Today, together with ward colleagues Cllrs. David Lyonette and Andy Scott, I met a number of residents on the Cairngorm Estate (off of Wylam Avenue).
At lunchtime we knocked on doors enquiring whether there are any problems which residents want sorting out. It sounds unco-ordinated, but I've found people very appreciative when we call - there's a dispiriting expectation that politicians only knock when there's an election in the offing.
In the evening, we conducted our formal street surgery, and called on those residents we hadn't seen at lunchtime, who had put the previously-distributed Stop Signs in their windows. Issues that we'll be taking up include problems on the footpath which leads from Hambleton Grove to Springfield Road, and enquiries about Arriva's new bus routes. Older people we spoke to were very happy with the changes to the concessionary bus travel scheme announced yesterday.
As you can see from the photos, AJ joined me in the evening, and charmed everybody. The state of the bus stop at the bottom of Wylam Avenue, and the litter-strewn plant bed between Danby Court and the rear of properties on Quantock Close, (which somehow always seems to get neglected), will be top of my list of things which need sorting!