On Thursday 6th September, senior councillors and officers of South Kesteven District Council held a Cabinet meeting in Market Deeping for the first time ever. The meeting discussed the establishment of a new Council company “DeliverSK” and a revised Data Protection policy as well as taking questions concerning issues in the Deepings from a local ward member.
Coun Ashley Baxter (Ind) who represents Market and West Deeping Ward comments “For three years, I have been lobbying my fellow Councillors to hold some meetings outside of the Grantham offices. I am delighted that the Cabinet has finally found their way to the Deepings.”
Coun Baxter also mentioned “This is the first time since being elected to SKDC that I have been able to cycle to a District Council meeting”. He was accompanied on his journey by Coun Phil Dilks (Lab) who represents neighbouring Deeping St James and was also on his bike.
During the meeting Coun Baxter quizzed cabinet members about the proposed new Deepings Leisure Centre, the proposed Saturday market as well as the lack of progress by Persimmon in completing roadworks at the Brambles estate in Market Deeping.
The meeting was well-attended by members of the public who were interested to see a meeting taking place on their doorsteps rather than 30 miles away in Grantham. Coun Kelham Cooke (Con) tweeted “We’ve never had so many members of the public at a meeting which was great.”