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Holbeach Parish Council's new chairman is hoping todo some good for the town

The new chairman of Holbeach Parish Council says he would like to bring some cohesion to the authority.

Coun Graham Rudkin, who also represents the town on South Holland District Council, has taken over the reins after a meeting on Tuesday last week.

Coun Rudkin was elected following the resignation of Coun Tony Lomax earlier in June.

Graham Rudkin (9143841)
Graham Rudkin (9143841)

Speaking after the meeting Coun Rudkin said: “Whilst I am the chairman, I’d like to bring some cohesion to the council and keep things going until the pandemic is over and we can go back to some kind of normality.

“I look forward to being able to do some good for the town, and outside villages, and try to get all the key concerns of residents around the table to be dealt with.

“There are some grea,t proactive councillors already with Holbeach Parish Council and I am excited about the future.”

Coun Rudkin and Coun Stephen Johnson had both been proposed for the chairman’s role during Tuesday’s meeting which was held virtually over Zoom.

Coun Rudkin won with seven votes to six.

The new vice-chairman is Coun John Spencer.

Coun Rudkin said: “I have a big belief in Holbeach and I am already a district councillor, so I could see the opportunity to give the parish council more direction and that’s why stood, although I didn’t realise I would be in a contest for the chairman’s role, something that’s only been seen at this council maybe three times in the last 38 years.”

The meeting was told that there are vacancies on the the Town, Holbeach Hurn and Holbeach Drove wards.Coun Michelle Manley was appointed as chairman of the Nature Reserve committee and members will be looking at merging the PR and IT working parties tat he next meeting. Councillors took the progress of a trial to lock up parks into a closed session.

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