With the winter nights drawing in, I'm about to embark on another round of meetings with community groups and parish councils around the Borough.
I tried this last year (when I held the Health & Leisure portfolio) as part of the Council's listening exercise, and it seemed to be well-received. It certainly helped me understand better some of the challenges faced by our community at first hand.
The 'peg' on which I intend to hold these visits is the introduction of the new waste collection service in April 2009. These will mean big changes for refuse collection in the Borough, and a step-change in improvement as far as our recycling rates are concerned.
Very kindly, last year almost all the groups I wrote to invited me along at some point, and I'm looking forward to meeting some old and new faces when I repeat the exercise now.