The past few months have been difficult for many reasons. The shock of events in Paris served to remind us of the havoc that can be wreaked by those with extreme views.
Similarly, the needless killing of young people in schools and colleges across America and other countries serve also to remind us that we must be ever vigilant.
Here in South Kesteven your elected representatives and officers continue to work hard to make the district a safer, healthier and better place to live, work and relax.
The Grantham relief road has at last got under way. We are beginning to see the end of the negotiations to bring a new cinema to the town. A new local plan is emerging to ensure Grantham and the District becomes a place fit for the 21st century.
Plans seem to take an age to come to fruition but I am sure 2016 will see positive progress to meeting the objectives we have set ourselves. So it is with optimism and confidence that I wish you a peaceful and prosperous New Year.