Summers: “Commercial strategy better than cuts”

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The leader of West Lindsey District Council, Coun Jeff Summers, says instead of cutting staff and services, it is better for the council to “grow” its way out of “a situation.”

Coun Summers was responding to Independent Fiskerton councillor Chris Darcel who declared “when my income goes down, I look to trim costs first.”

The clash came at a recent meeting of Policy & Resources Committee, where members approved a Commercial Strategy, which will see the council invest in commercial projects, hoping to generate a return that will overcome cuts in government funding.

“We are tinkering around the edges,” said Coun Darcel, suggesting planned returns might not cover such shortfalls.

“I would rather we trimmed our costs,” he added.

Coun Summers said the council would take “a common sense approach” to investment.

“I am totally convinced we are going down the right road. To make people redundant and cut services is not the way forward when you have a way to grow yourself out of a situation,” he said.

“Our sole intention is to replace what is being taken away by generating it ourselves. Through this process, not only will we improve the physical standing of the district, we will also increase our capital and bring about significant social benefits.”