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SKDC claims success under new leadership

South Kesteven District Council is ‘in much better shape’ this year, says council leader Matthew Lee.

Coun Lee told last week’s AGM he was elected leader last year on a platform of economic development, which was of “paramount importance and would define the council as a success.” He told the meeting: “We need to stop talking about change but do it.”

The council was now much more firmly led by its members, with councillors setting the direction and the budgets. It was more “open and transparent” with regular surveys of staff and residents. Scrutiny of it has changed with five such committees being set up.

The council was also “thinking more commercially” with it planning to be “self sufficient” (not relying on government grants) by 2025.

The “number one priority”, he continued, was to drive the economy and support the private sector, which would help the council tackle poverty, unemployment and social injustice.

InvestSK was already transforming how the council engaged with the business community. It would help businesses find premises, capital, develop skills as well as promote the arts, culture and the visitor economy.

Highlights of his first year also included the Local Plan, which after further consultation, will go to government for final approval.

The Big Clean had improved standards in our streets, Grantham’s new cinema complex is progressing and is due open next Easter. Planning approvals have been given for the designer outlet and garden village at Spitalgate.

Coun Lee also cited Stamford’s Georgian Festival, town centre living plans in Bourne and progress with new leisure facilities in the Deepings.

He added: “This is a milestone year for South Kesteven. We are simply getting on with the business we said we would do.”

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