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South Holland District Council has outlined its new priorities for residents and businesses.

In a report, due to be discussed by the council later this month, members are being asked to consider a 'strategic programme of work'.

That will cover the newly formed South & East Lincolnshire Councils Partnership (S&ELCP) and also for South Holland specifically - with economic growth, regeneration, housing and health and wellbeing on the agenda.

SHDC offices (15249874)
SHDC offices (15249874)

South Holland's plan includes:

  • Spalding and Holbeach town centre improvement programmes
  • The Grants4Growth programme and Open for Business initiative for local businesses,
  • The delivery of the pioneering Food Enterprise Zone in Holbeach
  • Also 'exploring opportunities for investment' in operational assets, housing delivery, capital schemes and commercial properties.
  • Support for the district's leisure facilities
  • The Pride in South Holland programme
  • Improved access to digital services
  • Upgrades to facilities and toilets.

The partnership-wide plans include:

  • Developing the case for devolution for the sub-region
  • The 'Levelling Up' agenda (including funding for education and skills and housing)
  • A co-ordinated approach to the Government's Environmental Bill
  • A focus on health and leisure.

The new partnership began work in October - with the council saying it can help save money and bring a stronger voice by working with Boston and East Lindsey.

Gary Porter (13734248)
Gary Porter (13734248)

Councillor Gary Porter, leader of South Holland District Council, said: "I am pleased that we are able to bring this ambitious new work programme forward for South Holland and the partnership, which will have a real positive impact for the district's residents and businesses.

"We're working hard to make the best use of the opportunities presented to us through the Government's Levelling Up and Towns Fund agenda and, together with partners from across the public and private sectors, we will deliver a range of ambitious projects and interventions that will attract investment to grow our economy, address our health inequalities and make sure our communities have access to vital services that support their needs."

*What do you think? Are these priorities right for South Holland? Is there anything missing? Email your views to jeremy.ransome@iliffepublishing.co.uk

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