Three councils have today (Friday 1 October) – Lincolnshire Day – officially launched a new Partnership aimed at delivering ambitious growth and regeneration plans to 300,000 of its residents.

The South & East Lincolnshire Council Partnership (S&ELCP) – made up of South Holland District Council, East Lindsey District Council and Boston Borough Council – signed a Memorandum of Agreement earlier this week. A shared leadership team is also in place which will now start to develop a plan of delivery which will include three Towns Fund deals and a capital programme expected to reach almost £200m.

The Partnership has appointed Rob Barlow as its Chief Executive to spearhead a Senior Leadership Team which will be shared across all three authorities.

The Partnership will have greater access to Central Government funding and will be in a better position to identify and secure investment for growth and regeneration in strategic infrastructure. Despite working as a Partnership, each council will continue to hold individual democratic sovereignty and be accountable to their local areas.

Chief Executive Rob Barlow said creating a “one team approach” across the Partnership will pay dividends to residents.

“I’m proud to say that we are the first council partnership of its kind in the country and the shared management team that is now in place will start working on plans to deliver our capital programme to residents as well as improving the existing services we already have in place.”

In a joint statement, each Council Leader – Gary Porter from South Holland District Council, Craig Leyland from East Lindsey District Council and Paul Skinner from Boston Borough Council – believes the new partnership is excellent news for residents and businesses in the area.

“Today’s launch of our new three council strategic partnership marks the start of an exciting new journey – it is the largest (geographical and population) three-way sharing in the country and one we are extremely proud of.

“We have ambitious plans for the future and by working together as one team in partnership we can deliver high quality services that will have a positive and lasting impact on all those living south and east of the county.”