Update on county council services (02/07/2020)

Cllr Colin Davie
Cllr Colin Davie

Cllr Colin Davie, executive councillor for economy and place at Lincolnshire County Council, provides the latest updates during the Covid-19 response.

Cllr Davie said: "You may have seen that we've just had the most recent economic data for the county showing just how hard our businesses have been hit during the last few months.

"Although this doesn't come as a surprise, I want to assure you that we will be working hard to make sure support continues to be available in all sectors and for as long as it is needed.

"The government's Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has kept many businesses afloat, and councils have allocated more than £200m of grants in Lincolnshire.

"In last week's video Justin Brown, our assistant director, outlined many of the ways we have been helping our economy – both directly with one to one advice, and through keeping major development projects on track.

"And our Business Lincolnshire team continue to provide advice and guidance with a focus on making those who are self-employed and who run businesses in Lincolnshire, more resilient.

"We know that the coming months will still present major challenges, as we enter the next phase of more business re-opening and trading in rapidly changing circumstances.

"Today the government has also announced £25.8m for Greater Lincolnshire from their 'getting building' fund. Our local enterprise partnership has a priority list of projects that we can bring forward quickly so that our communities will feel the benefits rapidly.

"This is likely to include extending development projects that are already underway, and projects that will help diversify our economy in Lincolnshire.

"During these times we need to invest in projects that give businesses the best chance of increased resilience and give residents good quality job opportunities, both now and in the longer term. So we will also be lobbying for longer term funding for larger projects for sustained growth in our county.

"One of our hardest hit sectors will undoubtedly have been the leisure and tourism industry, and I'm sure we all want to see pubs, restaurants and other venues open and thriving once again. 

"But this weekend as we see our east coast slowly opening up to more visitors, I have to stress that we are a long way away from returning to normal.

"I join council and police leaders in the county in asking people to please be sensible. This is not the time for mass gatherings, but a time to meet friends in indoor venues in a managed way.

"Respect social distancing and any measures or restrictions that have been put in place to help keep everyone safe if you are going out. 

"The last thing we want is to have to implement local lockdowns like we're seeing in Leicester, and potentially other parts of the country.

"We don't want to have to close pubs and venues again after all the measures that have been taken over the last few months and the struggles our businesses have been through.

"Ultimately, if we want to be able to enjoy going out like we used to, we have to get there gradually or risk undoing everything we have all worked together to achieve in getting Covid-19 under control."

For more information and updates on council services, please visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/coronavirus.

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Published: 2nd July 2020