The last three to four weeks have thrown up some remarkable events in politics.
Who could have predicted such a clear outcome to the referendum?
Who could have guessed so many shadow ministers resigning?
Who could have predicted a new Prime Minister before the end of July.
Who could have predicted Boris Johnson would not be involved in the leadership contest?
Amid these dramatic events, day to day life goes on. I am delighted that following a great deal of hard work by members and officers, the Corporate Plan for South Kesteven has been published. Many organisations and individuals have contributed to this vision. I would like to place on record my sincere thanks to them.
I must also thank the Grantham Business Club and the Grantham Journal for the positive way they have publicly expressed their support. A local authority cannot move forward without the support of the business community. There is positive support from the major landowners and stakeholders throughout the district. This is examplified by the rapid progress being made on the relief road which is crucial to the future growth of the district, particularly Grantham.
The Corporate Plan is only the first step towards developing a vibrant district. Discussions with all the major stakeholders will continue over the coming months to put the flesh on the bones of the plan. I have no doubt that in the future members will be called upon to make many difficult decisions. It is essential that these decisions are evidence-based and fully informed and meet all the national and local planning criteria.
During the course of the next few weeks the residents of South Kesteven are being asked to give their views on proposals for devolving powers from national government to local authorities. This requires all 10 authorities in Greater Lincolnshire to come together to form a combined authority. A further requirement is that this authority will be led by a directly elected mayor.
I do not wish to influence anyone’s views as to the merits or otherwise of these proposals. If asked I am happy to express my own personal views.
What I would ask through this column is that you engage with this consultation. There is literature available on the internet and websites. Hard copy is available in libraries and other public places. Please make your views known through the available methods.