CABINET CALL: By South Holland District Council deputy leader Coun NIck Worth
I have a number of responsibilities on South Holland District Council with Economic Development under the guise of Growth and Commercialisation being my main portfolio.
This oversees the South East Lincolnshire Local Plan which looks at land use and future housing growth until 2036, for which there is another round of public consultations due from July 18 to August 8th on Preferred Sites for Development.
Details of where the consultations are being held have been in the local press and can be viewed at www.sholland.gov.uk.
The Local Plan is also about creating the right infrastructure and land available for business growth and expansion, which means more jobs and importantly, higher skilled jobs that keep our young people in the district while attracting highly skilled professionals to the area, thereby boosting the economy of the district as a whole.
This ties in nicely with my role as a governor of Boston College which is currently looking at its strategic plan to 2020 and the need to match local business skills requirements to the post 16 courses run by the college, so that they are relevant to businesses in the District.
I have arranged for the college to speak directly to firms through our regular series of business breakfasts.
These helpful sessions update and brief our businesses on the latest issues to enable them to compete in the wider world.
Area Based reviews driven by the government are looking at the provision of Further Education and greater collaboration between colleges, (South Holland students have access to Peterborough, Stamford and Grantham Colleges as well as Boston), and then there is devolution and the prospect of a combined authority that will hold the purse strings for future funding, all of which makes planning for the future quite a challenge.