Council draws up five-year vision

RESIDENTS are being urged to have a say on South Holland District Council’s five year vision for the future.

The authority has drawn up its Corporate Plan for 2011 to 2015 which sets out its five key priorities and some of its main aims for the coming term.

The plan’s priorities are:

lto be a forward looking council;

lto enable our communities;

lto have pride in South Holland;

lto support our local economy;

lto develop stronger communities.

The council promises to reduce council tax “incrementally” over the next five years and hopes to boost the local economy by securing the long term future for the struggling Red Lion Quarter and courting private sector investment for the Holland Market area of Spalding and the proposed road-rail hub for Deeping St Nicholas.

The council has earmarked land parallel with the A16 north of Deeping St Nicholas for the hub but has been criticised by angry residents who say they have pre-empted a planning application from the private sector.

Rumours persist that Spalding Bus Station could be moved to make way for more units at Holland Market but developers are yet to lodge concrete plans.

A spokesman said: “This is the draft version of the Corporate Plan for 2011 to 2015 which can now be viewed on our website and we very much want to hear what people have to say about the proposed contents.

“The priorities for the next four years, which are presented in the document, are up for consultation and we want to make sure that we are addressing the right concerns and providing the right level of services, while protecting and promoting the interests of residents throughout the district.”

The plan also talks about helping communities to join in next year’s nationwide celebrations for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and Olympic Games.

To comment or see the plan in full visit www.sholland.gov.uk or visit the council Priory Road headquarters.