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An appeal against a ban from Lincolnshire County Council on motorhomes staying overnight on a site near Mablethorpe is due to be decided today.
It is currently illegal to park any car at Huttoft Car Terrace between 10pm and 6am without the consent of the council.
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Two people from Lincoln have become the first in the country to be fined under new laws around the use of legal highs.
Lincoln was the first authority in the UK which banned the use of legal highs in the city centre, following health warnings. The ban is part of a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO).
The two men, prosecuted separately, had to pay a total of £720 in fines after being found in possession of the substances in the city centre.
We continually enforce the PSPO as we go about day-to-day business in the city centre but we wanted to again raise some awareness around the Order and ‘legal highs’ by having these enforcement days. It’s possible we might not identify anyone in breach of the Order but that’s actually a positive because it shows that people are taking notice and listening to advice about the dangers of these untested and unregulated new psychoactive substances.
“Lincolnshire Police has been working closely with the City of Lincoln Council and other agencies; and we are all committed to tackling this emerging problem and any issues of ASB that are associated with it so our businesses continue to flourish and our city centre is a safe and welcoming place, as well as getting any users of these ‘legal highs’ the help they might need.”
Nationally there is an increasing awareness of these so-called ‘legal highs’ and the damage they can cause to people and communities.
“We have evidence from the police, residents and businesses to show these substances are having a persistent, detrimental impact on local communities.
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An appeal to the High Court for a judicial review into Lincolnshire County Council’s plan to cut the number of libraries from 45 to 15 has failed.
After a week long hearing, a High Court judge dismissed the legal challenge on all grounds.
"We're delighted with the judge's decision.
"However, it's disappointing that at least £350,000 has had to be wasted defending plans that are clearly best for taxpayers, best for library users and best for local communities.
"The delays caused by the legal action have also led to Lincolnshire Co-op withdrawing its bid for Boultham Library, meaning this site is now likely to close.
"Hopefully, the campaigners will now see their actions are only having a negative effect on services, and they are doing anything but save Lincolnshire libraries.
"Now we have cleared this hurdle, we can concentrate on putting the new-look service in place – something that will ensure the future of local libraries.
"We're working closely with local groups to get the new community hubs up-and-running, and have a few that are ready to go-live in the next few weeks, the rest will then follow over the summer months in a phased approach. Everything should be in place by the end of September. "I'm sure these new facilities will be of real benefit to their local community."
Under the plans, the council will continue to provide 15 major libraries, along with online services and specialist support for those unable to reach their nearest library because of, for instance, disability, age or ill health.
These will be complemented by around 30 community hubs, including library services, developed in partnership with local community groups who will also be given over £5,000 per year towards their running costs and access to a one-off grant of up to £15,000 for changes to buildings or equipment.
In addition, the authority is undertaking a competitive procurement to seek an external organisation to potentially deliver library services on its behalf, including the support for the community hubs. This follows an approach by Greenwich Leisure Limited, a not-for-profit organisation interested in running local libraries.
Because of the work involved in a competitive procurement, it is likely to take until the end of 2015 before a final decision is reached on who will run the service.