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May 2019
The beaches we manage at Skegness, Mablethorpe and Sutton on Sea have once again achieved prestigious Blue Flag status.
Central Beach Skegness, Central Beach Mablethorpe and Central Beach Sutton on Sea have all retained the Award, which recognises water quality, facilities, beach safety, environmental education and management of the beaches.

Councillor Steve Kirk, Portfolio Holder for Coastal Economy, said: "We are delighted to have retained the Blue Flag at all our main beaches. The status gives local people and visitors the confidence to know that our beaches are well maintained and meet water quality standards.
"The Blue Flag success is down to our teams hard work from early morning until late evening to help make the resorts look their best."

The privately owned beach at Ingoldmells has also been awarded Blue Flag status.
The Blue Flag Award is managed in England by Keep Britain Tidy and internationally by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE).
Meet your District Councillors 
On 3rd May 55 Councillors were elected to serve on the District Council for the next four years. The political structure of the Council following the elections is as follows: 
  • Conservative - 29
  • Independents - 9
  • Labour - 7
  • Skegness Urban District Society (SUDS) - 6
  • Liberal Democrat/Independent - 2
  • New East Lindsey Independent Group - 2

A full list of all District Councillors, along with their contact details, can be found here.
At the Council's AGM, held on 22nd May, appointments and elections to a number of key positions were made. Councillor David Andrews succeeded Councillor Neil Jones as Chairman of the Council (the picture above was taken prior to Councillor Andrews being elected chairman). Councillor Sarah Devereux was elected as Vice Chairman of the Council.

Councillor Craig Leyland was re-elected as Leader of the Council and Councillor Graham Marsh was re-appointed as Deputy Leader.

Appointments were also made to our Executive Board with the following Councillors appointed as Portfolio Holders:
  • Councillor Craig Leyland – Leader of the Council and Portfolio Holder for Corporate Affairs
  • Councillor Graham Marsh – Deputy Leader of the Council and Portfolio Holder for Partnerships
  • Councillor Adam Grist – Portfolio Holder for Market Towns and Rural Economy
  • Councillor Steve Kirk – Portfolio Holder for Coastal Economy
  • Councillor Sandra Harrison – Portfolio Holder for Operational Services
  • Councillor Richard Fry – Portfolio Holder for Finance
  • Councillor Wendy Bowkett – Portfolio Holder for Housing and Communities
  • Councillor Tom Ashton – Portfolio Holder for Planning
Councillors were also appointed to our Committees and other organisations we sit on

Following his re-election as Leader, Councillor Leyland shared his thoughts on the Council's priorities over the next four years - you can hear from him by clicking the video above.
First Teenage Market in Louth proves a success
Saturday 18th May saw the Lincoln Teenage Market come on tour to Louth and the event was a hit with traders, entertainers and shoppers alike.

Organised by ourselves and Bishop Grosseteste University, the event saw a number of young traders selling their products, crafts and services alongside the regular Saturday market. The Teenage Market gave the traders a chance to experience first-hand what trading on a market was like, and all the stallholders made sales throughout the day. There was a real mix of goods on offer and the traders enjoyed the experience, with some even signing up to return to Louth's regular market in the future.
Trader Chloe Jackson used the Teenage Market to launch her business, Preagle - an event organisation and bespoke gift hamper company, speaking about her day Chloe said: "I attended the Teenage Market and had a stall there; I actually used the event as my business launch. As well as promoting my business I was also fundraising for Leonie Hadley-Wilkinson. I really enjoyed doing the Teenage Market and look forward to doing some more, I gained confidence in myself and my business but also networked with other companies and customers which was really useful to see what they thought about what I am doing."

Those views were echoed by James Allenby from Skegness-based Vesta Crafts, who said: "I really enjoyed myself and having the chance to trade on the market was great. I made some good sales and it's really boosted my confidence. Thanks to the experience of the Teenage Market, I'll be coming back to the market in June and will have a stall here throughout the summer."

Alongside the young traders there was also a variety of entertainment on throughout the day. Dancers from the Elite Academy of Dance kicked off the day, and Skye the Clown put on two circus skills workshops – giving children the chance to get involved and learn skills, like juggling and stilt walking – Skye was also offering free face painting throughout the day which went down a treat with the kids and some of the adults too! The event was DJ'd by Luke Sayer, who treated the market place to an eclectic mix of music and even put on a live performance.

It was also a hugely successful event for the organisers:

Becky Goodman, Enterprise Development Manager at Bishop Grosseteste, said: "It was great to see Bishop Grosseteste University and East Lindsey District Council coming together to bring the Lincoln Teenage Market 'on tour' to Louth. Seeing so many young traders and performance artists engaging with the market as part of Love your Local Market fortnight, and garnering the support from the more mature local businesses was brilliant."

Samantha Phillips, Economic Development Officer at East Lindsey District Council, said: "It was wonderful to see the young traders and entertainers come together and make the first Teenage Market event in Louth so special. Louth was a fantastic host to the event with the local business community being so welcoming and supportive. We're massively grateful to all those who got involved and special thanks go to all those local organisations and businesses that supported the event, including event sponsors Louth Independent Traders, The King's Head Hotel and Interskill who both supported the entertainers, and Larders Coffee House who provided refreshments for the young traders. Thanks also to the local businesses that kindly contributed prizes for the prize draw: Clarks Shoes, Annikas, Eve and Ranshaw, Meridian Leisure Centre and the town centre Spar.

"Huge thanks, of course, also go to Bishop Grosseteste, who have been brilliant to work alongside in bringing the Lincoln Teenage Market on tour to Louth, it was a fantastic way to start Love Your Local Market fortnight and a brilliant complement to our regular market."
First Civil Penalty issued to landlord for breach of Energy Efficiency Regulations
Our Housing Standards team have issued their first Civil Penalty to a local landlord under The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) Regulations 2015.
The landlord of the property on Anchor Lane, Ingoldmells, received the £1,250 fine after failing to comply with a Notice we issued requesting improvement to the energy performance rating to bring the property up to the required energy efficiency standard.

Landlords of privately rented domestic and non-domestic property must ensure that their properties reach at least an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of E before granting a new tenancy.
Since the new powers were granted we have investigated over 150 properties following pro-active investigation work and have found several that have been let by landlords in contravention of the regulations.  We are currently pursuing various other landlords through our enforcement process to improve the standard of the properties.
Principal Housing Standards Officer, Austen Ellis said; "The regulations were introduced to ensure that tenants can live in homes with adequate levels of heating and insulation, and whilst we will always assist landlords to comply with their obligations, we will also take robust action against those landlords that fail to provide their tenants with a property that is decent and safe."
Any landlords wishing to find out more about these regulations can contact the Housing Standards team on 01507 613571, or go here.
Fairfield Networking events launched
We now host regular business networking events at our Fairfield Enterprise Centre in Louth.

The first Fairfield Networking event took place on 24 May and was incredibly well attended by local businesses.

The events are free to attend and provide a chance to network with other local businesses over coffee and cake.

For more information, including future dates, go here.
Lincs Building Consultancy wins in the LABC awards
Our Building Control service, Lincs Building Consultancy, has won awards at the Local Authority Building Control Building Excellence Awards.
Seven projects were shortlisted in total and Moorby (Boston) won in the Best Extension or Alteration to an Existing Home category which Lincs Building Consultancy were involved in.
The winning project has qualified for the LABC Grand Finals in London in November.
For more information on the Building Control service, head here.
Outdoor Paddling Pools open for the summer
Our free outdoor paddling pools are now open for the summer.
The paddling pools, which include interactive spray fountains, are at:
  • Pleasure Gardens, Sutton on Sea;
  • Queen's Park, Mablethorpe; and
  • Fairy Dell, Skegness
We've recently launched the final East Lindsey Business Award: District's Favourite Market Trader.

The award will be decided by public vote and allows you to choose which Market Trader at East Lindsey's chartered markets (Louth, Horncastle, Spilsby, Alford and Mablethorpe) you think is the District's Favourite. The District's markets are packed with treats, from fish to flowers, clothes to cakes and even an auction, there really is something for everyone to enjoy.

To make a nomination all you have to do is go to and enter the name of the trader, the market they trade on and say why you think they deserve to win. So why not show your local market and traders some love and enter a nomination..

The vote is open until midnight on 30th June.
The market trader with the most votes, will be announced on 24th July and will be given two free tickets to the East Lindsey Business Awards evening, as well as eight days of free rent at their chosen market.

Nominations for the remaining East Lindsey Business Awards categories are also still open until midnight on Sunday 30th June.

Entering isn't the only way businesses can get involved in the Awards, businesses can also join in by becoming a sponsor. There are a number of sponsorship packages available, including Awards Category Sponsors, Programme Sponsor, Drinks Reception Sponsor and more.

Sponsors will receive tickets to attend the Awards evening at Woodhall Spa's Petwood Hotel and will also be involved in all publicity in the lead up to and on the evening.

If you're interested in finding out more about sponsoring the Awards, click here or call 01522 523333.
Making a difference - Tyler Wray
What is your job role?

I'm an Environmental Health Officer (EHO).

How long have you been in your current role?

I have been in my current role for just over 1 year. Previously I was a student EHO within the team whilst at University.

What does your day involve?

Environmental Health is a broad subject. The things we deal with can be anything that impacts public health. The majority of my time is spent in the Environmental Protection team.
I deal with statutory nuisance issues which include:
  • Noise - this is our biggest issue with around 700 complaints a year from a variety of sources both commercial and domestic.
  • Odour - we deal with odour from commercial/trade premises.
  • Dust - last summer was probably one of the busiest for dust complaints as a result of the extended hot weather. We had a large increase in complaints, particularly in regard to building sites as many turned into sandy deserts. This kept us extremely busy with our dust monitoring stations.
  • Smoke - most complaints derive from bonfires and chimneys.
  • Accumulations of waste - this can be anything that causes a public health risk, usually putrescible domestic waste.
  • Other nuisances we deal with are fumes/gases, steam/effluvia, insects and light pollution.
My job role is not limited to statutory nuisance though and other areas that I cover within Environmental Health are:
  • Air Pollution Monitoring
  • Pests - primarily rats; one such instance involved someone excessively feeding the birds five loaves of bread a day (a lesson on overfeeding birds is usually given), however larger infestations can prove more difficult to deal with.
  • Bathing Water quality - we receive alerts from the relevant authorities when there is a pollution event on the coast and the beaches must be closed to bathers. This also links into the Blue Flag Awards which I am also the lead officer for. 
  • Black smoke - black smoke is not permitted from any business premises and is a prosecutable offence.
  • Food Premises inspections - on Fridays I am based in Skegness where I undertake inspections.
  • Food Sampling - ensuring food served is safe to eat.
  • Swimming Pool and Spa Pool Sampling/Management - undertaking sampling to ensure the chemistry (free/combines chlorine levels, PH, alkalinity) are within safe 
Can your career scale new heights in 2019?
Magna Vitae are now recruiting High Ropes Instructors for Altitude44 - the amazing new climbing attraction set to transform the skyline of Skegness when it opens this Summer.

As part of the Embassy complex, and soaring 21 metres above sea level, this facility will be one of the tallest of its kind in Europe. Thousands of visitors will not fail to enjoy all four levels of thrills and sky-high fun!

The ideal candidates will have excellent teaching and customer service skills and the ability to work at height. They will also demonstrate a willingness to take care and responsibility for others safety.

For more information visit:
T.E.D. Working Together
T.E.D. Ageing Better in East Lindsey is thrilled to be working with local organisations to provide a variety of opportunities for people aged over 50 in the area to take part, join in and learn new skills.

T.E.D.s engagement with people and partners, evaluation, research and delivery to date identified that there was a need for services providing opportunities around Advocacy and Advice, Befriending, Digital Skills and Access, Health and Wellbeing and Activities for Older Men.
Amy Thomas, T.E.D. Programme Manager, said, "We are very much looking forward to working with the organisations to make a real difference to the lives of the people we work with and to create a lasting legacy for the T.E.D. in East Lindsey programme. These newly commissioned services will meet specific gaps in provision that T.E.D. has identified and will hopefully reach as many people as possible."

Each of the organisations have been newly commissioned by T.E.D. to provide, or continue providing, specific services which meet these needs and include:
  • Magna Vitae – CHAPS Project, a revival of social/working men's clubs, using sport as a theme to attract men to weekly sessions.
  • Carers First – CALM Project to encourage male carers to become more socially active within their community via befriending, mentoring and buddying initiatives.
  • Age UK Lindsey – continuation of the successful Lunch Club Project
  • Magna Vitae – further development of the Fitness, Food and Friends Project which covers fitness, nutritional advice, and health and wellbeing.
  • Lincs Digital – Digital Skills Training taking people on line and providing support sessions around online safety, finances, communication and shopping.
  • Age UK Lindsey – continued development of the current Befriending Service.
  • Citizens Advice Bureau - Advice and Advocacy.
This is the final round of commissioning through T.E.D. in East Lindsey, with all successful applicants being contracted to work with T.E.D. and its beneficiaries until January 2021. To find out go here.

T.E.D. – Ageing Better in East Lindsey is part of Ageing Better, a programme set up by The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK. Ageing Better aims to develop creative ways for people aged over 50 to be actively involved in their local communities, helping to combat social isolation and loneliness. It is one of five major programmes set up by The National Lottery Community Fund to test and learn from new approaches to designing services which aim to make people's lives healthier and happier.

The T.E.D. programme is managed by Community Lincs, a charity based in Sleaford, which works throughout Lincolnshire to make a positive difference to the lives of individuals and communities in the region.
Latest news 
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Head to our website
Work with us
There are a number of opportunities with the Council and our partner organisations

To view the latest vacancies, click here
Market days
Fresh flowers, gifts and fresh fish are just some of what is available at your local Market.

And don't forget the monthly Farmers' Markets.

Support your local Market.

For more details, click here
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