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HOLBEACH PARISH COUNCIL: New vision and business plan to be created




Holbeach Parish Council news. Photo by Jim Smith. (3004627)
Holbeach Parish Council news. Photo by Jim Smith. (3004627)

People in Holbeach are to get a clearer picture of the aims and ambitions of its parish council soon.

A new vision and business plan is to be drawn up outlining how the council hopes to improve allotments, cemeteries, parks and properties it looks after.

If and when completed, the vision and business plan will be the first document setting out the present and future direction for Holbeach since a Parish Plan was produced in 2008.

Coun Kelly Wilson, chairman of parks and playing fields, said: “Our Parish Plan is extremely old and, as a parish council, we need to develop a new vision as to what we see as our aims to move towards in the near future.

Coun Kelly Wilson, chairman of parks and playing fields, Holbeach Parish Council. Photo supplied. (3004963)
Coun Kelly Wilson, chairman of parks and playing fields, Holbeach Parish Council. Photo supplied. (3004963)

“It’s for parish councillors to go out and look at the areas we represent to gauge the views of members of the public through various means of communication to see what is important to them.

"We're meant to be advocates of the public and a new vision will give members a focus, a bigger sense of identity and pull together a lot of strands.

"I think it's critical for the parish council to have some sort of business plan that it can communicate to the electorate.

"We've been set up to take the views of residents on board so we need a business plan and vision statement."

Parish council chairman Coun Paul Foyster said: "I think it's an excellent idea and I'm all for it.

Coun Paul Foyster, chairman of Holbeach Parish Council. (3004816)
Coun Paul Foyster, chairman of Holbeach Parish Council. (3004816)

"There are about 27,000 people in Holbeach and so it's not a small parish.

"But it would be good if we could get this off the ground by the elections in May 2019 and I would be keen to participate in it."

. Coubro Chambers, the offices of Holbeach Parish Council in the town’s West End, has been chosen as the preferred venue for regular surgeries.

Coun Karl Zawisza said: “It’s handy, known locally, has good links to the community and gives a higher profile to the parish council.

New Holbeach Town ward councillor Karl Zawisza. Photo supplied by Holbeach Parish Council. (3745616)
New Holbeach Town ward councillor Karl Zawisza. Photo supplied by Holbeach Parish Council. (3745616)

"There are no costs involved and it has a small meeting room, along with an area where people can wait."

No date has been set for the surgeries where people can speak to parish councillors.

. The idea of a parish councillor taking on the role of a speed champion for Holbeach is under review.

It follows a poor response from the public to forming a Community Speed Watch group in Holbeach, unlike other parishes which include Gedney, Weston and Whaplode.

The idea would be for a council member to use a hand-held device to check speeds.

. Two new members are to be co-opted next month to fill vacancies left following the resignations of ex-parish councillors Martin Howard and Rita Rudkin.

Former Holbeach Parish Council members Martin Howard (left) and Rita Rudkin (right). Photo by Tim Wilson, SG151012-113TW.
Former Holbeach Parish Council members Martin Howard (left) and Rita Rudkin (right). Photo by Tim Wilson, SG151012-113TW.

New members for the Town and St Johns wards respectively will be chosen by a secret ballot on November 12.



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