Wednesday, 2 February 2011

A month in the life of a Green Party councillor -- Maiden Erlegh, cuts, electoral reform plus more

It has been a busy couple of months and so I have rolled the December and January update into one. Working with my colleague Melanie Eastwood we have been continuing to support parents on the issue of changes to Maiden Erlegh's catchment area. We have been pushing for a meeting to resolve parking problems in the east of Newtown, but unfortunately progress continues to be slow. One of the other big areas we have been working on is a solution to the traffic problems in Talfourd Avenue. However, it hasn't all been work, I managed to get away at Christmas to visit my parents in Congleton, Cheshire.

Council meetings and briefings -- 5
Surgeries -- 2 stationery
School governor meetings -- 3
Community meetings and events -- 15
Enquiries and requests for repairs from residents -- 113

Some of our action:
· supported the community walk down to the Maiden Erlegh catchment area consultation and asked a question at full council on the same issue
· continued to work against unfair cuts to public services as the budget looms
· campaigned for a fairer voting system
· lobbied for cheaper bus tickets

Some of our results:
· got the Council to publish advice for members of the public on clearing snow
· got the Council to reverse plans to charge an eye watering £300 for a discretionary parking permit -- which was free -- but they are still charging £50
· thanks to our campaigning the council is now looking into taking action against dumped trolleys
· as usual we got countless instances of fly tipping cleared, graffiti cleaned, potholes filled and residents' questions answered.

· None claimed.

Gifts to declare -- over the value of £25:
· None.

My interests are published on Reading Borough Council's website.

Monthly councillor allowance (pay) before deductions: £685.08

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