Devolution would be a positive step

Malcolm Chandler
Malcolm Chandler
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CABINET CALL: By South Holland District Councillor Malcolm Chandler

Progress on the Greater Lincolnshire devolution deal continues to gather pace and very soon you will be able to have your say on the plans.

A county-wide consultation for all residents will take place on June 27 and run until 5pm on August 8.

All homes in Lincolnshire will receive information on the deal, along with a questionnaire, inviting your comments on the proposals.

Consultation with key stakeholders and businesses will also take place.

This is your opportunity to tell us how you feel about making decisions locally, rather than by central Government, on issues around housing and transport, to skills training, and flood risk management – issues vital to our future prosperity which are currently made by Whitehall.

The questionnaire can be completed either online or by paper copy and posted free of charge to a central address.

Details of the proposals and the benefits to South Holland residents will be available at www.sholland.gov.uk or from your district councillor. Paper copies will be available in libraries and other central contact points.

Once the consultation has closed, a summary report will be developed for submission to the Government by August 26.

The summary will be reported to each of the 10 Lincolnshire councils to inform a final decision on whether to proceed with setting up a Greater Lincolnshire mayoral combined authority to administer the devolved powers locally.

The deal could ultimately boost the area’s economy by £8billion, create 29,000 jobs and provide 100,000 new homes.

Greater Lincolnshire will additionally receive £15million a year for the next 30 years to support key infrastructure projects selected by the new Greater Lincolnshire combined authority.

We will also take control of government money that pays for skills and further education, enabling us to better match training to the needs of employers.

We are committed to helping the South Holland economy to develop and thrive and that’s why I believe devolution will be a significant positive step.