I've been on my travels again, visiting Local Strategic Partnerships and Parish Councils (at least those who wanted to hear from me) on the issue of the new waste disposal arrangements.
I think it's good for Cabinet Members to get out there and communicate directly with partners over key issues - I tried something similar in 2007. So in the last week-and-a-half I've been to North Road Partnership and Redworth Parish Council.
The question time after my presentation at North Road was stimulating, and I'm in the process of chasing down the answers to the questions I couldn't respond to then and there. The session at Redworth was very useful too, and it was good to hear very positive feedback on the revamped Civic Amenity site at Whessoe Road - I'm writing to Bruce Whitley at Wades to pass on their comments.
Perhaps inevitably, given the prominance given to the issue by some of the national media, debate turned to wheelie bins. When I set out the Council's objections to them, there were lots of nodding heads round the table. Wheelie bin supporters would get very short shrift there, I think.