Lincolnshire County Council

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2021 Conservative hold, from 2017

Counting complete. After 70 of 70 seats declared.

Change compared with 2017
  1. Conservative

    • Councillors elected in 2021 total 54
    • Councillors elected in 2021 change -4
    • Councillors overall total 54
  2. Independent

    • Councillors elected in 2021 total 9
    • Councillors elected in 2021 change +4
    • Councillors overall total 9
  3. Labour

    • Councillors elected in 2021 total 4
    • Councillors elected in 2021 change -2
    • Councillors overall total 4
  4. Liberal Democrat

    • Councillors elected in 2021 total 3
    • Councillors elected in 2021 change +2
    • Councillors overall total 3
  1. 5G mast hole re-filled as concerns raised

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    A hole for a 5G mast in a Lincolnshire village has now been filled in after two councils raised concerns about the location.

    Hole for 5G mast

    North Kesteven District Council (NKDC) and Lincolnshire County Council (LCC) expressed worries about the location of Three's mast on Warren Lane in Witham St Hughs.

    The site was deemed to have consent after NKDC failed to meet a deadline for a decision, despite saying it had intentions to refuse the proposals.

    Work began on the site last week but now it appears the mobile operator has re-filled the hole for the 18-metre tall mast.

    An NKDC spokesperson said “Work on the 5G telecommunications mast footings has been instructed to pause at this time, following concerns around the impact of the mast on the footpath and cycleway."

    A spokesperson for Three said they were “awaiting consent from the Highways Authority to open the road to enable us to build the mast”.

  2. Princess Anne to open Lincoln emergency services centre

    The Princess Royal is due to officially open a joint emergency services centre in Lincolnshire later.

    Princess Anne

    The South Park station for ambulance, fire and police teams in Lincoln has been running since the end of 2019, but the Covid pandemic delayed the opening ceremony.

    Princess Anne is also expected to visit the St John Ambulance headquarters in Lincoln.

    Councillor Martin Hill, from Lincolnshire County Council, said: "It's a great morale- booster to get a royal visit to look at the good work that's been going on in Lincolnshire, not just in emergency response but also our response to the pandemic."

  3. Lincolnshire animal rendering plant plans questioned

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    The demand for a £28m animal rendering factory in Lincolnshire has been questioned by council planners.

    Norton Disney sign

    Lincoln Proteins has resubmitted its planning application for the facility in Norton Disney after it was refused by the county council in February 2020.

    But at a meeting in Sleaford on Tuesday, planners from North Kesteven District Council said they did not believe there was a need for the plant.

    Rendering is the process of converting animal remains from the meat industry and turning them into tallow for cosmetics and protein feed for animals.

    The original proposals for the Norton Disney facility were rejected last year over location, heritage and wildlife concerns, with the county council receiving 1,105 letters of objection against the planned development on Villa Farm.

    The resubmitted proposals include one change, with the height of the chimney flue reduced from 115ft (35m) to 82ft (25m), complying with air quality and odour standards but reducing landscape impact.

    However, outlining their objections, North Kesteven District Council planners questioned the need for the factory amid concerns over its possible environmental impact.

    Campaigner Richard Parker, from the Witham Valley Park Preservation Group, said Lincoln Proteins had failed to address previous concerns and what he called the "mega-factory" was "simply not needed".

    Lincolnshire County Council has yet to reach a decision on the revised plans.

  4. FINAL RESULT: Conservatives hold Lincolnshire Council

    With all the votes counted, Lincolnshire County Council is officially a Conservative hold following yesterday's local elections.

    The council now consists of:

    • Conservative: 54 seats
    • Labour: 4 Seats
    • Liberal Democrats: 3 seats
    • Others: 9 seats

    In this election, the Conservatives have lost four seats, Labour have lost two seats, the LibDems have gained two seats and others have gained four seats:

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  5. Ex-MP 'thrilled' at win after count goes down to wire

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Former Lincoln MP Karen Lee says she's "absolutely thrilled" to have become a Lincolnshire county councillor by the narrowest of margins.

    Karen Lee

    Ms Lee has been elected as Labour councillor for the Ermine and Cathedral Division - picking up 1,291 votes and beating the Conservative candidate who won 1,289 votes

    She said there was certainly some drama surrounding the final stages of the count.

    "We had the original count and from memory, I think that was four votes difference. Then we had the first recount and it was down to three," said Ms Lee.

    "Because we'd lost a vote, they weren't happy where that had gone or not gone, so we had another recount and I think that was when it went down to two.

    "Then they did what they call a 'bundle count' - essentially another recount, but with just myself and the Conservative candidate."

  6. Tory hold on Lincolnshire 'resounding success' - Leader

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    The leader of Lincolnshire County Council, Martin Hill, says his party retaining control of the authority was “a resounding success” for the Conservatives.

    Councillor Hill

    Councillor Hill (pictured) said: "This means we have a manifesto which we will then deliver for the public of Lincolnshire and we have a stable situation on the county council and can continue the running of it as a Conservative council.

    "Thank you for giving the Conservatives once again a resounding thumbs-up. We will work hard for you and take the lessons learned so far."

    Mr Hill promised to move forward on tackling potholes and fly-tipping as well as campaigning for more funding for the authority.

    The Conservatives currently hold 41 seats out of 70 available, but there are still a number of results to come in.

    In the 2017 elections, the party secured 58 seats to become by far the largest party on the council.

  7. Conservatives hold Lincolnshire

    The Conservatives have retained control of Lincolnshire County Council.

    They currently hold 41 seats out of 70 available but there are still a number of results to come in.

    In the 2017 elections, the party secured 58 seats to be, by far, the largest party.

  8. Second recount in Lincolnshire

    Sharon Edwards

    Political Reporter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

    Yes, you read that correctly.

    The Ermine and Cathedral division of Lincolnshire County Council is having votes counted for a third time.

    In 2017, just 16 votes separated the winning Conservatives and Labour in second.

    This year, it's being contested by Christopher Reid for the Tories and Karen Lee for Labour.

    Ricard Dale is the Lib Dem challenger and Valerie Wilkinson represents the Green party.

    Ms Lee is the former MP for Lincoln who lost her seat at the 2019 general election.

    One to keep an eye on...

  9. Recount in Lincolnshire

    Drama already.

    The Ermine and Cathedral division of Lincolnshire County Council has gone to a recount.

    In 2017, just 16 votes separated the winning Conservatives and Labour in second.

    Karen Lee

    This year, it's being contested by Christopher Reid for the Tories and Karen Lee for Labour.

    Ricard Dale is the Lib Dem challenger and Valerie Wilkinson represents the Green party.

    Ms Lee is the former MP for Lincoln who lost her seat at the 2019 general election.

    It could be very close.

    In other Lincolnshire news, council leader Martin Hill secured re-election:

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  10. What's happening in Hull and Lincolnshire?

    Tim Iredale

    Political editor, East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

    Election fever is hotting up on both sides of the Humber.

    Hull has seen campaign visits during the campaign from the Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer and the Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey.

    Labour remains the dominant political force in Hull and the party runs the city council, but the Lib Dems have gained ground in recent years and form the opposition with 24 seats to Labour’s 31 seats.

    The Conservatives will defend North East Lincolnshire, an area that includes the parliamentary constituency of Great Grimsby - one of the 'red wall' seats snatched by the Tories from Labour in the 2019 general election.

    Lincolnshire County Council will see an all-out election with every seat up for grabs, where the Conservatives will defend a large majority.

    One third of council seats will be contested in the City of Lincoln, where Labour is presently in control.

    Three candidates are contesting the race to become Humberside Police & Crime Commissioner. Labour's Keith Hunter is the current PCC.

    Five candidates are on the ballot paper in the contest for Lincolnshire Police & Crime Commissioner. The role is currently held by Conservative Marc Jones.

  11. Results beginning to come in...

    Although counting only started this morning in many places, we are seeing results beginning to come back.

    Lincolnshire County Council has already a number of councillors - they are making rapid progress on their count

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    In Hull, four councillors have already been elected - a third of seats across the council are up for re-election.

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    And in South Yorkshire, the counters at the Barnsley vote at the town's Metrodome are motoring through the ballot papers.

    A third of the council seats are up for election. The borough's divided into 21 wards, each with 3 councillors, so it's one of those seats in each ward that's up for grabs.

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  12. Local elections: Results due back today

    The results for a number of local elections that took place yesterday are due back later.

    A ballot box

    Counting is under way across Yorkshire and Lincolnshire for the local elections, the mayoral elections and the police and crime commissioner elections, with BBC reporters at many counts.

    We're expecting declarations at the following council counts today:

    The North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner result is also expected back this afternoon.

  13. What does a Covid-secure count look like?

    Election results this year will come over days rather than a huge return overnight as traditionally happens.

    This has been prompted by social distancing and safety around coronavirus.

    Lincolnshire count

    Above is the scene at Lincoln's County Assembly Rooms where the count is taking place for Lincolnshire County, City of Lincoln and Police and Crime Commissioner elections.

    Karen Lee, below, is the former Labour MP for Lincoln. She lost her seat in 2019's general election.

    She's standing for a seat in the Ermine and Cathedral division of Lincolnshire County Council.

    Counters and candidates are separated by screens and candidates are only allowed one supporter with them to keep numbers to a minimum.

    Karen Lee
    Lincon election count 2021
  14. Lincolnshire council leader backs council tax hike

    The leader of Lincolnshire County Council has backed the authority's decision to raise council tax by 2%.

    Council tax bill

    The council announced the decision on Tuesday, saying the pandemic had put a huge strain on its services.

    Councillors said a rise was needed so the authority can invest in the county's infrastructure as well as maintain day-to-day services.

    Councillor Martin Hill says the money has to come from somewhere:

    Quote Message: A lot of our costs are because we have to provide certain services. If you say you're not going to put council tax up by 2%, where is the £6m coming from? That's the challenge." from Councillor Martin Hill Leader, Lincolnshire County Council
    Councillor Martin HillLeader, Lincolnshire County Council