Pretty much all of today was given over to a ward health check and street surgery in the Morpeth Avenue/Hutton Avenue/Kielder Drive area of Springfield.
Part of our focus was on a proposed development of a bungalow for up to 3 people with learning disabilities, which could be sited on the site of garages between Kielder Drive and Hutton Avenue. We invited representatives from the builders, North Star/Endeavour, along to the surgery, and together we spoke to a number of residents about the plans.
This informal approach helped allay some of the concerns local people had, and indeed threw up some creative ideas as to how the development could best meet the needs of neighbours as well as the future occupiers of the bungalow. There are svereal points that the North Star/Endeavour staff and ourselves as the ward councillors need to follow up, but fundamentally, local people seemed relaxed. I'm really grateful to the staff from North Star/Endeavour who came out "after hours" to help with the exercise.
Otherwise, there's probably several hours worth of reporting various problems to officers (and in one case, an issue I've already forwarded to Alan Milburn's office) on everything from the Haughton Road Throughabout to housing difficulties and grafitti in an alleyway.
There were complaints too from several residents about the quality of the bus service serving the area, which we'll be passing onto Arriva.
It should be said, however, that it was good to hear from one door to the next that there are no local problems affecting the household, and Springfield is a great place to be. That's how we'd like it to be for everyone!