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South Kesteven District Council leader looks ahead to 2022 and St Martin's Park development in Stamford

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Kelham Cooke, South Kesteven District Council leader (Con), shares his new year message.

In spite of the challenging and unpredictable era is which we live, the past year has seen our community really come together, embracing the vaccination programme and adjusting the way we live to protect ourselves and our loved ones.

It has not been easy for any of us, but I have been extremely proud of the community spirit in Stamford, Bourne and the Deepings, as well as the extensive work of SKDC to support those whose lives or businesses have been so heavily impacted by the pandemic.

Kelham Cooke (43006000)
Kelham Cooke (43006000)

We distributed around £68,000 in community grants in 2021 to support local groups and projects across the district, including the Stamford Diversity Festival in August. We have also put to work over £250,000 across the district as part of the Government’s Welcome Back Fund, which is helping us host events and launch campaigns to promote our high streets, including a variety of Christmas performances on Stamford high street this month.

I am extremely excited about the new development at St Martin’s Park, which was approved in October and promises not only homes but significant commercial space, a retirement village, and beautiful open green space.

I was also delighted that my colleagues and I were able to agree on the need for a full refurbishment of the Deepings Leisure Centre. This project will now go forward for a public consultation to seek the views of local service users and ensure that the revamped facility truly meets the needs of the active community who rely on this space for healthy living and social engagement.

There is so much to be optimistic about and I look forward to another year of projects and plans in every corner of our district.

I hope you all had an excellent a Christmas and I wish you the happiest of New Years.

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