“I have a gut feeling that this is not right,” warned portfolio holder for the rural economy Councillor Adam Grist (Con, Legbourne).
It seems like an attempt to transplant a metropolitan solution on a shire county. …
… Councillor Terry Knowles (Ind, Grimoldby) described the 67-page proposal document as being “heavy on fine words but almost empty of content”.
He continued: “I am not at all impressed – the creation of an elected mayor would simply provide an easy blame-channel when things go bump. …
…also came from Councillor Sarah Dodds (Lab, Louth Primary and St James) and Councillor Stephen Palmer (Ind, Sutton-on-Sea), with the latter demanding: “How much will this cost?”
He asked: “Is the drive for a new authority coming from the people of Lincolnshire or from the Government? Why should we have forced on us something we don’t want?”
There were plaudits at the meeting for council leader Craig Leyland (Con, Woodhall Spa) for his hard work in liaising with counterparts at other authorities, including North East Lincolnshire Council leader Ray Oxby, to move the initiative forward.
But even Mr Leyland admitted to doubts on the project.
“I feel like a car salesman just praying that the customer doesn’t ask to look under the bonnet,” he quipped.
“We need to seek the views of electors,” insisted the leader.