Coming together to make a fresh start

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It’s time for a new beginning.

All across South Holland, groups are coming together to make the district safer, cleaner and more prosperous.

Around 1,700 readers told us ‘We’ve Had Enough’ and, backed by our MP John Hayes, we’ve campaigned for change.

Now it’s time to support those groups who are striving, slowly but surely, to make that happen.

South Holland District Council deputy leader Nick Worth said: “We are experiencing very difficult times but remain positive about the good things going on across the district to improve our lives.

“It is great the Lincolnshire Free Press is working with the council and other partners, such as the police, to help make our towns and villages safer, cleaner and more prosperous.

“Now is the perfect opportunity for the public, too, to pull together to make that happen.

“It happened at the torch relay when all walks of life engaged and a feel-good factor swept the district.”

Speaking on behalf of the police, Spalding’s Sgt Stuart Hurst stressed the importance of working with other agencies, such as the council, as well as members of the public.

He said: “Some people may see the police as a beast hungry for resources but having worked all over the country I can honestly say I have never worked with a team that works so hard for its community and gives up so much of its time free of charge to keep it safe.

“The police are grateful to the Free Press for publicising incidents where we need the public’s help and to the public for coming forward because we need their support. And it is also useful to know how the public feels when they use the press to challenge us.

“I’m not going to do a David Cameron and talk about ‘One Nation’, but we are in it together.”

MP John Hayes said: “There’s a determination from those that have a part to play that by working together with new enthusiasm we can tackle the challenges facing Spalding and South Holland and make it an even better place to live and work.”