Thursday, January 28, 2010

Council Assembly, Community Council, Murray in Australian Open Final and Hibs fantastic win at Parkhead!!

A rather tedious Council Assembly last night with lots of mindnumbing, I mean grandstanding from the Lib Dems about what a great job they had done over the last 8 years.
We were happy to remind them that despite a 37% increase in Government funding from this Labour Government they:
- have had their Audit Commission rating reduced to 2 stars, the worst Council rating in Inner London
- have been "red flagged" for failures in Decent Homes
- have been heavily criticised by the Care Quality Commission, with a rating of "adequate"
- have social care in the worst eight
- have the lowest Council tax collection in London and the 3rd lowest in the Country (they refused to accept a quarter per cent increase for this year!!)
- have the 6th lowest recycling collection rate in England(Tories apaparently critical of them in Dulwich Newsletter yet seconded their motion!! - you could not make it up could you?)
- trying to force through an Elephant and Castle deal with no Masterplan or any plans for the Shopping Centre or Transport
- have a Canada Water Library currently £6M over budget and running costs of £1M per year!
- no coherent Town Centre Management Strategy although agreed it cross-party in 2006!!

The Camberwell Community Council had an interesting on Burgess Park with Youth Council Members contributing to the discussion.
A really positive event! We really need to engage young people in a more regular and structured way and I believe an active Youth Council plus a Youth Mayor is the way to do this!
Ian, Norma and I met to discuss the Election Strategy and hopefully our first Newsletter should be going out next week!

Great news to see Scot and Hibs supporter Andy Murray get through to the Australian Open Final this morning.
The blow by blow account below:

Even better news was the stunning 2-1 away win by Hibs over Celtic at Parkhead with youngster Danny Galbraith scoring the winner in the last minute!!
Sorry that we are helping Rangers out but a great win and we are really looking like a solid squad and a 3rd place shoe in!!
Look at the highlights below and weep (Celtic fans!