Friday, 27 January 2012
The attendees represented an array of Councillors for whom this area is a real passion and officers who grapple with flood related issues on a day to day basis including the National Flood Forum, the Environment Agency, DEFRA officials. So it was a very well informed gathering and an ideal place to get acquainted with the issues. I put the officers from DEFRA and the EA at their ease by telling them I was keen for us to have the meetings questions put to them and answered in a Select Committee fashion with lots of probing to get to the nub of concerns. They seemed suitably pleased by this and they defended the government as best they could.
Wednesday, 25 January 2012
"There is no limit to what you can accomplish if you don't care who gets the credit."
Somehow or other this sprung to mind this week when I read in The Huddersfield Examiner that Kirklees Council will be considering establishing a Voluntary Code of Conduct for Scrap Dealers Now regular readers of this blog will remember I spent a morning going round scrapyards with the police and environmental services back in September and raised the issue with them about establishing such a code. Later we met along with the British Transport Police and knocked some ideas backwards and forwards and a produced a draft code which I suggested was put to Cllr Khan as Leader of the Council but also because he has an interest in the issue of scrap at a national level in his role at the Local Government Association. Of course we'll need Kirklees Cabinet approval to get it adopted and quite rightly we're looking at getting the code adopted more widely in Yorkshire and I think through the Local Government Association we could get replication of the idea at a national level. I guess it will be character forming for me to sit at the sidelines and watch the idea take off and be adopted more widely.
Thursday, 12 January 2012
Monday, 2 January 2012
|Yours truly took to the wheel for a couple of stints|
|Cllrs Derek Hardcastle and Robert Barraclough on the Boxing Day stint. I daresay the Tories will refer Derek to the Standards Board for wearing a jumper like that!|
|Mr Andy Storey driving on the first session on the New Years Day Newsome service|
|Karen Allison rode shotgun/navigation on both Newsome and Flockton services|
|Over a hundred people used the service in all. The last people to get off had been hospital visiting on New Years Day|