Saturday, 25 November 2017

Universal Credit

Coming soon

"Universal Credit will replace the following benefits:
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Housing Benefit
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Working Tax Credit
If you currently receive any of these benefits, you can’t claim Universal Credit at the same time.

Universal Credit is being introduced in stages across the UK. You don’t need to do anything until you hear from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) about moving to Universal Credit, unless you have a change in circumstances."


North Kesteven Rollout

"This new benefit for working age people is currently being rolled out across the North Kesteven area. The amount anyone gets depends on their circumstances and how much money they have coming in.

Single people claiming Jobseekers Allowance have been using this method since November 2015, but many people making a new claim for Jobseekers Allowance, Income Support, Housing Benefit, Employment Support Allowance, or Working/Child Tax Credits will move to Universal Credit throughout 2018.

At present, it is due to be rolled out by JobCentre area. This means NG23 postcodes moved over to Universal Credit in October as part of the Grantham rollout.

LN10, LN4, LN5 and LN6 postcodes will follow in March 2018; PE20 will move over in May, with the remaining postcodes following in June next year.

The Department of Work and Pensions will confirm dates with those eligible nearer the time."

Source: NK News [Nov 2017 - Feb 2018]

More information

Friday, 24 November 2017

Neighbourhood Watch

Co-ordinator(s) wanted

A vacancy has arisen for a new co-ordinator to take over the role for the Main Street area in Nocton. A volunteer for the Parklands Avenue area of Nocton is also being sought.

The task is not onerous and requires little input. All that is required is that in the event of an issue arising, you can be called upon to give your assistance and be a point of contact for your 'patch'.

If you would like to volunteer or know of someone who might be interested, then please get in touch with Village Co-ordinator - Graham Jones on 01526 328689 or Email at

Please also visit and and sign up.

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Nocton Hall/RAF Hospital - damage

Latest incident

Over the weekend of 18/19 November, there has been extensive damage to the locks and gates at the entrance to the old RAF Hospital site.

Locks glued and secured with barbed wire

Gate hinges severed

Why people would want to do this can only be imagined.

Although there are thought to be infra-red/motion sensors and CCTV located around the site, any help in identifying the offenders would be gratefully appreciated.

Contact the Local Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator; alternatively phone Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or Lincolnshire Police on 101 with your information.

Future development

Leda Properties have owned the old RAF Hospital site since year 2000 and whilst there were initial plans to develop the site in 2002, saving/protecting the Grade II listed Nocton Hall in the process, nothing has ever come of it.

Nocton Hall - an abandoned mansion - has since been subject to substantial fire damage in 2004... and then in 2009 appeared on the Victorian Society's top ten list of endangered properties in the UK.

As a listed building, one would have expected the local North Kesteven District Council to use all its powers to safeguard such a heritage property from further dilapidation. Yet apart from extending the Nocton Conservation Area to incorporate the site, and arrange for an Options Appraisal and Funding Report to be prepared, it is my opinion very little else has been done to further protect this local historical asset. It is high time this changed.

Brownfield Land Register

I refer to my blog dated 4 Nov 2017  about such matters.

We now know Nocton Hall and the RAF Hospital site appears on the new 'Brownfield Land Register' indicating that it is ripe for residential development.  With additional proposals in the Budget 2017 relating to England's housing market, the Government appear to have 'investors' who are sitting on undeveloped land in their sights.

There will be a review of planning law, with a specific focus on the issue of 'land-banking' and this may involve a greater use of compulsory purchase orders to get projects off the ground.

It will be interesting to see if this will bring about a new energy in saving Nocton Hall and developing the old RAF Hospital site in the next few years.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Nocton Village Hall - update

Latest news

I refer to my last blog about this project dated 14 Sep 2017.

You may like to read the latest news on this matter - taken from extracts of the Parish Council meetings held on 10 Oct 2017 and 14 Nov 2017:

Tues 10 Oct 2017 - Minutes of the meeting

"[82] Nocton Village Hall – Proposed Redevelopment

(a) Cllr Kaye reported that he and Cllr Williams had met with NKDC, Graham Wilson -  Tree Officer and Nick Feltham, Principal Planning Officer. A constructive meeting had resulted in a possible compromise which had now been discussed with the Simon’s Designer (see below).
(b) Cllr Goldsworthy reported that an informal meeting held with Darren Wallace, Design Director, Simons, immediately prior to the meeting of the Parish Council, had been very helpful and productive. It is now felt that a positive and achievable way forward will prove possible and amended plans, which will avoid damage to the roots of the Lime trees, are to be submitted to the PC by w/e 20 October. These plans will the be the subject of further discussion by the Parish Council and, subject to any further comment, etc will then be re-submitted for planning approval. It was agreed that the Clerk liaise with Mr Feltham (NKDC) to update him of the current position and to arrange the pre-app discussion date. The status of the project and updated costs are expected to be finalised by the end of the year, if the revised planning application is successful.

[80] Reports of Representatives

b) Village Hall Management Committee Cllr Murray had attended the Village Hall Management Committee meeting of 26th September and reported that both the Booking Clerk and Treasurer of the Village Hall Management Committee had received the letters of thanks from the PC.  An update of the status of the proposed rebuild project was summarised. A new Treasurer has been appointed: A key safe may be purchased. Online booking systems are being investigated. The VHMC Chair, Ms Clodagh West, is taking on bookings as a temporary measure whilst efforts are made to recruit a new Bookings Clerk. The next meeting is 24 October 2017."

Tues 14 Nov 2017 - Notes of the meeting

"[93] Nocton Village Hall – Proposed Redevelopment

a) Cllr Williams reported the outcome of an informal meeting held with Darren Wallace, Design Manager at Simons, prior to the Parish Council meeting. A meeting with NKDC Nick Feltham - Principal Planning Officer, Graham Wilson - Tree Officer and Marianne Porter - Conservation Officer, Darren Wallace and members of the Rebuilding Sub-committee is to be arranged in order to consider how the design, etc of the new Hall can be revised in order to ensure planning permission can be obtained.  The outcome of the meeting will be reported to the next meeting of the Parish Council.

[91] Reports of Representatives

b) Village Hall Management Committee Cllr Williams reported that a new Bookings Clerk is still to be appointed  A new Treasurer has been appointed: A key safe has been purchased. Online booking systems will be implemented."

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Parish Council - notes of meeting

Meeting of 14 Nov 2017

The Notes of the Meeting have been published on the Parish Council website - here is a copy for your perusal. Thanks are expressed to the Clerk for the early publication.