Christmas messages from Sevenoaks District Council leader and chairman
By kentsussex | Wednesday, December 12, 2012, 11:09
The leader and chairman of Sevenoaks District Council have issued their Christmas message for 2012.
Cllr Peter Fleming, Leader of Sevenoaks District Council, says: 'Despite the challenging economic environment in which we all continue to find ourselves, we can look back on 2012 as an amazing year with many successes and highpoints for the District and the Council.
'We were the only Council outside of London to host a London 2012 Paralympic Games event, the Road Cycling, as well as taking the lead on the local leg of the Olympic torch relay when some 25,000 people cheered on the inspirational torch bearers who ran through our District.
'More than 280 members of the community came forward to provide stewarding at both events. We also launched the Big Community Fund, which is helping communities throughout the District to improve the areas in which they live.
'Like most public authorities, businesses and families, we have to work with significantly less money than a year ago.
'The reality is we face further reductions in Government funding in years to come as the country tries to clear its debts.
'But we have exceptional people at the Council and although we, along with many others, face a period of change and inevitably we will have to do things differently, I believe that we have the talent to see us through to a brighter future.
'Christmas is seen as a time for giving and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those within our community who give their time for others throughout the year, whether it is to help make peoples' lives easier or by enhancing their community.
'So as thoughts turn to what the New Year may bring, although uncertain, I believe that the spirit of those within our communities who are determined to continue to help others will see us through.
'Can I take this opportunity to wish all residents of the District a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.'
Cllr Dee Morris, Chairman of Council, added: 'Christmas is a very special time of year. It is a time for families and friends to get together and a time for giving and for sharing and for thinking about those less fortunate than ourselves.
'As 2012 draws to a close, it gives us a chance to reflect on the past year. As the Council Chairman I have been very fortunate to meet many wonderful people across the District who give up much of their spare time to help older, vulnerable and needy people.
'For some, Christmas can be a lonely time of year. But I am buoyed that local volunteers will be helping some of those who find themselves alone at Christmas.
'It has been an exceptional and memorable year. The Queen's Jubilee events, the Olympic Torch Relay and the Paralympic Games at Brands Hatch have made 2012 so special and I am proud that our Council staff worked hard to make these events happen.
'I would like to thank all those working over Christmas, including Council staff in our CCTV room, who provide an emergency out-of-hours service, and staff on call as well as the emergency services for our safety and wellbeing.
'Finally my thoughts go out to all those serving in the armed forces who find themselves thousands of miles away from their loved ones over the festive period.
'I wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year.'