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Letters to the Lincolnshire Free Press editor, April 28, 2020

What’s the reason for such idiocy?

I would just like to make a comment on the mail I received yesterday from South Holland District Council.

I would like to know why money was wasted on having these very nice calendars printed showing us the revised collection dates for rubbish pickups when they fall on bank holidays.

They must have cost a considerable amount then at the same time they enclose a simple typed timetable which is perfectly adequate telling us the same thing, which to me seems a waste of money that we don’t have.

Whatwas the reason for such idiocy by South Holland District Council?

RR Ellarby

via email

John Elson's Lincolnshire Free Press cartoon. (34037814)
John Elson's Lincolnshire Free Press cartoon. (34037814)

What is the county council trying to hide?

At the Sutton Bridge Annual General Meeting on March 10 it was stated that the marina had made a ‘small profit’ since it was opened and to see what benefit could accrue to the people of Sutton Bridge in the absence of the promised £200,000 per annum.

County, district and parish councillor Chris Brewis was asked to obtain the accounts (the audited profit and loss accounts and balance sheets)so that the people of Sutton Bridge could see how their investment of nearly £270,000 of the section 106 Power Station funds was performing.

Coun Brewis suggested writing to county counillor Davie, the portfolio holder responsible. This I did on March 11. He chose not to acknowledge receipt of the letter.

I found out on April 3 that he had passed it to the Freedom of Information (FOI) department at LCC when I received an e-mail from ‘Customer Information Service’ advising an FOI reference number.

It stated that a response would take 20 working days from receipt of the letter. The date the letter was received at the FOI dept was omitted. Was that incompetence or deliberate?

I replied to the email suggesting that they should have received the letter soon after March 11, so I would expect a reply by April 15 at the latest.

Nothing since, so I wrote a letter to Coun Hill, the leader of the council, seeking his support in pushing the enquiry along, which he too, chose not to acknowledge.

Eventually, I sent a copy by email to the customer relations team at LCC, asking them to forward a copy of my letter to Coun Hill as he may not have received the original.

The first line of my email said that I was not making a complaint, notwithstanding which, the reply was to advise that my complaint would be looked at and an answer provided in 20 working days.

After emailing the customer relations team on several occasions, they agreed to forward my letter.

I have telephoned the customer information service on five occasions, leaving messages to ask the writer of the original email dated April 3 to contact me. Nothing since.

As a ‘profit’ was mentioned at the Parish AGM, then profit and loss accounts and balance sheets must have been produced, which should be on file at LCC.

Thus, an email with copies of the accounts (ideally audited, but even unaudited ones would be acceptable) attached could very easily be sent to me. So, we should all be asking –what is Lincolnshire County Council trying to hide?

Chris Brandon-King

Sutton Bridge


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