WINTER is upon us and I welcome you all to another edition of Your Blackpool.
In this edition we have news on our Council couch project, which has seen our senior officers face a grilling from members of the public, the likes of which is usually reserved for people like myself.
Our terrific Get Started scheme has also had another wonderful year helping people to set up in business.
But what I want to focus on this month is our front page story – the fantastic Give a Little, Help a Lot project.
A festive feature for a number of years, the idea is that we all give a little something, in the true spirit of Christmas, to help those less fortunate than ourselves.
All donations will go to deserving causes, whether that be children in care, those living under difficult circumstances or simply a young person who could do with a little Christmas cheer.
Thanks to your generosity the project made a difference to around 1,100 children in 2013 and this year the need is just as great.
I know that times are hard right now for so many people in Blackpool so we don’t expect the earth – as the name says, just giving a little bit can make a huge difference.
We’re giving back too this Christmas and while, with finances incredibly tight with another £26m of Government cuts ahead for the next financial year, that isn’t an easy promise to make, we recognise the need to try to help you as much as possible.
So we’ve teamed up with Blackpool BID to offer free parking at all our car parks on Saturday 6 December.
There is also a ‘park for a pound’ offer at four car parks (see page 1) on Thursday evenings and Sundays on the run up to Christmas.
And finally, remaining in the spirit of giving, we’re supporting Age UK’s Donate a Coat campaign which asks people to donate their unwanted coats to help keep people warm this winter.
It is a sad sign of the times that so many people live in fuel poverty these days and that winter warmth remains a big concern.
I’d urge you to dig into your wardrobe, give generously if you can and look out for your friends and neighbours this winter too.
I wish you all a happy and healthy Christmas and all the best for 2015.