On Monday 27th November, a delegation of South Kesteven District Councillors were given a tour of the Deepings. It was led by Coun Ashley Baxter who represents the Market and West Deeping ward. He was supported by Coun Phil Dilks and Coun Judy Stevens who both represent the neighbouring ward of Deeping St James.
The tour was organised at the request of the Chair of the District Council, Coun Bob Sampson. He was accompanied by members of the Council’s Rural Overview and Scrutiny Committee. While visiting diverse areas of the Deepings, the Councillors gained an understanding of various issues across the Deepings including public open spaces, leisure facilities, traffic and the local economy. It is hoped that the visit, which is one of a number taking place across the District, will help inform decision-making about services the Council provides.
Coun Baxter comments “There are many facilities in the Deepings which are a real practical benefit to local residents. These include Deepings Lakes nature reserve, the exotic pet refuge, the library, Jubilee Park and the Mill Field open space, not to mention a panoply of local employers thriving in diverse economic sectors. The visit was an opportunity to educate some of the Councillors who are relatively unfamiliar with the strengths and opportunities within the Deepings.”
Coun Baxter continues: “I was particularly pleased to organise the visit here in the Deepings as only last week the Full Council supported my initiative to hold more committee meetings at locations outside of the Grantham offices.”
The councillors were transported by the Deepings Age Concern minibus. As a token of gratitude, the Council will make a small contribution towards the ongoing campaign towards a more modern vehicle. The councillors concluded their visit with a round table discussion at the Deepings Community Centre.