As the cabinet member for communities this gives me the opportunity to see first hand the large number of community groups and activities which take place in our area.
This time of year we see events from church flower festivals, music concerts to sporting events.
It’s vitally important that we ask our community for their views on issues which affect their safety.
The introduction of the councillor’s designated ward budgets has enabled us to financially support hundreds of projects and good causes in our wards.
In many cases if the project operates across the district, a number of councillors join in to add a contribution towards the project. We have supported projects which have provided equipment to schools and to groups which support some of our most vulnerable residents. A full list of all the projects supported is available and if any community group or organisation wishes to apply to this fund, please contact your local councillor.
I am also a member of the East Lincolnshire Community Safety Partnership (ELCSP) – at present it is inviting residents to complete its latest community safety survey to help identify the issues that the group will focus on in 2016.
The community safety partnership is based on multi agency working, which consists of district councils, the county council, police, fire and rescue, the probation service and the health service.
It’s vitally important that we ask our community for their views on issues which affect their safety. Last year’s partnership worked on issues which included programmes to encourage young people into positive activities and away from criminal and anti social activities and led to the introduction of the voluntary code of conduct for off licences in Spalding town centre to promote responsible alcohol sales. The police are continuing to enforce against anti social street drinking, particularly when this is reported to them on their 101 number.
This survey can be completed online at www.sholland.gov.uk<http://www.sholland.gov.uk> Paper copies can also be obtained from the reception at the district council reception at Priory Road, Spalding.
I would also like to thank the many people, who have helped over the summer to organise and support a community event. These people have given up their time and energy in order to make our communities truly come to life.