Top services will be delivered in 2019, says Lincolnshire County Council leader Martin Hill
There’s no doubt about it – 2018 was tough for both local and national government.
And while there will still be challenges – I can assure you that 2019 will see us carry on delivering good quality services.
As always, our top priority in Lincolnshire is supporting vulnerable residents of all ages.
I was delighted that an inspection in the autumn by national bodies Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) highlighted our sterling work with services for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).
We were also praised by Ofsted earlier in the year for our support and services for children in care.
We’re always looking for ways that we can improve our county for all and promote an environment where businesses can invest and thrive.
I recognise that negotiations have been difficult but we should all aspire to deliver the best Brexit for Lincolnshire.
Despite the current uncertainty for businesses, we believe that Brexit will ultimately bring new opportunities for local firms, with greater freedom in our trading relationships.
With that in mind, we have been strengthening our ties with other parts of the globe, most notably China’s Hunan province, which became our sister region back in October. That good work will continue in 2019.
I know that potholes are a huge issue for local people and we will continue to do our best to maintain roads to the highest possible standard.
In March we were given a boost with an additional £3.4million from the government’s Pothole Action Fund to repair local roads that were badly affected by winter weather.
Looking back over the year, one of my best moments was being involved in the official handover ceremony of Bourne Town Hall to a charitable trust.
Work is still ongoing to raise funds for this ambitious project which will see the Georgian building fully renovated before being sympathetically converted into a community arts centre for our town and surrounding villages.
I urge you all to get behind this worthy cause in whatever way you can to ensure its success.
On that optimistic note, I would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
by Martin Hill
Lincolnshire County Council