|IWe are just back (Aug 11th) from a week in Cornwall. I thought I’d use some of our time huddled from the rain, reflecting on my first three months as a councillor. Here’s a quick summary of some of the things I’ve delivered, a few areas that I expect to deliver soon, and a number of priorities that I will be working hard on between now and Christmas.
What I’ve been up to
Councillor Surgeries regular monthly surgery up and running at Mother Hen Café, Broad St, Wrington. Surgeries in Cleeve and Butcombe every other month.
Manholes rattling BT cover on Wrington High St repaired. Four large Vodafone boxes on A38 opposite Hunters Lodge fully reseated and repaired.
Road Surfacing Sutton Lane, Butcombe resurfaced following visit with North Somerset Council.
Rewilding voted in favour of motion to rewild North Somerset verges
Bloor Homes, Yatton voted against development for 66 homes in Yatton due to access road safety and damage to orchard. Application refused.
Special School supporting North Somerset in finding a suitable second site for Baytree School for young people who have severe learning difficulties.
Committees I have joined the Planning & Regulatory Committee (we vote on planning applications), the Strategic Planning and Economic Development Scrutiny Panel. I was also voted in as Vice-Chair of the Children and Young People Services Scrutiny Panel.
Parish Council Meetings we have 4 parish Councils in the ward, and I try hard to attend all of the monthly meet-ings.
North Somerset Council I attend the full council meeting every month, monthly planning meetings and all the various scrutiny panel meetings as mentioned above. These take place in the Council Chamber at WSM Town Hall, and are usually open to public and press.
What I expect to deliver soon
Road Markings the dangerous junction between Long Lane, Ropers Lane and School Rd. I expect these road markings to be remade during the summer holidays.
Electronic Speed Sign, Cleeve not working. Have been given assurances that this will be repaired soon.
20mph scheme This has been frustrating. I totally support the Parish Council in their efforts to introduce a 20mph limit in Wrington. It has been difficult to agree the best locations for these signs with North Somerset officers. I am determined to get this right, for theWhat will keep me busy over the next three months ?
Gatcombe Farm I am determined to see an end to the industrial wasteland in Wrington. I find it unacceptable that so many previous and current planning conditions have been ignored, and that various unwelcome activities have been allowed to continue on this site for so many years. We need a viable solution to this as soon as possible.
Goblin Coombe Environment Centre I am working with residents in Cleeve to try to find a new owner for the centre. We want the building to be used as a community asset, and not sold off to the highest bidder. We need fully funded, serious community contenders, and quickly.
Buses our bus service is woeful. I want improved links, at least to enable connections with Bristol/WSM bound services in Cleeve.
Biffa I am pushing for improved waste collections. I know this has been terrible of late. It needs to improve quickly and decisively.
Airport expansion still no news when this application will come before councillors. I expect September/October.
Joint Spacial Plan lots to do following the recent examination hearings where inspectors told North Somerset to ‘go back to the drawing board’ regarding the selection of possible sites for new homes in the county.