A vacation to reflect on my vocation
Grantham Journal column by Matthew Lee, Leader of South Kesteven District Council
Despite the record high temperatures in recent weeks, I’m very much looking forward to getting away and having an opportunity to relax and recharge.
I would like to say that I will switch off from work, but I know that having read a book or two, my thoughts will inevitably turn to council matters!
Far from being an interruption, I appreciate having time to reflect on how we are performing, whether it’s delivering core services, helping to drive the district’s economy or making South Kesteven the place to live, work, visit and invest.
The past year has been extremely busy for South Kesteven District Council as we have begun the process of transforming the way we work and the services we provide.
In the past few weeks alone we have announced the creation of InvestSK – our inward investment arm – as a separate company, a new local lottery and approved the creation of new public space linking St Peter’s Hill in Grantham to our new multi-screen cinema.
The changes we are making have not gone unnoticed, and it’s very interesting to see the amount of interest from individuals, companies and organisations, both within our district and beyond. We must be doing something right!
It is a privilege to be the Leader of the Council and I am fortunate to be doing what I consider to be my vocation and to have a career that allows me the flexibility to follow my passion and dedicate the enormous amount of time it demands.
Of course, being in politics isn’t for everyone and you have to take decisions that a proportion of people will always question or assume there is an ulterior motive or hidden agenda. In my experience, most of those that criticise tend not to engage with the detail of proposals or attend council meetings to hear the debate – let alone run as a councillor.
I always put the needs of South Kesteven and our residents first but, as they say, you can’t please all of the people all of the time. Nevertheless, decisions still need to be made so that we can move forward. All you can do is be guided by your own values and principles, avoid political dogma and trust in the challenge and scrutiny of your colleagues.
So, I have plenty of decisions to reflect on this holiday. If you are away during August, I hope that you have a pleasant break. Now, where are those books?