Elections, Police Update, Transported Arts, EU Settlement Scheme, Rapid Testing 
County Views Panel, Community Renewal Fund...

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Boston Borough Council.
Boston Bulletin 
Tuesday 4th May 2021
Have your say this May

This week polls open in the local elections that are taking place across the district. On Thursday 6 May voters across the borough will have their say in a number of elections, including the Police and Crime Commissioner and Lincolnshire County Council elections.

Polling stations will be open from 7am - 10pm and you can find details of your polling station by visiting www.wheredoivote.co.uk or by checking your poll card. A range of measures will be in place to ensure polling stations are safe to use, including safety signage, hand sanitiser stations, and staff will be wearing face masks and screens. We're also encouraging you to take your own pen or pencil along too.

Details of all candidates standing for election can be found here:  www.mybostonuk.com/elections-6-may-2021

Monthly Police Update 
Hello, I am Marie Williams and I have been a Police Community Support Officer in Boston for the past 15 years. My colleagues consider me part of the furniture here in Boston. I have worked in various areas of the town, but for the past few years have been working on the Town West team covering the Fenside and Staniland wards. My work is varied, and no two days are ever the same. I enjoy all aspects of my role, and the variety and challenges it presents. I love nothing more than getting out on foot patrol, talking to local residents, listening to their issues and concerns and working out productive, practical ways in which to help them and try to resolve those issues.
Over recent years through knowing local children on my area I have become more and more involved with schools not only in my area but across the Borough, getting to know staff and pupils, identifying and addressing issues as they arise. I have worked in both primary and secondary schools, delivering the Mini Police project at primary level, along with various talks, sessions and engagement days at secondary schools. Read more here.
Transported Arts projects 
Transported is a strategic, community-focused programme which aims to get more people in Boston Borough and South Holland enjoying and participating in arts activities. Find more information about Transported on their website here and take a look 
at some of their current projects available here 

EU Settlement Scheme: Apply now 
Following the UK's departure from the European Union, if you are an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, you and your family members (including non-EEA citizens) should check if you need to apply to the UK Government's EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) to protect your rights and to continue living in the UK. Read more here.
Covid 19 - Rapid Testing
Free rapid COVID-19 tests are available for everyone. They give you peace of mind that you are protecting others around you. If your lateral flow test is negative - remember you should continue to follow precautions such as hands, face, space. Find out more about your local testing options here  

Join the County Views panel
Councils across the Greater Lincolnshire area want to ensure that people, groups and organisations can have their say about their local area, helping us improve experiences or realise where we're getting it right. Lincolnshire County Council have launched a panel – County Views – and are looking for all kinds of local people to get involved. You can sign up for the panel here to have your say there too. 
Community Renewal Fund
A new national UK Community Renewal Fund has been established. Applications are open for innovative bids for funding for local businesses, communities and places, investment in skills and to support residents into employment. Find more information, the Invitation to Bid document and all of the information organisations will need to apply here Applications close at noon on 14 May.

Lightspeed Broadband starts full fibre roll out 
Lincolnshire-based, internet service provider, Lightspeed Broadband kick started its next generation full-fibre roll out in ten towns, across South Lincolnshire and West Norfolk , including Boston, Bourne, Holbeach, King's Lynn and South Wootton, Long Sutton, Market Deeping, Skegness, Sleaford, Spalding and Stamford. Read more here.

Paper and card bin collections 
Thank You! Last week was our first Borough wide paper and card bin (purple/purple-lidded bin) collection. We'd like to say thank you for supporting this scheme. The paper mill has said the quality of what you have separated was 'excellent'. The 2% of bins we couldn't collect was mainly because they contained fast food packaging including takeaway pizza boxes, used tissues and disposable face masks (these items should be placed in your green bin). Thank you again for supporting the rollout of this service and recycling responsibly. Find more information about recycling and which bin different waste should go in on our website here. Remember in two weeks' time, we will be collecting your blue recycling bin. (Image is of the pile of paper from one of our bin wagons)

Three weeks on after lockdown eased for Geoff Moulder
Three weeks ago on Monday 12th April the Government announced that our leisure centres could reopen their doors as part of Step 2 of the Roadmap after months of closure and staff adapting back to working differently to keep our members fit and healthy as we continued throughout this pandemic. Geoff Moulder Leisure Centre reopened on this day after extensive measures were taken to maximise safety. Throughout the pandemic they worked hard to ensure that all of the members and residents of the borough had free access to live virtual fitness classes which were supported by Boston Big Local, Sports England and Active Lincolnshire. Read more here.

Job Vacancies 
Looking to work for Boston Borough Council or East Lindsey District Council? Then be sure to view our Jobs Portals where you will find information about the local areas, working for us and any current vacancies.
BBC -  https://www.mybostonuk.com/working-for-us/
ELDC - https://www.e-lindsey.gov.uk/jobs
Pre-election period 
News will be limited until May 6 due to us now being in the pre-election period, we must follow strict rules in relation to publicity and promotions. Because of this you will receive the Bulletin fortnightly instead of weekly until the close of Polls on May 6. 
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Email:  communications.unit@boston.gov.uk
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