Devolution on the road: Have your say as consultation tour visits a town near you

Council News
13:50, Monday, 15th January 2024

Residents will be able to find out more about the historic £720m devolution deal for Greater Lincolnshire, with a series of twenty public events confirmed across the area.

Between 9 and 25 January the devolution roadshow will visit the length and breadth of Greater Lincolnshire.

Stops have been confirmed for Cleethorpes, Grimsby, Sleaford, Ashby, Boston, Gainsborough, Crowle, Scunthorpe, Bourne, Immingham, Brigg, Louth, Grantham, Barton upon Humber, Skegness, Spalding, Market Rasen and Lincoln.

The events are a great opportunity to find out more about the landmark deal, which would bring £720m in extra cash, new jobs, and a host of new powers to the area, supercharging skills and creating game-changing opportunities for young people in the process.

Cllr Rob Waltham, leader, North Lincolnshire Council, said: “With this devolution deal we have a huge opportunity to deliver monumental change that will shape the future of our great county, not only for us, but for generations to come.

“If we want our children to live in a Greater Lincolnshire with well paid jobs and the skills to access them, if we want the powers to take decisions locally on the big issues that really matter – on transport, on housing, on adult education – if we want hundreds of millions of pounds to tackle these challenges head on, then devolution is the way forward.”

At the public consultation events residents will have the chance to find out more about the difference devolution could make in their community, put any questions they may have to local councillors and staff, and have their say by completing the devolution survey.

The following events are taking place across North Lincolnshire:

  • 10 January – Ashby – Community Hub
  • 12 January – Crowle – Market Hall
  • 13 January – Scunthorpe – Central Library, 9am to 1pm
  • 16 January – Brigg – Community Hub at The Angel
  • 18 January – Barton – Baysgarth Community Hub

All events take place between 3pm and 7pm unless stated above.

Cllr Waltham added: “There are plenty of chances to join the conversation, whether online or at in-person events, so please get involved and have your say on Greater Lincolnshire’s future. This is a once in a generation opportunity that we are very keen to hear residents’ views on.”

As well as attending the in-person events, people can also have their say completing the short survey on the Let’s Talk Lincolnshire website.

Following the eight-week consultation period, further formal meetings will take place to assess the consultation results and put a recommendation to the Government.

If a decision is taken to move forward, a Mayoral Combined County Authority would be formed with the election for a Mayor in May 2025.