After publishing the Acolaid data -- which shows how many items of work each councillor puts through the system and gives an indication of how active they are -- a number of councillors have started doing monthly or weekly reports -- as reported by Reading List. This is definitely a good thing, making what our councillors do more transparent and strengthening our democracy.
So, for those interested this is what I got up to in January for the Green Party and community:
-- knocked on doors in Park ward asking people about issues of concern
-- presented a petition to full Council asking them to improve the safety of the Alfred Sutton school crossing -- which they are doing
-- attended the Alfred Sutton school PTA meeting
-- launched a campaign for local libraries to loan out energy smart meters
-- replied to many items of casework on issues including parking, speeding, fly tipping etc
-- attended the Traffic Management Advisory Panel with residents concerned about traffic problems stemming from the closing off of Green Road
-- attended the Newtown NAG (Neighbourhood Action Group) meeting and discussed how to build the group
-- met with Reading University's Student Liaison Officer to talk about student parking issues
-- met with Reading Credit Union to talk about publicity
-- attended the Greater Reading Environmental Network AGM
-- attended and spoke at the Gaza Crisis meeting
-- volunteered for the True Food Co-Op in Newtown
-- and started my crossing patrol training -- I will be covering one of the shifts at Alfred Sutton.