Geoff Ellis For Moorland Ward
This past year has been for me, and I’m sure almost everyone else in Moorland Ward, one of the most worrying and difficult in memory, holding fears of Covid for yourselves and loved ones and fears about your employment and what the future holds.
Like a number of you I was forced to shield last summer but have since been able to exercise and meet many friends whilst out walking. I’ve been able to talk to and help them with the many varied difficulties they have faced.
Part Of Your Community
I have represented the residents of Moorland Ward almost continually since 1983 and living within the Ward on Rookery Lane means I share all concerns and have the same priorities that you do. I believe I am well placed to improve the lives of all residents in the area, overseeing the continuing work on upgrading Boultham Park, raising the issue of local traffic speeds, dealing effectively with anti-social behaviour and pressing the County Council to improve roads and footpaths. These are just a small number of issues that would benefit us all.
Due to almost total elimination of the Rate Support Grant (money that Lincoln receives from central government) the City Council has been faced with an ever decreasing budget with which to provide its services. In 2010 the support grant was £10 million and today it is effectively zero. This has meant relying on income such as car parking fees to provide funding for essential services. Parking fees have obviously been drastically reduced over the past year and the result is that the City Council are having to make some difficult decisions in order to “Balance the Books”.
I won’t therefore make extravagant promises of what I will be able to achieve if re-elected. I simply say that I will continue to do what I have for almost forty years; doing my utmost at all times to act first and foremost as a local representative who does his best to work for, and to improve the lives and environment of, everyone in Moorland Ward.