Whoops! What’s in a date?

Hello again you lot

I’ve just finished work after what felt like a very long week and the rain is heaving it down on Whitegate Drive at the mo, so I thought that I would crank out a cheeky blog.

First off, I have to confess to being at home to Captain Cockup this week. Myself, Cllr Cain and several friends from the Blackpool Labour Group delivered around 3000 leaflets across the ward this weekend. Myself and Lisette spent about 5 hours around Central Drive on Sunday delivering our batch. However, the eagle eyed among you (you know who you are) spotted that I have placed last years dates for PACT meetings on it by mistake. What a wassock!

Anyway, for clarity, please find the correct dates below:

Ibbison Court, Central Drive:

Monday 7 August 6pm

Monday 2 October 6pm

Monday 4 December 6pm

St Peter’s Church, Lytham Road:

Wednesday 6 September 6pm

Wednesday 1 November 6pm

So then, what else have I been up to?

Myself and Cllr Cain met with the good folks from Bloomfield East Residents Assn for the latest meeting to organise the Revoe Residents Fun Day on Saturday 19 August. This is shaping up nicely and there will be loads to do there for the kids – we have lots more planned than last year (I just hope that we don’t have the same weather). Your local MP, Gordon Marsden and the new mayor, Cllr Ian Coleman have also confirmed attendance, so please do save the date.

Myself and Cllr Cain also held a ward surgery in the week at Bloomfield East Residents Assn. It was “a little quiet” as no one actually turned up but it did give us a chance to catch up on several ward issues. If you do need to see us, don’t be shy – the surgeries are on the second Wednesday of each month at 6pm.

I also sat as a member of the Public Protection sub-committee at the Town Hall last week. The committee approved a report to consider any unmet demand for cabs in the town. The report basically recommended no change to current policy with regards to taxi numbers and all members agreed that this was right. For any eager beavers among you, the report can be accessed by clicking the link below and then clicking “Agenda Reports Pack”:


l was also pleased to attend a special council meeting on Wednesday that gave the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment the freedom of the borough. This battalion has been around for a looooong time in pre-merged earlier regiments (they fought in the American War of Independence!) and have a long history with the town – many of our lads have joined their ranks.


Mayor Ian Coleman and Colonel of the Regiment, Brigadier PS
Rafferty MBE

This week, I have dealt with several enquiries (some of which I picked up whilst out leafletting) on issues including environmental enforcement issues on poorly maintained properties, licensing issues with hotels and fast food outlets and the holiday zone consultation.

So then you lot, what are you up to over the weekend? There is no need to be bored. Have a look at these events (I’ll be trying to attend both, time permitting – click the links on the graphics for more info):



Rights, that’s me done for the time being. I think that a wee glass of wine may be in order and the next episode of the TV show Fargo – and if you’re not watching it, then you should be – it’s on Channel 4 on demand and it’s blooming awesome.

So until next time, take care all,


Walking the streets…

Hello all,

I trust that you are all well and I am pleased that you could stop by again.

Rightyho, here is a quick run down of some of my activity over the last few days:

Last week, myself and Cllr Cain (along with some officers) spent a morning trudging around the alley ways around St Heliers and Saville Road. We have had repeated reports of parking issues around here so we had a first hand inspection of the area.


One of the alleys in question

As well as issues with cars parking where they should not be doing so, we identified around 10 fly tips in these alleys. I am talking full 3 piece suites, beds and other large items. It was like DFS. I know that I always bang on about this but that’s a really cruddy way to treat your neighbours and there is no need for it.

Myself and Cllr Cain have also had a walk around the old Foxhall area after some calls from constituents regarding parking in the area. As such, we will be writing out to people living in the area to get their opinions on the matter.foxhall

Shannon Street on our walk around

Staying in the old Foxhall area, I was pleased to meet with a few hoteliers in York Street last week. The purpose of my visit was to speak to one of them regarding the current holiday zone consultation (I hope that I have been able to relieve their fears on this) but whilst I was there I was able to take away a few enquiries regarding the condition of some of the properties along here. Officers will be considering these issues in due course.

I have also chaired the newly renamed Adults Social Care and Health Scrutiny Committee (catchy name!). This meeting focused on mental health issues in the town and I was delighted that representatives from mental health charities and youth groups were able to attend and contribute. It was a really busy, packed agenda and I wish I could have dedicated much more time to each issue, but I was particularly impressed by the first hand stories of mental health provision from some younger attendees. Whilst facts and figures in reports give you an overview of an issue, when you get first hand accounts of service provision, it gives a much better understanding of the situation on the ground to the scrutiny committee. Link below to the agenda.


I also attended another governors meeting at Woodlands school. This was my first meeting as a governor where (wearing my scrutineers hat) I have been able to challenge information in reports and ask pertinent questions of the head teacher. The purpose of these meetings is to drive the strategic vision of the school, hold the head to account for educational performance and oversea the finances of the school. I hope that I did OK!

Next week: some of you may be aware that the council are honouring the The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment with the freedom of the town. This is happening at a special council meeting on Wednesday 19 July next week (2pm). After the actual meeting, the regiment will be parading through the town centre, so if you are about, do come and wave them on – info below:


And finally, it’s Bloomfield News time again. Myself and Cllr Cain will be plodding the streets of the ward over the next week or so to deliver our news letter that includes an thank you to you all from Gordon Marsden MP for your continued support during the general election. My feet are sore already and we haven’t started yet!

Anyway, for any of you that prefer your info electronically, please find a PDF of the leaflet below:

Bloomfield Summer 2017

Anyway, that’s all from me for the time being.

As ever, take care, Jim