People power is so very important

Water tower clean-up campaigners  Coun Gary Taylor and Sandra White back in January 2015.
Water tower clean-up campaigners Coun Gary Taylor and Sandra White back in January 2015.
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CABINET CALL: By Coun Gary Taylor of South Holland Dsitrict Council

This is the time of year when governments and councils set their budgets and just like your household budget, priorities are set and we look at ways of getting best value for money, shopping around and doing things differently.   

We are also proud to continue to fund several services which have been removed at many other councils.  

Our successful and popular weekly waste collection service will continue and we continue to support non-mandatory services such as arts and leisure. 

Locally we have just seen the conclusion of our 17th Open Arts competition, where I was a judge for the first time and asked to announce the winners of the Best Newcomer and Best Photography categories.

Being part of the judging panel was a very enjoyable experience. I was very impressed with the quality of the work, there was such a breadth of vision and talent.  

It was also so very enjoyable to see so many younger people taking part, which demonstrates that art is a truly inter-generational activity.  

Art allows people from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures to express their feelings, emotions and experiences.  

I would like to thank all the organisers for their work, the artists who entered and the many residents who visited the exhibition. If you did not attend, it’s worth making that effort next year.  

People power is so important and politicians and those in charge of large organisations should never forget this. So often people are not aware of their power.  

It often takes a very long time but by persistently pressing on, desired outcomes are achieved.   

In Long Sutton the first South Holland Men’s shed project is now being established, which was started in Australia and aims to improve the overall health of males, where men get together to share and learn new skills.

In Spalding people power has been very successful in convincing Anglian Water to finally paint Chatterton water tower.  

This landmark had become an eyesore and people spoke out by signing the petitions which I organised along with former Spalding resident Sandra White.  

Thousands of people signed this petition and preparations for the work got under way this week. Thank you for all your support regarding this.