Members of the public, councillors and other town representatives will debate local issues in a meeting expected to be held four times a year.
A ‘Grantham area committee’ is being launched on Wednesday, July 15, The idea has been put forward by county councillor Richard Davies, who represents Grantham North West. He says all Grantham County and District councillors are being invited to the launch together with members of the public who will have the opportunity to raise any queries or concerns. Also invited are representatives from various residents and business groups.
Coun Davies said: “Grantham doesn’t have a town council, or similar, and having seen these type of committees work well in other areas of the county I thought it was time we put political differences to one side and do something to address the problems and issues our town has.”
Grantham County/District councillor and former Mayor, Ray Wootten, said: “Councillor Richard Davies’ idea of setting up an Area Committee does have merits as Grantham does not have a town or parish council. This Committee will enable local people to attend and voice their concerns on issues that matter to them.”
Coun Davies said ‘area committees’ have existed across the county for many years and have helped to provide central forums to discuss key issues from planning through to transport which often cover a range of responsibilities and different layers of local government and officialdom.
A chairman will be elected at the first meeting. On the agenda will be questions from the floor and issues to be debated will include the southern bypass anbd other highways matters, planning, police, OnLincolnshire broadband rollout, a libraries update and Grantham Market.
The meeting will start at 7pm at Grantham Museum.