Use the three Ls for priorities
It was good to see David Lloyd, the new leader of Newark and Sherwood District Council, set out his priorities in As I See It (New Leader Sets Out Priorities, Advertiser, May 17).
The best way to ensure he achieves his main priority, which is to be re-elected next year, would be to follow a simpler formula than the five Is that he mentioned.
LISTEN to the folk of Newark about their issues — jobs; declining footfall and loss of business; bad roads and traffic; petty crime, drug dealing and vandalism, which goes unpunished; lack of policing in Newark; poor provision of tourism promotion, ie Newark Air Museum, St. Mary’s Church, the showground, riverside, Newark Royal Market, our Polish War Graves, the Newark Torc; all gems that are rarely mentioned. There is much more to Newark than the Civil War Museum and Newark Castle.
LOOK — get out of Castle House and see the lack of community use of the town’s historic assets like the Buttermarket, Corn Exchange and Robin Hood Hotel.
Then look at a vision of visitors to Newark Showground and air museum actually staying in Newark a night or two and spending more here.
Work out ways to achieve this, for example, an attractive town centre night life, more parking, and a bus service to and from the showground via our two railway stations, which would encourage people to visit without cars.
LEAD — There are talented people in our business, charity, community and arts sectors with ideas and contacts to make our town more attractive.
Invite them to get together with town and district councils to exchange ideas.
Visitors to a town full of independent shops and markets are what we need to succeed.
A proper Tourist Information Centre would help.
There is no time to waste hanging back until next year’s elections.
If visible improvements start to happen soon, re-election should be achievable. — Jenni Harding, Newark (Full address supplied).