Keimach’s Corner - District still smiling through tough times

Coun Burt Keimach
Coun Burt Keimach

In spite of Britain having to cope with an economic mess not wholly of our own making, and the whole country being in the grips of some of the worst summer weather in living memory, West Lindsey remains in celebratory mode.

Just after the happy festivities marking the Queen’s 60 years on the throne, the Lincolnshire Show provided us with a platform to meet so many people from our District and around the County.

It was gratifying that so many of you took the time to pop in to see our stand at the annual event - and thanks to Ping and SLM there were lots of activities for you to get involved in. We even saw our MP Edward Leigh try out a new exercise class.

You also came out in the thousands to cheer on the Olympic Torch relay as it went through Saxilby, which creditably bore the singular honours for West Lindsey as they pulled out all the stops to put on such a once in a lifetime event!

They also managed to bring seven local primary schools together from around the district to hold their own mini-marathon, which included an opening ceremony with an Olympic torch, dancing and speeches.

On a more serious note, last week I spent time in Birmingham at the Local Government Association annual conference.

The message received loudly and clearly by every one of the more than 1200 councillors from around the country is that we are all facing exactly the same problems – lots to do, and vital services to deliver, and an ever decreasing amount of cash on hand.

But no two councils are dealing with the financial mess in quite the same way.

At West Lindsey we could be facing cuts of eight to ten per cent in some aspects of our budget.

But as always we shall drive home efficiencies so that the most vulnerable and needy of our residents will not suffer.

We are still working on stimulating job creation, together with the homes and infrastructure necessary in the short and long term.

Finally I want to remind you to think about our £250,000, Community Action and Volunteering Fund (CAV FUND).

You can apply for grants of up to £250. These can be used for activities to bring the community together.