Councillor Tinker carries on

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A GAINSBOROUGH councillor has vowed to continue working despite recently undergoing major surgery.

Coun Mick Tinker, who sits on Lincolnshire County Council, West Lindsey District Council and Gainsborough Town Council will be absent form meetings in the New Year.

The councillor is now in recovery but his mobility is restricted.

“Although I cannot get around at present, my constituents in Gainsborough East can rest assured I will pursue their concerns by phone and e-mail,” said Coun Tinker.

Coun Tinker was full of praise for the staff of Doncaster Royal Infirmary who treated him.

He continued: “I wish them and all of my constituents and happy and healthy Christmas and New Year.”

One meeting Coun Tinker could not attend was at Lincolnshire County Council where his Liberal Democrat group tabled a motion seeking the reduction of the number councils serving greater Lincolnshire with a consequent saving in cost.

Labour opposed the motion but the Conservative majority abstained.

Coun Tinker said: “ Rural counties that have recently introduced unitary authorities have all reported large savings over the last three years, in one case of over £85 million.”

He went on: “We asked that Lincolnshire review the whole way the county is governed. In LIncolnshire there are ten councils: County, two Unitary councils and seven District councils serving a population of 1 million.”

Coun Tinker added: “Just four councils serving 250,000 each would make more sense to me.”

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