‘Big ambitions’ for county future

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LINCOLNSHIRE County Council will forge ahead with “big ambitions” to make the county a good place to live and work for years to come – despite having to find £125m savings.

That was the overriding message from council leader Martin Hill to residents who attended a county Conservatives Big Conversation Roadshow.

The meeting at Spalding’s South Holland Centre was the final one in a a series of eight across the county to give people the chance to raise issues of concern with members of the county council.

Opening the meeting Coun Hill outlined how the council intends to put in place the infrastructure, including a western relief road for Spalding and a rail hub in South Holland, to boost the county’s food industry.

The meeting was then turned over to the floor, with an opening barrage of criticism against Coun Nick Worth over the sale of Spalding’s Red Lion Quarter.

Coun Hill had to call time on Holbeach resident Jerry Hutchinson’s tirade, saying personal insults would not be tolerated.

Coun Worth defended the sale, saying the price paid by Boston College was in line with the district valuer’s valuation.

He said the price was pegged back by the fact half of the building was occupied by Boston College and covenants placed on it.

Other issues raised included South Holland district councillor Roger Gambba-Jones asking for the county council’s support in efforts to get Anglian Water to tackle the bad smells from its sewage works in Spalding and for 20mph speed limits in residential areas.

Sutton Bridge resident Shirley Giles asked for assurance from Coun Eddy Poll over the future of Long Sutton library and Sutton Bridge parish councillor Jenny Rowe asked for the county council’s highways department’s support in opposing plans for a new energy park.