CABINET CALL: By South Holland District Coun Gary Taylor
I’d like to start this column by congratulating Marc Jones on becoming the new Police and Crime Commissioner for Lincolnshire.
I’m looking forward to working with him and dealing with the major issues facing the police and community safety.
We will also hold him to his commitment of regularly attending events in South Holland and being accessible and accountable to our residents.
It’s now one year since I moved to my new portfolio responsibilities in community development, so the time feels right to reflect back on the past 12 months and look ahead and plan priorities for the future.
As a council we are pressing ahead with our major priorities such as the popular and successful weekly waste collection, the Pride in South Holland Campaign and the crackdown on illegal alcohol being sold in off-licences and supermarkets.
We are continually looking at ways of increasing efficiencies and making improvements without reducing frontline services.
I’ve been very impressed with the small, but dedicated, team in our community development department, who are delivering on a wide range of public services as well as providing advice and guidance for events all over the district.
Recently the team have been involved with rolling out a new CCTV system, events to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday, health walks, summer activities, events at leisure centres in Spalding and Long Sutton and the Time Bank Scheme.
Meanwhile, The Spalding Riverside community forum, chaired by myself and Councillor Jack McLean, is an example of genuine multi agency work, based on making improvements to a major asset to our area.
The recent removal of graffiti has made a significant difference to the area’s appearance so I’d like to thank the volunteers who took part.
I also cover the council’s communications department where we promote the wide range of services we carry out and deal with enquiries.
The team also runs the council’s Twitter account @SHollandDC which now has over 2,000 followers.
It’s a great way to keep up to date with our latest news and to let us know about any issues affecting you, so why not give it a follow?