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From Les Sharp in Menstrie Matters, December 2014

As most of you will know by now, I have been fortunate to be elected to the post of Leader of Clackmannanshire. This is a huge honour for me and a huge challenge.

As we face ever increasing budget pressures, the fight to retain front line services becomes more and more difficult, linked with external pressures of changing legislation. It will be inevitable that the Council changes the way it works. I am currently looking at what this will mean and just how effectively we can take things forward, albeit differently.

On more local matters, can I offer my congratulations to the team that have worked so hard to complete the Community Garden. At the recent Open Day, it was a pleasure to finally see the end result and the end of the disused drying greens which have blighted that area behind the church for so many years. Of course there is always work to be done and if you are 'into' gardening I would recomend a visit. They are also seeking someone to assist with CCTV installation and security lights. Please contact me if you can help and l will pass the info along.

Even more congratulations are due: Menstrie House came through an unannounced inspection with flying colours recently. Now, whilst we all know how good the home is, locally, it s really great that Louise and her team get recognition from the Inspectorate. Well done to all involved with Menstrie House!

At the Council we are looking at how we can let and maintain our lock-up garages, so a consultation will be put underway to get your views. Please have a look at Clacks Citizen Space on Clacksweb to have an input.

We are also seeking new Foster Care families. This rewarding work helps us take care of some of our most vulnerable children in their hours of need and takes them into a loving environment where they can leam the values of a caring family life.

It seems somewhat unreal that whilst writing this the sun is beating down in Menstrie and I am about to wish each and everyone of you a Happy, Peaceful Christmas and a Healthy and Prosperous New Year for 2015.

This is our good fortune from residing in a county blessed with a diversity of weather, culture and nature.

As always I can be contacted at my surgery each Tuesday between 6-7pm in the Dumyat Centre, by e-mail, by phone (01259 452286) or by personal contact.

Councillor Les Sharp

December 2014

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