Tuesday, August 29, 2006

First Post

Just a few words to introduce this blog. I've been a Councillor now for nearly 16 years, and have watched means of communication between residents and elected representatives change significantly. Rightly so, residents have a much higher expectation of the accessibility of their local Councillors. Here in Haughton West, we've tried to update our methods of communication through ASDA surgeries, street surgeries and leaflets which focus on key issues in parts of the ward.

Certainly the biggest potential change is offered by the internet, and yet it's a resource we have barely begun to tap. I'm not aware, for instance, of any other councillors, from whatever party, using a blogsite in either County Durham or the Tees Valley. I hope that this site will gave a flavour of the work I do both as a ward councillor and also a Cabinet Member in Darlington, and the dilemmas and issues which arise. Constructive feedback, whether you're a resident in Haughton West or not would be most welcome!

4 comments:

Mike Barker said...

A selection of others in the area:
www.jonathanwallace.blogspot.com
www.mikebarker-libdem.blogspot.com
www.stockton.gov.uk/yourcouncil/your-councillors/mayorblog0607

Anonymous said...

"I'm not aware, for instance, of any other councillors, from whatever party, using a blogsite in either County Durham or the Tees Valley."

Ahhh, Tees Valley! That fictional 'city region' that the government is undemocratically foisting upon us!

"I hope that this site will gave a flavour of the work I do both as a ward councillor and also a Cabinet Member in Darlington, and the dilemmas and issues which arise."

I hope you're not expecting tea and sympathy. Being a public servant is an honour and a privilege, and you ought to regard it as your obligation to communicate more fully - and more honestly and openly than you and DBC do at present - with the sovereign citizens of this land who put you where you are today.

We, the people who are in charge of your role, look forward to watching your improved performance in the discharge of your responsibilities to us, over the coming months leading up to the next local elections.

Darlington Councillor said...

Thanks, Mike.

The Stockton link didn't go anywhere. I wasn't aware of Joanthan Wallace (it's probably mutual).

Of course, you're not a councillor, and you'll forgive me for pledging that I will do all I can to see it stays that way :)

Mike said...

A belated welcome to the blogosphere, Nick. You've been linked from the Darlington Cycling Campaign blog.