Safer Citizens

I’m currently doing some work in a local authority elsewhere in the country, hopefully helping them improve their (already good) community safety function. Inevitably you draw comparisons with your own experiences and the quality of what you provide. Of course, it’s impossible to do, because each partnership has different needs and priorities – what might […]

The point of councils (and politics): 1. Making a difference

With all the negativity around politics at the moment I can easily forgive people who think we’re all as bad as each other and in it for ourselves. And with that attitude, it’s easy to start wondering why on earth I still persist in my politician-lite role as a councillor – unlike Stephen Byers it […]

Fire safety checks

Late last year I blogged about the fire safety visits the Fire Brigade were undertaking on estates in the borough and commented that I’d be taking advantage. And I did. We had our visit last week and, after they had a look around the house, we were left with some tips (we really shouldn’t be […]

Weekly wrap-up, 18 December

Things are getting quieter as we get close to Christmas. While we don’t have a ‘recess’ like Parliament (since we don’t sit, but meet every six weeks or so) the council carries on, there are no formal meetings over the Christmas period. That’s not to say we do nothing. Obviously all the council staff have […]

Weekly wrap-up, 11 December

Although I usually use this last post of the week to witter on about the past week I’m going start off with an event two weeks ago. Battersea Police Ball I can’t believe I forgot to mention this last week, but on Saturday 28 November I attended, along with about 1,500 other people, the Battersea […]

Weekly wrap-up, 4 December

It isn’t unique to being a councillor (although it might be exacerbated by the lack of structure) but I struggle to think of the things I have been up to this week! So when I can look to my diary to remind me of what meetings and appointments I’ve had I find myself thinking “was […]

Fire safety visits

I went out with local firefighters (and Martin Johnson, the council’s Executive Member for Housing) to Copeland House on Garratt Lane this morning as they visited local residents offering a fire safety visit and free smoke alarms. They are running a programme of visits to housing estates around the borough. Recent tragedies have highlighted the […]

Fire Fete at Battersea Fire Station

I seem to be using the blog to advertise weekend events quite a lot lately, and this weekend is no different. Battersea Fire Station (11 Este Road, SW11) will be open tomorrow (4 July) between 11am and 5pm for their annual Fire Fete. The day will have fire and rescue demonstrations, refreshments, raffles as well […]

Tooting Mela

I popped down to the annual Tooting Mela yesterday.  I really should have advertised the event last Friday.  The afternoon, organised by London Fire Brigade was a fantastic session of entertainment, demonstrations and free food. The London Fire Brigade have been done a fantastic job in recent years of getting out of their fire stations […]