Still chance to have your say over elected mayor for Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire County Council offices in Lincoln. EMN-150909-170439001
Lincolnshire County Council offices in Lincoln. EMN-150909-170439001

There is still time to have your say on proposals for a Greater Lincolnshire elected mayor and devolution of powers from central Government.

The deadline for all responses to be received is August 8.

Coun Peter Bedford, leader of Boston Borough Council, said: “The proposals add up to the biggest shake-up of local government since reorganisation in 1974. In some regards this is even bigger – it will put powers which affect everyone in the hands of local councils acting for the benefit of local people.

“It will give local people better control of some very important aspects and release serious funding into local communities.”

The ten councils in the Greater Lincolnshire area have been talking to the Government about transferring some powers and resources to our area.

Boston Borough Council, City of Lincoln Council, East Lindsey District Council, Lincolnshire County Council, North East Lincolnshire Council, North Lincolnshire Council, North Kesteven District Council, South Holland District Council, South Kesteven District Council and West Lindsey District Council have signed a proposed agreement, but that isn’t a final decision to go ahead.

They believe that the devolution deal could be an important opportunity to improve local services for residents, bring about stronger economic growth and increase the number of jobs. There would also be an opportunity to gain further responsibilities and funding from Government in the future.

More decisions about spending on some public services would be made locally rather than nationally.

Some of the new powers, funding and responsibilities requested would provide additional investment for housing and infrastructure. Under the deal an additional £450 million over the next 30 years for such investment would be provided.

A mayoral combined authority would be established - a board including elected councillors from the 10 councils and a representative from the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership. The authority would be chaired by a directly-elected mayor who would be chosen by the people of Greater Lincolnshire. This authority would only have responsibility for the new powers devolved from the Government.

A future consideration could be to combine the role of a directly elected mayor with that of the Police and Crime Commissioner in order to reduce administrative costs.

The electronic questionnaire and all supporting information can be found at http://bit.ly/292kHsD