Green Champions and other shenanigans

Hello all

First off, music picked for no other reason that I love this song from the new Sparks album, I’ve been playing it to death and I’m going to see them this weekend. They’ve been going for 49 years! I’ve seen them before and they’re amazing so I can’t wait for the weekend.

Sooo…forgive the 2 week absence – I’ve had the lurgy for most of it and I’ve spent all my time not in work or doing councillor stuff sat on the couch drinking lemsip and spam watching the Office US with Lizzie feeling very sorry for myself.

Anyhoo, here are a few of my activities over the last 2 weeks or so (I did soldier through to do these 🙂 ):

Myself and Cllr Cain attended a PACT meeting at St Peter’s Church on Lytham Road – it was good to see and few new faces at this meeting with a slightly higher turn out than usual. Amongst several discussion points, the issue of the burnt out laundry on Ball Street was discussed including the issue of children climbing in the debris. Our officers will deal with this in due course.

I was very please to attend Gordon Mardsen’s Greener Blackpool awards last week. I nominated the New Revoe Residents Assn Gardening Club for the Green Community Group Award. The hard work that these people put into the Revoe neighbourhood never ceases to amaze me, and for those of you that don’t know about them, they grow veg in raised beds literally just metres from Central Drive that is then used to feed local old folks in their Memory Lane Cafe at Ibbison Court each Tuesday lunch time. They didn’t win but they did get a runners up certificate. I’m very proud of them.


Some members of the gardening club at the awards

I also attended a full day training course on Safeguarding Children. This was a very interesting, if sometimes upsetting course – some of the case studies that we discussed included some truly harrowing stories of neglect and abuse of children. The course highlighted what to look for in terms of signs of abuse and neglect in kids. Blackpool Council have an excellent website that covers some of the features of the course – click the link below for more info (especially if you have concerns about a child):


Last week I attended 2 evening meetings – Public Protection and Audit. There’s nothing much to report from either of these meetings but for any eager beavers, info on both of them can be found by clicking the link below:


Also last week, myself and Cllr Cain had one of our surgeries at Bloomfield East. I came away with whole raft of enquiries from this meeting including issues such as dangerous parking at school gates, illegal bonfires, parking in alleys and the build up of rubbish in gardens. All issues and have logged and reported to officers who will be dealing with them shortly.

On Friday I attended a half day training course for the governors at Woodlands School. It was an interesting half day that looked at the role of the governing board. We were given the task of creating the “vision” for the school – a few lines that describe the school aims and ethos. This was not an easy task as everybody had their own ideas but we able to agree certain themes and these will be used as the basis for the “vision”.

And finally, some good news – have you seen the lights that have been installed on the trees next to Ibbison Court on Central Drive? They look great and add a bit of sparkle to the area. Myself, Cllr Cain and Revoelution have been trying to get these installed for months, so it’s nice to see them finally in place.


The lights on the trees at Ibbison Court

Anyways, until next time folks, take care. Jim

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