North Kesteven District Council responds to news that it could be abolished under new plans to be discussed this Friday

North Kesteven District Council EMN-141219-145916001
North Kesteven District Council EMN-141219-145916001

North Kesteven District Council may be abolished under new plans put forward by the leader of Lincolnshire County Council.

Coun Martin Hill has floated a plan to abolish all seven of Lincolnshire’s district councils to save £30m.

It will be discussed at county hall this Friday, May 15.

He told the BBC: “We have done some initial work and for example if we went for one unitary authority we would save about £30m a year.

“I’m not saying that this is the answer but we can’t ignore that issue.”

Other suggestions of how the county could be run include a doughnut style model where there would be a central Lincolnshire council and other areas would be carved up into rural areas.

Jobs would likely be lost if the councils did reform including the loss of several chief executives throughout the district councils.

It’s also been suggested that Lincolnshire Police and health services in Lincolnshire were brought together under one budget.

Coun Hill said: “It would be much better to work better together to save money and it would be easier for the public and receivers of services to work out.”

Coun Hill also said that bringing the councils together would give Lincolnshire a better brand.

Leader of North Kesteven District Council, Coun Marion Brighton said: “The council is keen to engage positively with all partners to explore options for devolution, including the potential for combined authorities.

“It does not believe however that unitary local government is necessarily the right answer given the costs associated with restructuring and the time taken up to affect this sort of change.

“Nevertheless, this council looks forward to ongoing discussions with the county council and others.”