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Councillor Vacancy

The council has one vacant seat to be filled by co-option - see the vacancies page for details.

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Thank you to all those in our community who continue to help neighbours, friends and family during this latest lockdown.

Community Aid 19

 

Welton-by-Lincoln Parish Council in partnership with Dunholme Parish Council will be operating the Community Aid 19 project for the duration of the lockdown.

Should you need assistance please call the Community Aid number on 860336 or email communityaid19@yahoo.com Calls will be taken Monday – Thursday from 9.00am – 3.00pm and Fridays from 9.00am – midday; outside these hours messages can be left on the answer machine and emails will be responded to as soon as possible.

Prescriptions will only be collected and delivered on a Monday, Wednesday or Friday – please ensure that you place your repeat prescription orders in plenty of time and that they are ready for collection before you call us.

Shopping - The Paper Shop in Welton are able to delivery basic items – telephone 860963

Traffic Survey on Cliff Road

The Parish Council requested the Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership (LRSP) to carry out an Archer Speed Survey on the stretch of Cliff Road from the junction with Prebend Lane to the 30mph signs going out of the village and this has now been completed.

The technical data recording equipment was located on Cliff Road near Roman Road and commenced on 3rd December 2020 and was there for a full seven day period. A daily average of 2835 vehicles travelled through the survey area with a fairly even flow in each direction. Analysis of the speed data showed that the average speed of vehicles was 28.3mph . The speed data showed some evidence that vehicles were exceeding the speed limit at a speed that would make the drivers liable to action/prosecution by the Police with 2.9% travelling at 10mph or more in excess of the 30mph limit.

Collisions involving personal injury were researched for the last 3 year period up to a data date of 30th September 2020 and there was one minor injury collision recorded.

Highways engineers within the Road Safety Partnership have assessed the area and inform us that no engineering casualty reduction measures were identified.

As you may be aware the Government is committed to ensuring that the process for deploying speed cameras is transparent and that cameras are only used at locations where they can make a demonstrable reduction in speed related casualties. The only form of speed enforcement that the LRSP can carry out is with the use of speed cameras; however the site selection process has to comply with the criteria set out by the Department for Transport. This criterion includes locations where there is a history of speed related injury collisions supported by evidence of a high degree of non-compliance with the speed limit. In that respect Lincolnshire Police through the Road Safety Partnership adheres to the site selection criteria set out by the Department for Transport to ensure that the process is completely transparent and that cameras are only used as a casualty reduction measure. The results of the survey together with an analysis of the collision data show that the criteria required for either fixed or mobile speed camera enforcement is not met; the Parish Council paid for the installation of a fixed speed sign in 2011 which slows traffic down coming into the village.

Although the data does not support the LRSP to use camera enforcement in this area, they advise that in their opinion the Community Speed Watch Scheme would have a positive effect on driver behaviour along with the 60,000 speed offences that the LRSP process across the county of Lincolnshire each year.

A minimum of 12 volunteers is required to operate the scheme and we need more to sign up before we can implement it; not just to cover the area of the survey, but throughout the village. Full training will be provided by the Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership – please e-mail your name and contact details to the Clerk. The Parish Council is willing to purchase the required equipment but cannot do so until there are enough people to operate the scheme. The Amenities & Services Committee is also investigating other options for traffic calming in the village.

Road Safety Audit

The Parish Council (PC) has been requested by residents to investigate the possibility of alterations to the junction of Eastfield Lane and Ryland Road following a serious accident last year. Unfortunately, it is not in the jurisdiction of the PC to make these decisions and to put a case to Lincolnshire County Council’s Highways department, sufficient evidence is required, and the Amenities & Services Committee has decided to employ a specialist company to carry out a Road Safety Audit to establish if the required criteria can be met. Their findings will be published when the audit has been carried out.

Community Orchard

The Parish Council is researching the idea of planting some fruit trees for community use on the area of public open space on Northfield Road to the left, turning in off Eastfield Lane; just a few native fruit trees to make the area a little more attractive and encourage birds, bees and other pollenating insects into the area, if you know of any other suitable areas, please let us know.

Village Summer Floral Displays

The Amenities & Services Committee has this year decided on a Red, White and Blue theme to celebrate the 100th birthday of Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh on 10th June.

Dog & Litter Bins

Five locations have been identified at which to site new dog bins and after an assessment has been carried out by West Lindsey District Council, it is hoped that they will meet their criteria and be installed in the next couple of months. Suitable sites for additional litter bins are still being investigated; if you have any suggestions, please let us know.

Memorial Benches

It is planned to install two benches in memory of Malcolm Parish, former Parish and District Councillor and Freeman of the Parish and Cllr Eddie Reall who died while in service to the Parish Council last year and was involved in many organisations in the village and was its “bobby” for many years before his retirement.

Planning Applications

You can see a list of current planning applications for Welton on our website. To view the applications and/or to submit comments, please visit the West Lindsey District Council website at:

https://www.west-lindsey.gov.uk/my-services/planning-and-building/view-and-search-planning-applications/

Report fly-tipping at:

https://www.west-lindsey.gov.uk/my-services/refuse-and-recycling/street-cleansing-and-litter-collection/fly-tipping/

Report street lighting faults, damage to footpaths or potholes at: https://fixmystreet.lincolnshire.gov.uk/ or telephone 01522 552222

Agendas for Council and Committee meetings are posted on the Council notice board and website at least three days in advance of meetings. All meetings are open to everyone and prior to the start of every meeting, time is allowed for members of the public and press to ask questions, to put forward ideas or make short statements to the Council. Items not on the agenda will not be debated, but if appropriate, will become an agenda item at the next available meeting. Reports from County and District Councillors may also be given at this time.

Currently all meetings are being held via video conference under the Local Authorities and Police and Crime Panels (Coronavirus) (Flexibility of Local Authority and Police and Crime Panel Meetings) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020, see agenda or our website for details on how to join the meeting using a PC, laptop, tablet, mobile or telephone; you may need to download Zoom.

The Parish Office is open on Monday to Thursday from 9.00am until 3.00pm and until midday on Fridays, we are here to help with any queries that you may have and will bring them to the attention of the relevant Councillors or Committee.

The next Parish Council meeting is on Monday 8th March at 7.30pm via Zoom

– see the agenda or our website for the link to join

Julie Murray, PSLCC Telephone: 01673 860336

Clerk to the Council E-mail: clerk@welton-by-lincoln-pc.gov.uk

Website: www.welton-by-lincoln-pc.gov.uk