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Council leader says tell parents their children are fat

Lincolnshire County Council leader Martin Hill Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The leader of Lincolnshire County Council says if children are fat their parents should be told their child is fat.

Councillor Martin Hill made the comments as childhood obesity continues to be a big problem across Lincolnshire.

The councillor says he thinks a spade should be called a spade. And hopes using simple terminology will help tackle the problem.

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Lincolnshire Health Committee wants 'flawed' consultation to be reviewed

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The Health Scrutiny Committee for Lincolnshire is to write to the Secretary of State to ask for East Midlands Ambulance Service’s (EMAS) “flawed” consultation to be reviewed – with the committee’s ultimate goal being a return to a dedicated ambulance service for the county.

Meanwhile, the members also quizzed the United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust (ULHT) on its death rate figures being higher than expected and received a number of reassurances.

The decision to write to the Government was made at its meeting yesterday (March 20), after the committee expressed concerns over EMAS’ recent consultation process and its ambulance response times.

Council criticised for 'ruining' historic cobbles

Lincolnshire County Council is being criticised by residents for ruining the cobbles of an historic market town, after two attempts to paint double yellow lines went wrong.

The council was criticised by residents back in November after it splashed yellow paint over the road but instead of the replacement paint it used being better, it's now peeled off as Kate Hemingway reports:

Council say "yellow lines" were a trial

Lincolnshire County council have made the following comment regarding the double yellow lines workmen painted on the cobbled streets in Stamford, which washed away.

We know that Stamford’s cobbled streets are an important landmark for its residents and visitors alike. We also want to protect its appearance by ensuring that parking restrictions are enforced in the area. However, applying the usual methods of laying yellow lines with liquid paint is difficult on this tricky surface. We used these lines as a trial to assess their durability here. As it hasn’t worked, we’re already looking into alternative solutions and will get these in place as soon as we possibly can.”_

– Brian Thompson, Head of Highways West Lincolnshire County Council

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Council under fire for wash away yellow lines

Down the drain - double yellow lines in Stamford washed away Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Lincolnshire County Council have been criticised after workmen painted double yellow lines on the streets in Stamford which failed to stick. The paint ran into the cracks of the cobblestones in the picturesque market town leaving an unsightly mess.

It is the second time the County Council have come under fire over the painting of the double yellow lines which they were forced to remove last month as they were not deemed to be straight.

Union attacks council's catering bill during cutbacks

The Unison union, which represents many council staff, has added to the criticism of Lincolnshire County Council for its £22,000 catering bill for lunches during full council meetings.

Spokesperson Helen Stokes says some of her members are having to use food banks and spending such as this is astonishing.

Taxpayers' Alliance criticises lunch bill at Lincolnshire County Council

The Taxpayers' Alliance has criticised Lincolnshire County Council for spending around £17 per head on lunches for its councillors when they attend full council meetings.

Spokesman Robert Oxley says local authorities are supposed to be saving money and questions whether they can be trusted to get services right if they can't make the right decisions on lunches.

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