One of the things I love about the district of Harborough is the “can do” spirit of the people that live here.
From the school children giving it their all in a county sports event to the small business owner opening a new showroom, you can’t help but admire how keen folk are to give things a shot.
A big part of my role as council leader is about ensuring everything is in place to give people a head start in making the most of every opportunity that comes their way.
We’re lucky to live in one of the best places in the country.
Our schools are good and we have good links to London, Leicester, and Northampton and are surrounded by some beautiful landscapes.
But we cannot afford to rest on our laurels.
The council needs to do all it can to help everyone in the district achieve all that they can.
This means protecting what we have – by conserving our countryside, championing good transport, supporting our schools and police officers and working closer with our communities.
But it also means taking some tough decisions to guarantee that the district becomes an even better place to live in the future.
One of the big issues we need to think about is how to support local businesses so that people can get good jobs and share in the benefits of economic growth.
I’m going to do all I can to attract investment by banging the drum for this district whenever I get the chance.
None of this will be easy, and there will be challenges ahead, but I am sure that Harborough district is ready for these.
My approach will be one of “evolution” not “revolution” for the district and I look forward to sharing this with you through this column in the months ahead.