South Holland gets on board devolution express

South Holland District Council chief executive Anna Graves.
South Holland District Council chief executive Anna Graves.
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South Holland is to take its place alongside other authorities across Greater Lincolnshire for a greater share of powers to shape its future.

The Government wants South Holland District Council, as well as parish councils, to have more say in how policies on housing, transport, health and policing are decided to suit each area.

There are significant potential benefits associated with devolution and these include support and government funding to encourage economic growth

Anna Graves, chief executive, South Holland District Council

A move for the district council to join talks on the so-called ‘devolution agenda’, alongside other groups, including Lincolnshire County Council, South Kesteven District Council and Boston Borough Council, was enthusiastically agreed at a meeting on Wednesday.

In a report presented to councillors, chief executive Anna Graves said: “Nationally, there us an active debate about the need for the Government to pass significant powers down to local government in England.

“This is to match powers devolved to the Parliament in Scotland and the National Assemblies in Wales and Northern Ireland.

“The Government has sought expressions of interest (EOI) in further, potential devolution projects and an EOI was submitted for Greater Lincolnshire on September 4.

“There are significant potential benefits associated with devolution and these include support and government funding to encourage economic growth, better use of public funds in areas such as health and cross-sector investment to reduce demand on services.”

The Greater Lincolnshire EOI aims to grow the area’s economy by £8 billion, create 29,000 new jobs and build 100,000 new homes, all over an unspecified period.

Spalding St Mary’s district councillor Harry Drury said: “I think it’s an absolutely fantastic opportunity for people who live and work in our area to have a say in what we do with our resources.”