Forum prepares for Spalding's post COVID future
Ensuring Spalding is a town which thrives in a post-pandemic world is the hope of the town’s forum.
Spalding Town Forum discussed plans to revive the town, as part of its own work and that of the Town Centre Improvement group, and to help traders when the world returns to a form of normality.
Coun Roger Gambba Jones, who was elected as chairman during the virtual meeting on Wednesday, said that the forum should be committed to bringing people from the area back into the town, through improving its appearance and putting on events.
He said: “It’s all part of the idea to make the centre of Spalding attractive to our residents.
“We’ve got to bring our own people back in and make them understand that we believe in and support Spalding. That is what we the town forum should be aiming at and that’s our goal and what I hope to be working with and for.”
Members of the forum discussed uses for its budget, in particular funds which could be put towards festivities to celebrate Halloween, Bonfire Night and Christmas which the town was unable to celebrate fully in 2020 due to the pandemic.
Coun Elizabeth Sneath also reacted positively to a suggestion by the council leader, Coun Gary Porter, that money should be spent on the Spalding Cemetery which requires a number of works.
Speaking during the meeting Coun Sneath said: “I’m so pleased to hear of the increased support we are going to get for the cemetery.
“It’s taken a pandemic to make us to value our local heritage assets so much more.
“The wonderful volunteers I work with down there have been such a big help and I know that for both them and people who have started using the site so much more for every day recreation it’s been so good for their mental health and wellbeing. It’s marvellous that we are finally going to make the most of this marvellous asset we’ve got in the town.”