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Our ambitions for the future of Lincolnshire

Column by the leader of Lincolnshire County Council Coun Martin Hill

Our ambitions at Lincolnshire County Council for what we want achieve for our residents and communities go far beyond what we can deliver on our own.

We are working with both public and private organisations to bring greater and lasting benefits to our county.

Coun Martin Hill, leader of Lincolnshire County Council. (14784599)
Coun Martin Hill, leader of Lincolnshire County Council. (14784599)

In 2019/20, the total cost of services we provide will amount to £1,303 million, inclusive of schools. The current building programme encompasses planned spend of £119m in 2019/20 and a further £146m in future years.

We want to be a council that continues to offer our residents the services they need and the lifestyle they deserve, but that also shows strong leadership and speaks up proudly for Lincolnshire.

In May, we passed the half-way point of the council’s four-year term which is a good time to consider what our ambitions might be for Lincolnshire and how the next council can work towards that.

Most of us recognise that Lincolnshire is a great place to live, work and play. It provides much of the food, defence for the nation as well as being a popular holiday destination.

Of course we also have issues of coastal and river flooding, challenges in providing the best communications, relatively lower levels of historic funding and some areas of deprivation.

We are identifying key priorities for this council and for Lincolnshire. We are determined that in the coming years people and communities will have: high aspirations; the opportunity to enjoy life to the full; thriving environments; and good value council services.

The county council has already achieved a considerable amount in many areas despite the challenges faced. This includes: children’s services being rated as outstanding and widely regarded as one of the best in the country; delivering innovative property projects that have made efficiency savings and benefited partnership working; being recognised as one of the highest achieving highways authorities in the country and leading on the delivery of superfast broadband to 97 per cent of residents. So, although we believe that the county is in a good place, there are both future challenges and opportunities we need to prepare for.

We are committed to not only protect all that we love about our county but to work to ensure a vibrant future for the place we are lucky to call home.

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