Christmas message from Myles Robinson, mayor of Nailsworth

Stroud News and Journal: Mayor of Nailsworth Myles Robinson Mayor of Nailsworth Myles Robinson

AS 2013 draws to a close it is time to reflect on what has been achieved in Nailsworth during the past year and to look forward to the challenges of 2014.

Since becoming mayor in May this year I have been struck by how many people work tirelessly in our community in a voluntary capacity.

The Nailsworth Noel evening, the National Town Criers Championships or the Remembrance Day service last month would not happen without a huge amount of voluntary help and talent. It is fitting therefore that one of our community, Margaret Marshall, received national recognition with the award of the British Empire Medal for the work she has done in Forest Green and at the Arkell Centre.

Heroes abound in Nailsworth and in sport, the excitement was provided by Shortwood United, who achieved a magnificent FA Cup run culminating in a televised match against League One Port Vale.

During 2013, the Town Information Centre moved to the former police station in Old Market.

Thanks to all the volunteers who work there as well as all those who work for the town council.

Nailsworth is a popular shopping and eating out destination and the local traders and the Chamber of Trade must be congratulated.

The successful campaign to retain free car parking in Nailsworth showed the resolve and independent spirit of the community.

There are plenty of challenges for 2014.

Our recent Housing Needs Survey showed there were 52 local families in need of new homes. I am pleased to report that a group of local people are setting up a Community Land Trust in response. New children’s play equipment is to be installed in the King George V field in 2014 and we continue to provide further facilities for young people.

On behalf of my fellow councillors I wish you a happy Christmas.


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