Councillor Marion Brighton, Leader of North Kesteven District Council in Lincolnshire on how partnership with a social enterprise has helped tackle rural grot spots.
As Conservatives in North Kesteven, we believe in assisting young people whose future prospects do not look good, but which can be considerably improved by initiating schemes whereby useful, gainful employment is encouraged and assisted and whereby the youngster can hopefully acquire self respect for the work they are undertaking.
"In addition, the WatchNK initiative helps to meet the demands and
expectations of all residents. Therefore, the two elements provide a
unique opportunity to work with a social enterprise, helping young
people acquire new skills, which will benefit them in future years and,
in doing so, allows us, as a Council, to keep our streets and open
spaces clean and tidy at a very competitive price."
Maintaining and enhancing clean streets and open spaces is no easy task when talking about a rural district covering 356 square miles. At North Kesteven District Council we know that this is an issue that is important to our residents. However, a pioneering partnership with a charity now allows the District Council to provide a proactive and highly effective service – WatchNK.