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Stamford… my kinda town!

March 14, 2017 1:09 PM
By Anita Day in Postcard from a Lincolnshire Liberal

Anita DayWhen people ask where I live, I usually say Stamford, although I actually live in a village a few miles outside it. That's partly because they will have heard of Stamford (unlike my village, it was voted the best place to live in 2013!), but also because, in many ways, it feels like my spiritual home.

Many friends live there, and it is the place in which I stroll, shop, eat out, meet friends for coffee or lunch, explore with visitors, or see cinema, live music or theatre. Theatre has been a particular delight! Having been involved in community theatre for 15 years, I was keen to join Stamford Shoestring Theatre Company when we moved into the area, and I quickly fell in love with its wonderful Arts Centre venue, its friendly & talented members and all-round top quality productions. Their play last September, Good People - in which I was fortunate enough to play a Bostonian professor with a rather unpleasant husband - remains one of the finest productions I've ever been involved in. And last week, we saw the excellent Tartuffe, which starred several friends from the company, and made me long to return to the stage… one day… when my life is a little less manic!

Last weekend, we also attended a book-signing by celebrated local author & friend, Hilary Spiers, which took place at Walkers, a small independent Bookshop. As I walked around the shop, it seemed to sum up the essential charm of the town… beautiful & historic, certainly, but with a quirky, proud, independence.

But the problem with picture-postcard towns is that visitors can leave thinking that everything is wonderful for their residents… when in fact, just as with all towns, there can be significant problems lurking beneath the surface. Stamford is really a town of two halves: one half appears affluent and looking forward to its next Georgian Festival; whilst in the other, there are issues around rising household bills, debt and social deprivation - Stamford has a foodbank too, perhaps not as large as Grantham's but just as important to those who need it.

And there are the concerns shared by all residents: access to doctors following the creation of the Lakeside super-practice; the availability of social care for the elderly; sufficient secondary school places within the town; the onslaught facing small shops, pubs & restaurants following the changes to business rates, the pension rules & living wage; the fall in the pound putting up prices, and new parking restrictions which may deter coach parties from spending money in the town! Supporting our small businesses will become even more important in the months ahead.

I'm honoured to have been asked to stand in May's County Council elections with Harrish Bisnauthsing as Lib Dem candidates for Stamford West & East respectively. Fifty years ago, Stamford became the country's first ever conservation area. We want to ensure that the decisions made by the County Council in Lincoln reflect the needs of Stamford people today!

Take care, and speak soon

Anita

PS: If you are interested in any of my previous Postcards, you can find them here: https://southlincslibdems.org.uk/en/page/postcards-from-a-lincolnshire-liberal

PPS: I'm very conscious that this week I've been talking about just one town - sorry! I hope that those who don't know Stamford didn't find it too uninteresting!

But I want to send out the call! Please contact me if you fancy writing a 'guest' postcard for a future week about your local area, or another topic that you think might be of interest to our members and friends. I'd love to hear other people's thoughts, and I think others would too! So please get in touch! A

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