Three years ago, you, the voters of Grimsby, Cleethorpes and Immingham, elected the first majority Conservative administration in the history of North East Lincolnshire Council.
Last year we significantly increased our majority on the council. Thank you for entrusting us with running your local authority. We were elected on our ambitious manifesto and we have already delivered many of its pledges. We continue to focus on the pledges that remain; some of them are long-term.
We have a common sense, value-for-money approach to running the council. We have listened to what you have been telling us you want, whether it be via email, telephone conversations, talking on the doorstep or meeting you at the regular ward surgeries many of our Conservative councillors hold. We have hosted Meet The Cabinet sessions for individual members of the public to discuss issues and ideas face-to-face with Cabinet members. These events were widely appreciated and, now Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted, we will continue holding them on a regular basis.
We are all acutely aware of the devastation that the pandemic has caused over the past two years, both to people and the economy, nationally and locally. We had to work very differently during this difficult time, supporting vulnerable people, our communities and our businesses. We have only been able to do this by working closely with other public sector partners, the voluntary and community sector, and businesses and industry, as well as central government. We will maintain these strengthened working relationships to build a stronger economy and stronger communities as we continue to emerge from the pandemic.
Despite the constraints imposed by Covid-19, we have still progressed many of our manifesto pledges around improving services and have made major strides forward with much-needed economic development and regeneration throughout the borough. This comes after many years of stagnation under the previous Labour administration. We have a Conservative council, two Conservative Members of Parliament and a Conservative Government committed to “levelling-up” northern towns and coastal communities like Grimsby, Cleethorpes and Immingham. We are working closely together, in a way that has not been possible before, to bring about the improvements we all want.
As Conservatives, we believe in encouraging people and communities to make their own decisions and be self-reliant, rather than the Council (or Government) telling you how to run your life. We want to see everyone progress and prosper, and we will always do what we can to help those who help themselves.
This manifesto summarises our achievements over the last three years and, more importantly, explains how we will build on firm foundations to continue improving North East Lincolnshire. Based on this manifesto, we hope you will continue to support us in the local elections on May 5.
Read our 2022 Manifesto here.