As many of you will know, when I became Mayor in May, I promised to have a good look at all aspects of the work of the town council in an effort to move things on to a new and more positive footing.
I believe that there is a genuine desire in the town to see the whole town centre flourish.
We have streets that are filled with character and a market square that has the capacity, as a public open space to host a range of events.
There is certainly a sense that it is time for a change. In order to achieve our aims and properly budget, we need a plan. A town plan for Gainsborough.
This plan MUST involve you. What is important to you? What do you think we should do?
There is a huge potential to improve what we do at Richmond Park, Roses and Marshalls Sports grounds, but what would you like to see?
I personally would love to see the rowing club supported to re-establish itself and gain a landing stage and access to the river from Roses. I’d like to find Gainsborough Rugby Club a permanent home.
I’d like all households to be able to access a computer and people of all ages to have the opportunity to both learn how to use one and enjoy the benefits that using the Internet brings.
Working with West Lindsey District Council, we want to see housing improved as well as our streets and living environment.
These are but a few of what could be our aims for the next few years.
Next year, it is 1,000 years since – for a brief moment – Gainsborough became the capital of England. And what a fascinating story that makes.
It would be great to have a town festival that celebrates that point in our history.
It is time for a change. The Riverside Festival needs to expand into a Gainsborough Town Festival, bringing the whole area alive and making Gainsborough a place that people want to visit.
Over the next few weeks, through the Gainsborough Standard, we will be asking you what you want for our town.
Please give it some thought. We want you to be at the centre of our plans for Gainsborough for the next five years.
Coun Lesley Rollings
Gainsborough Town Council