Cash boost for CCTV and bus service

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A “bookable” bus service used by passengers in Holbeach and Long Sutton is to receive more than £40,000.

The Call Connect service, which allows passengers to arrange to be picked up at a local bus stop at a time to suit them – or even at their own home if they struggle to get around –is one of three projects in South Holland which will receive a share of cash from Lincolnshire County Council.

The money comes from the county council’s 75 per cent share of income received from council tax paid on second homes.

At a meeting of the council’s executive on Tuesday, members agreed to spend the income on schemes which are of mutual benefit to the county and district councils.

As well as £41,500 for Call Connect, a rural development programme received £11,500 and a further £18,400 has been earmarked for CCTV.

South Holland district councillor and county council executive member Nick Worth said: “The money Call Connect gets helps to provide extra capacity on the very well used service in Holbeach and Long Sutton and it is really good that we are continuing to support it.

“The Rural Development Programme for England is an existing scheme to boost rural enterprise.

“Those projects are coming to an end now and this money will just help to finish them off.

“But the one I’m really pleased about is the money for CCTV.

“We are still waiting for the community safety partnership to tell us if a county-wide scheme is possible.

“If it is then the money will go towards that, but if, as I suspect, it doesn’t then Boston has also got some money towards a new CCTV suite and we will look to working with them to provide a 24-hour monitoring system.”