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Fairer funding for Lincolnshire, major road schemes, vital health reforms and a successful Brexit are the new council’s top priorities

Following the council election in May, a Conservative-led administration is in place at County Offices, determined to honour its manifesto pledges.

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Top of the list is to battle for a fairer funding deal for Lincolnshire, which has lost out to other areas for many years.

Council leader Cllr Martin Hill said: “For too long, metropolitan authorities have received far more financial support from the Government than rural ones.

“Even among shire counties, Lincolnshire is very poorly funded, with much less than others to spend on roads, schools, social care and other vital services.

“Although we’ve had some success in arguing for a better deal, there’s still a long way to go - and we’re stepping up the fight.”

The council is also committed to transforming the county’s highways network.

The North Hykeham Relief Road is a particular priority, as it will eventually form the southern part of a complete Lincoln ring road.

Already, a preferred route for the relief road has been identified, and funding is now being sought for design work.

Once built, the new route would connect to the Lincoln Eastern Bypass, which is due to be completed in 2019.

Together, the two projects will greatly improve journey times for traffic wanting to head to the coast along the A158 from Lincoln to Skegness.

To boost the appeal of our world-class resorts, that road will be renamed the Lincolnshire Coastal Highway. As part of this, a bypass for Horncastle is also being considered.

Supporting the health of Lincolnshire residents is another “must”, and we’ll continue work to bring NHS and social care services much closer together.

The council is also pushing for the return of a Lincolnshire Ambulance Service, as well as the creation of a Lincoln University Medical School to train the doctors and nurses of the future.

Above all, hospital services across the county must be kept safe and effective, with appropriate 24-hour emergency care in place at all three main sites.

A successful Brexit for Lincolnshire is also essential as the Government starts the negotiations that will take us out of the EU.

In particular, the council will lobby for a fair slice of the money we no longer pay to Brussels, protecting farmers and other important sectors of the local economy.

Closer to home, the council will continue to keep council tax as low as possible - we currently set the third lowest of all English counties.

We will also be exploring new ways of delivering services with partners to achieve further savings and improvements.

For more information about Lincolnshire County Council, visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk and see the back page of this magazine.

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Last updated: 1 August 2017

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