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Lincolnshire County Council leader calls for poll on unitary authority

Leader of Lincolnshire County Council Coun Martin Hill.
Leader of Lincolnshire County Council Coun Martin Hill.

The leader of Lincolnshire County Council has called for a poll of people living in the county to gauge their opinions on a unitary authority.

Residents will be asked for their views on abolishing all eight councils in Lincolnshire and adopting a unitary system of governance.

The current two-tier system that exists in Lincolnshire comprises one county council and seven district councils.

Leader of Lincolnshire County Council Coun Martin Hill said: “The current system of councils in Lincolnshire is one we can no longer afford. A unitary model has successfully been adopted in many areas of the country and has proved to be simpler, better for services, more local and most importantly - costs less to run.

“I believe the current system is complicated, wasteful and no longer financially sustainable. Without change, important local services are already being reduced and even cut entirely.”

Coun Martin said a unitary system in Lincolnshire could save up to £150m in the first five years, money that could be used to improve local services and keep council tax down.

Subject to the approval of Lincolnshire County Council, a poll will be held at the same time as the May local government elections, asking the public whether they agree that Lincolnshire should have a unitary system of governance.

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