CABINET CALL: By Coun Gary Taylor
Following the recent elections, it was a privilege to be asked to take on a new cabinet role.
My new responsibilities cover community development, with the challenge of implementing our Corporate Plan commitment of developing safer, stronger, healthier and more independent communities.
My portfolio also includes community safety, with focus on our CCTV systems, as well as youth engagement, leisure, sports, arts, and communications.
Over the next few years there will be struggles, challenges and obstacles, but I believe that at the end of every challenge comes success.
Over the past few weeks our new CCTV system has been installed, with cameras, covering Spalding, Holbeach and Crowland.
Other towns, villages and communities also have the opportunity to join this scheme in the future, which is now monitored 24/7 by operators in a control room based at Boston Borough Council.
This is part of a package of measures in place to make our area safer, which includes the amazing work carried out on weekend evenings by the dedicated team of Street Pastors.
There is still concern about street drinking in some areas of the district and I will be working on solutions for this issue.
In the meantime, I would urge all residents to please help us all by reporting any incidents of anti-social drinking to the police on their 101 number.
At this time of year we all benefit from the incredible commitment of the many In Bloom groups.
Their hard-working volunteers devote many hours in planting, watering and maintaining flower beds and hanging baskets across this district.
These groups would also welcome more people to get involved.
Last Saturday I was pleased to be able to join the new community action group, Spotless Spalding, which has been set up by new Spalding St John’s Councillor Jack McLean.
The group aims to help improve our environment by clearing up street litter and is also a social group for all members of our community to join.
By working with a multi-agency and partnership approach, we can genuinely work together to make our communities stronger and safer.