Sunday, 21 December 2014

Day 300 - It's (nearly) Christmas (2)

Got this card from Ed Balls and Yvette Cooper.  Practically Labour royalty. Designed by a pupil at a local school.

Cute or what?

Santa has a grey beard. Epic! Is this what some people call thinking outside the box?

300 days? Seems years.

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Day 297 - It's (nearly) Christmas

'm not really sure about Chrismas cards. What's the point of sending someone a card to say Merry Christmas when you can just say it.

I usually send cards to people I won't see but why don't I see them?  I rather like those e-cards. Easy to send. I've sent a few his year.

Should you give one to work colleagues? The boss?

Anyway yesterday a traditional card arrived from that nice Mr Miliband. Oh no, I didn't send him one.

Merry Christmas

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Another planning application at Lower Outwoods

A planning application has been submitted to the council to build houses at Lower Outwoods Road behind the hospital.

It is an Outline application for the erection of up to 150 dwellings, with associated landscaping, public open space, drainage, formation of replacement parking for Queens Hospital, associated infrastructure, earthworks and other ancillary and enabling works, including detail of access.

Likely concerns of nearby residents are:
  • additional traffic going on to Belvedere Road
  • steepness of the land
  • how lost parking spaces at the hospital will be replaced

 



Saturday, 13 December 2014

Day 291 - Ferry Bridge



The Ferry Bridge working group met yesterday - Friday. Good discussion. A timetable for the work is to be published next month.

Strangely I have had a question from the Leader of the Conservative group to the Scrutiny (Tackling the Cost of Living Crisis) Committee to be held on Wednesday 17th December 2014.

Could the Leader provide an explanation of the work and time he has been spending on the Ferry Bridge refurbishment, including any ongoing commitments he may have given.
 
I have two questions:
  1. Am I the only person who cannot see how the Tackling the Cost of Living Crisis is relevant here?
  2. Why do I have to explain how I use my time? When Cllr Grosvenor was leader of the council, he carried out his job from his office at the Maltsters. He did not provide an explanation of the work and time he had been spending on his job.
What a cheek.

Day 289 - Hospital Forum

Well attended hospital forum this evening and good discussion. Except a man stood up and introduced himself as a Conservative candidate in the May elections. Frankly he misread the meeting. We have a history of cross-party cooperation and his comments were well out of order.
 
He shouldn't have been there. The forum is for local residents, councillors and representatives of the hospital. He is none of these.


 

Days 287, 288 and 290 - Combined Authorities


I have been to three meetings this week to discuss Combined Authorities; Stafford Monday, Stoke Tuesday and Birmingham Thursday. And have we made any progress? Not sure. We are maintaining a watching brief to see how things pan out.



 

Monday, 8 December 2014

Day 287 - Star Chamber

This morning we had a meeting of the council's Star Chamber. This is where we look at the council's finances and the budget for next year.

Despite the Conservatives having left a £500,000 shortfall in the budget, we have promised not to raise the council tax for next year. Will we manage to balance the books and freeze council tax? You'll have to wait and see.
Whatever - the council's cash is safe in Labour's hands.