Grantham Journal column: SKDC leader Coun Linda Neal

Council Leader Linda Neal. ENGEMN00120120410124916
Council Leader Linda Neal. ENGEMN00120120410124916
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Helping Grantham to grow and prosper is hugely important to SKDC and is the reason why full council decided to budget for a new six-screen cinema complex for the town.

Like Councillor Morgan (Your Views, May 23) we recognise the importance of investing in our town centres. Grantham has a lot going for it, but we believe this new scheme will make it even better.

Early feedback from local people has been very positive. The majority support our plans and see the proposals as a way to not only improve the leisure offer but to regenerate a large town centre site and create a raft of new jobs.

Of course it is vital that we have a robust and transparent planning system to help us achieve this. We make it our business to involve our elected councillors and local people along the way.

Designs for the scheme are now being drawn up and I look forward to the application for the cinema being considered by SKDC’s development control committee.

I am confident that members of the committee will rely on their local knowledge and their sound appreciation of planning procedures and policies.

Residents and businesses will play a major role in the process. They will have an opportunity to have their say on the proposals during a three-week public consultation.

We will continue to involve the community, our partners and other agencies to achieve the best possible outcome for everyone.

We are determined to help improve Grantham’s town centre to make it more attractive for residents, visitors and investors. We believe the cinema development, if granted planning permission, will represent a major step towards that.

This is an exciting and ambitious proposal which will bring a huge improvement to our leisure and cultural offer and a huge economic boost to the whole area.