Editor’s weekly column: Community effort needed to overcome setback

Neil Pickford is the editor of the Harborough Mail
Neil Pickford is the editor of the Harborough Mail

Harborough District Council clearly faces some tough decisions as it attempts to meet its duties to the district’s taxpayers at a time when the Government is putting the squeeze on the amount of money it hands over and the amount local authorities can increase their council tax demands by.

These pressures lead to actions being taken that not even the council would find palatable, and I am sure that the decision to remove significant funding from Harborough Improvement Team and thus the full-time project office role would have been taken with a heavy heart.

Read the Mail’s story here: Town centre team is latest on hitlist for council’s cuts.

The team, led by officer Chris Sewart, has been central to much of the positive action that has been taken in Harborough in recent years.

It has galvanised community efforts and inspired people to do their bit to help promote the area.

The scaling back of the team carries a danger that there will be no single permanent organisation or body to co-ordinate the efforts of those who have good intentions but may not know how to achieve their goals.

The council will do its best, but we all have a responsibility to promote the town, run events and make it as successful as possible.

I am sure those who already do their bit will continue to put in the same efforts as in recent years and if we can continue to harness the very obvious community spirit in the district, we can overcome this setback.

Column by Neil Pickford.

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