COLUMN: Troubled times but remember our year-round local heroes

Coun Gary Taylor

by Coun Gary Taylor
South Holland District Council portfolio holder for communities and facilities

Following the recent horrendous terror attacks we hear so many examples of the extraordinary bravery from members of the emergency services and from passers-by, as they put the safety of others before their own welfare.
Events such as this change lives and their life and that of many family members will never be the same again for so many people.  For the rest of us which watch the news and read the news reports, our life carries on as it did previously.

We are for a short term more vigilant and even suspicious of certain situations and then we vow to remain defiant despite more threats of terror, and decide that the show must go on.

We hear strong words uttered, however the actions speak louder. It’s encouraging to hear people signing up to learn basic first aid, as they want to put skills and kindness it good use.
Just as terrorism breeds terrorism also acts of bravery and kindness also increase and we should also remember that throughout the year members of our emergency services, armed forces, NHS, council staff and those in the voluntary sector are carrying out very difficult and stressful roles in order to make our lives better. These are our local heroes.
Think about the amazing work which is carried out by the street pastors, which patrol town centre streets during all weathers, until the early hours of the morning in order to enhance the experience of socialising in our town centres.
My council areas of responsibility include community safety and I’m proud of our recent record of enhancing CCTV, and introducing the Public Spaces Protection Order, which now takes action against a range of anti-social activities locally, as by operating as a united community we can work together in order for us to feel safe in our neighbourhood.

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