Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
The Council is having to campaign for a Fair Funding Deal for residents as the Labour Government are giving Medway less funding compared to other Councils per head of the population.
There are fears that in future years the settlement will be even worse then it is currently.
The funding settlement by the Labour Government had a reduction of £4.5 million before the financial year begun (compared with previous years) with further news in the near future set to look even worse.
Compared to other Councils Medway residents get a poor deal.
All figures below are per resident per year.
Walsall Council - £465-00
Peterborough City Council - £405-00
Medway Council - £284-00
If Medway received the same deal as Nottingham do then they would have an extra £60 million to spend with a portion of that coming to Princes Park.
The whole funding issue has left Medway Council with a financial crisis that could have been critical. However, without affecting front line services it is predicted that £2.8 million can be saved by the introduction of a moratorium on discretionary spending, a recruitment freeze and other measures.
Despite all this, Medway Council has been judged by the Government as officially giving 'good value for money'.
It also boasts as having the lowest Council Tax in Kent (£152 lower then neighbouring Kent authorities) and the 13th (band D) lowest in the country!
posted by matt bright.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
It was the farmers market again last Sunday. It is held in Rochester; the third Sunday of every month. We love to go along if we are free, all the produce is fairly local and the quality is excellent!
Now the weather is getting colder the hot spicy apple juice is on sale. It goes down really well and my husband always gets a sausage bun from one of the stalls, to eat with it. We always come away piled high with fresh vegetables, fruit and of course nice fresh eggs. This time we bought some partridges to try. I must admit I have not tried them before, but as they say 'you are never too old'.
We must be truthful and say one of our favourite stalls is the wine stall. Yes England does produce some excellent wine. The Meopham Valley Vineyard has won many prizes and it is worth going along and having a sample. Their Sparkling wine is second to none. So no need to go to France for your Champagne, just pop along to Rochester and buy English.
You can also buy cheeses, crafts, and this month some beautiful paintings.
Tracey Crouch’s action group were out in force on Saturday. Tracey had a request from residents to try and tidy up the Coney Banks. We made quite a collection which included a “men at work” sign.
Some new “kissing gates” had just been installed and someone had already put graffiti on them. Never fear, Pat was out with her graffiti gun and cleaned it up. If you remember from earlier blogs the action team has also worked in Princes Park. So it was our turn to help another area.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Yesterday the local warden, Brian Mooney, asked me if I would like to pop along to Maundene school at around 3 o’clock. I was told that the PCSO had been there a few days monitoring the parking outside the school. They knew that I had been very concerned about it. Some one did tell me I should not get involved, as the people illegally parking were voters. As I said I would rather lose their vote in the next election than lose a child because of their thoughtlessness. I really think that most of it is that people do not think. They are in a hurry to pick their child up and do not think of the danger to other children they are causing.
What did upset me was to hear that the day before the young PCSO was sworn at. He is really concerned about the safety of the children at the school and did not deserve that kind of abuse! The PSCO and the warden have said that they would give up their own time to help get the walking bus going. Morrisons have said they were more than happy for parents to park in their car park. But no one seems to be taking them up on the idea.
After the children had left the PCSO Peter Rose and the warden cut back the bushes around the signs in Swallow Rise. That way people can see what the restrictions are.
They said they had both had problems themselves in other areas where they have not been able to see signs correctly.
Saturday 6th October I had councillor surgery at the local church. Five residents popped into see me. Next surgery we hope to have the police with us as well. This has just got to be finalised. There were residents from Highgrove about the alley, Shackleton about litter and Redwing about the rubbish left by the children on the green.
We, that’s Matt and I, have been working with the council officers, the local police,
and our local warden, on these problems. It would be nice to think we could wave a magic wand and all our ills would disappear. I am afraid though this is the real world.
It does take time and a lot of work by the police etc. But we are getting there and we hope we will win in the end.
Posted by Pat
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
I had a very pleasant phone call from our local PC, our PC Saunders. He told me off for not putting much on the blog lately. So here I am making up for lost time. Mind you I have been very busy, as many of you know. The leaflets for the Save Capstone Valley Referendum have nearly all been delivered now. I am sure I must be a lot shorter, wearing away at my poor old feet. There are a few roads left to do which I hope to finish tomorrow. So if you have not had one yet please be patient. If you have not had one by Saturday please let me know.
My husband had an interesting encounter. He was walking along Chatham High Street with a ballot box. It was to be delivered to the restaurant Yoons for people to put their ballot papers in. Well a women came up to him and put her ballot into the box. See people really want this ballot to do well. I have a lot posted to my house. Some people have given them to me when they have seen me delivering. This is one we really must win. If we loss Capstone Valley they will think they can get rid of all our Greenbelt.
Any way back to PC Saunders. He really did ring for a reason. It is to do with the surgeries we hold. He thought it would be a good idea if we had a joint Police and Councillor surgery. I agree as quite a few problems do overlap. That way we may have a better chance of helping.
Monday, October 01, 2007
It's Surgery time again and this months advice centre will be held this Saturday (6th October) at the church in Dove Close.
The surgery starts at 10am and runs for an hour. Cllr Pat Gulvin will be hosting the event this time, so if any local residents have a problem locally please feel free to drop in (no appointment necessary) to meet Pat.
Details of attendance will be posted on this blogsite next week.
posted by matt bright.