They say the best parties always end up in the kitchen.Despite the polls, Market Rasen’s Lib Dems appear confident, saying anything can happen in a multi-party election campaign.
Standing for Market Rasen in the district elections is town and district councillor Ken Bridger, ambulance campaigner Guy Grainger and care worker Elaine Whitfield.
Guy, the Gainsborough branch treasurer, says the Lib-Dems would keep the council tax down and cut bureaucracy at West Lindsey District Council. They also want local government more cost-effective by having four unitary authorities in Lincolnshire, replacing the county and district councils. This would save on duplication, mean fewer councillors, fewer top officers and would improve democracy as people would just have one council to deal with.
Guy says the Conservative ‘Entrepreneurial’ council at West Lindsey has not produced benefits and would be reviewed. “We want common sense local policies, without gimmicks,” he continued.
Guy also says the Central Lincolnshire Local Plan is “a mess” and has allowed “a huge hole for developers to get through”, with them keen to get their plans passed before 2016 to avoid paying a new Community Infrastructure Levy. “WLDC is moving into being a big developer as well. It wants to be both the developer and the planning authority. Surely there’s a conflict of interest,” he said.
Thus, the Lib-Dems would have a three-month review of the plan, also aiming to ensure it is sufficiently taking on board public feedback.
The Lib-Dems also want the plan to have specific pages for Market Rasen, “so people can see what’s planned for Market Rasen.”
A review of the planning department would also prevent officers passing projects without councillors knowing about them.
Gainsborough PPC, district councillor Lesley Rollings, said she would “add some weight at a much higher level” to force central government to look at the strategic issues facing Lincolnshire.” The Pilham resident opposes local turbine projects, saying the country has met national targets on renewables and needs to look at their local impact.She would campaign to bring business investment and tourism to the district and says the NHS must be better managed. “It’s not just about the money. It’s about the bureaucracy.” she said.