding, as well as from other locations in the district.
From January 16th this approach will change and we will only be delivering additional sacks to households.
Cllr Roger Gambba-Jones, portfolio holder for Waste Services, said: "We have made it clear that we are not reducing the number of recycling sacks in circulation, but instead want to have a fairer distribution across the district.
"It is no secret that the current system of giving additional sacks away gets abused and can also result in lengthy queues at the Priory Road reception.
"We always value feedback from the public and have used that information to inform our decisions."
The month-long survey invited residents to answer questions on the current system and have their say on whether it could be improved.
Over 73 per cent of respondents said they would like to see a fairer distribution of green sacks in South Holland.
And 71 per cent preferred having additional green sacks delivered to their property, rather than making a separate journey to collect them.
Just over 78 per cent of respondents felt that having additional sacks delivered would increase recycling in the district.
And 84 per cent said they were aware that extra recycling can be placed in other containers such as carrier bags, swing bin liners and cardboard boxes for collection.
Our Smoke Free Code has already been supported by many schools, nurseries and play areas with dozens displaying signs designed by creative youngsters.
Now we're starting an online New Year's resolution, by asking residents to pledge not to smoke around children during 2017.
We've launched a new Thunderclap campaign and are currently promoting it through our Facebook and Twitter accounts.
Our Facebook page can be found at www.facebook.com/SouthHollandDistrictCouncil/ and our Twitter account is @SHollandDC.
Messages posted on our accounts include a link which takes you through to the Thunderclap page, where you can pledge your support.
Once you've done this, Thunderclap will automatically publish a message supporting the campaign on your Facebook and Twitter profiles at 12pm on January 6 2017.
Councillor Anthony Casson, South Holland District Council's Portfolio Holder for Food, Health and Safety, said: "Pledging your support will only take a few seconds of your time. All you need to do is press the 'support with Facebook/Twitter' button on the Thunderclap page. It is totally free of charge and you do not give any personal details away.
"We are committed to developing safer and healthier communities and will continue to develop our Smoke Free Code across the district."
For more information on the Smoke Free Code visit www.sholland.gov.uk.