The C Word. Too early?

Hello all (music picked for no other reason than it’s awesome – another very, very good live band).

I’ve had a pretty busy week this week with a nice mix of dealing with queries from constituents in the ward/other ward matters and with council wide matters.

Anyhoo, here is a quick run down of some of the highlights…

Monday – Myself, Cllr Cain & Cllr Fred Jackson had a meeting at the town hall to start planning the Revoe Christmas tree switch on event. Sorry! I know that it’s only September but these things take planning!

Anyway, the date for your diaries – Monday 27 November. It will in a slightly different format this year but more info to follow later.


On Tuesday, I was called out to a resident on Shaw Road to look at a fly tipping issue. However, whilst I was there, I recorded 4 separate fly tips. Officers will be dealing with these in the very near future. However, you don’t need to wait until you see a councillor to get a fly tip shifted – the council have an excellent online reporting service that is you fastest way of getting the rubbish shifted – you can also provide any details that you have of who dumped it too! See below:


Wednesday night was full council. The big discussion items that were covered were the council’s purchase of the airport, the possible new lease of life for the prospect of a greater Lancashire Combined Authority and a motion that drew cross party support foe the setting up of an independent body to look at football governance. Please see the Gazette item below on the football governance motion:


I had two meetings in the latter half of the week – the first was at a couple of locations around Foxhall and Lytham Road to look at the installation of alleygates with Cllr Cain and an officer. One of the areas that we looked at was horrendous and had been used by street drinkers (see photo below), drug users and other undesirables as a meeting/drinking/god knows what point. Anyway, the alleygates will soon be excluding them from the area.


The condition that street drinkers had left an alley area in Foxhall

I then had a meeting over at Revoelution with Cllr Cain and Andy from Revoelution. The upshot of this meeting is that whilst Revoelution is a community lead group, we will be playing a more hands on role over the coming months and we will be attending the meetings where possible to provide our input. I’ll do a proper update on this after the next meeting.

This brings me to the weekend. As per my last blog, I went to see one of my all time favorite bands, Sparks, on Friday in Manchester. I must say that for two gents aged 68 and 72, they put on a very energetic show. I really would recommend them (you’ll recognise quite a few of their songs when you hear them).


The amazing Sparks on stage at Manchester this weekend

Today – I’ve spent from around 1pm until around 6ish prepping for a Adult Social Care and Health Scrutiny meeting that I will be chairing on Wednesday. The big items on the agenda are the annual report from Healthwatch, New Models of Care from the local Clinical Commissioning Group and a report from the Vic on various issues (but it’s finances are of immediate issue). Click below for the agenda but please be aware that ANYONE is welcome to attend these meetings, so if you are interested, it’s at the Town Hall this Wednesday at 6pm.


Right – that gives me about 2 hours to have a relax before needing to get my stuff ready for work tomorrow.

So until next time, take care, Jim

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