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Chairman hopes to change people’s ‘negative feelings about Grantham'

The new chairman of South Kesteven District Council believes Grantham has “got a great future”.

Councillor Jacky Smith, who represents the Grantham St Wulfram’s ward, was unanimously elected to the role by councillors at the the first full council meeting on Thursday, at the Jubilee Church Life Centre.

Amidst investment into the town centre with the new Savoy Cinema and university centre, Coun Smith said: “I certainly hope that I can create a lot more of a positive feeling from the people of Grantham when a lot of them feel negative about the town. I think it’s got a great future.”

Councillor Jacky Smith (11401108)
Councillor Jacky Smith (11401108)

Coun Kelham Cooke, deputy leader, nominated Coun Smith for the role.

“She has helped support many small and medium-sized businesses in Grantham,” he said.

“Jacky was first elected to the council in 2011 and has also served as mayor of Grantham. I therefore have confidence that she will carry out this role with great gusto and energy.”

Coun Cooke also praised her involvement in the cinema and university centre project and mentioned how her maternal grandmother had played a part in winning women the right to vote in the early part of the 20th century.

Coun Rosemary Kaberry-Brown seconded Coun Cooke’s nomination. She said: “[Coun Smith] has done so much for Grantham over the years. You will do a wonderful job.”

Coun Breda Griffin will be deputy chairman of the council after being voted in by a large majority ahead of Harrish Bisnauthsing.

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