Friday, July 31, 2009

Weekend in South Kent, CCC, Lakanal and the Elephant, Middlesex University and Hibs Pre-Season continues!

Last weekend I was in Broadstairs with a stop off in Whitstable for the Beer Festival with Alderman Ian Driver!!
Lots of good beer on offer especially Whitstable Oyster Stout but had one bad one a Raspberry Beer which although a Gold Medal Winner tasted as bad as it sounds!!
I babysitted on the second night and we went on the Dymchurch, Hythe and Romney Miniature Railway again. We went back to Dungeness which really does fascinate me and I am beginning to like it more every time I go there, desolate but with a very strange fascination for me!
We had another good Camberwell Community Council in the week with another excellent presentation from Living Streets and Jeremy Leach on clear and achievable improvements in the area that could have a dramatic effect in Camberwell so definitely worth pursuing!!

Initial findings from the Lakanal Fire were released and the Council had some bad press especially from the BBC for taking so long to provide the Fire Brigade with information. Lots of speculation and lots of questions still to be answered!
Looks like most of the tenants will be rehoused by the end of today which is a good thing!!
The signing of the Elephant and Castle deal with Lend Lease is still not sorted with promises of a deal by the end of the year!
Despite the obvious difficulties we all have to hope that a deal is struck but the negotiations cant go on forever so we need to get on with it!! A more open engagement with the Labour Group would help all of us understand what is going on and keep everyone on track and on board and I am hopeful that the Executive have heard that message loud and clear from The last Council Assembly!!
I have spent most of the week at the Middlesex University Campus at Hendon running an IOSH Managing Safely Course which went well although a fair bit of travelling each week during the week!
I have been setting up a University Health & Safety Office Facebook Site as well as a Camberwell Labour Councillors site and Twitter of course and came upon this great picture which I have seen before! The best Health & Safety Sign ever!! Bar none!!!
Hibs completed their mini tour of Ireland with a poor 1-0 defeat to Shamrock Rovers in Dublin after a 2-0 victory over Glentoran in Belfast! Lots of the ball and losing to a sucker punch is a bad sign but the final 3 pre-season games against Preston North End at home tomorrow and two away games at Blackburn Rovers and Bolton Wanderers should blow any remaining cobwebs away and hopefully get everyone focused for the start of the season !!