WLDC - The future of our district

Planning for the future of our district is currently under the spotlight as work on creating the Central Lincolnshire Local Plan is well underway.

This plan will outline how the entire area will develop over the next two decades up to 2036. It is really important that everyone living in West Lindsey engages with the process and makes use of the opportunities to have their say.

This isn’t just about our generation; it is about where our children and grandchildren – where they will live, learn and work.

The plan is being produced by the Central Lincolnshire Joint Strategic Planning Committee (CLJSP) partner councils of West Lindsey, the City of Lincoln, North Kesteven and Lincolnshire County and people can keep up to date with what is happening through the dedicated website at www.central-lincs.org.uk

The first of three public consultation periods on the local plan is scheduled to take place in October and November this year, when residents can have their say on the contents of the draft plan.

It is vital that people get involved and engage with the plan at every opportunity. If people made comments on the previous Core Strategy, they won’t automatically be used for the local plan – so it is really important that people make their comments this time round.

Two further consultations are planned for summer 2015 and again in early 2016. The local plan will then be submitted to the Government’s Planning Inspectorate in spring 2016 for an Examination in Public. The final step is when the Central Lincolnshire Joint Strategic Planning Committee formally adopts the local plan, which will take place by the end of 2016.

I would also like to once again encourage Market Rasen residents to sign up for the Lincolnshire Energy Switch for the chance to save money on their energy bills.

The scheme is easy to join. All people need to do is visit www.west-lindsey.gov.uk/switch and register their details. Alternatively they can call 01529 301990 between 9am and 4.30pm, Monday to Friday or visit West Lindsey District Council at the Guildhall, Marshall’s Yard, Gainsborough by Monday 13 October.

Once households have registered their interest, the energy suppliers will be invited to compete with their best offers. The scheme is free to join and there is no obligation to take up the winning supplier’s offer.

Jeff Summers

Leader of WLDC