Column: ‘Councillors your first point of contact’ says SKDC chairman Ray Wootten

Coun Ray Wootten, chairman of South Kesteven District Council
Coun Ray Wootten, chairman of South Kesteven District Council
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It is now three months since the district council elections.

We have 55 councillors covering South Kesteven, who are settling in to represent their various wards.

Recently I attended the inaugural meeting of the new area committee which was held at Grantham museum. What struck me was the type of questions that were being asked by members of the public which could have easily been answered by contacting their local councillor.

If a formal answer is required a question could be asked at one of our district council meetings. Prior notice of a question must be given to the chief executive at least three working days before the day of the meeting by post or email. Questions can also be asked at Scrutiny and Policy Development Committee meetings without notice, at the beginning of each meeting.

The dates of these meetings are published on our website www.southkesteven.gov.uk

I believe that the role of the councillor is under used and although each one of us is elected to represent a ward or area, our responsibilities not only include attending committee meetings but also being a first point of contact and a champion for our residents. If we cannot help, at least we will know who to contact within SKDC.

The new revamped SKDC website makes it easy to find who your councillor is, because a section features all district councillors’ names and the area they cover with their contact details. I know that I speak on behalf of my councillor colleagues when I say we all welcome contact in order to provide the service you all expect and deserve.

Policing is the same. The local neighbourhood policing teams are there to be the eyes and ears of the community and to assist residents in all manner of situations. The teams meet every quarter and welcome input from local residents who have a voice in choosing the team’s priorities, which range from speeding and anti-social behaviour to more serious incidents.

For details of these meetings please see the website www.police.uk or ask one of your local PCSO’s.

On Thursday October 8 at 6.30pm the Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick has accepted my invitation to attend a public question and answer session in Grantham. This meeting will be held at the SKDC Council Offices, St Peters Hill.

In order to calculate numbers I would be grateful if you could let me know if you wish to attend. By email r.wootten@southkesteven.gov.uk or by phone 01476 400183.