Author: Richard Davies

Lincolnshire Economic Briefing Q1 2017

Overall, Lincolnshire businesses have enjoyed a positive start to 2017, albeit with some mixed performance figure across sectors and markets. This first quarter of 2017 has seen confidence levels in both future turnover levels and profitability improve across Services and Manufacturing. This is despite a fall in domestic sales performance for Services, and a decrease in performance for both sectors in overseas markets. Inflation is now the key concern for businesses with over half stating that they under pressure to raise prices due to the costs of raw materials. Since the last briefing, Article 50 has now been triggered,...

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County Council Elections 2017

Dear Resident, On May 4th you’ll have the chance to decide who runs your local County Council. Having represented this area since 2009 I am again asking for your support. I have been absolutely delighted with the response I have received from local people to my positive campaign. It has been very encouraging to meet residents who have promised me their support, and your vote couldn’t be more important. Election results here are always close – a handful of votes could decide who stands up for our area. There are lots of good reasons why I am asking for...

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Grantham Councillors take fight for Grantham A&E to Hospitals Minister

As part of the ongoing battle to reintroduce a 24/7 Accident & Emergency department at Grantham Hospital local county I along with other local councillors met with Philip Dunne MP (Minister of State for Health). In a meeting arranged by Grantham’s MP, Nick Boles, a wide range of issues were discussed focussed on the recent STP process and the performance of the Lincolnshire NHS bodies including United Lincolnshire Hospital Trust (ULHT) and East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS). Speaking after the meeting County Council Leader, Cllr Martin Hill, said “We appreciate the Minister finding the time to listen to the...

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Making Lincolnshire Local Government Better

The current two-tier local government structure for Lincolnshire originated in 1974. Reforms in a number of other counties of England have since removed this two-tier structure in favour of unitary authorities. Where the two-tier structure remains, its inherent tensions, most evident in respect of services such as waste, transport and planning, require complex ‘interfaces’ to be negotiated which are rarely efficient and are frequently expensive. Other services are simply duplicated – e.g. economic development and tourism. Political differences between authorities have made focused local direction of some services, plans or programmes difficult and occasionally impossible. There has often been...

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Barrowby Gate to be permanently repaired

Roads in Holbeach and Grantham will be among the first to be repaired as the council gears up for the latest round in its battle against potholes. The council is currently finalising its pothole patching programme for 2017/18, with the initial locations set to be tackled in April (see Notes to Editor for details). Each pothole along these roads will be permanently repaired at an estimated cost of around £250,000. This is just the first stage of a £5m year-long programme, which will eliminate the worst potholes across Lincolnshire and prepare some roads for future surface dressing. Each job...

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