Well the last week or so has seen various meetings that haven't made it into this blog - here's some of them:
- '20 is Plenty' - as folk will know this is moving ahead desperately slowly - but it is moving again - see recent Parish meeting here - well I met with Karon Cross who is hoping to see more 20 is Plenty in Cainscross ward and John Taylor re the moves we are making in Randwick.
The next steps are planned - wont go into them here - but wanted to note that Cashes Green now has some '20 is Plenty' sections - the signs are the usual boards - now as you will see in the photos some have been vandalised already - I am hoping we can have something more robust and legal looking.
We'll see but I am concerned that otherwise they will be ignored and the signs will just add to the street clutter. The hope is as noted previously that this will be the first step to getting a blanket 20 mph in all residential areas.
Scrutiny meeting - well it was our shortest yet on Thursday night - started at 6pm and finished by 9pm - a couple of reports from the Council's auditors - I am sorry not time here to cover in detail - you really need to read them and view the meeting on the webcast to get to grips with them but several points picked out like the failure three years running to score better than 'below minimum requirements' on 'a sound system of internal control' - things are set in place to improve now but have to note concerns that this was allowed to go on.
Another good bit of news is an enquiry has been launched by our Scrutiny Committee into how monies can be gained from outside agencies to help tackle climate change. I will be sitting n that Sub-Committee - I have been seeking improvements in this area for a long time - for example engaging with utilities would hopefully bring benefits like the scheme in Kirklees which was negoitiated by the Council there with the power companies - it has brought free insulation to every home in that District. Another scheme in Kirklees is a £3m (or is it £7m now?) revolving renewable energy fund whereby people wanting renewables get them 'free' and only pay back when they sell their homes. The money then goes back into the pot for others. This has been significant in boosting local green businesses.
- Glos Uni Students - well I was interviewed this week by a History student about the Green party and other green stuff and today have more for another student regarding Clone Towns after they picked up one of my old news releases.
- Other stuff - have been covering a variety of stories in last weeks and so had a meeting in Star Anise cafe with other Greens to see how we can still do better - stories this last week not already mentioned by this blog include the rail fares, a couple of local talks, nuke stuff - but have also been out meeting two sets of residents re planning issues locally. Not unusual but both cases are quite complex - infact poss another one to see today but look I'm for a coffee now and a read of next week's Council papers - oh the joys of being a councillor.....hey that sounded not so good but have to be honest there is too much nonsense to read but if you don't you could miss a crucial bit that could allow for real change.....