I am personally committed to Grantham by-pass

AS a regular reader of The Journal, I am very aware of the frustration felt by Grantham residents over the apparent lack of progress towards a by-pass.

I understand that frustration. What’s more, I share it – and I am personally committed to moving this project forward as soon as possible.

While progress has been slow, it has nevertheless been real, and the building blocks for the by-pass are coming into place.

The final hurdle is getting confirmation from private sector developers of their contributions towards the total cost.

In such a challenging financial climate, this is proving difficult, but I am confident it will happen sooner rather than later.

Once the by-pass situation is resolved, it will then be possible to start on the new housing for the town, sure in the knowledge that the supporting infrastructure is in place first.

In the meantime, Lincolnshire County Council and South Kesteven District Council are pushing forward with projects vital to Grantham’s future prosperity.

As Journal readers will know, a partnership led by the two authorities has secured about £6m of Government funding to kick-start local investment.

Over the next few years, Grantham residents will see just how big an impact this will have – and the benefits are already being felt.

The market place has recently been successfully refurbished, making it much more attractive to shoppers, visitors and investors.

What’s more, the work cost £400,000 less than budgeted – money that can now be spent on Wide Westgate.

Elsewhere, we want to revitalise the Greyfriars and Wharf Place areas, as well as creating new offices around the railway station. Of course, there is no room for complacency – and there is a great deal more work for all of us still to do.

However, I believe residents and businesses can all look to Grantham’s future with real confidence. I certainly do.

by Cllr Martin Hill, LCC Leader