Cabinet Call by Councillor Gary Taylor
I want to start, if I may, with a tip. A guaranteed conversation killer when out with friends in the pub or for a meal is any mention of ‘target setting, performance monitoring and finding efficiencies’.
I thought I should make that clear because, on top of my work as ward councillor for Spalding Castle, I am responsible for improving the performance and efficiency of all the local services South Holland provides.
Okay, so the subject is never going to set the world on fire (is it?) but I know local taxpayers want us to keep the cost of services as low as possible while making sure we get the best quality possible; that is where I, with great support from council staff, come in.
Your bin gets emptied week in and week out, and your street cleaned, and your local takeaway checked for food safety, because we, that is my councillor colleagues and I, are clear about the quality of services residents and businesses require, and because we track performance to make sure that quality is what you get.
So the next time you are in the pub and you hear someone mention performance or efficiencies, remember that person may be me!
From time to time I do hear people talking about their council as just a building in the centre of Spalding. For me, and I hope you, South Holland District Council is much more than that and is about what we do for residents every day out there across communities.
By providing people with homes, collecting and recycling their waste, or through working in partnership with key organisations such as the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) and community volunteers, every day we are working hard to make a difference for residents where they live.
Now I am the first to say that things do go wrong from time to time, and when we do get things wrong we try hard to put them right.
I cannot promise to avoid every mistake, but we are your council, spending your money on the services you want, working to be on your side, and not on your back.
I firmly believe that through working together we can make South Holland an even better place to live and work in, to retire to, enjoy the wonderful surroundings, and do great business in.