CABINET CALL: By South Holland District Council deputy leader Nick Worth
Balancing responsibilities between my job as a cabinet member looking after the interests of everyone across South Holland and looking after constituents in my ward is pretty challenging, but it can also be very rewarding.
Sometimes the two will occasionally align but most of the time they come with quite different issues, one is very strategic while the other is very hands on.
Across the district the current administration has always generally focussed on a basic principle of getting the simple things right, such as having your refuse and recycling bags collected on a weekly basis.
In the new year, along with our chief executive Anna Graves, I will be promoting ‘Open for Business’ with the simple aim of making life easier for businesses, allowing them to expand, grow and attract new companies to South Holland.
One of my responsibilities as a cabinet member is CCTV. As I speak a whole new system of 24/7 professionally monitored cameras is being installed across the district, helping to improve community safety.
Out in the villages we don’t have access to CCTV, but we could have where there are good reasons to – such as regular fly-tipping sites.
My ward covers rural villages and I get asked about a variety of issues on a daily basis.
Planning applications are a big part of that, but I also get requests for road sweepers, bins to be emptied, pot holes to be filled, grant funding for village halls and play areas.
Recently I was asked to help with a lease for Holbeach Bank FC to enable them to apply for grant funding.
I am also a governor of three Federated Primary schools, sit on the local village hall committee, help run the local community gym and sit on the Parochial Church Council in Holbeach St Marks.
To end on a truly local note, for all those in the Hurn Ward, there is a candle-lit carol service in Holbeach St Marks Church on Christmas Eve at 6pm.
Come and join us for a great atmosphere. Best wishes to all for a wonderful Christmas!