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Message from Council Leader Cllr Martin Hill OBE – December 2017

Will it be a mild winter, as in recent years? Or will we be blasted by Arctic conditions, as one national newspaper is so fond of predicting?

Cllr Hill

Cllr Martin Hill

All we know for sure is that meteorological winter starts on 1 December and lasts until the end of February.

At Lincolnshire County Council, we always “hope for the best and prepare for the worst”, as the old adage says.

To keep the county moving, our fleet of 43 gritters will be on call 24/7, ready to treat every A and B road – that’s nearly 2,000 miles of highway.

In readiness for bad weather, we’ve stockpiled 35,000 tonnes of salt at our facilities across the county, including a purpose-built new barn in Horncastle.

While we obviously can’t grit every minor road, our aim is to provide a safe route to and from every town and village across Lincolnshire.

To find out more about gritting and other winter issues, please visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/winterweather, or follow us on Twitter @LincsCC_roads.

Winter can also bring unwanted colds and illnesses, although taking a few sensible steps will increase our chances of staying well.

For example, it’s a good idea to have some over-the-counter medications in the house, and to order any prescriptions before the holiday season.

Personally, I’d also recommend having a flu jab – it’s free for older people, pregnant women, children aged two to eight, and certain other groups.

If you do start to feel unwell, ask a pharmacist for advice, or call NHS111, which is free and available 24 hours a day.

Besides taking care of our physical health, it’s important to stay cheerful, and I find it helps to get out in daylight as much as possible.

Whenever time allows, I cycle along the lanes near my home, enjoying fresh air and exercise with my Patterdale terrier, Boris.

Getting out might also involve a walk in the beautiful Lincolnshire countryside – something the county council’s website can help with.

Just visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/countryside and you’ll find plenty of leaflets covering the county’s best landscapes.

There are also “Countryside for All” routes, with access information such as path surfaces and slopes, for those wanting easier, short walks.

In the house, it’s important to keep warm without spending a fortune on heating bills, so why not check what cold weather advice, products and grants are available?

If you’re online, you’ll find details at www.responderstowarmth.org, or call the helpline 0845 606 4566 (Tuesday to Thursday only).

You might also be able to save on your gas and electricity bills by taking part in the next round of the Lincolnshire Energy Switch Scheme.

To find out more, and to register, go to www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/switch, or ask a friend or relative to register for you using their email.

I hope you find this information useful.

Wishing you all a safe winter, a happy Christmas and a prosperous new year!

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Last updated: 14 December 2017

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