Report form Cllr Bunney January 2023

Cllr. Stephen Bunney’s Report to Local Parish Councils in Market Rasen Wolds

January 2023

Happy New Year!

I know that logistically I will not be able to attend all the Parish/Town meetings this month – so if I do not attend, please accept my apologies.

Lincolnshire County Council Budget.   The executive have proposed the following budget for the period 2023 – 2024.  The main expenditure items are:

£275m for adult care and community wellbeing              £84m for children’s social care

£47m for highways                                                £22m for Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue

It has been a challenge to set a balanced budget whilst maintaining the services that residents rely on.  Full details can be found on the following link

The proposals include three options for a rise in council tax of between 3% to 5%. The council will still need to use between £3.4m to £10.3m from its reserves to balance the budget.

LCC would like to know what you think of the options. Please give us your feedback before 26 January 2023 here: 

•    Open Hyper Link Budget and council tax proposal 2023/24 | Let's Talk Lincolnshire

•    Email  

•    Post to Financial Services, Lincolnshire County Council, County Offices, Newland

     Lincoln. LN1 1YL



Lincolnshire Bus Services

LCC is currently considering its bus service provision.  Details and a response form can be found at the following hyperlink:  

Bus service improvement plan - engagement survey report (


For passengers who do not have a concessionary pass the £2 cap per journey applies to buses in Lincolnshire.  In some cases, this represents a substantial decrease in cost to the customer.



Government Emergency Alerts system 

The UK government’s new Emergency Alerts system will be launched early this year.  The system will enable people to be contacted via their mobile phone in the event of emergencies when lives are in danger, such as severe flooding.  Messages will be sent to all compatible mobile phones within the area of risk.  They do not track your location, need your phone number, or collect personal data.  It is possible to opt out of the scheme.


If you get an Emergency Alert on your phone, you’ll hear a loud, siren-like sound.  A message on your screen will tell you about the emergency and how best to respond to it.


Further information is available from     




Local Elections May 4th 2023

Elections will be held on Thursday May 4th 2023 for West Lindsey District Council and all Town and Parish Councils in the area. 

Further information regarding nominations etc. will be sent to Parish Clerks.  In the meantime if you have any questions information can be obtained by contacting the election office at:     or phoning 01427 676676


The current Government proposal is that electors will need to take some form of approved photo ID to the polling station along with their polling card.  For those without suitable ID appropriate documentation will be available from WLDC.   Once the exact details have been confirmed they will be widely circulated.



As usual I am always happy to help councils and residents with any issues/concerns that they may be experiencing.  I can be contacted in any of the following ways.

07506 188570

Messenger    Cllr Stephen Bunney



Cllr Stephen Bunney