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!