'South Holland on the map because of council leader'
The leader of South Holland District Council has been praised for putting the area “on the map” whilst holding an important political role nationally.
Coun Gary Porter was recognised for his four-year term as chairman of the Local Government Association (LGA) during a presentation event in London last Wednesday.
Among the guests were Home Secretary Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, James Brokenshire, district council chief executive Anna Graves and deputy leader Nick Worth.
“There were an impressive array of speakers, including the Local Government Secretary, who all lined up to heap praise on Gary’s leadership of the LGA,” said Coun Worth.
“His blunt and straight-talking style was clearly admired by all, including councillors, LGA officers, MPs and Secretaries of State who all knew exactly where Gary stood on issues.”
During the presentation event, a new balcony (Porter Terrace) at the LGA’s offices close to the House of Parliament in London was named after Coun Porter, who steps down as LGA chairman at the association’s annual conference in Bournemouth from July 2-4.
LGA chief executive Mark Lloyd said: “Gary has produced some fantastic achievements during his chairmanship at the LGA.
“Whether it has been by shouting from the rooftops or quietly getting on with things behind the scenes, Gary’s determination to get the very best for councils in England and Wales cannot be underestimated.
“We cannot thank him enough for what he has done and I know that everyone at the LGA, as well as in the wider local government family, is really going to miss his leadership at national level.”
Coun Worth said: “Everyone in South Holland can be very proud of Gary’s efforts, along with his wife Karen who was there to receive a beautiful bouquet of flowers.
“Through his inspirational leadership of the LGA, Gary has put South Holland on the map and we are all grateful to him for that.”