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  • On this page you can complete an electronic questionnaire and read all supporting information. The consultation closes on August 8, 2016, at 5pm. All responses must be received by this date/time.

    The ten councils in the Greater Lincolnshire area have been talking to the Government about transferring some powers and resources to our area.

    The Councils are Boston Borough Council, City of Lincoln Council, East Lindsey District Council, Lincolnshire County Council, North East Lincolnshire Council, North Lincolnshire Council, North Kesteven District Council, South Holland District Council, South Kesteven District Council and West Lindsey District Council.

    We (the ten Councils) have signed a proposed agreement, but that isn't a final decision to go ahead.

    We believe that the devolution deal could be an important opportunity to improve local services for residents, bring about stronger economic growth and increase the number of jobs. We would also have the opportunity to gain further responsibilities and funding from Government in the future.

    This 'devolution' would mean that more decisions about spending on some public services would be made locally rather than nationally.

    Some of the new powers, funding and responsibilities we have requested would provide additional investment for housing and infrastructure. Under the deal an additional £450m over the next 30 years (£15m per year) for such investment would be provided. It could also help us to develop a better approach to skills training provision and criminal justice in the area. These responsibilities are on top of the services already provided by Councils in Greater Lincolnshire, which would be unaffected.

    If all ten councils sign up to this, some changes would happen. A 'Mayoral Combined Authority' would be established - a board including elected councillors from the ten councils and a representative from the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership. The Authority would be chaired by a Directly Elected Mayor who would be chosen by the people of Greater Lincolnshire. This Mayoral Combined Authority would only have responsibility for the new powers devolved from the Government.

    We have prepared and published a Scheme which describes proposals for how a Mayoral Combined Authority for Greater Lincolnshire would work. We wish to receive your views on the proposals set out in that Scheme. The Scheme and supporting documents can be found on this webpage.

    A future consideration could be to combine the role of a Directly Elected Mayor with that of the Police and Crime Commissioner in order to reduce administrative costs. At the present time Lincolnshire has its own Police and Crime Commissioner and North and North East Lincolnshire are served by the Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner. For a Directly Elected Mayor for Greater Lincolnshire to be amalgamated with the role of Police and Crime Commissioner it would require the Government to make changes to create a Police and Crime Commissioner for Greater Lincolnshire.

    Before anything is put in place, all ten councils need to consider the proposal and come to a conclusion. It is very important that we know what you think so that we can make the right decision for the whole of the Greater Lincolnshire area.

    Please respond to the questions/statements in our survey so that your views can be considered.

    Before completing the survey, we'd encourage you take the time to read the Devolution Agreement, the proposed Devolution Scheme which sets out the functions that would be exercised locally and the Governance Review which explains the rationale behind a Mayoral Combined Authority. Reading these documents will enable you to make an informed response to the consultation. There are also some Frequently Asked Questions that you might find helpful. We have also completed an Equality Impact Assessment in respect of a Mayoral Combined Authority, which we'd welcome your comments on as part of your consultation response. If you do want to comment on the impacts on people within the protected characteristics, and/or you consider yourself to fall within one of the protected characteristic groups, it would be helpful to us if you indicated this as part of your response and specified which group.

    Complete the questionnaire here

    Hard copy consultation forms and the supporting documents are also available to view/complete at Council-run venues across Lincolnshire, including Council Customer Service Centres and Libraries.

  • A new Local Plan is being prepared for South East Lincolnshire (the areas of Boston Borough Council and South Holland District Council) to guide the development and use of land in the area up until 2036.

    The South East Lincolnshire Local Plan is being produced by Boston Borough Council, South Holland District Council and Lincolnshire County Council working in partnership.

    Production of the Local Plan is moving towards its final stages and a public consultation is being held from today (Friday 15 July) to Friday 12 August which will see a series of 'drop-in' sessions held across the area.

    Residents and business representatives can come along and have their say on Preferred Sites for new housing, employment and other development to take place over the next two decades.

    The Local Plan identifies a need to plan for:


    • 18,000 new homes across the area

    • Sites for future business use to assist in the creation of 17,000 jobs that will be needed in South East Lincolnshire

    • New primary and secondary school provision in Boston, Spalding and other settlements


    This is the last chance you will have to comment on the prospective location of such development - if you commented on a specific site during the consultation on the draft Local Plan earlier this year there is no need to do so again as your views have since been considered in reaching the Preferred Sites stage.

    Responses to this consultation will be taken into account in finalising the Publication version of the Local Plan.

    Cllr Peter Bedford, Chairman of the South East Lincolnshire Joint Strategic Planning Committee, said: "This chance to comment on the Preferred Sites proposed in the Local Plan is perhaps the most important as it is the last opportunity before it is re-drafted in preparation for its final version for examination by a planning inspector.

    "Take the opportunity to get involved in whatever way you can."

    The Policies Map Insets - which indicate our Preferred Sites for development - as well as the revised settlement hierarchy and housing targets are available to view at:



    A list of the drop-in sessions is below. If you would like to have your say on the Preferred Sites but can't attend any of the events, you can comment:



    The deadline for responses is 5pm on 12 August 2016.

    All drop-in events will be taking place between 3.30pm - 7.30pm with the exception of the South Holland Centre event which takes place from 11am - 3pm. Anyone is welcome to attend any of the venues shown below to talk about any town, village or site.


    Donington Ruby Hunt Centre, Church Street

    Monday 18 July


    Long Sutton Market House, Market Street

    Wednesday 20 July


    Holbeach Community Centre, Fishpond Lane

    Thursday 21 July


    Cowbit Village Hall, Barrier Bank

    Monday 25 July


    Spalding South Holland Centre, Market Place (between 11am - 3pm)

    Tuesday 26 July


    Crowland British Legion Hall, Broadway

    Thursday 28 July


    Gedney Hill Memorial Hall, Hill Gate

    Tuesday 2 August


    Pinchbeck Library, Knight Street

    Wednesday 3 August


    Sutton Bridge Curlew Centre, Bridge Road

    Friday 5 August


    Surfleet Village Hall, Station Road

    Monday 8 August


    There will also be permanent exhibitions at Council Offices, Priory Road, Spalding, PE11 2XE throughout the consultation period during normal office hours.

  • Committing to any skin piercing is an investment and a considered purchase, at the very minimum you must make sure you visit a Skin Piercer who is registered with your local Council or the consequences could be severe.

    South Holland District Council is keen to make residents aware that there may be unregistered Skin Piercers operating within the district, either from domestic premises or offering to pierce in your own home.

    All registered Skin Piercers must display a certificate of registration where they practice - if they can't then it is likely they are unregistered. 

    Council Environmental Health Inspectors routinely visit registered premises and monitor compliance against the district byelaws. 

    The byelaws cover a range of standards including the cleanliness of the premise, equipment and the hygiene of the operator.

    Anyone who carries out acupuncture, electrolysis, cosmetic piercing and semi-permanent skin colouring must be registered with the local authority.

    Semi-Permanent Skin colouring or Micro blading is becoming more and more fashionable by having your eye brows/lips/eye liner temporarily tattooed on.

    Cllr Malcolm Chandler, Portfolio Holder for Food, Health and Safety, said: "One of the main reasons for registration is the protection of public health, particularly against the spread of infection.

    "We believe that there may be unregistered Skin Piercers operating in the district and we are keen to make people aware of this. We would encourage anyone who suspects that a Skin Piercer is operating illegally to report this to us.

    "If you are considering any of these treatments please ensure you only use a registered operator."

    By using an unregistered Skin Piercer you run the risk of becoming infected with either of the following:

    • The bacteria Staphylococcus or Pseudomonas which may give rise to localised inflammation and pain or can result in more chronic problems with pus, odours and scar tissues.
    • Hepatitis B: This can occur by contamination with infected blood or tissue fluids. Poor practice in tattooing and acupuncture has been known to cause outbreaks, particularly where fresh needles are not used or equipment is poorly sterilised.
    • Hepatitis C: This is acquired through intravenous drug use and the sharing of needles.
    • HIV: This is transmitted in the same way as Hepatitis B.

    A list of registered Skin Piercers can be viewed at

    If the person you are intending to visit is not on the list ask them to produce their certificate of registration. If they can't, do not use them and report it to us.

    If you become aware of a tattooist in South Holland operating without the relevant registration or offering to tattoo under 18's contact your local police or South Holland District Council on 01775 761161 or via email on

  • Information about Hepatitis A is available here:

    If you have specific questions about the vaccinations and would like to speak to someone, please phone East Midlands Public Health England office on 0344 225 4524 option 1.

    If you are feeling unwell you should contact your GP in the first instance.


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