POLITICS: Check your facts on the costs of parish magazine

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As Gary Porter said last week: check your facts!

The Pinchbeck letter writer in Thursday’s Spalding Guardian has again given incorrect information regarding The Chimes.

The Chimes is a free magazine produced by volunteers from the local church for ALL the people of Pinchbeck, regardless of politics or religion

The printing costs of parish magazine ‘Pinchbeck Chimes’ are NOT funded by the ward budgets of Councillors Avery, Slade and Sneath. The fact is, there were 10 issues of The Chimes during the financial year 2014-15, and during that time the councillors’ designated budgets covered the printing costs of ONE month, only.

The Chimes is a free magazine produced by volunteers from the local church for ALL the people of Pinchbeck, regardless of politics or religion.

It is a local magazine for local people to read, giving information about local groups, charities and events, something which I happen to think is important.

Other causes the district councillors have helped this year include: Mencap, Pinchbeck Baptist Church, Pinchbeck Carnival, Celebrate Surfleet, Glen Park, Spalding Hockey Club, Pinchbeck Village Hall, Friends of the Garth School, Pinchbeck Brownies, Callum Pite Appeal and the Royal British Legion. Many of these were in conjunction with Independent councillors.

Designated Councillor Budgets have provided a great opportunity to help local people and groups within Pinchbeck and Surfleet. To suggest or imply that this is to the detriment of front-line services, or that it could be in the future, is nonsensical.

The provision of efficient and cost-effective services will always be the top priority for Conservative councillors.