‘Super council’ plans ready by Christmas?

Lincolnshire County Council EMN-150104-103809001
Lincolnshire County Council EMN-150104-103809001

Plans to create a ‘super council’ covering Peterborough and Lincolnshire could be ready for approval in six months’ time.

The leader of Peterborough City Council, Coun John Holdich, confirmed talks are ongoing with colleagues across the county border to work closer together.

The talks are expected to lead to firm proposals which could see services being shared or even lead to separate councils amalgamating into one large authority.

Confirmation of the talks comes after The Standard revealed Lincolnshire County Council was exploring the possibility of expanding its boundaries in a bid to secure more funding and safeguard frontline services.

With all councils seeing a large squeeze on their funding from the Government, Coun Holdich said the closer working relationship would save money and help share expertise.

Coun Holdich added: “In the next six months we will start to see firm proposals. There could be a formal arrangement or joining together to run services.

“There would need to be an advantage to Peterborough and for it not just to be a nice thing to do. It’s got to give us better services or save us money.”

Once agreed, the new arrangement would need to be sent to the Government for approval.

Councils in Lincolnshire have also confirmed they are expecting geographical changes to be made in the near future.

The Standard also revealed that Lincolnshire County Council had submitted an interest to the Government in taking charge of services in North East Lincolnshire County Council, including transferring police and fire services from Humberside County Council.

Coun Martin Hill, leader of Lincolnshire County Council, has stressed the authority is exploring all options as it seeks to solve funding issues.