Established in 1974, South Kesteven District Council (SKDC) serves 140,000 residents in four market towns and 84 rural villages.
The district is growing rapidly, with plans for 14,000 new homes, including a new Garden Village, and 10,000 new jobs by 2036, as outlined in the Local Plan.
Of 56 councillors, 42 are Conservative, 6 Independent, 4 SK Independent, 3 Labour and 1 Unaligned. The council has around 600 employees, most of whom are based at the council’s headquarters in Grantham.
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In May 2017 there was a change of political leadership, which marked the beginning of a new, strongly ‘member-led’ era and a new direction for the council. At an economic ‘summit’ in October 2017, the Leader of the Council, Councillor Matthew Lee, confirmed that his administration’s priority was to help grow the district’s economy.
In his speech, Councillor Lee announced plans to deliver a series of strategic projects worth £40 million. In doing so, SKDC aims to attract private investment that will help grow the economy by an estimated £400m by 2020 and £1.2bn by 2040.
The Leader also indicated SKDC’s willingness to actively support and partner with the private sector and intervene more directly to deliver for the district, for example in building more social housing.
A new inward investment team called InvestSK has been established to lead the district’s economic development (see below) and promotion of culture, heritage and the visitor economy.
In 2017 the council appointed a new Chief Executive, Aidan Rave, who is now leading the council’s response to the priorities set out by its members. The transformation of the council is underway and a new corporate strategy has been developed following extensive engagement with employees.