Reasons to be cheerful

Hello all

I’ve still been a busy wee councillor since my last post.

You may recall that in one of my first blogs, I mentioned that I had been looking at some arts type projects and some business orientated projects around Central Drive.

Well, last week I had a meeting with some very imaginative and dedicated officers and Andy from the Revoelution project (who are helping to fund much of this) and I can now give you some details of a few of the work streams:

Neon Works – Artist/ writer led project working with local groups to create texted based works to be fabricated in neon and displayed in empty shops along Central Drive. Neon artwork displayed in empty shops in line with illuminations period.

Illuminations on Central Drive – Installation of light works at each end of central Drive.

Central Cinema Heritage – To research the history of the cinema with Ibbison Court groups along with Tony Starkey to create graphic collage of historic photos and old film / event posters which celebrate the buildings history.

There are other work streams that are too early in the planning stage to give anything away on yet but the above the mini projects are in the works imminent.

What do you think?

Oh by the way, I can confirm that the Revoe Library Christmas tree will categorically be back this year (some of you have enquired about it).

Also last week, I chaired the Council Health Scrutiny Committee – items of particular note where the scrutinising of reports on the service provided to Blackpool from the North West Ambulance Service and the new Vanguard models of care – the link to the meeting can be found below:


I also attended the joint annual general meeting of the Blackpool and Fylde Clinical Commissioning Group last Thursday afternoon that gave an overview of their performance over the year, but most of my Thursday was taken up with the Tyldesley by-election. I was of course delighted to see David Collett elected as Blackpool’s newest councillor and I am certain that he will be an excellent representative for the people of the Tyldesley ward (and it’s also nice not to be the council newbie!).


David Collett (centre) just after his victory in Tyldesley had been announced.

Yesterday (Monday), I attended a PACT meeting at Ibbison Court – it’s always a pleasure to see the regulars there. I have logged an enquiry regarding drivers driving up the local one way system the wrong way and one of our officers took away another 20 enquiries (that should keep him busy!)

Tonight I attended a meeting with Cllr Cain with a representative from an organisation called Communities Can. This body sources assistance for small community groups – they don’t give away cash but they can provide vouchers for services that a group would otherwise have to pay for. As it is a trail project, Communities Can will cease to be, pending a review in December, so if there are any small community groups out there that could use this sort of help then either drop me a line or CLICK HERE for more info.

FLYTIPPING – this ol’ chestnut – this is my most common enquiry type from constituents – I dealt with a very bad tip on Royle Street (off Shaw Road) yesterday. Well, it’s being very seriously looked at and the much threatened mobile CCTV cameras will definitely be deployed soon (our officers are just finalizing a list of ward hot spots). So, fingers crossed, we should start nicking the so-and-so’s in the very near future.

Which brings me nicely onto this…


This was on my doormat when I got home tonight. Again, fingers crossed for some inconsiderate people getting their collars felt.

Right, I think that’s me done for the time being, so cheerio.


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