Proposal to hold South Kesteven District Council meetings outside of Grantham rejected

Market and West Deeping ward elections EMN-150615-122448001
Market and West Deeping ward elections EMN-150615-122448001
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A motion put forward by a district councillor to hold some meetings outside of Grantham has been rejected.

South Kesteven District Council’s communities policy development group met on Thursday last week and discussed a proposal by Coun Ashley Baxter to hold at least one of its formal meetings in either Stamford, Bourne or the Deepings.

After some discussion a vote was taken which was tied.

The new chairman of the committee, Coun Andrea Webster (Con), used her casting vote to ensure all the meetings will take place in Grantham.

Coun Baxter, who represents the Market and West Deeping ward, explained the reasons for his proposal.

He said: “Most people in South Kesteven do not live in Grantham. Most people in the Deepings have no affinity with Grantham and no contact with SKDC other than to pay their rent, council tax or business rates.

“We are treated like a forgotten outpost and it is clear that some councillors have little or no understanding or interest in what life is like in the Deepings.

“I am sure many people in Bourne and Stamford feel the same way, let alone those who live in the villages in the South of the district.

“Holding occasional meetings outside of the St Peter’s Hill bubble would make the council more visible, accessible and accountable to residents.”

He said that members of the Conservative party argued that previous meetings held outside Grantham had been “chaotic” and resulting in members of the public attending to complain about issues not on the 
agenda.

Coun Baxter added: “It was also argued that the meetings would be more expensive in terms of both financial cost and staff time.”