Taking Southeastern to task at the Town Hall

Southeastern meetingPlease note this post is from my previous blog. To read my posts during the 2017 General Election campaign click here.

On Thursday I had the opportunity to ask some searching questions of Southeastern, as well as Network Rail and Transport for London, at a bumper councillors’ scrutiny meeting at Woolwich Town Hall.

Thanks in large part to lobbying from my colleague Cllr Matt Clare, the Conservative Transport Spokesperson in the Royal Borough, this meeting was arranged to enable councillors to hold Southeastern, in particular, to account over measures to improve the atrocious service local commuters receive. I’ve detailed the results of our questioning below. Continue reading Taking Southeastern to task at the Town Hall

So what’s Scrutiny all about?

Woolwich Town HallPlease note this post is from my previous blog. To read my posts during the 2017 General Election campaign click here.

As I have blogged previously, I rashly made a promise to myself after the election to use this blog after significant council meetings to help open up, in some small way, the workings of our local democracy to more public scrutiny. Scrutiny is in fact the theme of this update, after a week in which I have dipped my toes in the waters of a (to me) new, under-reported yet important side of council business… Continue reading So what’s Scrutiny all about?

First council meeting – blink and you’d have missed it

Woolwich Town HallPlease note this post is from my previous blog. To read my posts during the 2017 General Election campaign click here.

Last night was the council’s Annual Meeting, and my first as a councillor for Coldharbour & New Eltham and now (as of about 7.10pm last night…) Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Royal Borough of Greenwich.  One of the many services local bloggers – I’m looking at you Darryl – have provided in recent years is helping open up council meetings to the public, in the face of the Labour administration’s point-blank refusal, thus far, to introduce the live-streaming of meetings that some of us would like to see. Continue reading First council meeting – blink and you’d have missed it