CABINET CALL: This week by South Holland District Council leader Gary Porter
This is my first column following the elections earlier this month and I would like to start off by thanking the Spalding Guardian for once again giving us the chance to highlight the work we do for our community. My colleagues and I will continue to make the columns useful, informative and occasionally entertaining.
We now have a new-look council with three parties representing the authority: ourselves, the Independents and, for the first time, UKIP. Democracy is all about getting different viewpoints across, so I welcome the fact that we have some new voices in the council chamber and look forward to engaging in some constructive debates over the coming weeks and months.
At full council last week I was elected as leader of South Holland District Council for the next four years, which is a great honour and privilege. Coun Francis Biggadike takes over as Council Chairman and Coun Rodney Grocock is the new Vice-Chairman.
I’ve also named the new cabinet who will be steering the council for the next year. They are: Nick Worth; Malcolm Chandler; Roger Gambba-Jones; Christine Lawton; Gary Taylor; Peter Coupland; Anthony Casson and Sally Slade.
You can look forward to reading their thoughts and views in this column over the coming weeks.Now the dust has settled following the elections, we will get back to work and continue to fight hard for the best deals for South Holland residents.
Democracy is all about getting different viewpoints across, so I welcome the fact that we have some new voices in the council chamber
We will be continuing our Pride in South Holland campaign to clean up eyesore sites across the district – already children’s play areas are being re-painted in time for summer. We can also look forward to new homes being built following the launch of our new housing company (which we’re also giving you the chance to name through this newspaper).
These are just a couple of several positive projects that we are going to deliver. Make no mistake there is much hard work ahead, but there is plenty for us all to look forward to.