Leader of East Lindsey District Council Coun Doreen Stephenson...
As 2014 draws to a close I wanted to take this opportunity to look back on some of the successes and challenges for the district over the past 12 months.
The Cultural Programme within the district has once again been exciting and varied, with recent good news that SO Festival has once again received recognition from Arts Council England and is now acknowledged as a National Portfolio Organisation, which means it will receive regular funding for the next three years.
The AMCA Beach Race in Skegness saw a record-breaking number of entrants and visitors, boosting the economy outside the main season.
The district hosted the Professional Cricketers’ Association Masters, including Steve Harmison and Graham Thorpe, as they joined the star-studded line-up that took on the Royal Air Force in a charity cricket match at the London Road Pavilion in Louth in aid of the Royal British Legion.
In addition to those great events that brought a number of famous names in sport to the district, the council has secured external funding for a number of projects run jointly with other organisations, such as the Wellbeing Service, which supports some of the most vulnerable people in the area and has attracted £1.9 million over two years, and the Talk, Eat and Drink (TED) in East Lindsey project, led by Community Lincs, which has attracted £2.7 million over six years.
Although much has been achieved it has been a challenging year with increasing funding cuts from central government meaning that as an authority the council has had to make further savings in its running costs, whilst doing all it can to protect frontline services to the community.
In tackling the ongoing funding reductions the council continues to be innovative and look for opportunities to do things differently. One example of this is the transfer of culture, leisure and health services to Magna Vitae. Magna Vitae will take on the running of these services from January 1, 2014, ensuring service levels are maintained, whilst also delivering a saving to the council. On behalf of the council we wish the new trust great success in this exciting venture.
I wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year.