WLDC leader positive about unitary authority

Thomas Smith with Manjeet Gill
Thomas Smith with Manjeet Gill

West Lindsey District Council leader Jeff Summers has spoken out about Lincolnshire County Council’s plan to consider having one unitary authority for the county.

LCC leader Coun Martin Hill says he believes public services provided across the county by one council is “the way forward”. He estimates this will save £30m per year.

WLDC leader Coun Jeff Summers EMN-150206-081222001

WLDC leader Coun Jeff Summers EMN-150206-081222001

Coun Summers said: “We are looking with other councils at how we get a share of the £30 billion devolution offer.

“The money would be valuable for infrastructure such as roads, health and other areas important for residents and businesses such as education, welfare and skills.

“What matters is that we build on current partnerships and work together to decide what is best for our communities. It is important that we get a slice of the money promised for devolution, which needs more than simply discussions about unitary council and needs to focus on the combined authority models, which many counties and district councils nationally are submitting business cases for.”