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Public Notice for Medworth Ward

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Uncontested

Uncontested

I had one of the best canvassing days EVER today.

The sun was shining and literally every single person I spoke to door-to-door was supportive and friendly.  I canvassed for six hours and covered over half of my ward and it was absolutely brilliant.  I’d like to thank so many people that I spoke to that were all so nice.

When I got home I began to get word of the list of candidates that were standing in Fenland.  I had wondered if we might get some “no contests” but I never thought there would be so many.  All across Fenland, many of my colleagues will be elected unopposed.

In a way I am a little disappointed, as the unofficial news is that I will also be elected unopposed. I’m sad because I had been really hoping one of these so-called “Independents” was going to stand against me.  I would have liked to see how that worked out for them.

I’m sorry to the people of Medworth that no other candidate has put their name in.  You deserve a choice and that has been denied to you.  I would have been happy to campaign for re-election on my record.  Indeed I have already put out a newsletter, a letter and a leaflet across the ward, and canvassed about 75% of the ward, so I was certainly up for it.  It appears that the various other parties and “independents” couldn’t find somebody willing to take me on.  It appears they were all frit, as there’s no sign of them.  Or perhaps they are just supportive of the work I do?  :)

But I’m pleased for my Town Council colleague Michael Hill, who is Deputy Mayor and can now be as assured as you can be with such things that he will be the Mayor in May.  I know he is going to be a great Mayor – again!

Once more, thanks to all the people who had said they were going to vote for me.  It was truly humbling.  There’s no need to do so now, but I will work hard every day for the next four years on your behalf.  Thank you.

Campaign Time 2019

Campaign Time 2019

Well it’s that time again.

The time when we all go out and ask people to come vote for us.

The time when the opposition and the Usual Suspects start sneering, lying and slating the Conservatives – while claiming that it is the other way around. :)

The time when the Wisbech Standard begins its weekly campaign to get somebody, anybody, elected who isn’t a Conservative.

The time when people nobody has seen in their ward for the last four years turn up and start pretending that they are a better alternative than the people who work all year around.

Never mind.

The sun is shining.  The air is fresh.  And the people I am meeting in my ward as I canvass are very pleasant and very positive.

I have every faith that the people in Wisbech broadly know the truth, no matter what smears the collective opposition try to run with.

As ever, it will be what it will be.  We shall see.

See you all soon, on the doorstep.  Looking forward to it!

 

 

Update:

So apparently the fairly simply blog post (above) is “ghastly and nasty.”  :)

But none of the comments on the various private Facebook groups he frequents are?  None of the personal remarks about me, or Sam Hoy?  None of the comments by anybody on the Hatefest forum are “ghastly and nasty?”  Just my little blog, above.

If ever there was clear-cut evidence of exactly what I said, it’s right there.

People are right to point to the low esteem in which the Old Press is held, nationally and locally.  And this is why.

Wisbech Get Together

Wisbech Get Together

Wisbech Get Toegher

Medworth & Clarkson Ward Surgery, October 2017

Medworth & Clarkson Ward Surgery, October 2017

Just a quick reminder that my Councillor Surgery is on today, in the Angel, from 3PM – 5PM.

Drop in for a chat, to report issues, to suggest ideas, or just to say “hello”. Hope to see some of you there.

Boogie Tots, QMC

Boogie Tots, QMC

I went along to meet the Boogie Tots today at the Queen Mary Centre.
 
Boogie Tots is an activity group for young children, where their parents can take them for some music, dancing and gentle exercise.
 
It was brilliant actually. Holding the attention of a roomful of very small children is incredibly difficult, but the Boogie Tots team made it look easy. They wouldn’t be out of place as the hosts of a kids TV show, in my opinion, and their enthusiasm and joy was infectious. All the young children were clapping and dancing and generally having fun and even the parents were joining in.
 
If you have a tiny tot and would like to join in, I highly recommend paying Boogie Tots a visit. The interaction and activity will be incredibly healthy for the kids, and the company and chat seems pretty good for the adults too!
 

Stormy Teacups

Stormy Teacups

Two off-duty Citizens’ Patrol members encountered a situation today near Tillery Fields.
 
Some teenagers were having an almighty to-do, screaming at each other, crying, threatening to kill one another, swearing and being broadly loud and unpleasant. Onlookers were aghast at the scene which seemed to be escalating rapidly.
 
The WCP members had a difficult decision. On the one hand it was kids being kids to some extent, but on the other some of the older boys were being very aggressive. It the patrollers ignored it, and then something bad happened, they would feel terrible.
 
In the end, they tried a polite and friendly intervention, just as normal members of the public. The teenagers remained aggressive to anybody who got anywhere near the unfolding drama, with two lads in full “peacock mode”.
 
In the end, the decision was taken to call the Police, as it was unclear if the situation would get worse and what might happen. To their credit, Police were there within a couple of minutes, and very ably deescalated the whole thing.
 
Nice work volunteers and very very nice work Police.

Flood Wall Cracks

Flood Wall Cracks

Recently some people raised concerns about cracks in the flood wall on the North Quay.

It was reported and has now been inspected.

This is the response, FYI:

“Thanks for the information regarding the cracks in the brickwork on the North Quay.

We have inspected the brick wall and have concluded that we do not appear to have anything to worry about – there appears to have been some slight differential movement where the wall changes direction. We will however monitor this in the future and take remedial action if required.

You will have noted that the repair work to the damaged wall on the south Brinks has been completed. Work is about to start on the replacement of the copings on the north Brinks wall on the 7th August (there will be traffic lights for several weeks during daytime).”

Onyx Court Car Park

Onyx Court Car Park

I had the meeting with Circle today, as discussed in the previous update.

Circle are trying to balance the competing views and interests of residents, who support permit-parking, and other residents/shoppers/businesses who value the free public car park that the area is currently used for.

As reported last week, Circle are still being very reasonable. They have rolled back from an immediate implementation of a Permit Only plan in that car park (although they will be continuing it in the other areas that they specified.)

They have looked at all information received from myself and local businesses and car park users and have monitored the car park and noticed that it is rarely full.

I found the company to be open and helpful. They have chosen to place the plan for that specific car park on hold until the end of August or into September, with a view to trying to find a compromise which will satisfy both sides and not dramatically disadvantage anybody.

So, there’s no panic in the short term, and I am reasonably confident that the outcome will be a fair balance between the needs of both groups who are interested in the future of this car park.

I will be having another chat with them towards the end of August and I know they also intend to talk to those local people who have personally objected to the proposal. I am impressed with Circle’s approach to this and I think it bodes very well for the future.

Medworth & Clarkson Ward Surgery, July 2017

Medworth & Clarkson Ward Surgery, July 2017

Just a quick reminder that my Councillor Surgery is on today, in the Angel, from 3PM – 5PM.
 
Drop in for a chat, to report issues, to suggest ideas, or just to say “hello”. Hope to see some of you there.