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MARIANNE OVERTON MBE

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Your local, Independent County Council Candidate for Bassingham & Welbourn

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I’m the group leader for the Lincolnshire Independents and Vice Chairman of the Local Government Association, which enables me to bring the voices of Lincolnshire right into the heart of Westminster.

I enjoy working with others to create cohesive, active communities where people have a high quality of life, and hope to have your support this May to continue working to help Lincolnshire thrive.

I am currently the District Councillor for Cliff Villages and County Councillor for Bassingham & Welbourn, and am standing for election in May. You can download my campaign leaflet here.

I am endlessly inspired by the vision, commitment and resilience of our local community, and proud to be a part of it. As we focus on recovery – it is essential that we don’t go backwards. It is not a time to centralise services such as planning, nor side-line local democracy. Economic recovery is clearly vital and I believe we need to do this in a way that supports local business, local communities and our environment, with independence.

If there is anything you’d like to ask, or want me to bring to Westminster, you can email me personally at: marianne.overton@biosearch.org.uk.

My work as....

...your local, independent Councillor

Working together, we can move mountains, and sometimes we do. As a councillor, my day-to-day can be incredibly varied, out and about, working with residents, speaking on committees (I am appointed to the Adults and Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee and the Planning and Regulation committee locally) or in Westminster: being wherever I need to be to effectively engage to keep the thinking local.

And, thinking locally, we make a difference.

We have fought successfully for good development and against poorly thought out works that endanger our local environment and homes. Last year, the Climate Emergency Strategy and Action Plan for North Kesteven was approved, which I was proud to be a part of, alongside supporting 4,000 local businesses and jobs impacted by covid restrictions through the distribution of individual payments and grants.

We have fought to get and retain local services, built new village halls and play areas, got community pubs and worked to improve access to good cycle routes and fieldpath networks. Working to improve bus services, recycling sites, Grantham Hospital A and E, local GP services. We have tackled highways to get better safer roads, such as the crossing in Navenby and to get potholes filled!

Through all this, making the case for independent autonomy and locally controlled resource remains key. We have achieved a lot, but there is work still to do, and with your support, I hope to be able to continue to be part of it.

Why I love Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire has a great combination of a rural County, founded in Agriculture, and terrific heritage, locally and spectacularly in Lincoln. Rich, vibrant communities in the villages and a lively University city. Open spaces and woodland patches form a reservoir for wildlife, while the villages create serious jobs and a host of enjoyable activities adding to our quality of life.

Charities I support...

...across Lincolnshire

The work of the Pelican Trust has been completely transformative for some of the most vulnerable members of our communitites. Established in 1989, it has been dedicated to those in dire need; building confidence and skills and a path to recovery after struggle who, in turn, help local businesses too. If you don’t know them yet, please do take a look at their site, and support them if you are able.

Alongside working for better mental health and wellbeing in Lincolnshire, I am also a lifelong environmentalist, spending many years running children’s wildlife groups locally. I have always been a keen conservationist and as a councillor I have a been proud to contribute to our local Climate Emergency Strategy and Action Plan. Along with many Lincolnshire locals, I also support the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, the Woodland Trust, the RSPB and Greenpeace with monthly donations.

Working alonside other Lincolnshire Independents, we see the impact of local charities daily, and as a team we support as many as we can, personally and as a group of volunteers. We have the Rainbow Letters coming in from children for older people. We have the Sunflower Project where everyone gets free seeds to brighten up our villages. I was able to make a donation personally this year to Sleafood Foodbank and we are currently campaigning for mental health first aid training for all.

Please let us know how we can continue to support you this year through our page on Facebook.

Thank you for taking the time to read a bit more about me. I hope you will support my campaign with your vote this May.

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Vote Marianne Overton for Independent Councillor in local elections on May 6th