East Lindsey is a local government district in Lincolnshire, England. The population of the district council was 136,401 at the 2011 census. The council is based in Manby near Louth. Other major settlements in the district include Alford, Spilsby, Mablethorpe, Skegness, Horncastle, a market town, and Chapel St Leonards.
The political composition of East Lindsey District Council is as follows:
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With a total of 55 seats, the Conservatives hold an 11-seat majority.
East Lindsey has an area of 1,760 km², making it the fifth-largest district (and second-largest non-unitary district) in England. It was formed on 1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, from the south-eastern area of the former administrative county of Lindsey. It was a merger of the Municipal Borough of Louth with the Alford, Horncastle, Mablethorpe and Sutton, Skegness and Woodhall Spa urban districts, and the rural districts of Horncastle, Louth and Spilsby.
It borders North East Lincolnshire and the Humber River to the north, the North Sea to the east, Boston (borough) to the south, and North Kesteven and West Lindsey to the west. The boundary between the district and North Kesteven, and part of Boston borough, is the River Witham. The furthest west settlement in the district is Wragby, and the furthest south is Anton's Gowt, near Sibsey.
It is bigger than many English counties. On the list of largest counties, it compares to the 29th largest county, being larger than counties such as Surrey, Berkshire, Worcestershire, Bedfordshire, Greater London & Hertfordshire.
East Lindsey District Council had a high rate of residential recycling; it was the UK's best performer in Defra's local authority and disposal authority 2007/8 statistics, with a Household Recycling and Composting Rate of 58.4%.
In 2013 councillors voted to introduce a charge to garden waste collections of £25 per year. This was met with controversy both by residents and councillors, becoming council policy by a majority of only one vote. Councillor Neil Cooper stated "The green waste charge is probably as popular as the introduction of poll tax" and in a public consultation of 1,120 respondents, 77% stated they did not wish to pay the charge.
A Freedom of Information Request submitted in June 2014 confirmed significant drops in rates of green waste recycling, for the period April–May 2013 compared with April–May 2014 a drop of almost 400 tonnes was recorded; whilst at the same time an increase in domestic waste collected was recorded of over 380 tonnes.
East Lindsey has two of the best state schools in the East Midlands, but it also has the worst one, as judged by results. St Clements College, a secondary modern school in Skegness, got the lowest GCSEs in 2007 in the East Midlands.