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In my manifesto in 2016 I made a promise to put money aside for a business case to be prepared for investing in Gloucestershire Constabulary’s operations base. Well we've not only had the business case, we've made the decision to invest, planners have now given it the green light  and this week the bulldozers have started work to get the site ready.

This last month I've been canvassing your views on whether you can and are willing to, pay more for policing in Gloucestershire. My office has conducted a survey using social media as well as a written letter to every household. This year more so than any other I really needed to hear from the public before making my mind up about putting up taxes.

Today, I refer you to the British writer C.S. Lewis, probably best known for his ‘Tales of Narnia’ who said “You can’t go back and change the beginning but you can start where you are and change the ending.

For while even the most optimistic person will have found 2020 challenging, I believe we will win the battle with Coronavirus and emerge better for it.