Archive for September, 2013

Back from the summer…

So I’ve now realised that my last “update” was July and the only reason for that is that August is traditionally a quiet month at County Hall; the schools are on holiday, many Council employees take their Annual Leave, it gets quite airy! Did I get away for the summer? No, apart from an unexpected (and therefore unplanned) weekend at the V Festival with friends! I saw Olly Murrs, The Script, Jessie J, Rudimentals and Beyonce. It was a nice weekend catching up with old friends.

So back to this week started with Foster Panel on Monday, as always I cannot talk about individual cases. A trend I’ve noticed over the past few months is the amount of grandparents coming forward to foster their grandchildren due to unforeseen circumstances, which got me thinking that their motivations are really very different to most looking to foster and they really should be applauded for their commitment and sacrifice.

Monday night I was at Coltishall Parish Council, where parishioners had the opportunity to question officers from Planning (Broadland District Council) and Transport (Norfolk County Council) over the Site Allocations consultation. I think to have the two perspectives in the room enabled people to understand the thinking behind the proposal and helped inform their discussions.

In my report, I spoke of the now £189 million (up from £182 million) that Norfolk County Council needs to save over the next 3 years, and how on 19th September the Council is launching the Putting People First consultation.

Midweek I was in London, first at the Local Government Association offices as I have been appointed to the Children and Young Peoples board of the LGA. The LGA is the voice of Local Government nationally, and regularly lobbies Government on a whole range of issues to make sure that we as councillors can achieve the very best for our residents with Local and National Government working as closely as possible.

And finally, Saturday it was a privilege to present Summer Reading Challenge certificates at Wroxham Library to young people who successfully completed the challenge of reading at least 6 books over the summer, it was great to see so many families taking part (in some cases even mum and dad!) Congratulations to all!

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