On Thursday, 6 May 2021, local elections are taking place to appoint members to Lincolnshire County Council. If elected, candidates will serve for a term of 4 years.
Local council elections are happening in England, but not in all areas. Approximately 28 million people will be able to vote for about 4,650 positions of power. Last year’s vote was delayed because of Covid, so this year we will see a bigger-than-usual number of positions up for election.
Lincolnshire County Council is made up of 70 councillors and is currently Conservative-led. All 70 seats are being contested in this election, which means that a party would require 36 seats to be able to form a majority. The Returning Officer is Chief Executive, Debbie Barnes.
Polling stations will close on Thursday night at 10pm. The counting process is managed by district councils across the county at the following venues*:
· Boston Borough Council:
Peter Paine Performance Centre, Rosebery Avenue, Boston PE21 7QR
· City of Lincoln Council:
County Assembly Rooms, 76 Bailgate, Lincoln LN1 3AR
· East Lindsey District Council:
Meridian Leisure Centre, Wood Lane, Louth L11 8SA
· North Kesteven District Council:
OneNK Sports Centre, Moor Lane, North Hykeham, Lincoln LN6 9AX
· South Holland District Council:
Castle Sports Centre, Albion Street, Spalding PE11 2AJ
· South Kesteven District Council:
Grantham Meres Leisure Centre, Trent Road, Grantham NG31 7XQ
· West Lindsey District Council:
West Lindsey Leisure Centre, The Avenue, Gainsborough DN21 1EP
*Media will only be permitted access to these counts by prior arrangement with the respective district council.
The returning officer at each district will announce the results in their area and then relay that information to the main results centre (County Offices, Lincoln). Results will be displayed on a large screen and display boards in the council chamber. As the results come in, they will also be uploaded onto www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/elections and publicised via the county council’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram profiles – @LincolnshireCC
Current political makeup of Lincolnshire County Council
· Conservative – 54 seats (77.1%)
· Independent – 6 seats (8.6%)
· Labour – 5 seats (7.1%)
· Independent (none-aligned) – 2 seats (2.8%)
· Liberal Democrat – 1 seat (1.4%)
· Lincolnshire Independent – 1 seat (1.4%)
· 1 vacancy (Market Rasen Wolds)
Lincolnshire overview and county council services
Lincolnshire County Council – England’s fourth largest county council – was created as part of the local government reorganisation of 1974.
The council’s area boasts the bustling centres of Lincoln, Boston and Grantham. It also serves towns such as Spalding, Sleaford, Gainsborough, Skegness and Louth.
Lincolnshire has a population of 755,853 (Lincolnshire Research Observatory – ONS mid-year population estimates). District figures:
- Boston – 69,366
- East Lindsey – 140,741
- Lincoln – 99,039
- North Kesteven – 115,985
- South Holland – 93,980
- South Kesteven – 141,853
- West Lindsey – 94,869
Some key stats on a selection of county council services:
- Educates 106,239 children in 365 schools, and look after 680 children and young people in local-authority care.
- Provides 11 household-waste recycling centres to help reduce the amount of waste going to landfill (the council collected 349,410 tonnes of waste in 2019/20, when 153,204 tonnes of general waste was processed and total kerbside, food and composting recycling was 196,206 tonnes).
- Looks after about 5,500 miles of roads, and 2,600 miles of footways and cycle ways, and works with other organisations to keep all road users safe and help reduce accidents.
- Provides school transport for approximately 18,500 children each day.
- Provides 2,180 people with a personal budget, giving them more choice and control over their care, gives 10,580 carers support in their caring role, and provides 5,590 people with home care to help them live independently in their own homes.
- Offers learning, culture and entertainment through 15 core libraries and five museum and heritage sites.
- Has 38 fire stations across the county
2021 local election information
The candidate list for the 6 May 2021 local elections is attached.
2017 election results
For full election result by division, please see attached document.
For more information on the elections