EDITOR – RE: ‘Sir Peter speaks on town’s future’. I’m writing as a resident, parent and school governor.
I agree with Sir Peter Tapsell; we do need an influx of new blood and investment to turn the town around. A state of economic stagnation has existed in Mablethorpe and the surrounding area for far too many decades. This is in sharp contrast to more affluent areas in the county that have prospered due to investment in further and higher education and supporting industries.
Employment is at an all-time low in Mablethorpe, and the abolition of the EMA (Education Maintenance Allowance) and the hike in bus fares for post-16s will significantly diminish opportunities for young people from less well-off families.
There should have been representation from children and families in this recent discussion, but it is not surprising that there was not considering the much older population in the Mablethorpe East ward compared to the district of East Lindsey.
According to the 2001 Census, the Mablethorpe East ward had a population of 1,896 people; within this demographic 17.5 per cent were under 16, 3.5 per cent were between 16 and 19 and 60 per cent were between 30 and 74 (23.9 per cent 60-74, 11.9 per cent 75 and over).
Whilst the statistics might provide an explanation as to why children and families weren’t represented in the discussion they should also signpost capital for social enterprise. I am thinking particularly of the retired population, many lifetimes of work experience for establishing inter-generational projects, from support with literacy in libraries and schools to engineering workshops and apprenticeships. The only limit is one’s imagination.
On a final note, we have recently established the Mablethorpe Community Hub Steering Group.
We aim to bring together a panel of experts from health, education, social care and justice under one roof for identifying gaps in provision and opportunities, to seek solutions for children, young people and families in Mablethorpe and the surrounding area.
Our first meeting in October attracted a good turn-out, and the next meeting is scheduled for November 25, 2.30pm at the Marisco Medical Practice in Mablethorpe.
Ideally, we would like to include representatives from across all sectors within a 10-mile radius of Mablethorpe for joining up services more effectively.
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