Column: Grantham cannot have a bright future without change

South Kesteven District Council leader Linda Neal
South Kesteven District Council leader Linda Neal
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By Linda Neal, Leader of South Kesteven District Council

My earliest memories of Grantham are from almost 55 years ago.

It is a town that I have visited on a weekly basis from birth (my father was born and brought up in a village close by) and the whole family visited the town every Saturday.

My dad and brother would go to the football (in London Road, now Sainsbury’s) during the season and I would go with mum whilst she got the weekly shopping. International Stores, Timothy Whites and Catlins are some of the shops we always visited along with, of course, the market. Then along came Tesco in the High Street. How things have changed since.

Grantham, like other towns, has grown and constantly changed over the years and I am sure will continue to do so. I am not into party political swipes. I just want to get the ‘job done’.

Standing for election as a Conservative is important to me as it allows residents in my ward to know and understand what I consider to be my underlying principles and whilst governments tell us what we should and should not do the Conservative Party has, until now at least, never interfered with the administration’s aspirations for Grantham and the district as a whole. Long may that continue so as to protect the town’s individuality.

Whilst leader of the district council, supported by the Conservative administration, it has been my absolute privilege and pleasure to ensure the town continues to have a great future but I am afraid that has to be about change, which I appreciate can sometimes be difficult to accept.

I am reminded of George Bernard Shaw who said: “Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” Change is a constant. Have you changed your mind about anything recently?