RESIDENTS are being urged to have their say on the devolution proposal that would see £720m in extra cash flow into Greater Lincolnshire before the consultation closes on Monday.
As well as the injection of cash, devolution would see the transfer of important powers from London to Lincolnshire, giving local people a say on key issues including employment, transport, the environment, and housing.
Crucially, devolution would enable the creation of high-paid, high-skill jobs and the training to access them, helping to build a more prosperous Lincolnshire, now and for future generations.
With the consultation period closing on 29 January, time is running out for people to share their priorities and help shape the proposal.
Cllr Philip Jackson the Leader of North East Lincolnshire Council, said: “It is really important that people have their say on the proposal and the possibilities that Greater Lincolnshire Devolution could bring to North East Lincolnshire, as well as the wider region.
“As the Leader of one of the three lead Local Authorities, I have no doubt of the positive impact devolution would have. Local decisions made by those who live, work, and represent residents across the greater county can only be a good thing. A united approach to areas such as transport, skills and training, and highways will bring economies of scale and an overall vision to improve the opportunities that are offered to our residents.”
Over the past eight weeks thousands of people have shared their thoughts, with residents attending the 20 devolution drop-in events across the length and breadth of Greater Lincolnshire.
There is still time for people to add their voice to the consultation.
Complete the survey via the Let’s Talk Lincolnshire website www.letstalk.lincolnshire.gov.uk/devolution
For a question and answer and executive summary on the Proposal please go to www.nelincs.gov.uk/devolution
Cllr Jackson’s Facebook Live Q&A on the Proposal is also available to watch on the North East Lincolnshire Council Facebook page. North East Lincolnshire Council | Facebook
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.