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.
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:
Anyway, that’s all from me for the time being.
As ever, take care, Jim