Monday, February 22, 2010

Great Weekend in Kent, Budget Setting in Town Hall and Hibs start on Final Stand at Easter Road

I had a very good weekend at Broadstairs with Ian, Joe and Kids and visited Herne Bay and Canterbury Citizens Advice Bureaux and have now volunteered to lok at all the national H&S Policies if they are interested!
met up with Stuart and Jackie Witcher in the famous Eagle Pub In Faversham and they were on as good form as ever!

Back to Council and campaigning work this week and been able to reproduce the brilliant Rotten Boroughs piece from Private Eye which really needs no further comment really does it!!

Budget sting Council Assembly on Wednesday so we had to announce our Manifesto commitment to provide Free School Meals which I think will be a vote winner and a great step forward for Southwark Schools!
All the Lib Dems can think of to do with Rate Payers money is to spend £12Million on our Old Town Halls alongside the £150Million on the new Offices at Tooley Streeet! really shows where their priorities are!!

Hibs lost at Motherwell on Saturday and again failed to keep 11 men on the pitch during the game which cost us dear! Highlights below:

On a much brighter note the work on the final Stand at Easter Road begins at last on the 22nd of February to be complete early next season taking the Capacity upto over 20,000.
Hibs seem to be a well run club and a £4M Training Complex and a new Stand really shows that they are ambitious in the longer term and Easter Road will be the 3rd largest and best club ground in Scotland with the 3rd best team!!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Campaigning Weekend, St. Michael's and All Angels, Refreshers Fair and Scotland and Hibs lose!!

Lots of campaigning over weekend in Brunswick Park Ward and our twin South Camberwell as well as Borough campaigning in Peckham Rye and even got in some telephone canvassing for Alison McGovern for Wirral South!!

Response generally very good in areas where we would not necessarily expect it so a very positive if tiring experience!!

I have been involved last week with meeting about the propose new St Michael's and All Angels School in the Camberwell Green Ward and another one tonight!
Looks like the developers have listened to public concerns and made significant changes which are still on-going ahead of a Planning Application in March. It is desperately needed and funded with Labour Government money but the residents need to be on-board and their concerns taken into accounts which it looks like is happening!
I was on the stall at the Rocket on Thursday for the Refreshers Fair and managed to shift most of the freebies! Always good fun to do if tiring on the legs!!

It was very disappointing to see Scotland go down at the Millennium Stadium after an excellent performance but to end the game with 13 on the field tells it's own story and we could not hold out! But we were the better team of that there is no doubt! Wales were very fortunate!!
A similar story with Hibs really dropping 2 points mid-week against Aberdeen at home and then going down 3-0 to Rangers at Ibrox! Still playing well and playing good football but the Rangers defence was just too strong for us!!

Friday, February 05, 2010

Southwark in Rotten Boroughs again!, CGS and recycling, Hibs go for second spot and Scotland take on the French at Murrayfield!!

Interesting article in Private Eye's Rotten Boroughs outlining the many failings of Southwark Council, most of it oitlined by us in Council Assembly last week!
News from the Executive that they will cut funding on CCTV so we got a Press release out about that it just does not make any sense, CCTV works as a deterence, reassurrance and actually does solve crime! We need more not less!!
We have provisionally agreed the CGS Funding for this year to be confirmed at the next Camberwell Community Council. These projects have had a significant impact in the area and glad to see the D'Eynesford Pit is completed. The Orchard project is well underway. Hope that the Wyndham and Comber Frontage gets moving soon!
I am now the proud owner of Southwark Council clear recycling bags with a Monday pick up so I will fully support this and not take my stuff to the bins in the Green and hopefully encourage the Pilot as it really is a very good if long overdue initiative!!
Hibs still winning and are clear in 3rd place and if we will the game in hand could go second above Celtic!
Good last minute win on Saturday over St. Mirren with a last minute og!
Good sign that we dont play well and win!!
Highlights below:

The 6 Nations Rugby kick of this weekend and after a good Autumn with that fantastic win over Australia, Scotland can feel very positive as we take on the French at Murrayfield, always slow starters especially away from Paris!!