Feb 232019

Elections will be held in North Kesteven on May 2 to choose district and parish councillors. 

And for the first time, anyone wanting to vote at a polling station on this day will need to take some kind of identification (ID) with them. This is to prove that they are who they say they are.

It is part of a national electoral integrity pilot looking into ways to ensure the security of the voting process and reduce the risk of voter fraud.

Locally, the requirement to bring ID only applies to North Kesteven – no where else in Lincolnshire – and only for the local elections on May 2. And it only affects people voting in person at polling stations. Postal voters have their identification verified in other ways.

You can click here for more information.

Aug 122018

There are some temporary road closure planned for the Scredington area in the coming months, the details are below:

Please note it will be necessary to impose a temporary restriction to all vehicular traffic on the road(s) detailed below. Adequate arrangements will be made to enable pedestrians to access premises in the affected area while works progress.

REASON FOR CLOSURE:  Essential maintenance works by Smith Construction (Heckington) Ltd

LOCATION: Gorse Lane/Gorse Drove

PERIOD OF CLOSURE: 3/9/2018 to 7/9/2018 (Closures to be implemented as & when required during this period,

signage detailing accurate dates & times will be displayed on site in advance)


Local diversion routes & access arrangements will be signposted

If you have any queries, or require further information, please contact the LCC Customer Service Centre on 01522 782070.”

Aug 082018

A message from Michelle Hoyles, the Compliance and Enforcement Team Leader at North Kesteven District Council:-

“NKDC is working towards adopting its Open Space Strategy.  This has been a significant project for NKDC, and one of the first for its recently introduced ‘Our Environment’ corporate priority.
A draft Strategy has been prepared, and following recent approval by the Executive Board has now been released for a period of public consultation.
The draft Strategy is available on our website at https://www.n-kesteven.gov.uk/your-council/have-your-say/consultation/current-research-and-consultation/nks-open-space-strategy/.  A direct link to the consultation is also prominently displayed on our homepage www.n-kes teven.gov.uk.  The consultation web page contains a web form for submitting comments/representations, and respondents are also provided with the option to submit comments by post.
The consultation will close on Friday 21st September 2018.”

Comments can be made via a form on the website or they can be sent by post to NKDC.

Jul 232018

The weather forecast is set for another week of hot, possibly record-breaking temperatures by day and night. We all need to take care – especially being in the sun during the day – but we also need to make sure that the more vulnerable members of our community are looked out for.

The following is an extract from information sent by Steve Eason-Harris, the Emergency Planning & Business Continuity Officer at Lincolnshire County Council, with some helpful ideas and guidelines to stay safe and healthy in the continuing heat:

“…The Met Office has issued an AMBER alert for hot weather for the East Midlands. Temperatures will be hot and humid throughout the daytime. Thresholds are increasingly likely to be exceeded throughout this period, and staying above overnight thresholds leading to uncomfortable sleeping conditions. 

You are advised to check on elderly and/or vulnerable neighbours/residents to ensure they have the right guidance and support during this time. 

If possible stay out of the sun between 11am and 3pm however this is not always possible so please take precautions:

  • Walk in the shade and apply sunscreen and wear a hat and light scarf to avoid over exposure to the sun
  • Avoid extreme physical exertion
  • Wear light, loose-fitting cotton clothing

Cool yourself down

  • Have plenty of cold drinks
  • Eat cold foods particularly those with high water content (salads and fruits)
  • Take cool showers, baths or body washes
  • Sprinkle water over skin or clothing, keep damp clothing around your neck 

Keep your environment cool

  • Keep living spaces cool especially important for the elderly, vulnerable or young
  • Keep winds that are exposed to direct sunlight closed during the day and open windows at night when temperatures reduce
  • Close curtains  that receive morning sunshine or again in the afternoon to reduce rooms from over heating
  • Keep indoor plans and bowls of water in the house as evaporation helps cool the air

Keep medications below 25 degrees centigrade

If you or others feel unwell

  • Try to get help if you or others feel dizzy, weak, anxious or have intense thirst, headache, move to a cooler place as soon as possible and measure you body temperature
  • Drink some water or fruit juice to rehydrate
  • Rest immediately in a cooler environment if you have painful muscular spasms (particularly in the arms, legs or abdomen, in many cases after sustained exercise during very hot weather), and drink oral hydrations solutions containing electrolytes
  • Medical attentions is needed if heat cramps last more than an hour
  • Consult your doctor if you feel unusual symptoms or if symptoms persist

If there is a risk to life contact 999 immediately. For all other non-emergency advice please use the NHS 111 helpline service

Anglian Water has provided the following tips to saving water:

1.       Stay hydrated – leave a jug of tap water in the fridge to cool down rather than running the tap to get it cold.

2.       To stay cool dampen a flannel and put it in the fridge

3.       Dab cold water from the fridge on your wrists, ankles and temples.

4.       Learn to love your brown lawn – leave the sprinkler in the shed this summer, it’s one of the biggest water guzzlers! Grass is extremely hard to kill. Your lawn will soon bounce back and be vibrant and green again, come the autumn.

5.       Water plants late at night when it’s cool. The water is less likely to evaporate and will do most good. Watering in the heat of the day is not advised as it can scorch and kill your plants.

6.       If you’ve already filled the paddling pool for the day, don’t empty it! You can save loads on your water bill by using gentle disinfectant tablets that keep the paddling pool water fresh for days of use and fun with the kids.  Or use the water to wash the car on water the flower beds.

7.       Or forget the paddling pool completely and head to the beach. In the East of England we have some of the best beaches in the country and many have been awarded Blue Flags and Seaside Awards.  There’s even a beach and swimming area at our water park in Rutland, opening for the school summer holidays.

8.       Take a shorter shower or a shallower bath. Just a minute less in the shower can save as much as £50 a year on your water bill. We all take a shower or a bath so this is one of the easiest tips for everyone to get involved in.

9.       Fix that dripping tap. Dripping taps are just money running down the drain. If your tap dripped every second, all day, it would waste around 17 litres in just 24hours! That’s over 6000 litres and around £30 a year.

10. Check your local forecast. If it’s going to rain tomorrow don’t water the plants.

Please visit Anglian Water’s social media platforms for more information are:

Facebook:  Facebook.com/anglianwater  / Twitter:  @anglianwater / Instagram:  @anglianwater

Stay cool, stay safe

Jul 212018

“There have been a number of accidents involving bouncy castles over the past 18 months and with the summer holidays approaching, I would ask if it is possible to share the attached and links with parish councils and with any other relevant group?
Kind regards, Mrs Clare Richardson”
(Civic Officer – Democratic Services, North Kesteven District Council)

Details and advice can be found on the PIPA www.pipa.org.uk and the ROSPA https://www.rospa.com/leisure-safety/advice/bouncy-castles/ websites. Please click the link below to view the advice flyer from PIPA:

PIPA Flyer

Jul 162018

Recently a number of villagers have received calls purporting to be from BT Openreach. These calls were telling the residents that their broadband will be shut down for 5 weeks. During this period “they” have said alternative arrangements can be made.

PLEASE make sure that you NEVER give out any personal / financial / account information to ANYONE who has called you. If it is legitimate, you can call the company directly on their official number to check if the call was real.

You can check out the BT Website which has some helpful information if you feel you have received a scam phone call : http://bt.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/48253/~/security-warning—fraud-activities

Jun 212018

Files relating to the 2017-2018 Audit of the Scredington Parish Council can be found here: