Friday, 28 February 2014

I've been nominated for a Tommy award!

Erm, it appears I've been nominated for best Telford political tweeter alongside David Wright MP, Cllr Shaun Davies and Cllr Clive Elliot!

The nominations have been made by readers of Telford Live and it was a pleasant surprise to find myself on the list alongside two borough councillors and an MP so thank you whoever nominated me.

You can vote for your favourite political tweeter (hopefully me!) and others on the Telford Live website.

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Community Litter Pick

I haven't been able to make the last couple of community litter picks but I got back on the wagon this morning. Even though only four of us turned up we picked up three bags full of rubbish and we spotted these fly tip and litter trap issues that I've reported to Telford & Wrekin Council for action.

Monday, 17 February 2014

Ironbridge Floods

I went down to Ironbridge earlier to check out the flooding and the flood defences. Even though the flood defences are up and the shops and houses along the Wharfage are protected, there are still plenty of people down there keeping an eye on things in miserable weather. The river peaked this afternoon so hopefully the worst of it is behind us now.

Here are a few pictures of the flooding in Ironbridge ...

Saturday, 15 February 2014

Planning application for car parks - help protect the green

Telford & Wrekin Council are applying for permission to extend the car park at Beaconsfield and to create a new car park on the site of some of the (soon to be) demolished flats.

At one of the public meetings on the regeneration project the council promised to protect the remainder of the green outside Windmill School once the car park was extended by giving it village green or fields in trust status.

I have commented on the application supporting it subject to them keeping their promise and when this application comes before the parish council's planning committee I will be proposing that this is the parish council's response as well.

You can view the application and leave your own comments on the Telford & Wrekin planning website.

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Zip zags (again), drainage (again) and fly tipping (again)

I have reported the following issues this morning:

  • The newly painted zig zags outside Windmill School on Beaconsfield have been partially removed by roadworks
  • There are drainage issues on the footpath alongside the green outside Windmill School on the right hand side where the shrubs have been removed as you face it from the road
  • A bed has been fly tipped overnight on the footpath alongside Brookside Avenue near the junction with Briarwood – it wasn’t there at 8:30 last night but it was there at 3:30 this morning

I have some shocking fly tipping statistics for Brookside which I will share later.

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Brookside drug dealers jailed

A pair of drug dealers from Brookside have been sentenced to 32 months in prison after they were caught in an undercover drugs operation.

Nicola Firth and Gary Warren dealt heroin and cocaine to an undercover police officer several times at the community centre, flats, houses and cars in Brookside. They were both drug addicts and dealt drugs for a share of what they were selling rather than to make money.

It's great to see another drug dealer off the streets - especially when two of them have been taken out at the same time - but there's a growing drug problem everywhere and no less so in Brookside. Many people are turning to drink and drugs as an escape and there isn't enough support for people who are struggling to cope with the effects of mental health problems, long term unemployment, deprivation and addictions. Taking out the dealers is vital but tackling the reasons people turn to addictive substances in the first place is just as important.

Details of drug and alcohol support services in the borough can be found on Telford & Wrekin Council's Telford MyLife website.