Could a super council plan be end of SHDC?

Is this the end of South Holland District Council?
Is this the end of South Holland District Council?
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A new super council stretching from the Humber to Peterborough could mark the end of South Holland District Council.

The dramatic development comes as Lincolnshire County Council is asking the Government about running services in neighbouring North East Lincolnshire County Council.

These ideas challenge the way we’ve always done things, taking councils out of their traditional comfort zones.

County council leader Martin Hill

If approved, it could be the first step toward creating a single unitary authority – covering a huge geographical area – which county council leader Martin Hill says would save £30m a year.

Lincolnshire has tabled an expression of interest with regard to NE Lincs.

It would effectively run a number of frontline services currently controlled by Humberside County Council, including police and fire operations.

Sources at Lincolnshire County Council say the approach is part of a wide-ranging drive to secure a fairer funding deal from central Government.

The Free Press can reveal the county council is also being linked with a series of ‘deals’ with other neighbouring authorities.

The new body would inevitably grab the lion’s share of Central Government funding in a move that could sound the death knell for some other authorities, including a number of district councils.

At the moment, the county council is stressing the approach to NE Lincs it is not a ‘power grab’ but that it is ‘exploring all options’ to secure increased funding and protect key services.

Those options could also feature different authorities sharing more services.

The development regarding NE Lincolnshire comes as Lincolnshire County Council leader Martin Hill revealed he was lobbying Local Government Secretary Greg Clark to secure a ‘fairer financial deal” and more devolved powers.

In his monthly blog, Coun Hill confirms replacing Lincolnshire’s existing county and district councils with a single unitary authority would save £30m a year.

He said: “It’s an approach that has been followed successfully in other county areas such as Cornwall, Wiltshire and Shropshire.

“These ideas challenge the way we’ve always done things, taking councils out of their traditional comfort zones.

“I believe we must be totally open to these new suggestions – not considering our own interests, but those of the people we’re all elected to serve.”

South Holland District Council was not prepared to comment at this time.