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HOLBEACH PARISH COUNCIL: New chairman hopes to ‘set stage’ for Holbeach




Holbeach Parish Council has elected a new chairman and vice chairman to oversee its work for the next year.

Parish and district councillor Paul Foyster succeeds Coun Martin Howard as chairman, having been vice chairman for the previous 12 months.

The new vice chairman is Coun Rachel Flood (pictured right) who will also continue her role as the parish council’s representative on matters concerning Holbeach Bank Playing Field.

Coun Rachel Flood, the new vice chairman of Holbeach Parish Council. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG190915-149TW. (2052420)
Coun Rachel Flood, the new vice chairman of Holbeach Parish Council. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG190915-149TW. (2052420)

Holbeach Parish Council has elected a new chairman and vice chairman to oversee its work for the next year.

Parish and district councillor Paul Foyster succeeds Coun Martin Howard as chairman, having been vice chairman for the previous 12 months.

The new vice chairman is Coun Rachel Flood who will also continue her role as the parish council’s representative on matters concerning Holbeach Bank Playing Field.

Coun Foyster said: "Holbeach Parish Council and its staff have quietly done much work during the past year to upgrade and modernise our administrative systems, communicate better with residents, improve green space facilities and comply with new government regulations.

"That work will continue with several new councillors, some who have only recently become members, having bravely taken on the challenge of chairing various committees and representing us in other organisations, encouraged and helped by more experience council members.

"Other long-standing committee chairmen have agree to continue in their roles and I thank them too.

"There will no doubt be bumps along the way as we work together to serve the residents of our parish, but we will deal with them if they occur and continue to move forward.

“However, given the projected growth of Holbeach, it is important that we set the stage for the next ten years.

"It is also vital to prepare our parish for an influx of new residents by providing whatever improved services we can ourselves, whilst encouraging other authorities and businesses to do the same, including South Holland District and Lincolnshire County Councils.”

“Both our parish and our country are changing rapidly and we must strive to keep up.

“Therefore, building foundations for that will be my personal target during 2018/19 and I am looking forward to working with Coun Rachel Flood who I am sure I will get on well with.

“I also wish to thank Coun Martin Howard (pictured left) for his invaluable contribution over the period of his chairmanship and all he has done for our town for many years.

Coun Martin Howard, outgoing chairman of Holbeach Parish Council. Photo by Tim Wilson, SG151012-113TW. (2052589)
Coun Martin Howard, outgoing chairman of Holbeach Parish Council. Photo by Tim Wilson, SG151012-113TW. (2052589)

“I also wish to thank Coun Martin Howard (pictured left) for his invaluable contribution over the period of his chairmanship and all he has done for our town for many years.

"I hope that Coun Howard will continue to serve on our council for many years to come.”

Coun Flood said: "Having been born in this area myself, it is a pleasure to be involved in helping the parish of Holbeach.

"I am looking forward to being involved further in the growing positive feeling around to Holbeach, alongside the other parish councillors, in whatever happens in the town and villages within our parish."

. Holbeach could become the home of softball in south-east Lincolnshire with an idea to host matches at Carter’s Park.

Parish councillors are considering ways in which they can weigh up interest in the sport, with an East Midlands Softball League already in place for teams across the region who play between April and September.

Coun Paul Foyster, parish council chairman, said: “Softball is a simplified and shorter form of cricket or baseball which is commonly played in the Far East, North and South America, Europe and South Africa.

“Right now in Lincolnshire, it’s played mainly by women but in other places both men and children play the game.

“I understand there are teams in both Long Sutton and Spalding, but Holbeach would need at least 18 people who would be willing to play to make it viable to start a club at Carter’s Park.”

. Developers could pave the way for a cash injection towards new play equipment in Holbeach.

Parish councillors are to work with the Friends of Holbeach Parks groups to secure funding for both Hall Hill and Netherfield play areas.

It emerged that nearly £14,000 originally put up for a play area in Oxford Gardens can now be used elsewhere in the town.

Coun Foyster said: "We're hoping to get permission from the district council to place some play equipment in Hall Hill children's play area which has abandoned for many years.

"We understand that there is some money for children's play equipment that was originally allocated to one in Oxford Gardens.

"If we can reach an agreement with the district council as to how to locate the play equipment, we'll be anxious to use the money, with the Hall Hill site in mind."

.Plans to turn part of a tree at Park Road Cemetery into a wood sculpture have been put back after it was estimated that the work could cost about £1,000.

Parish councillors had previously voted in favour of a wood carving project involving about two metres of a Cedar of Lebanon tree cut off for public safety reasons.

But during their annual meeting on Monday, councillors were told that work on the sculpture could cost £500 a day, with between one and two days' work required.

The project is expected to be reviewed again either later this year or early in 2019.



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