Plans to scrap North East Lincolnshire Council and replace it with a new mega council serving the whole of Lincolnshire could be back on the table.
Minister for Local Government Simon Clark delivered a keynote speech recently signaling a new wave of devolution deals linked to reorganisation of English Council’s.
The plan for a new Greater Lincolnshire settlement backed by local Tory MPs and Councillors appear to have taken a step closer with Gov’t dropping previously favoured plan for an economic deal across the Humber region.
The Government said new powers devolved form Westminster will be conditional on much bigger councils serving communities of 400,000 people, run by all new powerful elected Mayors.
But bigger councils mean decision making is remote, less accountable to local people and communities.
And with the new council spanning a huge area largely dominated by agricultural sector interests, there is a high risk a Town like Grimsby will fail to get investment desperately needed to revive our local economy.
The deal has the hallmarks of one designed to cement the Tories grip on power. The interests of our businesses, jobs, our heritage, or the local economy are being ignored.
That’s why this decision should not be left to back room deals, negotiated by an elite group of Tory Council Leaders. Labour wants to give local people a say in the matter, after all its our council, representing our area, and we pay the taxes that provide our services.

Town Hall, for open meetings, not likely under any new secret deal.
Town Hall, for open meetings, not likely under any new secret deal.
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