Friday, 26 June 2015

Celebrate Brookside tomorrow

Busy week

This week has been a particularly busy one for me and it's not over yet!

On Tuesday we had a mammoth parish council meeting that lasted almost 3 hours. The full council meeting in June is always a long one because of all the financial matters that have to be dealt with but this time we had to decide which of the six candidates who put themselves forward we wanted to co-opt onto the council to fill the vacancy left by Sylvia Horton deciding not to take her seat. The candidates were all excellent but the council decided by a majority vote to co-opt 20 year old Luke Roberts, the organiser of the Youth of Day, Adults of Tomorrow event at Stirchley skate park last weekend.

On Wednesday I had to go to Walsall for a meeting of the UKIP West Midlands Regional Committee which I sit on as Chairman of the UKIP Shropshire County Committee. That was a long but productive two and a half hours mainly discussing our strategy for the promised EU referendum.

Last night I presided over the election of the officers for the UKIP Ludlow branch at their AGM in Church Stretton. Why did they hold it in Church Stretton? I have no idea but I got a nice drive out over Wenlock Edge.

I get a break tonight (apart from having to pop in to work) and then I'll be at the official opening of the community centre tomorrow.

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Council contractors caught dumping gravel in Brookside

Earlier this week I was contacted by a resident who had witnessed contractors working for Telford & Wrekin Council dumping the gravel from the pavement they were digging up over the crash barrier opposite Brereton and then trying to cover it up with branches from the trees.

I contacted the council to let them know what had happened and got a fairly prompt response from a council officer who had spoken to the site supervisor who had told him that the workmen had "incorrectly" put it there overnight because their skip was full. I asked him if they had offered an explanation as to why they might have "incorrectly" broken off branches - some of them requiring a significant amount of effort such as jumping on them because it was new growth - to try and cover it up if it was a genuine mistake. I then received a further response to say that he had spoken to them again, the site foreman had been disciplined and they apologised and gave assurances that it wouldn't happen again.

If any mysterious piles of gravel appear around the estate where the pavements are being worked on, please let me know!

Monday, 8 June 2015

Skate park vandalised again

Vandals have thrown paint and oil on the skate park equipment at the Beaconsfield park by Windmill School overnight.

The park has had to be closed for safety reasons and it will cost hundreds of pounds to clean up.

Earlier on Sunday, some young children from Windmill School were seen kicking the drum and keyboard equipment on the young children's part of the park, breaking the keyboard. The identity of those children is known and their parents should be hearing from someone soon.

If you have any information on the vandalism of the skate park you can contact me anonymously, call the parish clerk on 01952 567142 or contact West Mercia Police on 101. Any money spent on cleaning up the skate park is money that's not being spent on community events and grants to local community groups.