New era ushered in at council

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HOLBEACH Parish Council is to press ahead with plans to make itself more visible as it tries to win back public confidence.

A new website, different venues for council meetings and making members’ contact details available to the public are some of the changes taking place to improve links with residents.

The changes come after a damaging period in which six members quit over the appointment of a new clerk.

A number of seats are still unfilled and Coun Isobel Hutchinson, who called for the changes, said they were vital to generate more public interest in what the council does.

Coun Hutchinson added: “The resignations spurred me on to rejoin the parish council in May after some time away from it because things needed to change.

“The public has lost trust and confidence in the council, so we need to be more accountable and make the public aware that we’re trying to make a difference and run things more efficiently.”

The ideas were discussed at a council meeting on Monday where members unanimously agreed to make their phone numbers available to the public.

Coun Hutchinson said: “We’re always keen to hear what people want us to be like and if they have issues, we can always look at those in turn.”