Thursday, 31 January 2013

New UKIP councillor in Dawley

I'm delighted to announce a new UKIP parish councillor in the borough with the defection of Cllr Mohammed "Richard" Choudhary from TAWPA.

Cllr Choudhary is on Great Dawley Parish Council and sits on their Planning & Environment Committee, Executive Committee and Entertainment Committee.

I will be out leafleting in Dawley with other UKIP members and supporters on Saturday for the parish and borough by-elections.  Labour's behaviour so far has been pretty terrible and they even have members of the UNISON union campaigning for them and bragging about how they won the last election for Labour using taxpayer-funded council facilities to maildrop and cold call voters!

UKIP's candidate in Dawley is Ryan Laing, a former member of the UK Youth Parliament, Scottish Youth Parliament, former Chair of Lanarkshire Youth Council, a voluntary Street Pastor and trustee of two local charities.  If you want to join me in Dawley delivering leaflets for Ryan please get in touch and I will give you details.

Thursday, 24 January 2013

BBC Radio Shropshire interview yesterday


I was interviewed about David Cameron’s speech on the EU on BBC Radio Shropshire’s breakfast show yesterday.


Monday, 21 January 2013

Update on grit bins

I went out walking the estate last night with one of my sons hunting down grit bins and seeing how many actually had any grit in them.

We found two grit bins in Brookside - one on Bishopdale and one on Brackenfield (not Blakemore as I said last night) - and both of them were empty.  We went over to the Stirchley side of the ward this afternoon and found six grit bins - one on Beckbury Drive, one on Ryton Way, one on Linley Drive and three on Ludford Drive all within 200yds of each other.  All six grit bins were empty.

I have reported all of these empty grit bins to Telford & Wrekin Council and they said they will get them filled.  I had a bit of a complain about the lack of bins in Brookside while I was at it - the lady I spoke to used to live in Brookside so she was sympathetic but understandably only interested in getting the grit bins refilled.  We didn't have time to check down Stirchley Lane, Holmer Lake or down by the Holmer Lake school.

I will get this put on the agenda for the next Environment & Planning Committee meeting and hopefully we can convince Telford & Wrekin that we need a lot more grit bins.  It's not going to solve any problems now but it might make us better prepared for next time.

Sunday, 20 January 2013

School Closures for Monday

We might need a bit more grit
Bad news for parents: Madeley Academy have already confirmed that the school will be closed tomorrow, as have Thomas Telford (for the first time in 21 years).

Lord Silkin, Windmill and Holmer Lake will all decide tomorrow morning whether they will be open or closed.  Windmill School has never closed because of the weather so Mr Gibbons will be wanting to keep the 100% record a bit longer I'm sure.

I will update this page with details of local school closures as they become available but you can always check the BBC Shropshire school closures page for up to the minute information.

Update:
Windmill School is OPEN, Lord Silkin School is CLOSED except for exams, Abraham Darby is OPEN from 10 o'clock, Holmer Lake and Stirchley Primary have yet to decide.

Update 2:
Holmer Lake and Stirchley are both OPEN.

Grit bins, snowmen and the laws of physics

I went for a walk with one of my sons this evening hunting grit bins after someone suggested that they'd all been removed.

We walked every street inside the perimeter road as well as Mount Pleasant Drive, Bournebrook Gardens, Lambeth Drive and St James Crescent and found just two grit boxes, both of which were empty.  I've reported the empty grit bins we found in Blakemore and Bishopdale and we're planning to check out the rest of the streets in the ward tomorrow.

The best street for snowmen was Brindleyford (maybe we should organise an inter-street snowman competition next year?) which also had the biggest snowman measuring a good 6' tall.

For the drivers wondering what the roads are like, they're rubbish.  Brookside Avenue is a bus route so it should be gritted overnight but until people get out on the roads the grit won't have much effect.  On a related note, a reminder to 4x4 drivers that the laws of physics still apply to four wheel drives.  Having fat tyres and four wheel drive doesn't make you invincible and it doesn't make snow and ice any less slippery.

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Potholes, shopping trolleys and water leaks

This evening I have reported the following issues to Telford & Wrekin Council:
  • Abandoned shopping trolley between Birchmore & Burnside (for the second time)
  • Big pothole on Grange Avenue near the junction with Chirbury
  • Potholes on Stirchley Road opposite Swansmede Way
I have also reported an abandoned shopping trolley on the green outside Windmill School to Tesco and a suspected water leak on Northwood Terrace.

Sunday, 6 January 2013

Brookside Calendar

I have created a Google calendar to keep track of events in Brookside.

To start it off I've added in all the Stirchley & Brookside Parish Council meetings that are currently scheduled and all the Brookside Improvement Group (BIG) and BIG Street Champions meetings.

You can subscribe to the calendar to get reminders and even sync the calendar with your Android phone or tablet.

Please let me know about any meetings, social events, etc. that you would like to be added to the calendar.