HAPPY New Year!
As we pass from 2013 to 2014 it is a good time for reflection both on the past and into the future. 2013 marked 1100 years of Stafford as a settlement, whilst 2014 remembers 400 years of the Mayoralty and council established by charter of King James I. A more sombre anniversary is 100 years since the start of the First World War in August.
What these anniversaries remind us of is service to country or community down the ages. This is why so many of us have fought so hard to retain services at Stafford Hospital, and whilst good progress has been made, it is not enough. Let us hope for a speedy resolution in 2014. We also continue to lobby to retain a substantial University presence in the town.
On a positive note, next week sees the demolition of the Bridge Street car park in preparation for the new shopping development there, and we have had considerable success in progressing the borough plan which it is hoped will be adopted by the summer.
With an improving economy, and growth evident throughout the borough, I am quietly optimistic our future remains bright.