Pulling together to build bright future

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A new task force is expected to launch later this year to help make South Holland an even greater place to live.

Beautifying Spalding – by making it once again a great “flower capital” and perhaps commissioning public art to reflect its past and bring alive its vibrant present – are just two of the themes that emerged from our reader appeal last September for “Big Ideas” to shape our future over the next 20 to 30 years.

Some of your ideas are works in progress, but we believe councillors, traders, community and service organisations like Rotary and groups like the Civic Society – and anyone who simply has a passion for South Holland – should have an opportunity to work together on shared projects inspired by the Big Idea and fresh ideas that come along.

It’s likely the task force will meet in May or early summer once the dust has settled from the elections.

South Holland and The Deepings MP John Hayes is ready to head the task force, whose job he sees as one of rejuvenating an already wonderful place to live.

He said: “I think the key message to get across is that South Holland is a great place to live – this is about looking at the things we can do better and move forward together towards a bright future with optimism.”

Mr Hayes joined the Spalding Guardian on Friday along with councillors Nick Worth and George Aley, Rotarian Peter Atkinson and Spalding businessman Jason Rooke to discuss some of your Big Ideas.

The civic society’s Big Idea involved putting sculptures, mosaics or other public artworks on Spalding’s historic market sites, such as sheep in Sheepmarket. That won all-round support on Friday, but it was felt the public art theme could be extended to include things like bespoke, craftsman-made street furniture.

The broader plan for public artworks is a contender to be one of the lead projects that will go to the task force.