Another thank you: for electing all seven Lib Dem candidates to the parish council. Whilst this means we will have overall control of the council we aim to work for the benefit of everyone as closely as possible with the three independent and one Labour councillor also elected.
We are getting a great response on the doorstep, with many residents also contacting us by email to confirm they are supporting us.
We also hope to get elected to the Parish Council along with our Lib Dem colleagues Nigel Martin, Grenville Holland, Colin Hillary and Clive Beddoes.
Residents of Barrington Close have been included in the Parish Council election despite not being in the Parish.
When I was checking through the electoral roll for non parished parts of our area it suddenly dawned on me the Barrington Close wasn’t there.
I called the head of electoral services who ran a check only to discover the Council had registered the street over five years ago as part of Framwellgate Moor Parish area.
The Council must now issue new polling cards and notify residents, including those with postal votes that they can’t vote in the Parish election.
Had I not seen this the whole election might have needed to be run again. Thankfully I’m told these residents haven’t been billed for parish council tax, but I will still be checking to make sure.
We have asked for further enforcement action to stop pavement parking opposite the shops on the single width pavement.
It is dangerous and unnecessary. We are monitoring how many tickets are being issued to be certain that action is taking place.
Our campaign to get roads in this part of Framwellgate Moor has been successful. The Council has confirmed that in the Spring/Summer this year all these roads will be resurfaced.
This is great news after our repeated requests for action including patching works.
We have asked for various areas to be checked to see if additional patching is required first and will be checking out if anything else should be done as well.
If the Labour-run council was investing properly in our roads we would have no doubt already seen these streets done, thankfully our continued pressure has ensured they stayed at the top of the list for action.
Someone commented to me that the post office mobile service in Framwellgate Moor had stopped. I have checked and had it confirmed that it is still running.
The times are now 13.45-15.15 on Tuesdays and Thursdays outside the front of the Community Centre. There is parking at the rear of the community centre.
Please do use it. The Post Office and ourselves continue to try and find a permanent solution but so far no one has taken up the mantle.
The next part of Dryburn Hill footpath rebuild works has started. We have been working on getting the area done for many years and last year the first section was completed. This year after being told only part of what was left was being done we decided to provide some funding to get a bit more done.
After initially being given prices which were way over the top by the Labour-run council, we challenged the quotes and got the price halved, and now another stretch is to have the flagstones removed and get a full rebuild.
This leaves one more part which we will be pushing for action on in the coming year.
We have been on our regular walkabouts and reported issues across the area, including trip hazards on pavements, potholes, build up of leaves and other rubbish on paths, flytipping to name a few.
Please do let us know if there are any areas which are not up to scratch so we can get action.