People have just a few days left to give their opinion on plans for more than 77km (47m) of water pipelines running through Lincolnshire.

Anglian Water Services’ consultation on the new pipeline, which will run for 52km from Elsham, near Scunthorpe, to Waddington near Lincoln, and then 25km from Lincoln to Grantham before carrying on towards Peterborough, ends on March 14.

The aim is to strengthen the countries protection from water shortages.

The new pipeline will move existing surplus water in the north to areas with shortfalls, including parts of Lincoln and areas further to the south.

A virtual consultation on the plans was launched online and is open until March 14. See the consultation here.

It said work has started on the section from Lincoln to Grantham Work and Anglian Water hopes to complete the new network by 2025.

Consultation documents sent to councils last year also outline ambitions to build a new pumping station west of Nettleham, in Riseholme Lane, and a covered reservoir and pumping station along with a water treatment works at Elsham.

The documents submitted to councils, including North Kesteven District Council, said the East of England was “one of the driest regions in the country, with only two thirds of the average rainfall and a delicate environmental balance, while also being one of the fastest growing with an extra one million people expected by 2045”.

They said the region was “particularly vulnerable” and “water stressed” meaning careful use of water would be needed to balance supply and demand.

An initial route went before councillors in November as part of a scoping document.

Anglian Water is hoping to submit environmental statements and planning applications to North Lincolnshire Council, West Lindsey District Council and North Kesteven District Council in summer 2022 and hopes to start construction work in 2023.

By Local Democracy Reporter

Elsham Golf Club is delighted to have their food hygiene rating boosted from one to five stars.

The club originally received the ‘disappointing’ score after a visit by inspectors in September.

However, council staff were much more impressed at their latest review last week, and have now awarded the club the full five stars.

This represents ‘very good’ safety standards. The venue near Brigg has a clubhouse, bar and function rooms, and caters to weddings and other meetings.

Lauren Bradley, the club’s general manager, had only been in the role for a few days when the original inspection took place.

She praised staff’s efforts in turning the score around.

“It is fair to say that everyone involved in the club was extremely disappointed in the one star food hygiene rating award,” Lauren said.

“However we took on board what the environmental health officers had said to us, and set out to implement new policies and procedures for staff in the bar and kitchen.

“We are now delighted to have received a five star award which is the highest rating possible.

“This turn around has only been made possible due to the hard work and dedication by the staff and fantastic members of Elsham golf club, in particular the chair of house Leslie Anne Dunn.

“It has been a tremendous effort and I am truly proud to be part of this team.

“This is only the start, we intend to continue to move forward and make the entire golfing experience here at Elsham both on and off the course, second to none.

“We welcome enquiries from members of the public about golfing matters be it potential new members or visiting parties and also from anyone interested in hiring out the function suite.”

All food hygiene ratings are available to view on the Food Standard Agency’s website.