District council leader looks back on 2011

Leader of East Lindsey District Council, Coun Doreen Stephenson at Alford Manor House.
Leader of East Lindsey District Council, Coun Doreen Stephenson at Alford Manor House.

SAVINGS, live entertainment projects and the visit of the 2012 Olympic Torch were all key features as East Lindsey District Council looked back on 2011.

In a message from council leader Coun Doreen Stephenson, the council said it was ‘well positioned going forward compared to many other councils’.

Olympic torch.

Olympic torch.

She also said that £3million would be saved from running costs this year and a further £2.6m next year following reductions in government grants,

“We know we will need to continue to make savings for at least the next two years but at the same time we have money to invest in projects that deliver economic benefit to the area and service improvements for people living locally,” said Coun Stephenson.

Looking back on the year, ELDC said 2011 had been a challenge for many families with rising fuel and food prices putting pressure on many within the district.

The East Lindsey Live project was also a key part of the message. £350,000 is being invested into a major festival programme aimed at ensuring ‘East Lindsey remains on the map as a first class visitor destination’ as well as creating opportunities for local people.

District residents can also look forward to seeing the 2012 Olympic flame close up. The famous torch will pass through Louth and Mablethorpe as well as many villages in between on June 27 next year.

“The torch will spend almost a full day in our district as it heads from Cleethorpes to Lincoln – this has made us the envy of many other areas and will come with significant media profile for the area,” added Coun Stephenson.

She concluded that 2012 would be an exciting year for the district, with further challenges to save on running costs but there was the promise of investment into services that both develop the area and protect the most vulnerable people.