New East Lindsey District Council leader talks on possible authority changes

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The new leader of East Lindsey District Council has not ruled out the possibility of a new unitary authority in Lincolnshire - but on ‘their terms’.

Coun Craig Leyland has taken on the top position at ELDC just days after Lincolnshire County Council leader Martin Hill launched calls for a single authority across the county.

Coun Hill says his plan would save millions of pounds but would lead to district councils being axed.

Coun Leyland - who represents Woodhall Spa - said it was “inevitable” changes will happen.

He stressed ELDC was not opposed to a revamp of the county’s political structure but said it was still “early days”.

Coun Leyland said: “We can’t just stick our heads in the sand and pretend this (the calls for one council) will go away.

“It’s is inevitable there will be changes but if its going to happen, it has got to be on our terms.”

Coun Leyland said he was supportive of partnership working between district and county councils who currently have responsibility for different frontline 
services.

He added: “I actually think partnership working would be advantageous, particularly when it comes to things like securing Government funding.

“We have been absolutely hammered in the latest round of funding and perhaps a joint approach involving the County Council would help.

“But this is very much early days. I don’t know the full context of what Coun Hill is proposing so it is 
too soon to make a 
judgement.

“There is no doubt what he has said is causing a lot of concern at district 
level.

“Clearly, there is a great deal of work to do - and a lot of issues to sort out.”

Coun Leyland stressed the big turn out in this month’s district council elections highlighted the importance people attach to authorities like ELDC.