South & East Lincolnshire Councils Partnership
In August 2021, the South & East Lincolnshire Councils Partnership - a ground-breaking partnership between ourselves, Boston Borough Council and East Lindsey District Council - was agreed by all three member Councils. A Memorandum of Agreement between all three councils was signed at the end of September, with the Partnership officially coming into being from 1 October 2021.
This Partnership initially sees the three Councils share a Corporate Management Team.
All three Councils continue to retain their own identity and to be accountable to their local communities, however, sharing expertise, teams and resources will allow us to make significant savings.The move also provides our councils with a stronger voice when it comes to securing future Government growth funding and influencing how services are delivered locally in the future.
The Partnership has been successful in securing more than £50M in funding from Government to Level Up and transform communities across the whole geographical area.
The Government awarded the Partnership £12.15m of new funding through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) and Rural England Prosperity Fund - £6.14m for East Lindsey, £3.39m for South Holland and £2.62m for Boston - over the next three years.
All of the funding must have been invested by 31 March 2025 and eligible local organisations are able to submit their expressions of interest for a share of the funding for projects which support communities and place, local businesses and people and skills.
In November 2022, the Partnership was awarded National Portfolio Organisation status for the first time, securing £1,955,799 from Arts Council England to help support arts and cultural organisations across the three councils.
It will also support the creation of cultural centres at The Guildhall in Boston, Ayscoughfee Hall in South Holland and the Colonnade in Sutton on Sea.
In January, 2023 the Partnership was successful in securing £42.8M in Levelling Up funding after submitting ambitious and bold bids in each district.
£20M was awarded to South Holland District Council for the Castle Sports Complex site in Spalding to transform health and wellbeing; £14.8m awarded to Boston Borough Council to kick-start regeneration for Boston's Rosegarth Square masterplan, and £8m was awarded to East Lindsey District Council to transform the heritage at-risk Alford Manor House, Alford Windmill and Spilsby Sessions House.
The Partnership is also delivering enviro-crime enforcement across the three councils collaboratively. A three-year contract with the provision for this to be extended for up to another two years has been awarded to Kingdom LA Support to provide foot patrols to tackle such this as littering, dog fouling and fly-tipping.
To support employees, the Partnership has a shared staff forum, offers opportunities through its in-house Future Leaders scheme as well as external training and development, including employees who have successfully applied to be on the District Councils' Network Staff Development Programme.