Well, we've been moved for nearly two weeks now, and finally all the boxes are empty. Broadband should be activated on Monday, and I'll recommence regular blogging then.
Still, it's been a busy few days, both on a ward level and also in respect of my Cabinet duties. Last week we held two coffee mornings at the sheltered accommodation premises in the ward, at Oban Court and Rockwell House. At Oban Court. most of the issues raised were around maintenance around the building, whilst at Rockwell House, there has been some troubling anti-social behaviour. I'll be having a further site visit with officers over the next few days to see whether it's possible to 'design out' the problems.
David and I also did a street surgery and some door knocking in the Littlebeck Drive and Riverside Way area. Again, there are problems with ASB on Rockwell Pastures and Martindale Road. Interestingly, one resident was very keen to tell me that the very last thing she wanted was wheelie bins (many of the houses in Littlebeck Drive have a steep flight of steps up to or down from their property). She was less than impressed to learn of the LibDems plans to foist wheelie bins and fortnightly collections of household waste upon an unsuspecting town. But more of that anon.
Finally, on Saturday, I joined colleagues in Newton Aycliffe to campaign for Malcolm Iveson, Labour's candidate in the Simpasture ward by-election. There's been another big push from the BNP here, including a visit from their Fuehrer Nick Griffin, but from the mood I picked up on the doorstep, the people of area aren't being fooled by the BNP's doorstep lies and evasions.
I hope to join the campaign again in the final push for votes on Polling Day this Thursday.