CABINET CALL: By Coun Gary Taylor of South Holland District Council
One of the major and most colourful events of the year is our extremely successful pumpkin festival.
Following months of planning by staff in the communities team, together with volunteers, thousands of people poured into Spalding town centre for this event. It is extremely pleasing to report this was one of the busiest and warmest in years.
This is a truly inter-generational community event, with many of our local schools playing a major part. The children received great support from parents and grandparents who took part in the many activities which are ongoing throughout the day. A spectacular firework display closed the event. This event also celebrates the fact Europe’s largest pumpkin grower Bowmans is from this area, producing 3 million every year.
If readers have not experienced this previously, I urge you to pay a visit for future years and encourage friends and family from other areas to visit Spalding and South Holland.
Another part of my council’s responsibilities include communications. As we know, a good relationship starts and ends with communication. This service is not to be confused with how this activity is portrayed in a negative light in certain TV comedies and dramas.
Good communications play a vital role in informing residents through the media on matters of interest and importance on a range of issues or services they need to know about. This might be through sending press releases, dealing with media demands, organising press facilities, or increasingly using social media to spread the word.
Messages need to be repeated because certain residents have not heard about this or people are new to the district and knowing what is available would help them.
It’s important to stress that most residents only pay around £3 per week for all our district services, including our popular and successful weekly waste collection. The excellent work of our food hygiene and licensing teams has recently been high profile regarding education and enforcement.
All councillors have a designated budget where they support good causes and worthwhile projects and many of them can be seen at this time of year with the preparations for Christmas events.
I’m delighted to once again support the Christmas Day event to support the elderly and isolated in our communities, which is being run by this newspaper.
Please contact your district councillor if you are part of an organisation or know a project which would benefit from this, because when we pull together as district we do demonstrate the best qualities of living in this area.