I wrote this update from Liverpool where I was privileged to attend Locality’s annual conference. I travelled by train on Monday 9th November, the long journey north giving me time to reflect on the Remembrance Sunday message. It is so important to recognise the sacrifice of all those soldiers and civilians who lost their lives in the fight to protect our freedoms. I can recall last year’s display of ceramic poppies around the Tower of London and the impact it had on the whole nation, so it was amazing to discover on arriving in Liverpool that the ‘weeping window’ had just been installed on the front of St George’s Hall. Even without the main sea of poppies it was still an impressive and thought provoking display.
Back to the conference where the emphasis was upon community engagement, neighbourhood improvement and devolution. Community engagement is of importance to the Council since consultations inform the Local Authority’s decision making. Area Committees are a key facilitator in this process. Over the years the Broadstone, Bearwood and Merley Area Committee has used its funding to enhance local play facilities and public open spaces, implement traffic management schemes, successfully fight to keep local bus services and help protect our recreation ground from unauthorised encampments. Despite their value the current administration is in the process of axing this form of public engagement.
Finally, the current weekly black bin collections will be replaced by fortnightly collections next year. Both decisions are controversial so please let me know your views.
Final 2015 surgery Saturday December 5th 10.00 – 12.00 Broadstone Library
First 2016 surgery Saturday January 2nd 10.00 – 12.00 Broadstone Library
Cllr Mike Brooke