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

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