Happy New Year
Hopefully everyone will have had a good festive season and be looking forward to what 2018 will bring us.
I don't think we would have guessed right about the happenings in the year just gone so I'm not going to speculate about the year to come!
Thank you to everyone who looked out for others over the festive period. It makes a real difference. Our fantastic faith organisations do so much to make life better for others - whether it be supporting the work of the FoodBank, the Forge, The Lighthouse or in a myriad of other ways.
At its best I think Christmas is a time for family and friends. that's certainly how I spent time playing with my new 5 week old grandchild and her 2 year old brother whilst looking after my 89 and 91 year old parents.
Meanwhile it was good to see Scunthorpe United winning at home in an exciting victory over Southend as well as listening to their excellent win at Blackpool as I drove my parents home. This was then topped off with a very good away point at Blackburn and all 3 points at home to Bury.
So we enter 2018 with much to be optimistic about!!! It's time for setting stalls out with resolutions for the New Year. A turning of the page and determination to make an impact. So good luck to everyone with keeping your resolve!! That's what I hope to do too. Resolving to battle for local people to protect and celebrate the green open spaces that characterise our proud garden towns against an unthinking North Lincolnshire Council. And also stand up for our heritage whether it's in our villages, Kirton, Bottesford or Scunthorpe.
Too often we seem to be at the back of the queue for investment but at the front of the queue when it's time to trample on our heritage. Whether it's Scunthorpe Market, Central Park, Kirton's bus services, Bottesford's roads and pavementds or something else local people treasure that isn't valued by a Council that's deaf to local people's views I will stand up and be counted in championing what people care about.
Happy New Year!!