Council News & Events


Reflecting on an extraordinary year for Stamford

What a year it has been for Stamford. We’ve seen the great and good of the heritage world converge on Stamford to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of its designation as the first country’s conservation area.

We also welcomed nearly 60,000 visitors to the third Georgian Festival, which was our biggest and best yet. The sight of 4,500 people in Red Lion Square watching the history of the Bull Run projected on to All Saints’ Church is one of this year’s highlights for me.

Less glamorous, but no less important, has been our investment to improve the standard of our streets – an issue that I am really passionate about. Our ‘Big Clean’ teams and volunteers have made a huge difference, tackling weeds, overgrown verges, graffiti, litter and even dirty road signs (see pictures attached below). 

While it’s fantastic to celebrate the past – and enjoy the boost that it brings to our local economy – I’m equally focused on the future of Stamford; particularly how we retain our vibrant community and continue to grow in the right way.

I was therefore delighted to announce a major programme of investment across the district at an economic ‘summit’ in October, including plans for a major new digital ‘hub’ in Stamford for start-up companies and a new leisure centre for the town, to name but two. We are committed to ensuring that both are underway by 2020 and we will, of course, keep you updated on our plans.

To cap off 2017, we have Christmas events to plan and an exciting programme of shows at the Arts Centre to announce very soon. It really has been an extraordinary year.

Councillor Matthew Lee

The Leader of South Kesteven District Council




Please follow the Stamford Millstream community Facebook page below to support their work to restore the Stamford Millstream, and create a wonderful new heritage tourist attraction for Stamford town!

Millstream Community Page 



Current condition of the Mill Stream along Melancholy Walk and Meadows

Clogged by overgrowth & green slime

Please vote now for much needed funds to restore our beautiful ancient Millstream to its wonderful former glory.

In recent years the Stamford Millstream has become completely stagnant and overwhelmed by weeds with trees growing over and in it blocking light and flow.

Welland River Trust and Stamford Town Council have submitted an application to the Aviva Community Fund for a grant to allow the Millstream to be cleared and to cut back the overhanging trees. This will mean the recently reactivated pump at Tinwell Weir can operate more efficiently and provide the much needed effective flow. By cutting back the trees, the banks can be maintained and sunlight will reach the Millstream preventing the weeds from building up again. We have been consulting with Anglian Water and the Environment Agency who are supportive of this project.

We are depending on every vote so please vote now for this project on the Aviva Community Fund webpage (insert link when have this on October 24th) to give us the best chance of securing this funding.

Click on the link and follow the instructions to vote for this project. You will get 10 votes once you have registered and if you choose you can use them all for this project so please do not delay in helping us to restore our beautiful ancient Millstream to its former glory.

Voting commences on October 24th and closes on November 21st 2017.

If you need any help with the voting please contact Amelia Billington on 07771940391 or the Town Hall on 01780 753808.

Thank you so much!

Welland River Trust and Stamford Town Council”