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South Holland District Council outlines ambitious new work programme with new partnership

Posted on 17 November 2021

South Holland District Council has outlined its ambitious new plans and areas of focus, aimed at increasing outcomes for local residents and businesses across the District.

In a report due to be discussed by the Council later this month, councillors are being asked to consider a strategic programme of work both for the newly formed South & East Lincolnshire Councils Partnership (S&ELCP), and also for South Holland specifically, that centres on economic growth, regeneration, housing and health and wellbeing.

The plans for South Holland include the ongoing Spalding and Holbeach town centre improvement programme, a continued focus on the successful Grants4Growth programme and Open for Business initiative for local businesses, the delivery of the pioneering Food Enterprise Zone in Holbeach, and exploring opportunities for investment in operational assets, housing delivery, capital schemes and commercial properties.

For residents, they also include support for the District's leisure facilities and Pride in South Holland programme, improved access to digital services, and upgrades to facilities and public conveniences.   

The Partnership-wide plans include developing the case for Devolution for the sub-region, working with Central Government as part of its Levelling Up agenda (which includes funding for education and skills and housing), a co-ordinated approach to the Government's Environmental Bill, and a focus on health and leisure.

The report also reaffirms the Partnership's ambition of substantial financial opportunities through potential shared council services, commercialisation and external funding. The Councils have already realised savings through a shared Corporate Management Team, which has been in place since the beginning of October.

Councillor Gary Porter, Leader of South Holland District Council, said: "I am pleased that we are able to bring this ambitious new work programme forward for South Holland and the Partnership, which will have a real positive impact for the District's residents and businesses.

"We're working hard to make the best use of the opportunities presented to us through the Government's Levelling Up and Towns Fund agenda and, together with partners from across the public and private sectors, we will deliver a range of ambitious projects and interventions that will attract investment to grow our economy, address our health inequalities and make sure our communities have access to vital services that support their needs."