New year message from Paul Grimes, Mayor of Royston
THERE is no doubt that this has been a challenging year for Royston and the town has found itself in a period of change. While some will look at this change with regret, others will view it with optimism and hope. The High Street has borne the brunt of t
THERE is no doubt that this has been a challenging year for Royston and the town has found itself in a period of change.
While some will look at this change with regret, others will view it with optimism and hope.
The High Street has borne the brunt of these changes, as the current economic situation is making life difficult for all.
However, I am heartened by some of the positive things that have happened.
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As businesses have closed their doors for the last time, several new ones have opened.
By gaining local control over the markets, I hope that they can be built back up and once again attract people into the town, and the success of the Royston BID process has been well documented. As long as the town continues to work together in this way, I feel sure that good things will follow.
- 1 CCTV appeal after vehicles interfered with in Royston
- 2 Villagers launch bid to raise £200,000 for 14th-century church paintings
- 3 What's next for Thakeham development after Local Plan sites revealed?
- 4 Heath threatened with 'eyesore' borehole kiosks
- 5 This Hound could run and and run... Sherlock Holmes play was 'a fun evening'
- 6 Royston man to stand trial for permitting production of cannabis
- 7 Street singers lift people's spirits with town centre flash mob
- 8 Malaysian-style Fens home leaves Grand Designs viewers in awe
- 9 Hertfordshire's adult social care workers honoured at award ceremony
- 10 Busy week for Royston firefighting crews as they keep people safe
What we should take most from the last year is the knowledge that Royston has taken control of its own destiny.
In an age where it is all too easy to give up and expect others to sort out problems, I am proud to be part of a town that has taken this approach.
The hard work of continuing to build on this year's successes begins in January.
For now, in the festive period, it is time to be with friends and family and to eat, drink and be merry.
Both Charlotte and I wish everyone a healthy and prosperous new year.