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Since I last wrote this column, council colleagues and I have been involved with a number of projects, as well as planning for future events.

I would like to thank the staff in the Communities team for successfully running both the SHout and About events and the Open Arts Exhibition. Excellent feedback has been received from both events.

I attended the first night of the exhibition and was extremely impressed with the quality of work submitted.

If you didn’t get the opportunity to attend, I would encourage you to visit next year, and see for yourself the depth of talent we have here in South Holland.

As my area of work is wide ranging, I also recently attended the District Council’s Performance Monitoring Panel, where I provided an update on community safety.

We were joined by Detective Chief Superintendent Chris Davison, who reported on and took questions about the Safer Lincolnshire Partnership – which he chairs.

I am happy to provide any reader with more information on this partnership if they have any questions.

I also provided an update on our CCTV. There are 24 cameras installed across the district, in Crowland, Holbeach, and Spalding.

In the past year, 198 incidents were reported, which has supported 43 arrests. These cameras are not solely about reducing and preventing crime. They are also used for finding missing people and supporting the welfare of vulnerable residents.

As well as the CCTV system, we will also see the new Community Wardens deployed in our communities soon.

The latest update on a task group on the Castle swimming pool was presented at this meeting – and progress continues to be made on improvements to the facility.

The overarching thread regarding all of these topics is the need to report issues.

We can only investigate, make improvements and represent residents to the best of our abilities if problems are drawn to our attention.

So we encourage residents to report their concerns – and we welcome your feedback.


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