My Summer …

It is just over 2 months since my last blog post … and whilst things have been relatively quiet locally, the same cannot be said of national politics (more of that on a separate post).

Like many of you, my son has been off School for the past 6 weeks, and I have enjoyed a summer of visits to the park and generally pottering around, as well as a lovely break in Exmouth (which has given me an idea for our parks – Exmouth Town Council have put a bar, a fish and chip shop and milk-shake van in one of their play parks – genius). Perhaps something to suggest at the next LLTC meeting.

Jack enjoying a milk-shake at one of Exmouth’s play parks, whilst my husband enjoyed a pint of the local cider!

I also enjoyed a quiet week at home while my husband and son went camping in Dorset and visited the Great Dorset Steam Fair. Neither the camping or the steam fair appealed to me …

One of the hot topics in the town over the past couple of months have been the ‘improvements’ to the town centre pavements. I am aware of the controversy surrounding the use of this experimental surface, and I know many residents are sceptical about the appearance and longevity of the new surface. Over the course of the winter we will keep a very close eye on the new surface – hopefully it will blend in as it gets weathered. However, should there be problems we will take these up with CBC.

It was good to see so many people attend the Last Night of the Proms in Parsons Rec last night. It took a slightly different format to previous years, with a video screen showing the Royal Albert Hall as well as live music from Eve McGrath and Kidlington Brass Band. I am sure you will agree it was an excellent event, and it was well catered for by the superb Cafe in the Park.

The refurbishment of Pages Park Pavilion is well underway, and is due to be completed in November. This will provide another first class facility for the town.

The consultation on Westlands Care Home has just closed. This is the first important step towards the relocation of the care home to the site of the old police station, which in turn is a significant step towards unlocking all of the land south of the High Street.

… which brings me nicely to the controversial planning application for the land behind the Post Office. The application is yet to go to be determined, but CBC are very aware of the strong local opposition to this application.

The Town Council is in the process of setting its five year plan, and this is due to be discussed at this week’s Policy and Finance Committee (Monday evening at 7.30pm at the White House) – although this particular item will be discussed in private session (sorry).

Other meetings this week:

I will be attending a CBC workshop looking at services over the next 30 years up to 2050.

On Wednesday evening it is the LLTC Planning Meeting (7.30pm at the White House).

And on Friday evening I will be attending the Children in Care Council Awards evening at Chicksands.

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