Plan to showcase town and its sites is the aim of new council chairman

Holbeach Parish Council chairman Isobel Hutchinson.   'Photo:  SG010513-122TW www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto
Holbeach Parish Council chairman Isobel Hutchinson. 'Photo: SG010513-122TW www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto

The new chairman of Holbeach Parish Council has set out to promote the town and what it has to offer better over the coming year.

Coun Isobel Hutchinson also pledged to try and bring new cash into Holbeach for improvements and to help reduce the amount of council tax paid by residents across the parish.

Coun Hutchinson was elected chairman at May’s parish council meeting, a role she took over on an interim basis in February after the resignation of Coun John Spencer over his role in the running of the former Holbeach United Sports and Social Club.

“This year, we are trying to make the most of the facilities we already have in the town and, wherever we can, to promote the town as much as we can,” Coun Hutchinson said.

“We are also trying to get any funding in we can to do new works, as well as trying to stimulate the parish council’s activities so we can get the precept down to a lesser amount than this year.”

The May 7 parish elections saw one new member, Kay Piccaver, and two former members rejoining the council in Val Gemmell and Rita Rudkin.

They replace former chairmen Terry Harrington and Peter Savory, along with Jenny Worth who all stepped down before the elections.

Coun Hutchinson said: “Holbeach has some very good facilities and it’s something that we need to promote as much as possible.”

Holbeach Cemetery Chapels was one of the “facilities” Coun Hutchinson mentioned whilst defending a Transported arts event held there on May 16 which one resident branded “distasteful and disrespectful”.

Coun Hutchinson said: “The whole aim of the event was to promote Transported and the Holbeach Cemetery Chapels project that’s been going on for the last four years.

“It was nice to see as many people as there were down there at what was a good event, done very tastefully and very well.

“The more profile we can get for the chapels, the better.”