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WEEKEND WEB: Supporting local trades and business

Councillor Malcolm Chandler
Councillor Malcolm Chandler

Coun Malcolm Chandler writes this week’s CABINET CALL.

As we leave the winter behind and move into spring, there is a much to look forward to at SHDC. I’d like to reflect on that in this week’s Cabinet Call.

A major project which most readers I’m sure will be aware of, is the relocation of the JobCentre Plus operations into our Priory Road council offices in Spalding.

While the physical move has been well publicised together with the benefits to our residents of providing more public services under one roof, there is another very important part to this project.

The work is being carried out by the Peterborough- based contractor Lindum, which employs a large percentage of local tradesmen and women.

This chimes with our intent as an authority to support and develop business locally and avoid red tape where we can.

This leads me on to the support SHDC can give business. If you are a local company and are considering growing, then I encourage you to look into applying to the Grants 4Growth scheme.

Grants4Growth offers Lincolnshire businesses the opportunity to apply for their share of £1.3M in European Regional Development funding.

Money can be used towards the purchase and implementation of processes that help create and safeguard jobs, improve efficiency and reduce environmental impact.

For more information check out: www.facebook.com/Grants4GrowthLincs


Or email the team direct at: grants4growth@sholland.gov.uk

Finally, I’d like to finish on a subject which is crucial to all of us. That is, transport.

Whether it is for business or pleasure we all rely heavily on good roads and good public transport.

We have been fortunate with good bus services in the district, but recent news that a major service provider is reviewing its operations which may effect one of the lifeline services across the district is a serious concern.

As a council, we realise how important a good bus service is, with rising fuel costs, workers travelling across the district and for the elderly, often whose only way of getting around the district is by bus.

Whilst we look forward to these concerns being resolved We will keep watching developments with interest and do everything we can to keep the district moving.


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