EDITOR – I need to correct a number of factual inaccuracies in a letter you covered in the Skegness Standard last week, February 2, 2011.
The letter by Giles Crust was misleading, as it suggested the district council has made cuts to the following services: refuse collection, housing, disabled facility grants and environmental services. This is untrue.
The housing service we provide is continually recognised as one of the best in Lincolnshire and we’re currently supporting more than 150 families in need.
We are the only council in the county to have our own housing support team for homeless people.
We’ve made no cuts in housing services and we will be further improving the support we provide to homeless people in the coming months.
In addition to this support, we’ve facilitated and part-funded the building of 394 affordable homes in the last four years with our partners to help local people in housing need.
The refuse and recycling collection service in East Lindsey is currently the most effective in Lincolnshire and the seventh in the country in terms of the amount of waste that is recycled.
We’ve recently made a £100k annual saving by making the service more efficient, but this isn’t a service cut, as the service hasn’t changed. We’re just providing better value for money as our local community might expect.
Mr Crust says leisure centres are not necessary. Our leisure centres are visited 700,000 times per year - I’m sure these people would take the view that they’re valuable resource for local people.
We’re working hard with the NHS to improve the health and wellbeing of people living in East Lindsey, and providing leisure and sports facilities is an important part of this.
Leisure centres are expensive to run, there’s no getting away from that fact, but they are an excellent long term investment in the health of local people.
If we’re going to improve the health of local people we need to ensure leisure centres and similar facilities can be accessed and are affordable to the community.
I hope this clarifies the matters raised.
East Lindsey District Council