Wednesday, 29 February 2012
The money is intended to be spent on sustainable investment (ie. loans, start up grants, etc.) so that self-financing projects are supported rather than creating funding black holes for years to come.
Hopefully this money will be used to support local social enterprises, creating jobs and providing sustainable services to residents.
Monday, 27 February 2012
You can support them through the Virgin Money Giving website.
Saturday, 25 February 2012
The letter has come as as much of a surprise to me as it has to the residents affected (another communication failure) but I think I can put it into context.
We had a meeting of Brookside Improvement Group on Thursday night at Progress House and it was mentioned that a "regeneration boundary" had been set and residents living inside that boundary would be getting letters, phone calls and personal visits to talk to them about what it might mean to them.
Properties inside this "regeneration boundary" are at risk of demolition, there is no way of wrapping this up into any nicer words. One of the big problems in Brookside - particularly around the centre - is the density of population. I believe one of the biggest causes of anti-social behaviour in Brookside is the unnatural way that people are living, quite literally, on top of each other.
I have heard mention, more than once, of building a connecting road from Beaconsfield to the centre although what is actually done is up to residents. If this did happen it would, of course, result in the demolition of some of the flats but it's only an idea. The most important thing is not to panic, just because you've received a letter doesn't mean your house or flat is going to be knocked down - it's just an early warning.
There is a meeting at the community centre on the 20th of March to discuss regeneration which I would urge as many residents as possible to attend. If you don't have your say you won't influence the decisions.
Tuesday, 21 February 2012
I also reported the shocking state of the entrance to the Town Park car park off Randlay Avenue where the surface has worn away behind the kerb stones in the entrance, leaving quite large holes that could easily damage cars and as the car park is used as an overspill for the International Centre, it hardly gives a good impression of the town. Engineers will be visiting the site in the next few days to see what can be done about it.
Randlay Avenue itself is also going to have repairs carried out by the end of March. I was told in December that there was no reason for concern and repairs wouldn't be carried out but I persevered and the damage to the road around Boulton Grange will be repaired.
Monday, 20 February 2012
I have reported it to Telford & Wrekin Council for street cleansing again and asked them to let me know what they intend to do to address the problem. My previous experience with this hasn't been good though - it seems that if you don't know who is responsible, there's not a lot they will do. The fact that there is just one dog warden for the whole of Telford & Wrekin doesn't help but the council has a responsibility to prevent dog fouling and enforce the laws surrounding it.
Sunday, 19 February 2012
In 2007, the Labour administration spent a third of the council's cash reserves to fund its pre-election budget in what was "clearly an attempt to buy the election" but unfortunately for them, "the people of Telford & Wrekin saw through it". I wonder if Cllr McClements was equally "shocked and appalled" that the last Labour administration raided council tax reserves before the elections in May 2007?
The leader of the Tory Group and former Leader of the council, Andrew Eade, disputes Labour's figures and says that there more in reserves than when they took over from Labour in 2007. Neither side is particularly good with money so who knows who's telling the truth? One thing is for sure though, it is rank hypocrisy for a Labour councillor to criticise the Tories for spending the council's cash reserves to buy votes in an election year when they did exactly the same thing in the previous election.
Friday, 17 February 2012
I still hope Telford & Wrekin will get round to providing free wi-fi across the borough if they follow a cost-effective and legal model. It will not only help reduce unemployment and improve social mobility but it will help make Telford more attractive to visitors.
This is an utterly stupid, stupid thing to do - the driver was lucky not to have been killed or seriously injured.A driver was injured when a concrete breeze block smashed through his windscreen after it was dropped from a bridge in Telford, police revealed this afternoon.
Callum Jackson was driving home from Harper Adams University College in Edgmond, near Newport, along the A442 at the Wombridge interchange in Telford when the breeze block was thrown onto his pick-up at 10pm yesterday.
The 23-year-old described the noise of the block smashing through his windscreen as like a ‘firework’ going off.
The block, dropped from the Stafford Road bridge onto the A442, was thrown with such force it hit Mr Jackson in the ribs and landed in the back footwell. He suffered bruising.
Mr Jackson, an agriculture student from Worcester, said: “I was amazingly lucky really. It came in through the passenger side of the screen.
“I knew exactly what it was because it was so big. It was like a firework – it was that loud.”
Chief Inspector Keith Gee, of Telford police, said: “We are particularly keen to trace a lorry driver who was driving along the same stretch of road at the time and may have seen something that could help us.
“As part of our investigation we are looking at CCTV from the surrounding area to identify any possible suspects. We would appeal to members of the public with their own CCTV to come forward so we can maximise our chances of identifying those responsible.”
Friday, 10 February 2012
Saturday, 4 February 2012
The white stuff on the ground is very pretty but the roads and footpaths are terrible.
Underneath the snow is a sheet of ice, making roads in particular very slippery.
It's raining at the moment and if it freezes overnight conditions are going to be treacherous so please take care.