RESIDENTS will be able to find out more about the historic £720m devolution deal for Greater Lincolnshire, with a series of 20 public events confirmed across the area.
Between 9 and 25 January 2024 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 Philip Jackson, the Leader of North East Lincolnshire Council, said: “As a life-long resident of North East Lincolnshire, I would not be championing this proposed Greater Lincolnshire Deal if I did not believe it was in the best interests of all the residents who live and work across our borough.
“This is a deal that puts local people front and centre when it comes to things that will make a real difference. Take skills and training as an example. For people to take advantage of the opportunities that are here, we need to make sure as many as possible are skilled, trained, and ready. This deal will allow local people and partners to work together to provide and grow exactly what is needed – we will also have the budget to do so. And this is just one priority area,” he added.
At the public consultation events residents will have the chance to find out more about the difference devolution could make in their community, and have their say by completing the devolution survey. There will also be support there for people who may have accessibility challenges.
The following events are taking place across North East Lincolnshire:
- 9 January – Cleethorpes Library, Alexandra Road, Cleethorpes, 1.30pm to 5.30pm;
- 10 January – Grimsby Town Hall, Town Hall Square, Grimsby, 5.30pm to 7.30pm;
- 11 January – Centre4, 17a Wootton Road, Grimsby, 12noon to 4pm;
- 15 January – Immingham Library, Pelham Road, Immingham, 11am to 3pm;
- 16 January – Freeman Street Market, Freeman Street, Grimsby, 11am to 3pm;
- 18 January – West Marsh Community Centre, Beeson Street, Grimsby, 12noon to 3pm.
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. You can also find an executive summary and a Q&A on what devolution means at www.nelc.gov.uk/devolution.
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.