Today was the first Saturday in the month and thus my ward surgery day. I got together with Councillor Simon Carter and Councillor Tony Hall the other two councillors in Church Langley for two hours. We are fortunate in having a good working relationship with Tesco and they let us hold our surgery in their entrance hall every month. This month we were also joined by Councillor Clive Souter who is a Councillor for the neighbouring ward of Potter Street.

We had a lot of comments from people about the election results, and a lot of congratulations to pass on to our new MP Rob Halfon. We were also very happy to congratulate the voters of Church Langley for their record turnout at the election – 68% the highest in the town.

Issues raised today were the normal ones of traffic speeds, litter in bushes and some planning issues.

We were also able to spend a few minutes with the new Tesco store manager Alex, who kindly gave us a walk through of the proposed refit of the Tesco site and chatted to us about future developments that he would like to make on the site.

Tesco’s and the other shops (the pub, the doctors surgery, church and school) are a real community focus of Church Langley, so its always nice to know what’s happening there. The refit sounds like the shopping options in Church Langley are going to get a lot better.

Later tonight I am off out with Mrs J and her friends to a Blitz Party in London. I am very much looking forward to the event, with swing bands and tunes from the 40’s and everyone dressed up. The ladies are spending this afternoon doing authentic hair and makeup. I have managed to hire a Colonel’s Uniform…. I just hope we don’t get too many strange looks on the train! 🙂

Today was the first Saturday in the month and thus my ward surgery day. I got together with Cllr Simon Carter and Cllr Tony Hall the other two councillors in Church Langley for two hours. We are fortunate in having a good working relationship with Tesco and they let us hold our surgery in their entrance hall every month. This month we were also joined by Cllr Clive Souter who is a Cllr for the neighbouring ward of Potter Street.

We had a lot of comments from people about the election results, and a lot of congratulations to pass on to our new MP Rob Halfon. We were also very happy to congratulate the voters of Church Langley for their record turnout at the election – 68% the highest in the town.

Issues raised today were the normal ones of traffic speeds, litter in bushes and some planning issues.

We were also able to spend a few minutes with the new tesco store manager Alex, who kindly gave us a walk through of the proposed refit of the tesco site and chatted to us about future developments that he would like to make on the site.

Tescos, the other shops the pub, the doctors surgery, church and school are a real community focus of Church Langely, so its always nice to know whats happening there. The refit sounds like the shopping options in Church Langely are going to get a lot better.

Later tonight I am off out with Mrs J and her friends to a Blitz Party in London. I am very much looking forward to the event, with swing bands and tunes from the 40’s and everyone dressed up. The ladies are spending this afternoon doing authentic hair and makeup. I have managed to hire a Colonel’s Uniform…. I just hope we don’t get too many strange looks on the train! 🙂

This morning started with some leaflet delivery. I actually love to get out and deliver leaflets. I think there is something comfortable about putting the Ipod on and the rhythm of door after door, plus I am told the walk and the fresh air are good for me. Here in Harlow we put out a lot of leaflets, all year round to keep people informed about what we are doing both locally and nationally.

Then Shopping with Mrs J and the daughter, something that I don’t often manage to get out of! It has to be done!

Change clothes and off to Mark Hall School, for the Try Sport and Olympic Conference. I can’t stay all day, but as Leader of the Council I have been asked to go along and support, and help publicise the event with a press photo call. Why do photographers insist at events like these, that are cross party, in standing me next to the Labour MP and asking me to smile?!?!

One thing that did make me smile was the Chinese Lion Dance. Very good. It makes me remember the Beijing Olympics. I wonder what sort of dance we will use to hand over the Olympics post 2012?

Back to Church Langley, to meet up with some of the other Councillors at Tesco, where we hold our monthly surgery. We are joined by Robert Halfon our parliamentary candidate. Its always good to speak to the people you are responsible to. A number of issues are raised with us, including litter, traffic and the details of a new zebra crossing.

Then its time to grab a quick drink and head out to knock on some doors for a few hours. We are knocking on doors all over the town, but this afternoon I have a chance to knock in my own ward. The other political parties in Harlow tend to knock on peoples doors only when there is an election on, but we try to do it all year round.

Finally I get to go home and spend some time with my daughter, catch up with some emails and spend a few minutes on the blog.

Tired already and the day is not over yet!