Many meetings

Greetings all

This blog post is a bit chronologically bitty as I have had a week in Scotland last week so this report covers the week before last and this week.

I spent an afternoon planning the schedule for the council’s Health Scrutiny Committee that I chair. After carefully considering all of the potential items of healthcare provision that we could scrutinize, myself and the council scrutiny officer decided to add an extra committee meeting to the calendar – there are simply so many health related matters in play at the moment that the council need to scrutinize to ensure that the people of Blackpool get the best possible healthcare.

For anybody interested, we are holding a special Health Scrutiny Committee meeting focusing on young persons health on Wed 22 March 6pm (probably in the town hall). These meetings are open to the public and all are welcome to attend – double check the venue on the Blackpool Council Meetings page nearer the time.

Myself and Cllr Cain also attended a PACT meeting at Ibbison Court with council officers and the local beat police and PCSO’s to take queries and issues from those in attendance.

After what felt like a geological age although it was just over a week ago, the alley gates at the rear of St Heliers were finally installed. I have already had some thanks from residents on the street and hopefully this will address the traffic and dog fouling issues.

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New alley gates at the rear of St Heliers

Myself and Cllr Cain also had one of our surgeries at Bloomfield East Residents Association. If memory serves, the weather was a bit naff so let’s just day that we weren’t run off our feet. Our next one at this venue is Wed 8 March 6pm.

I attended a talk run by Blackpool Speakeasy in the Raikes Hall pub called “Voices of Syria”, given by Dr Haytham Alhamwi, who the regime of President Assad imprisoned for years for opening a library  (including weeks in solitary confinement without even a light). When you hear an account of imprisonment, torture and the death of close family first hand from a survivor, it is impossible not to be moved. Not an enjoyable evening as such, but it was well worth going to.

Please do give the Blackpool Speakeasy Facebook page a like (below) – they are a nice bunch of people trying to do something really different and interesting in Blackpool.

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I also attended the Revoelution Winter Meeting to get an update on the various projects that they are undertaking locally. You can keep up to date with the different projects that they have on the go in the area by CLICKING HERE.

You may or may not know that we have a by election in a few weeks in the Warbreck Ward, so I spent this Sunday afternoon in the drizzle, door knocking around Gynn Square, canvassing for our excellent candidate, Ian Treasure. He’s a top bloke who’ll make an excellent councillor, so give his Facebook page a like below. If you have any friends in the Warbreck Ward, then please do ask them to get out on 16 March and help get him elected.

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Tonight I sat on a Public Protection Sub Committee. As per my prior post, I can’t give specifics on this due to confidentiality, but the committee took some robust decisions to ensure that the people of Blackpool are not put at risk.

I have dealt with ward enquiries including issues with tipping in Old Foxhall (again), tipping in Adrian Street and the condition of buildings in the Lytham Road area.

Anyway, that’s me for now so until next time take care.

Cheers, Jim

All you need is …

Hello there – music inspired by the lunacy going on in the USA at the moment.

Here is a short run down of what I have been up to for the last couple of weeks:

I attended a very interesting, if a little depressing training session on child sexual exploitation at the town hall last week. The session was run by a council officer with lots of experience in this area – it really was an eye opener as to just how much of a problem this is – click the link below for some stats:

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The session really did bring home just how important it is to be alert to warning signs such as a child’s changed behaviour or clues from their social media usage. If you do have any concerns regarding a child, then you can report your concerns HERE.

I also attended an audit committee meeting just over a week ago – it as quite a short meeting this month (and a little dry), but for anybody interested in such things, please find a link HERE for more details.

I have also recently sat on my first Public Protect Sub-Committee. These committees consider the applications for licenses granted by the council where there is some concern regarding the applicant (usually taxi driver licenses). As the name of the committee states, it’s purpose is to keep the people of the town safe. Obviously, for the sake of confidentiality, I cannot give any details out about the specifics of the meeting, other than to say that I think that the committee carefully considered all of the information provided to us and made the right calls in each case.

I attended full council on 25 January. Of note for this meeting was a motion forwarded by my colleague Cllr David Owen regarding the Cumbria and South Lancashire Sustainability and Transformation Plan. This plan is designed to save over £500 million in the NHS in our area over the next 5 years and the Labour group are VERY concerned regarding it’s lack of detail. More info on the plan can be found HERE and a link to a video of the council meeting can be found below:

Last week, I attended a small protest in Preston against Donald Trump’s anti-muslim ban. Now, I know what some of you will be thinking – “Well, what’s that going to achieve?”. Well, in isolation, not that much I suppose. However, it’s really important that people show their disgust at that policy – I think that this is the thin end of the wedge. Don’t forget that that Nazi’s didn’t start off by killing Jews – it took them a decade for them to poison the mind of the German people enough be able to get away with it. I really would ask people to get involved with any future protests against this vile, racist policy.

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At the demonstration in Preston a few days ago

Yesterday, I met with the organizers of Neighbourhood Watch for this part of Lancashire. Did you know that there are 27 Neighbourhood Watch Schemes in just the Bloomfield Ward? I had no idea!

Myself and Cllr Cain were told that in Neighbourhood Watch areas, even just having the signs and stickers up has a significant effect on crime with crimes such as burglaries being fewer in such areas.

However, we want more Neighbourhood Watch coordinators as there are large parts of the ward with no cover. It doesn’t take a lot of time and the Police will fully support you. Interested? If so, the drop me a line (using the comment button) and I will put you in touch.

In terms of enquiries over the last week or so, amongst other issues, I have dealt with fly tipping on Foxhall Village (alley gates ordered), parking on Saville Road and getting new bins sorted on Adrian Street (after what has felt like a geological age).

I have also attended training sessions on Public Protection and Auditting.

And finally, if you are at a loose end on Wednesday and Thursday, here are a couple of events that are worth attending (I’m hoping to attend both):

Wednesday: Voices From Syria, with Dr Haytham Alhamwi

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Thursday (for any Revoe area residents):

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PS – Myself and Cllr Cain with be at a Police and Communities Together (PACT) meeting at Ibbison Court tomorrow at 6pm and we have our monthly surgery at East Bloomfield Residents Assn on St Heliers on Wednesday at 6pm – we’re always happy to speak to regarding matters in the ward or town. Please drop by.

Anyway, that’s all for now folks, so drop by soon.

Take care, Jim