We recently spoke to South Holland District Council leader Coun Gary Porter, one of the busiest people in local government as he combines his local role with that of vice-chairman of the Local Government Association.
This work involves him in many journeys to London to consult with fellow members of councils all around the UK. He told us that most LGA members are primarily focused on their own communities and simply want what’s best for them, regardless, in some cases, of their respective political positions. He told us how pleasantly surprised he’s been at the level of ‘cross party’ co-operation when the result specifically benefits many councils.
Locally he’s been a member of SHDC since the 1990s as leader of the Conservative group on the council. He spoke of his absolute belief in weekly rubbish collections and regular recycling collections, all of which he believes should be in plastic bags. He told us of his pride in living in Spalding and how glad he is that he’s not living in an urban conurbation like many of his colleagues on the LGA.
Gary told us a little of his role as leader of SHDC and the responsibilities it involves, as well as ensuring that any new policy will primarily be of benefit to local residents.
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