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GRASSROOTS MEET IN NORTH LINCOLNSHIRE TO ASSESS AREA'S PLUS AND MINUS POINTS

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Representatives from 55 town and parish councils across North Lincolnshire meet this week to consider the area's st...
Representatives from 55 town and parish councils across North Lincolnshire meet this week to consider the area's strengths and weaknesses - and to plan for future action.

It's all part of ambitious plans to develop a public-private sector partnership that will work together to raise North Lincolnshire's profile and standing, regionally and beyond.

The session will explore head-on the area's current state of play and propose ways of improving the local economy, the wider community and environment in the short, medium and long-term. Speakers include the leader of the council, Nic Dakin, chief executive, Michael Garnett and Candy Morris from the Scunthorpe and Goole NHS Trust.

'Wednesday night's session will analyse current strengths and weaknesses,' said Cllr Nic Dakin. 'For example, how fragile is the local economy to external challenges as a result of global events? And how equipped are we in North Lincolnshire to take full advantage of new opportunities from a variety of sources?

'There is a feeling that the area is in pretty good shape, but there's no complacency and we want to bring more investment and make the area more attractive for company relocations from other parts of the country and further afield. This is an area with lots of attractive rural towns and villages but also much industry. We must continue to build on our strengths and do even better.'

After breaking up into four groups, grassroot representatives will come together to see if an agreement can be reached as to 'where we are now'. The aim is to eventually put in place a wide-ranging programme of action to improve the quality of life across North Lincolnshire.

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