Martin Hill

Leader of Lincolnshire County Council

Martin Hill OBE is the Conservative Leader of Lincolnshire County Council. A former farmer, Martin was elected to Lincolnshire County Council in 1993, representing Folkingham Rural. He became council leader in 2005 and was later awarded an OBE for services to Lincolnshire. Martin lives in a former pub at Kirby Underwood with wife Janice and their irrepressible Patterdale Terrier, Boris.


By Leader of Lincolnshire County Council

It has certainly been the case for most of us that 2020 was a year in which we just tried to get through as best we could.

Our aim has been to maintain a positive outlook for the future and a time when we can hopefully return to a way of life that is closer to the one we are all accustomed to.

Whether that is the ability to enjoy your normal hobbies and pastimes, or just to be able to be close to loved ones again, the news that an effective vaccine is now being administered to the most vulnerable in our communities is enough to lift spirits as we head towards 2021.

The Coronavirus pandemic has brought with it challenges beyond anything we had experienced before.

But, of course, as a council our responsibilities remain the same and I am proud to say we have been able to maintain our key services so that we can support those who need it most.

Much of this has been possible thanks to our council staff, who have performed above and beyond what is expected of them to ensure our front line services can continue in an effective and safe way.

Meeting deadlines on the county’s major projects has been even more difficult during 2020, due to the conditions we faced after initiating our Covid response.

However, Lincoln’s new Eastern Bypass has been delivered despite the many obstacles thrown at our engineering teams.

I am also proud to say we have made significant progress on Grantham’s Southern Relief Road and on the Western Relief Road for Spalding, with the north section of that project due to start in spring next year.

Significant investment has been made to tackle congestion at Sutterton Roundabout, near Boston, an issue which was of great concern to road users in the area.

The council has delivered on plans to create a new state-of-the-art Food Enterprise Zone near Holbeach, which it is hoped, will attract new business within the food sector to locate to the area.

Behind the scenes, the county council has also been working hard on developing our plans for the long term future of Lincolnshire.
The economic growth for many of us here in Lincolnshire will be dependent on our businesses being allowed and encouraged to thrive, and the council is determined to make that a priority as we head towards a new year.

Along with our colleagues in Greater Lincolnshire, we are aiming to work towards a more effective way of delivering vital services in the future and we believe the wider cooperation will bring cost saving benefits to residents.

For the past nine or ten months, during the mayhem caused by this global pandemic, our public health team has been doing an amazing job in supporting businesses, schools and communities.

Those teams will need continued support because it is clear that there is a long way to go in the fight against Covid. But as long as we all adhere to the scientific guidance the battle can be won.

Every single one of us can help and if we each continue to focus on hands, face, and space, I for one believe that we can go into 2021 with confidence.

Martin Hill OBE is the Conservative Leader of Lincolnshire County Council. A former farmer, Martin was elected to Lincolnshire County Council in 1993, representing Folkingham Rural. He became council leader in 2005 and was later awarded an OBE for services to Lincolnshire. Martin lives in a former pub at Kirby Underwood with wife Janice and their irrepressible Patterdale Terrier, Boris.

By Leader of Lincolnshire County Council

We are now heading to the new year with more political certainty than we’ve had for a long time, following an election result that endorses the Conservative commitment to Brexit.

Firstly, I would like to congratulate our local MPs on their success, in particular our new Grantham and Stamford MP Gareth Davies and our Lincoln representative Karl McCartney, who has won back the seat he lost two year ago.

With our Conservative MPs being able to work collaboratively across the whole of Greater Lincolnshire, including Scunthorpe and Grimsby, we will be able to cement our partnership and give us a more effective national voice.

The Conservative Party is a great believer in devolution – enabling locally accountable organisations to make more decisions on how their area is run. I am hopeful that our new strong government will give us the opportunity to take on additional powers for the direct benefit of local people in Greater Lincolnshire.

There’s no doubt that one of the decisive issues of the campaign was Brexit. In Lincolnshire we voted overwhelmingly to leave in the 2016 referendum and now, after years of prevarication, our wishes will be respected.

Brexit doesn’t mean turning our backs on our European friends and our close economic and other links. But it is about taking back control, which is what local people feel strongly about.

Once we ‘Get Brexit done’ this will mean that the government will be able to concentrate on other major issues that need to be resolved.

For some time now we have been lobbying MPs in a bid to get a better financial deal for Lincolnshire, known as ‘Fairer Funding.’ If councils in Lincolnshire received simply the average funding in England, we would be £116million better off every year.

Boris Johnson has pledged his wholehearted support for public services, especially outside London, so I am looking forward to seeing improvements in the NHS as well as infrastructure such as transport and roads.

On this positive note, I would like to wish you all an exciting 2020!

Martin Hill OBE is the Conservative Leader of Lincolnshire County Council. A former farmer, Martin was elected to Lincolnshire County Council in 1993, representing Folkingham Rural. He became council leader in 2005 and was later awarded an OBE for services to Lincolnshire. Martin lives in a former pub at Kirby Underwood with wife Janice and their irrepressible Patterdale Terrier, Boris.

By Leader of Lincolnshire County Council

It’s true to say our summer hasn’t really got going this year, and it’s hard to believe that there’s only a couple of weeks to go until schools break up for the six week holidays.

But if you’re looking for something to do, our Lincolnshire County Council heritage sites are offering something for everyone come rain or shine!

So if you’re making plans either for yourself or your family, you don’t need to rely on the weather for a great day out.

Lincolnshire County Council Leader Martin Hill.

Most youngsters love dinosaurs and a fantastic pre-historic experience is promised at The Collection Museum, Lincoln, from Saturday, July 13 until September 8.

Dinosaur Encounter is a thrilling exhibition from London’s Natural History Museum.

With impressive models and animatronics, fossil replicas and even a roaring, snorting full size T-Rex, you’ll be transported back in time to when dinosaurs ruled the land!

Complementing the main exhibition are four exciting fun days providing hands-on opportunities for youngsters.

They include the chance to learn how to be a palaeontologist, find out about Lincolnshire at the time of the Cretaceous period, explore a collection of fossils, and create your own piece of Big Dino Art

This is sure to be a popular attraction, so don’t miss out. For more information, including ticket prices and online bookings, click here.

A whole host of events on a Victorian theme take place during July and August at Lincoln Castle. These include costumed characters in the Victorian Prison recounting their tales, the Victorian Extravaganza including circus acts and fairground rides, and a Victorian Fair with galloping horses, jugglers, fire-breathers and colourful sideshows.

The Castle grounds are set to provide a great outdoor venue for theatrical performances such as Alice in Wonderland and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. The summer season finishes with the annual Steampunk Festival over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

See www.lincolncastle.com/events for the full programme and how to book.

While you’re in Lincoln, take the opportunity to visit the nearby Museum of Lincolnshire Life. Further details about their activities can be found online here.

Gainsborough Old Hall is hosting medieval-themed events throughout the summer. See the website here for more information.

If heritage isn’t for you, why not enjoy the coast by going to the North Sea Observatory at Chapel St Leonards or the nature reserve at Gibraltar Point?

Days could be spent visiting some of our lovely villages or historic market towns, or going for walks or cycle rides.

So when you’re planning activities for the summer – remember that you really don’t have to go far to have a great time.

We’re so lucky to live in a county where there’s so much to do!

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