Lincolnshire residents to be consulted on a unitary authority

Coun Martin Hill, Leader of Lincolnshire County Council.  Photo supplied.
Coun Martin Hill, Leader of Lincolnshire County Council. Photo supplied.
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The people of Lincolnshire will be asked for their views on a unitary authority later this year.

County councillors voted in favour of seeking the views of residents on the principle of moving to a unitary system of local government in Lincolnshire.

Following a debate at Full Council the majority of councillors voted in favour of carrying out some form of consultation later this year.

Leader of Lincolnshire County Council Coun Martin Hill said there was no intention of consulting the public as part of the local elections in May. He said: “We never had any intention of spending £1m to hold a separate poll in polling stations, as suggested by the district councils, but I am pleased that the council are supportive of asking our residents for their views.

“I stand by the premise that it is right that residents have their say on the future of local government in the county. We should listen to the people we represent, not dictate to them.

“I believe the current system is complicated, wasteful and no longer financially sustainable. Without change, important local services are already being reduced and even cut entirely. The savings could also be used to keep council tax down, helping local families as they struggle to make ends meet themselves.”

The two-tier system in Lincolnshire comprises the county council and seven district councils. It has been estimated that a unitary system, could save as much as £150m over five years – or £82,000 every day.