I have been the Ward Councillor for Bretton South since the May 2015 elections and I was delighted to have been able to represent the area over the last 9 months. In that period I have been active in sorting out the problems of old and offensive graffiti on a number of utility boxes and on an electricity substation. I have attended street meetings with Amey staff to point out problems of damaged bins, dead trees, excess littering and problems with overgrowing bushes and shrubs.
I have sorted out problems for local residents, from noisy neighbours, flytipping, occupation of public land by illegal traveller encampments, a case of arson in a play area and persuading the council to provide a new bin on a popular dog walking route so responsible owners can dispose of their dog’s mess properly and safely.
I have been able to support Bretton Bowls Club and enjoyed a few ends with members at the last session of the summer season. All the best to the Club, and I wish Terry well with finding the funding to fit a proper watering system to keep the grass in tip top condition for next season.
When I became Councillor I was also put on the licensing committee, where I was one of the councillors who was responsible for ruling on licensing applications. I was pleased to see new businesses with a responsible attitude to licensing starting their businesses, but was also pleased to take part in the decision to remove licences from a few premises where the owners had broken the rules, and had sold fake or illegally imported drink and cigarettes.
After just two months in post I was asked to take on a Cabinet Role, and Since August I have been responsible for Children’s Services as Lead Member. This has been a really big responsibility and I have worked hard to make sure I understand the department and am fully briefed on this important area of our work. I have been delighted to meet our extraordinary Foster Parents, who do such selfless work in supporting local children who have had a rough start in life, and to meet our dedicated staff in the department who work hard to protect our children and young people from harm.
One of the important roles of a City Councillor is to support significant events that celebrate our City and I have attended a number of official functions, from Armistice Day, through to events to mark our horror of the Paris terrorist attacks, and many of our public celebrations where our vibrant mix of communities were able to showcase their special festivals and culture in Cathedral Square.
I was delighted to be invited by Peterborough’s Hindu community to award prizes to children and young people at the Bharat Hindu Samaj in Rock Road. All the performers, supported by the hard working volunteers made my wife and I very welcome, and it was a great honour to be shown around the temple by community leaders after the prize-giving.