Looking back and planning for the future

Old folks' Christmas party
Old folks' Christmas party
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CABINET CALL: By Coun Gary Taylor

For many families here in South Holland, the end of one year and the start of a new one is time to reflect and plan the future.

No one can predict the future but it is certain as a district council we will continue to change. While we are working our way through implementing our proprieties, it is still our focus to maintain those frontline services which are so important to you all.

We also have the opportunity to have a say in how our policing priorities are shaped by voting in the second set of elections for a Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner elections in May this year.

The introduction of the councillors’ designated budgets have allowed locally elected councillors to spend their budgets on worthwhile projects and good causes in their area.

On Christmas Day, I helped with the transport for an event which was organised by this newspaper, together with many volunteers to make this a special Christmas Day for some of our elderly and vulnerable residents. Please contact your district councillor if 
you are aware of a project or good cause which would 
benefit from this funding.

The establishment of the river Welland enhancement group by myself and Cllr Jack McLean has got off to a positive start. This new community group aims to raise awareness of environmental issues facing our riverside. By operating as a multi agency approach we aim to introduce enhancements, such as a safe environment for walking, cycling and the introduction of appropriate public art. The next meeting of the group takes place on February 26 at the Pennygate foundation in Spalding.

The start of a year following festive celebrations is a time when many look at 
making health and fitness improvements to their lifestyle.

Getting active is one of the best ways to maintain and improve your health. I would recommend taking a look at the facilities provided at the Castle Sports Centre in Spalding and the Peele Leisure Centre in Long Sutton. Also our Community development team are offering a range of activities under the title of Get Involved. Get Healthy.

For more information please contact www.sholland.gov.uk/health or the community development team on 01775 761161.