Here is a summary of what is happening. As always, please do get in touch with any queries.
A quick update on Councillor stuff before Christmas.
– we did our Community house fund raiser again this year. As well as the collection at the Hall we raised £1,150 online for Christmas food and presents for those most in need this Christmas. Thanks to everyone for their generosity.
– In response to resident concerns about Brooklands park I put forward a motion at this council. It has been referred to the Joint Strategic Committee. I’ll let people know as soon as it’s on the agenda as public can come along too.
– with others in our local constituency labour group I’ve recently been visiting and talking to local schools about child hunger and food insecurity with a view to developing some action around this in the new year.
– I’m working with a local school and council officers to try to get some protective pavement posts up on the pavement where parents walk their kids to school. We had a good meeting to discuss so here’s hoping we can get them in the new year.
– I met with our two PCSOs, Rachel and Jamie, to discuss as councillors how we can support their work. Working on a lighting issue in a local public venue as the first step.
– I went to planning and spoke in order to support local residents on applications for beach huts and an HMO. The planning committee gave fair and balanced consideration to both.
– full council has just gone and we voted for the government to release funds a much-needed staff pay rise. Given the report on the terrible neglect of our vulnerable children published this week we also voted for a unitary coastal authority
– helped to organise a big public meeting on the climate emergency. We had nearly 100 people there and Worthing Climate Action Network gave an excellent talk, among others. Watch this space for how we take forward the excellent public suggestions and ideas that came out of the meeting.
– I’ve also been supporting local residents with difficulties around their landlords, broken central heating, parking and road safety.
– I gave a talk at the rotary club on the children’s mental health work we’re doing. In my daytime role at Brighton University I’ll be helping launch both of these in the New Year.
Being a councillor this year has been a privilege. Look forward to working with local residents again next year.
If you need to get in touch about anything I’m on firstname.lastname@example.org
Happy Christmas everyone.
Hi All, straight back into it after the summer break.
I’ve been trying to support the excellent go-karting business that we have at Brooklands Park. They’ve been there since 1962 and they deserve a chance to adapt themselves to fit in with the new design. Also asked a question in council about funding and timeline for the development, neither of which were answered. However I’ll keep pressing on these.
some local residents have been concerned about HMO (House of Multiple Occupation) density in area of Selden so I’ve been researching what possibilities we have to make sure we balance the need for affordable properties for people on low incomes while making sure we promote our communities
In response to a resident’s concerns I’ve been exploring the process for sampling our sea water quality with the Environment Agency for our bathers in Selden. I’m also pushing for an extra seawater quality sign down at our end of the beach (we have one in Heene and Central)
As part of my remit for Health & well-being, I’m having meetings with local food banks to see how our community response to hunger, especially that for local children, can be supported. Will report back with how that goes.
I promoted and supported the School uniform collection organised by our brilliant local Labour campaigner Pat Schan. Pat and friends collected lots of uniform and stationary to support parents who were struggling to afford them this year.
in response to the hospital pollution report by the British Lung Foundation that raised real concerns about the impact of the air quality on our hospital patients, I have organised a meeting with local campaigners to explore a local campaign to push for real improvement in air quality. The impacts on the health of the most vulnerable means we have to take this seriously
-school road safety and weeds
I’m in contact with West Sussex County Council to push for better safety for parents travelling to local schools and greater focus on the weeds locally which many residents are concerned about.
Finally, you might see Mike and I out and about at a road near you. We’re touring the ward, talking with people and finding out how we can support residents.
Hi all, update on the last/next few weeks:
-Had my first Joint oversight and Scrutiny Committee and raised a question about how we need to be much more active locally on making sure that we scrutinise the changes to West Sussex children’s services after the terrible Ofsted report. Too many children are still being let down.
-at the same meeting I made some suggestions on how we might start to tackle the high Nitrogen Dioxide levels at Grove Lodge going forward
-I’ve put myself forward to be on an all party steering group overseeing the potential Boklok development in Durrington to explore a potential avenue to deliver more affordable housing locally.
-been in conversation with Paul Marshall, the new cabinet member for children’s services at County, to impress on him the need to keep financial support for our Integrated Early Help service which does such essential work for our local schools
-last week I agreed to go on a working group on oversight and scrutiny to review new national guidance to see if we can improve this essential role in local accountability
– I attended the Ignite event to develop projects to improve preventative support for children’s mental health in Worthing
-I just started the process of supporting residents to get a bike rack for a local school
– I’ve organised a meeting next week to ask what I think are important questions about what is happening at Brooklands park
-preparing to have the first meeting to get going on my shadow customer services role. This includes such areas as housing and council tax benefit, affordable housing, housing strategy and homelessness. This will allow Councillor Dawn Smith and I to start exploring ways to improve housing for residents in Worthing
-I’m also meeting with John Holmstrom from Turning Tides next week to discuss how we can support the excellent work that they do for homeless people in our town.
-I took advantage of the excellent Worthing Artists Open House events to celebrate local artistic talent. I visited all four artists in the Selden ward and was incredibly impressed by the work of these talented people. It’s on next weekend again so do take advantage of it, it’s well worth it.
We have a full council meeting coming up next month so if you have any thoughts or ideas that you’d like to share on any aspect of Selden ward or our town more broadly then please do get in touch here or on email@example.com
8th June 2019
Another busy but rewarding few weeks in Councillor-land (not an actual place). It’s included but is not limited to
• Reading the council constitution so that I have half an idea of what I’m doing
• Had a good meeting with the chief executive of the council last week to orientate myself more to the role. It was very useful to find out more about how the council works.
• Exploring what’s happening to Brooklands park on the behalf of some concerned residents. Please do get in touch if you have any thoughts on this.
• Went to the East Worthing Community Association general meeting and enjoyed a talk on the history of Homefield Park and the Teville Stream.
• Getting ready to represent residents on the Clarence Court Beach Huts when they come to planning
• Talking to residents concerned about the environmental implications of the Ikea development and contacting Ikea on their behalf
• I’ve been watching closely the developments at County around West Sussex Children’s Services with a view to making sure that we can adequately protect services for children and young people here in Worthing.
• Finally, going to the D Day remembrance parade. I had a chance to wear my Grandad’s RAF tie (he fought in WWII) so felt especially proud. Wish a speedy recovery to the veteran who fell on the day.
5th June 2019
Sally Smith and I have written a blog about the need to change the way we understand and support people with multiple and complex needs.