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'I'm up for the challenge of our long-term projects,' says SKDC leader Kelham Cooke

Councillor Kelham Cooke, leader of South Kesteven District Council, writes:

January marks my first 100 days as leader of SKDC. This milestone is often held up as a key date by when some people feel they should make a mark and set out their stall.

That is not my way. I like good publicity – find me a politician who doesn’t. But that’s not my driving force.

Coun Kelham Cooke (16116384)
Coun Kelham Cooke (16116384)

So forgive me for not coming out with a string of big announcements, I don’t think chasing headlines is what best serves our residents who, let’s face it, rightly judge us on what we do, not what we say.

District councils are part of the fabric of the communities they serve and have a responsibility to deliver quality services to their residents.

Some of the work we do may seem a bit mundane – dealing with green waste, collecting bins, cleaning the streets. But these, and the other services we provide, matter to our residents because they affect their everyday lives. Therefore, doing them well matters to me.

We have ambitions for South Kesteven. I am very aware of what the district has to offer as well as the challenges it faces, but ensuring we get the basics right provides the platform from which everything else proceeds.

We have to change how we work in order to provide quality services and grow our local economy. We have to look at our role, we have to be more efficient, and we have to generate income.

That’s why I’m proud of our green waste scheme, proud of our commitment to beat the national average on cleaner streets, and proud a small district council in Lincolnshire, is seen by Government as a key figure in tackling food waste.

These are examples of providing service, whilst also opening up opportunities to grow.

I’m approaching the New Year recharged and raring to go, to reinforce that firm foundation at SKDC.

We have a busy year ahead, and some big projects to progress, including improving leisure across the district and regenerating Grantham town centre.

These are long-term projects, they require commitment, but I’m up for the challenge, and absolutely determined to deliver.

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