Friday, February 20, 2009

Feeding Back


Last night, I was out with Harrowgate Hill Labour Councillor Mark Burton and our MP Alan Milburn, door knocking in the Mayfair Rd area about the good news regarding the bus service.

Mark and Alan have worked hard on this issue together with local residents. As I blogged on Tuesday, the Council has agreed to support the residents abandoned by Arriva by tendering for a supported bus service to the area. Although it will be a little time before the tenders are received from the bus companies, we're all hoping for a positive outcome.

Mark has worked hard to stay in touch with local residents, and put out a newsletter immediately before the Cabinet meeting on Monday. Feeding back is just as important too, and so we knocked on doors in the streets around Mayfair Road explaining what had happened, to local people. The importance of the public transport link was brought home to me when talking to a very elderly gentleman who had slipped and been badly bruised recently on the ice when negotiating the slope that leads up to North Road - previously he had had access to buses virtually on his doorstep.

We covered 5 streets, and residents across the affected area will be getting a letter from Alan on the subject. It was a very positive hour-and-a-half.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ah but the Cartwrights have worked hard on this issue too. Credit them as well.

It was Gill and Mike who actually started the campaign and worked hard throughout. Give them some credit or is that too much for you. We all know how you like to spin things out.

Anonymous said...

Ah but the Cartwrights have worked hard on this issue too. Credit them as well.

It was Gill and Mike who actually started the campaign and worked hard throughout. Give them some credit or is that too much for you. We all know how you like to spin things out.

Anonymous said...

Ah but the Cartwrights have worked hard on this issue too. Credit them as well.

It was Gill and Mike who actually started the campaign and worked hard throughout. Give them some credit or is that too much for you. We all know how you like to spin things out.

BNP Volunteer said...

We were lining up to target Harrowgate Hill for the Euro elections, but after the results from the last few elections the BNP have stood it is obvious where our votes are coming from.
Winning in the safest Labour seat in Kent.
Coming within a whisker of taking the safest seat in Cumberland off Labour and nearly overturning a majority of several hundred.
Coming within one vote of victory in the former Labour stronghold of Shildon to give just three examples.

Harrowgate Hill is just too marginal. We were going to extend our focus into the next logical areas for ourselves too which have been shaping up positive for us - Mowden, Hummersknott and possibly College.
But the focus will now very obviously be changed to perceived Labour strongholds such as Eastbourne, Park East and Bank Top where we have stood twice before. I think Haughton West might also be a good idea. Local knowledge tells me how very pissed off locals are with New Labour.
We will be raising our profile in new areas for the BNP. Winning votes for ourselves but also taking them from Labour which could be very vital in the approaching PR EU election.

Anonymous said...

I bet the locals were very keen to see you and milburn.
I bet it was more than just busses they were wanting to talk to you about.

The body language of milburn and Mark tell a different story to the "Very positive hour and a bit" which you were on about. They look awkward, tired and crushed.

There is quite a lot of New Labour effort going into Harrowgate Hill to try and unseat the popular Cartwrights.
A glossy "Little Red Tosser" magazine which is obviously subsidised by the whole Labour group in Darlington.
"Brian Ferry" milburn showing his mug on the doors alongside moonface. Shouldn't you be seeing to the needs of Haughton West and looking after your own seat and constituents instead of interfering in HH trying to unseat the Cartwrights. While you are targetting Harrowgate Hill we will set our aims onto Haughton West.
What will make you even more vulnerable is your Stockton TS address which will be mentioned to HW voters for all it is worth.

We may not win but we will take enough votes off you next time to make a Tory victory possible.
We did it last time in Harrowgate Hill, Cockerton East and Pierremont.

Haughton West next time?

Anonymous said...

Will Allan be spending as much time out in Hurworth fighting to save our threatened bus service?

Probably as much as he did to save the school!

Put me down for a home visit!

Answers on a postcard please to:-

Pepsico Gravy Train
PO Box room 101

Anonymous said...

Oh Yes

I agree I think we all know who the real driving force behind saving the HH bus service was and "shorty" is only getting the credit as Pepsico boy is from the same party.

Well done Mike & Gill all us readers are not taken in by the Labour PR machine and know it is your hard work that others want credit for.

Also I too believe if you stand for an area you MUST live in it how else do you keep your finger on the pulse a surgery once a month is no good you need to be out there with the residents.

Anonymous said...

I remember well the day Alan Milburn wss invited to a meeting at Harrowgate Hill Club by the residents! He walked and and nearly walked out again when he saw how many had attended - he felt hoodwinked and harrassed and really did not stay long or have any input, other than to tell the 200+ gathered people that up til then he had believed exactly what Arriv North East had told him i.e. that there had only been 4 complaints from the area! We had been contacting the council., arriva and him ALL to no use.
A prominent lady in the area and her sister invited Milburn back to a meeting but he would NOT attend, so the locals continued on their own campaign by attending as many influential meetings on the issue ie Darlington Transport Forums, Talking Together Events, at which Council were not listening. Gill Cartwirght kept speaking at Council and being asked by Williams why she had not yet dropped the idea !! Mark Burton had long since lost his enthusiasm and dropped the idea of getting back what the community had lost.Maybe this was at Milburns insistance.
After the residents kept proclaiming their rights for return of their bus services by sending letters, and making numerous phone calls to council and arriva, a decision was made to do another unannounced survey when clipboard questionaire council employees were sent out to the bust stops to get even more facts.
The next step was for residents to lobby every councillor again since they were not really aware of the loss of any bus services as they no longer use them themselves. Councillor Cartwright also went to the Scrutiny meetins where task and finish reports were made for cabinet and council to recommend that Harrowgate Hill get a subsidised bus.
Mark Burton may be willing to help but he was not leading the way and Milburn certainly wasnt. How dare they try to steal the plunder when the residents have done most of it themselves.They think we are stupid - do not ever underestimate the public.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pepsico said...

Well said you won't read that in the "little red t***er" The answer is really simple there was no money or kick back in it for Milburn so why bother.
We the normal public know the truth mark my words Hurworth/ Neasham is next!

Anonymous said...

Gill Cartwright
Thanks Anonymous,
Your assessment of the situation is accurate.
Nicks lack of response speaks volumes.
Let me translate, if he thinks he is right he will defend his position vigorously, if he is half right, he will provide a weak defence and no response means he is wrong.
Enough said.

Anonymous said...

or he could just be busy...