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- Review finds SHDC is 'doing a good job for residents'
- Election candidates confirmed
- Final chance to have your say on Local Plan
- Colouring competition results
- Website accessibility improved
- Aviation events at Ayscoughfee
The findings come from a Corporate Peer Challenge report, which was presented to Council members last night (12 April).
The report has been written by a team of Local Government Association (LGA) peer reviewers, comprising senior officers and councillors from other parts of the country, who spent five days in December scrutinising various council plans and interviewing council staff and members, as well as representatives from a number of businesses and partner organisations which work with the councils.
The review covered South Holland District Council and its partner authority, Breckland Council, in Norfolk, with which South Holland shares a senior management team.
Leader of South Holland District Council Gary Porter explained why both councils invited the peer review: "We are committed to protecting and improving our services which our residents rely on. Getting input from experienced peers from external organisations will prove invaluable in helping us maintain our progress and work on areas which need improvement."
Review key findings:
• 'Both councils are doing a good job for their residents, with a range of good quality services and involvement in a number of major projects central to economic growth.'
• 'Both councils have good quality elected members and there are positive relationships between councillors and officers at all levels.'
• 'It is clear that significant progress has been made in relation to many of the areas that the councils have sought to improve over recent years and elected members and staff of both councils should be applauded for this.'
• 'The two councils demonstrate sound financial management. Whilst they face an on-going financial challenge... they have adopted a positive approach...'
• 'It is really positive that, even beyond those service areas and functions that operate under shared management, there is good networking, sharing and cross-fertilisation of ideas between the two councils.'
The report also highlighted some areas for future development. These included clarifying 'how the growth agenda is going to be shaped [and a] need to ensure the ambitions are clear.
It also cited that while new management of Compass Point had had a positive influence, work is still ongoing to achieve further improvements.
At its meeting, South Holland members agreed a recommendation for the Chief Executive to work with the Leader to develop an action plan based on the findings of the Peer Challenge report.
Commenting on the report findings, Cllr Porter added: "The review recognised that improvements have been made in developing our staff and adapting to meet the changing needs of residents and businesses, all of which have been delivered against financial challenges.
"The peer reviewers also highlighted the benefits of our shared management structure but stressed that this has potential for even greater success in future.
"The review has given us plenty of food for thought, which is exactly what we wanted, so now myself and the Chief Executive will work on an action plan to help us shape our ongoing development. We will then seek Cabinet and Council approval for the plan so that the whole organisation owns and works with the plan."
A list of candidates for South Holland divisions in the Lincolnshire County Council elections on May 4 can be viewed by clicking on the link below:
The new Local Plan for South East Lincolnshire (the areas of Boston Borough Council and South Holland District Council) has been prepared to guide development and use of land in the area up until 2036.
It includes sites to be allocated for different types of development, such as housing and employment in order to meet the area's needs, as well as identifying areas of land which must be protected from development.
It also covers a wide range of other planning related matters in the form of policies, against which planning applications can be judged.
The Publication Version of the plan will be made available to residents as part of a six week consultation period starting on April 10 and running until May 22.
This is the final round of consultation that will take place before the Plan is submitted to the Secretary of State for independent examination in public.
Unlike previous consultations, comments made must now relate to whether the Local Plan is 'sound' and complies with legal and procedural requirements - a guidance note on how to make comments is available at www.southeastlincslocalplan.org.
Cllr Peter Bedford, chairman of the South East Lincolnshire Joint Strategic Planning Committee, said: "We have taken on board the comments you have made so far about how you would like to see Boston Borough and South Holland developed.
"A lot of work has gone into its production and it cannot be stressed enough how important this will be in influencing where we build up until 2036.
"You now have a final chance to comment on the plan, before it is submitted, to help shape the future for generations to come."
All of the documents being published for consultation will be available to view from April 10 online at www.southeastlincslocalplan.org/consultation; in libraries and mobile libraries and at the council offices in Boston and Spalding, during normal office hours.
You can comment on the consultation documents in the following ways:
Online via our dedicated consultation portal at: www.southeastlincslocalplan.org/consultation
By emailing a completed comment form (available to download from our website or can be collected at locations listed above) to: email@example.com
By posting a completed comment form to: South Holland District Council Offices, Priory Road, Spalding, Lincolnshire, PE11 2XE
Comments must be received by 5pm on May 22nd. If you have commented during previous consultations it is not necessary to repeat those comments this time around as they have already been considered in reaching this stage. All comments made in previous consultations will be submitted to the Secretary of State.
For more information contact the Local Planning team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01775 764476.
ColouringWe had a great response for our colouring competition which was featured in the December edition of Housing Matters. We received 22 entries in total and the housing team really enjoyed looking through them all.
The three winners are listed below and collected £30, £20, £10 in Argos Vouchers.
First place - Keira from Whaplode
Second place - Ella from Crowland
Third place - Isabella from Sutton Bridge
(Picture shows Isabella with her prize)
General accessibility improvements have been made to the site, making it easier to use for residents who have difficulty reading website text or are blind.
Users can now have website text read out, change the colour, font and size of text, magnify sections of the page and alter the background colour.
To help everybody access the site, there is now the ability to have website pages translated into several different languages.
To start using these options, visit www.sholland.gov.uk and click on 'Accessibility' at the top of the page.
Cllr Sally Slade, South Holland District Council's Portfolio Holder for Digital and Customer Access, said: "We are keen to make the website as easy to use as possible, for all our residents and these developments will certainly help to make a positive difference.
"This is just one example of our pledge to provide digital services that are so good residents chose to use them."
These latest improvements are the first of several planned website upgrades scheduled to take place throughout 2017, with news of another significant update to follow shortly.
For more information visit www.sholland.gov.uk.
On the last Sunday of each month between April and September, the historic Spalding venue is hosting an aviation-themed talk by a special guest.
Each event is limited to 40 people only, so anyone interested in attending is advised to book early to avoid missing out.
The events kick off on Sunday, April 30 with Peter Hardy from the National Memorial Arboretum presenting 'A world Class Centre of Remembrance'.
Peter is a long standing volunteer guide at the National Memorial Arboretum and will outline the history and development of the site and provide a visual tour of some of the memorials, explaining the symbolism and stories behind them.
Sunday, May 28 sees Alan Taylor and Syd Marshall return to speak about the 60th anniversary of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. Their session will focus on the flight's formation and subsequent history.
On Sunday, June 25 Anthony Knight from the Typhoon Entente Cordiale Trust will give a talk on the history of the Hawker Typhoon aircraft.
The plane is a forgotten hero of World War Two and Anthony will focus on its technology, design and exciting stories of its pilots.
On Sunday, July 30 Professor Trevor Kerry presents 'The Falgate Talk'. Donald Falgate was a Grimsby man who quickly volunteered for service in World War Two.
He joined an Australian squadron based at Waddington and was a bomb aimer, and a master bomber. Despite this hazardous role, he survived a complete tour of duty and then went on to forge a peace-time career in the RAF.
Kev Rumens will talk about his career as a Modern Day Bomber Pilot on Sunday, August 27. Kev has flown the Vulcan XH558 as well as Tornados and he may also touch on his commercial flying of the Dreamliner.
On Sunday, September 24 Alastair Goodrum will focus on 'Women in Aviation'.
His talk will feature a selection of female aeronauts who have made significant contributions to the world of aviation during the past 200 years.
All of the events start at 2pm and cost £5 per person. To book tickets contact Ayscoughfee Hall on 01775 764555 or email email@example.com.