Mayor’s column: My new year resolution to you

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Firstly can I wish all Chad readers “A very Happy New Year” and that you all enjoyed the festive break with your families and friends.

Secondly, can I thank the hundreds of you that responded to the appeal for food bank donations for those less fortunate. Food parcels were distributed on Christmas Eve to vulnerable people in sheltered accommodation, including Mansfield Baptist Church, who this year kindly offered to provide the annual homeless shelter for the District.

Thirdly, I am pleased to inform you that the editor of the Chad , Phil Bramley, is to place my column elsewhere in the Chad from now on. When I agreed to do this column just over ten year ago, it was agreed with the then Editor, Jeremy Plews that it should be non-political.

I know from the letters I have received that there are many of you that object to the” political banter” that is in the Labour Leaders column and on that note I would like to correct some information that was in his column last week.

He proudly commented that the government had awarded Mansfield District Council an additional £1.2 million grant allocation for 2014/15.

The fact is that the allocation was £77,000 less than our original indicated grant allocation.

The revised figure is only half the amount we were allocated three years ago, yet we continue to provide more and better services.

I am fully aware that you get fed up with hearing “bleating politicians” be it in the press or on television.

So my ‘New Year’s resolution’ is to keep you informed in an honest, open and transparent manner of issues that affect the quality of life for you, the people of Mansfield.

Thanks to the support of the Chad and a number of great individuals the” Pamela Cook Memorial Appeal” is doing very well, but we need to ensure that the fund provides a fitting tribute to one of Mansfield’s great ladies.

For those of you who wish to donate to the appeal it can be done via the Just giving website https://www.justgiving.com/mansfieldrotaryclub or speak to editorial team at the Chad.

Also I would like to congratulate Asha Khemka, The Chief Executive and Principal at Vision West Notts College on being made a Dame in the New Year’s honours.

I feel sure that many parents with students that have passed through the college cannot fail to be inspired by her leadership qualities.

Finally, hopefully the New Year will see the Stags continue their current unbeaten

run when they take on Scunthorpe at the One Call Stadium on Saturday.

Whilst Paul Cox and the team have come in for some recent criticism, I feel sure that the doubters will turn out in great numbers on Saturday to see a continued rise up the division 2 table.