Campaigning in Wyvern Park
In the run up to the City Council election on May 1st there is an awful lot of campaigning to do! Last night for instance I was out and about in Wyvern Park delivering leaflets and talking with constituents about the local changes that have been made in the area, and also about what local people would like to see going forward.
It was a cold early evening and I and my co -workers thought the heavens were about to open more than once! But the rain held off, though it was dark by the time we had finished our task.
Then it was off to the Wednesfield & Fallings Park Local Neighbourhood Partnership held at the new Leisure Centre in Planetary Road. Even at 7.30 at night it looked busy, ( I always feel a little proud as Mary and I took part in the ground breaking ceremony at the Centre when we were Mayor and Mayor's) at that meeting there was a presentation given concerning Building Schools for the Future. A discussion took place around that item.
Other items up for discussion included an Asset Survey that the local authority was undertaking. I suggested that topics for the future may include the Fire cover we receive from the Fire Authority here in Wednesfield. I also suggested that we hear from the Environment Agency on their work and how it effects the lives of our residents in Wednesfield. There was a brief debate about the Waterways Board, and the 'Partnership' agreed to invite British Waterways to attend a future meeting.
It was at this stage that Dave Newton commented on the work that I had campaigned for on the Essington & Great Wyrley canal here in Wednesfield. Whilst Dave has a contrary view to me on certain aspects of the campaign, it was good to hear an endorsement and a recognition that the work that has taken place is of major use to our community. Dave was very complementary about the standard of the finish on the tow paths.
I am interested to hear from readers of this site on this and other matters, so feel free to contact me. So I returned home after 9.00pm a little tired but nonetheless enthusiastic about the events during the day.
Author: Phil Bateman
Article Date: 21st March 2008