Last chance to have say on Greater Lincolnshire devolution plans

Time is running out for residents to have their say on the proposed devolution deal for Lincolnshire.

The Greater Lincolnshire Devolution Deal was agreed by all 10 councils in the county with the government in March 2016.

Former Chancellor George Osborne announced the deal in his Budget this year, revealing that Lincolnshire will get a directly elected mayor as part of the agreement.

If all 10 councils sign up to this, a ‘Mayoral Combined Authority’ would be established. This would be made up of elected councillors from the 10 councils and a representative from the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership, and chaired by the Directly Elected Mayor, chosen by Greater Lincolnshire residents.

The combined authority will receive £15 million a year, for the next 30 years, for infrastructure projects to boost economic growth, and will have responsibility for a devolved and consolidated, multi-year local transport budget for the entire combined authority area.

The consultation closes on August 8 at 5pm.

Responses will be reviewed before each council will then have to formally agree the deal later this year.

Mayoral elections could then take place as early as next year.