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Thousands of homes still at risk of coastal flooding

Seventy five percent of homes at risk of coastal flooding in East Lindsey are still not signed up to receive advanced flood warning, it has been revealed today.

Councils and the Environment Agency are warning that thousands of people on the Lincolnshire coast are putting themselves at risk of harm by not registering with Flood Warnings Direct.

Despite East Coast flooding being the greatest risk to the County, an estimated 75 per cent of households in coastal flood risk areas in East Lindsey have not signed up to the scheme, which is free of charge and provides a telephone call to a landline or mobile to give advance warnings of potential flooding.

"The tidal surge proved that flooding can have devastating effects on communities and it is important people are aware if their home could be affected.

"By signing up for flood warnings from the Environment Agency you will receive plenty of notice which can help you to protect your home and your family."

– David Powell, Head of Emergency Planning at Lincolnshire County Council

"In recent years we have seen the devastating effects of flooding – most recently in 2013 when flooding caused by a tidal surge devastated many homes and businesses across the country.

"While we will never be able to prevent flooding entirely, those living in areas of flood risk, be it on the coast or inland, should be as prepared as they can be, limiting the devastation that a flood can cause.

"I would urge anyone who lives in or has a business in a flood risk area to sign up to the FWD scheme now."

– Cllr Steve O'Dare. Portfolio Holder for the Environment

"Despite year on year campaigns it remains very surprising that such a small percentage of households are signed up to receive free flood warnings. Please don’t delay - make that call as it really can make a huge difference."

– Rachael McMahon. Flood Resilience Advisor

To register for flood warnings go online at www.gov.uk/flood, or call Floodline on 0345 988 1188. You can choose five ways that you would like to be contacted with flood warning messages including phone numbers and email addresses so that whether you are at home or away, you will get the messages.

White goods amongst most fly-tipped items

Electrical white goods amongst most fly-tipped items Credit: Armin Weigel/DPA/Press Association Images

White goods like washing machines and freezers are amongst the most likely items to be dumped in parts of Lincolnshire.

East Lindsey District Council have issued a list of the most frequently fly-tipped items as part of its Responsible People anti-littering campaign. Electrical goods top the list, with furniture and children's toys next, closely followed by tyres and builders' rubble.

"Through our Responsible People Campaign we aim to highlight the extent of fly-tipping, littering and dog fouling in East Lindsey in an attempt to make litter-louts think again about their irresponsible behaviour and how it impacts on the lives of their neighbours and their family and friends.

People may think that these offences do not affect anyone but they do. Every Council Tax payer in East Lindsey has to pay towards the clean up process, the offences are also a blight on the landscape of those who live nearby, and dog fouling has well-documented health risks to people - especially children. Our message is clear - littering is unacceptable."

– Councillor Steve O'Dare, East Lindsey District Council

For information on the Council's bulky waste and electrical item collection service visit www.e-lindsey.go.uk/waste

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2% East Lindsay Council tax rise approved

East Lindsey District Council has announced plans to increase its part of the council tax by two per cent.

At today's Executive Board meeting, councillors approved the draft budget for the 2014-15 financial year.

The move comes as the latest government finance settlement figures show the council is facing a £1.9million (13.9 per cent) reduction in its primary funding in the next financial year.

This is on top of the £1.2million of savings it has had to make in the current financial year.

Recycling collections due to end for winter

East Lindsey District Council’s recycling collection will finish for the winter during the two week period following November 11 – depending on your collection day.

From March 31, 2014, the Council will be launching fortnightly Green Waste Collection for £25 per year for 25 collections over 50 weeks. Details on how to sign up for the service will be released in the New Year.

During the winter months Green Waste can be taken to one of the County Council’s Household Waste Recycling Centres. To check your current household waste and recycling calendar, visit www.e-lindsey.gov.uk

East Lindsey lifeguard services secured for three years

East Lindsey District Council has approved £173,000 to secure lifeguard services in Skegness, Mablethorpe and Sutton on Sea for the next three years.

“The RNLI has provided a high quality and respected beach lifeguard service in East Lindsey for a number of years now and I’m pleased we’re able to extend that agreement. Not only do the lifeguards provide a visible reassuring presence to beach users, they also offer advice on water safety and the need to respect the sea.”

– Councillor Adam Grist, Portfolio Holder covering Beach Safety and tourism

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East Lindsey to charge £25 for your garden waste

Green bins Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Councillors are meeting on Wednesday, July 17, to consider replacing the free seasonal green bin service from March 2014. Instead, they would charge £25 a year for the service, the equivalent of £1 per collection. A similar scheme has already been brought in in Lincoln.

The council has to save £2m from its budget and they think charging for green bin collections could save them £800,000.

East Lindsey residents asked for views on green waste collection

Alternative options are being put to the community in a consultation exercise that remains open until April 30, 2013.

In 2014/15, the Council needs to save a further £2m in running costs to be able to set a balanced budget, as is legally required.

The consultation can be completed here.

“We’re keen to understand the views of local people in relation to the Green Waste service as part of this consultation and we’d like as many people as possible to respond. The alternative options provide the opportunity for the community to take a view on the service and to inform the thinking of Councillors.”

– Leader of the Council, Councillor Doreen Stephenson

Council warns residents to keep their sandbags

People living in one of the parts of Lincolnshire that was worst affected by flooding earlier this month are being warned to hang on to their sandbags, despite the recent change in the weather.

Hundreds of sandbags were handed to residents in East Lindsey to protect their homes and businesses from surface water flooding. The district council says those who were affected should retain the bags and ensure they have a plan in place for what practical steps they can take in any future flood.

We need local people to be well prepared for flooding. Whilst in an emergency we will do all we can to help, our number one priority is always to help the most vulnerable members of the community who can't help themselves. We'd urge the community to keep sandbags unless they believe they have been contaminated with sewerage, in which case they should be disposed of.

– Emergency Planning Officer, Mike Harrison

Special constables

People in Lincolnshire who are interested in Police work are being asked to find out more about becoming a Special Constable. The Lincolnshire Police Special Constabulary is recruiting in the East Lindsey area.

They are part of the local policing team, working alongside the regular force. If you are interested a Recruiting Seminar is being held at 10am at Louth Police Station.

As a Special Constable, there is a chance to meet people from a variety of backgrounds in an even wider range of situations. Officers learn much about human nature, teamwork, and increase their ability to cope with the unexpected.

– Specials Superintendent Steve Woodcock, Head of the Special Constabulary
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