Council hears of jump in crime

CRIME and the drastic increase in incidents reported in Caistor during April was again the topic of conversation at Caistor Town Council last Thursday.

PCSO Neil Harrison told members there had been 41 crimes recorded during April, including 18 cases of anti-social behaviour, five incidents of criminal damage and three burglaries.

Councillors were told it was a significant increase in the number of crimes compared with the previous month and the first half of May, in which only six incidents have been brought to the attention of Caistor police.

PCSO Harrison said he could not explain the spike in crime during April.

He said: “So far in May we have had six crimes, but there is no clear reason for last month’s increase.

“There has been a lack of police over the last month. It looks like PCSO Rosser is not coming back as he has been off ill since December and we are still waiting to see what happens to Neighbourhood Policing teams after the revolution (Lincolnshire Police’s restructure following budget cuts).”

But Coun Martin Sizer said the increase in reports could be a result of the officers’ plea last month for residents to report all incidents no matter how trivial to the 0300 111 0300 number.

Councillors also unanimously voted to support the Spring Church’s application to West Lindsey District Council to put the town’s old library building, in Dale View, “to good use”.

The district authority plans to demolish the building and build social housing on the site, but in a letter to Caistor Town Council, Spring Church members said they feared this work would not be started for several years due to the economic climate and that in the meantime the building would become another derelict eyesore.

The church proposes to use the building for its meetings and, if given the go-ahead by West Lindsey District Council, will look to offer a mother and toddler group, a Christian kids club, parenting courses and a teenage craft club, among others.

Coun Rick Sandham also told members he had some concerns regarding the extension of the sports pavilion, which is currently under construction.

He said the builders had put clear glass in the changing rooms rather than one-way glass and that the entrance, which was designed to have disabled ramps either side for access, had been built with steps on one side.

Coun Sandham said he would contact the developer about the inconsistencies.

Coun John Burns-Salmond was also re-elected as Mayor for the third year running.