Please note this post is from my previous blog. To read my posts during the 2017 General Election campaign click here.
I’ll be holding my first surgery as a Coldharbour & New Eltham ward councillor a week on Saturday – and this week our new poster will be going up on noticeboards across the ward to advertise this and other sessions. One of the really positive pieces of feedback we had from residents during the election campaign was John and Mandy’s availability over the last 4 years – literally 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year.
Surgeries are a really important part of that, so we will be continuing to hold 5 a month for the foreseeable future. While a council candidate I sat in on several alongside John and Mandy, and back when I worked for Chris White MP I often helped with his – I know just how crucial it is that residents know they can always have a face-to-face conversation.
We’ve also found, however, that different residents want to keep in touch with us in different ways, and of course not everyone is able to attend a surgery when they need to. That’s why we set up www.CHNEwardteam.com and Twitter feed more than a year ago, and later launched our Community News email newsletter and Facebook page. The response to all four surprised me – they took off much quicker than I had expected, and during the campaign it was always a huge boost to knock on a door to be told by a resident that they knew all about campaigns like Mend The Mound because they had already seen it online!
More than 450 residents now receive Community News, we have more than 200 Twitter followers and around 80 fans on Facebook – that’s a good start but we want to grow this significantly over the next four years.
In the meantime, I hope our new contact poster on noticeboards will spread the word that our surgeries will be continuing at the same rate as always – and I’m looking forward to my first at New Eltham Library on Saturday 14th (10-11am).