Mondays and Fridays are my days that I specifically set aside for council work and in particular Monday is my day for meetings. Meetings with officers, meetings about ward issues, meetings with councillor colleagues and today was no exception. Except off the back of one meeting I ended up falling into an opportunity to give the Lead Councillor for Community Safety and Health and another councillor an impromptu tour of Stoke ward. Now as many of you will know I’m in my element talking about Stoke ward and I regularly bend the ear of anyone who’ll listen to so me so to be invited to give these two councillors a tour was a real pleasure and what was supposed to be a quick 45 minutes extended to a good hour or more and a promise of more of my time in the future!
I’m not going to attempt to recreate the full tour but here are the brief highlights:
Parsons Meadow SANG that marks the start of the ward
The Rowbarge, it’s place in the community’s heart and the search for a new landlord
Slyfield Area Regeneration Project (SARP) and the Thames Water Sewage Treatment Works and associated smell
The future use of the Corporation Club building and site
Fly tipping near the humps and bumps
Guildford Action Furniture Project
Moggy Pond Regeneration Project
Bellfields Youth & Community Centre/lack of community facilities
Facilities/activities for young people
Local policing issues
Our community has so much going for it and I am deeply proud of what we have achieved together but sometimes we need a helping hand to make things happen and it is a real pleasure to be able to champion that cause.