Good evening, sorry to disturb you, but…

Hello all

I’ve said that so many times over the last few days. As per the title of a blog from a couple of weeks ago, I have been a very busy bee knocking on the doors of the good people of Blackpool South to get Gordon Marsden re-elected as our MP.

(The above music picked for no other reason that I really like the band – awesome live).

So far, I have been out in Bloomfield, Tyldesley, Highfield and Marton – the response has been generally good but this looks like it will be a much closer race than the last election so literally every vote counts. Please do tell all of your friends and family to get out there and vote Labour on June 8th.


Out campaigning with this motley crew at the weekend

Incidentally, if you, or someone you know isn’t registered to vote, it’s easy-peasy – just click the link below. If you don’t vote, you can’t complain about what government does to you.


I also attended  a PACT meeting at St Peter’s Church in the week along with Cllr Cain (although I turned up 20 mins late after having been sat in the wrong venue!). As ever, these meetings are a great way for us to pick up the concerns of residents – as well as usual issues such as ASB concerns, much of the conversation focused on Neighbourhood Watch schemes. One of our officers has taken away the contact details of watch coordinators with a view to hopefully creating a local ward network of watch groups.

Incidentally, myself and Cllr Cain are holding our next surgery 6pm tomorrow (Wed 10 May) at Bloomfield East Residents Assn on St Heliers Road should you need to speak to us.

I have also had a planning session with the Health Scrutiny Committee officer to re-schedule our work over the coming months. The whole Purdah situation (see my last blog) has really kiboshed the agenda’s for the next few months and we are trying to crowbar many important items into the meeting agendas. Anyway, some of you will be pleased to know that we are dealing with the 2 mental health items on the next meeting – young persons mental health and general mental health referrals.

This evening after work, I had a drive around the ward looking for fly tipping. It actually wasn’t too bad this evening – I only actually found 3 tips – but I cannot get my head around people simply chucking their old rubbish right into the street. It’s beyond me. The council offer a very cheap bulky items collection service so there is absolutely no need to tip. Look at this – I photo’d this tonight – literally on the pavement on a residential street (I have logged it for clearance). Anyway.


And finally, are you doing anything over the first weekend in July? We have a look at this:


It’s free and I’ve been to the last couple. I have to confess that I am not really a jazz and blues fan but I have really enjoyed them. Give it a go – there will undoubtedly be something there that you will enjoy.

Anyhoo, until next time, take care, Jim

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