May I respond to a question posed by David Burling in his column in last week’s Journal: Yes there is a political will by the cabinet at South Kesteven District Council to improve the town.
It was good to hear that he is also passionate about how Grantham grows and develops over the next months and years, but I would like to point out that several of his suggestions are already on our radar.
We have listened and heard what residents want and we are committed to the longer term growth of the town.
We are investing £4.2 million in new land and premises in Grantham to meet current and new business needs. This is a key priority for local companies who wish to invest in the highly skilled manufacturing sector and bring with them better paid employment.
Car parking has been a key issue with the business community so we have reduced our short stay charges to 2008 levels to encourage more people to visit and stay longer in the town, thereby supporting local shops.
And we have invested £80,000 a year over the next four years in a shop front scheme which encourages local businesses to improve the look of their premises and help raise the profile of the town.
There are numerous other projects I could mention but to put it simply we are focusing on getting the job done. Yes it will take time, and like every other town in the country we are facing difficult times, but be assured Mr Burling, we too care about Grantham and we are 100 per cent behind plans to develop the town.
Cllr Frances Cartwright
Economic Development Portfolio holder SKDC