New role for Coun Martin Hill will help support councils

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A NEW chairman was elected as the leader of East Midlands Councils on Friday.

At its annual general meeting, Lincolnshire County Council leader Martin Hill (Con) was voted in as chairman of the councils.

Coun Hill, who lives in Kirkby Underwood and represents Folkingham Rural, a large rural area between Bourne, Grantham, and Sleaford, said: “I am very much looking forward to working to support local authorities in the region to deliver better services for communities.”

Coun Hill stated he wants to re-engage the districts as the champions of localism.

Coun Hill’s said: “As an organisation I want us to be sharper in our lobbying and campaigning, continuing to argue the case persuasively for infrastructure projects.

“For that to happen, we must be member-led and genuinely responsive.

“I want to be able to, as policies change at speed, to advise our councils on not only the implications of change, but also the opportunities for change.

“Above all, I want us to travel these learning curves together rather than individually, not least because it is far less expensive that way, and to work more closely with the Local Government Association to give a seamless service to our members.”