Cabinet Call by Coun Gary Taylor, portfolio holder with South Holland District Council

Councillor Gary Taylor

Councillor Gary Taylor

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Delivering services for the future needs of South Holland residents is the key focus of a major project that I am currently working on, along with council officers.

The new corporate plan for South Holland District Council is all about providing the right services at the right time and right place.

Generating effective services is top of the plan’s agenda and we will also examine different methods of delivering them.

Internal savings have been made over the past few years allowing us to develop current services like our popular and successful weekly waste and recycling collections.

At the same time the share of council tax which we take from you has been reduced.

Savings have also resulted in the launch of hard-hitting campaigns such as Pride in South Holland which aims to clean up eyesore sites across the district and has already had a successful start.

Following on from the serious economic troubles of a few years ago, I know that life remains difficult for many people.

That is why I believe as a council we have a duty to do our bit to make a difference and to be on the side of our residents.

I am particularly proud of our decision back in 2011 to introduce the designated councillor’s budgets.

My colleagues and I have funded projects and supported local organisations and worthy causes across the district.

I have seen first hand how a small donation can really make the difference to the quality of life for some of our most vulnerable residents.

For example, buying a specialised sewing machine allowed MENCAP users to mix with others and to play a full part in craft activities.

Having this budget also gives me the rewarding opportunity to see and to marvel at the voluntary work which takes place on a daily basis by many local unsung heroes.

You can also contact me regarding this or any other issue on garystantaylor@googlemail.com / 07850 077117 or follow me on Twitter @GaryTaylor26.