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It’s good to talk – and to be heard.

11:19 am, Tuesday, 1st March 2022 - 11 months ago

ROGUE pavement parking, making urban cycling safer, creating community wildlife areas and getting rid of dumped rubbish – just a few of the issues that were raised by people at North East Lincolnshire Council’s first Cabinet listening event of 2022.
And with two more in Grimsby and Immingham next week, people are invited to go along and air their views on issues that they care about in the borough.
The first event was held at the Town Hall in Cleethorpes last week (Monday, February 21). All seven members of the Cabinet were there, and they welcomed around 40 people who all had questions to ask and points to make.
Council Leader, Cllr Philip Jackson was pleased with the outcome, saying he and his fellow Cabinet members were there to listen, to offer answers where appropriate and note ideas of interest to take forward.
“It was extremely good to get back out meeting people again and I was certainly encouraged by the pro-active way people came along, sat with us and talked genuinely about the good ideas they had, what they felt and how they wanted North East Lincolnshire, and in this particular case Cleethorpes, to develop,” said Cllr Jackson.
The last set of such face-to-face meetings were held in 2019 with follow-ups prevented due to COVID-19 and lockdown. During those initial events, Cllr Jackson recalled how some issues raised had now been dealt with. These included cleaning up the River Freshney, and being a key part of resolving the closure of the Suggitt’s Lane crossing with a new footbridge opening shortly.
The two events next week are:
·       Grimsby Town Hall between 5pm and 7pm on Monday, 7 March.
·       Immingham Civic Centre between 5.30pm and 7.30pm on Thursday, 10 March.
The sessions are being run as drop-ins with people invited to arrive when they want but reminded, they may have a short wait for individual Cabinet members if there is a queue. With some COVID restrictions remaining in place in Council buildings, visitors will be offered time slots on the door on a first-come, first-served basis. Masks will be a requirement when moving around.
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