‘ evening all!
I just thought that I would crank a quick blog out before my tea, so here goes. Right over the last few days, I have…
Last week, myself and Cllr Cain ran one of our surgeries in Bloomfield East. We were pleased that a few people came to speak to us and we took enquiries away on nuisance parking, nuisance bins in the street and an enquiry from residents of Yorkshire Street regarding permit parking in that part of Foxhall. All of the enquiries have been logged and officers are looking at them – we should be able to revert back to you soon. Incidentally, you can next catch up with us at the next PACT meeting at Ibbison Court (off Central Drive) 6pm 5 June.
I also attended my first meeting at Woodlands School as a governor last week. This was only a first informal strategy meeting (the formal meeting is this week) but my fellow governors struck me as a dedicated bunch who were passionate about getting the best outcomes for the kids at the school. I look forward to getting my teeth into some of the work streams there.
Yesterday afternoon, I attended annual council. Annual council doesn’t really have much in the way of meaty decisions/matters that affect the town as its’ main function is to retire the existing mayor, and the new mayor takes over. So after a years solid graft for the town, Kath Rowson has passed the mayoral chain over the Ian Coleman – I am sure that he will do a sterling job (see below):
This evening, I attended a briefing on Better Start Blackpool. Better Start aims to improve the life chances of babies and very young children by delivering a significant increase in the use of preventative approaches in pregnancy and first three years of life. The Better Start Partnership in Blackpool has been awarded £45 million, led by the NSPCC, the inclusive partnership is made up of the Local Authority, Clinical Commissioning Group, Blackpool Hospital Teaching Trust, Police and the Community. It brings together local families, communities, and agencies from across public, private and voluntary sectors.
Better Start is accessible to residents of the Bloomfield ward – it offers an incredibly wide range of services from early pregnancy up to 3 years old covering everything from health visits, advice on diet/alcohol, a scheme to encourage new fathers to read to their kids – there really is a wide range of services on offer. Take a look at the website below for a lot more info:
As you might imagine, I have also been doing my bit to get Gordon Marsden elected as your MP over the last week. As well as door knocking, on Monday night I spent some time phone canvassing from the campaign office at 293 Church Street. I have to say that the response on the phones was overwhelmingly positive and I really enjoyed talking to residents.
By the way, if you can spare any time and you want to see Gordon as your MP for the next 5 years (making it 25 years in total!), why don’t you pop into the office on Church Street – it’s just by the old Dan Kerr bridal shop. The campaigners in there will be really chuffed to see new faces so why don’t you nip in? Go on, they won’t bite.
And staying with the general election, have you seen the Labour Manifesto yet?
“Labour’s manifesto offers moderate, commonsense solutions to Britain’s problems – and would unlock the amazing potential of this country.” – Owen Jones. Have a look:
If you want a quick at a glance look, CLICK HERE. It really is a manifesto that will genuinely improve the lives of those struggling to make ends meet and suffering from massively underfunded public services like the NHS, social care, education and the police. Please do have a look, it’s really good stuff and it would improve the lives of the good people of Blackpool. It’s something for everyday people (see the music video link now? Pfft you took your time! ;p ).
Anyway, that’s me for now, so until next time, take care, Jim.