I have recently returned from a trip to Northern Ireland.

Apart from being a beautiful country I was moved by the community spirit and the people. I put this down to many things, but for the purpose of this blog I want to talk about one element.

In many public parks there are outstanding facilities. There is nothing better than a park that is clean and well kept which people can meet, chat and let their children play in safely. It enhances a town and it can support togetherness better than many things.

In my ward there are some good parks, but more TLC is needed. I know there is a group working on this and I will put my all into supporting them. In Stroud there is Stratford park, there are some great children’s equipment for younger people to use.

However, what about adults? In this age there is a need to encourage people to use parks to exercise, meet and simply hang out. In many of the Northern Irish parks there were some basic gym style equipment for people to use (and used they were!). Sadly, the outdoor gym equipment in Stratford Park is not used and looks to me as if it is no longer wanted. I would hope that maybe in the fufure we see its return.


Social Housing Forum

Today I attended a meeting of Stroud District Council Social Housing Forum. It was a great place to meet the reps of the different social housing areas in Stroud district. 

There were two LibDem reps in this meeting. We both are happy that the ideas being put forward are going to eventually help with having the voices of the tenants of social housing heard by SDC.

The initial proposal has been, for want of a better phrase, moderated by a group of interested parties, from tenants, councillors (of all groups) and officers of SDC. 

It is important that the right people are chosen and we are fully reflective of those people in social housing in Stroud District.

Quick Post

Today I enjoyed a call with Wotton’s neighbourhood warden. 

We discussed issues of anti-social behaviour which is happening recently. We both talked about the lack of initiatives for young people. 

Hopefully the other councillors and I can rectify this issue.