Monday, 21 January 2013

Just 100 days to go until the Norfolk County Council elections...!!!

With just 100 days to go until the election, I am pleased to announce that I have been selected to be the Labour Party candidate to contest the Thetford-West Division of Norfolk County Council. I am also pleased that Brenda Canham has been selected to contest Thetford-East. The election takes place on Thursday 2nd May 2013. I would like to get elected to Norfolk County Council to provide a strong voice for Thetford on a variety of really important issues including roads & transportation, children & youth services including education, adult social care and adult education to name but a few. Over the next 100 days I hope to give lots of updates about the campaign, and details about our pledges for Thetford. The important question is; Can you help?! This will be a hard task! There are approximately 16,000 voters in Thetford which is a lot of people to talk to and a lot of leaflets to deliver. If you can help with leaflet delivery, would like to display a poster, convince your neighbours and family to vote – let me know! Will you be supporting us? If so, please sign up to vote by post now! I am hoping to build a team of people to help get myself and Brenda elected - we can only do this with your support, let the campaign commence!! x

Saturday, 19 January 2013

Views of Barnham Cross - 17th January 2013

Have been rather ill this week, but was glad to be feeling better by Thursday so that myself and Angus could take the dog for a walk around the Barnham Cross area to enjoy the snowy scenes and get some pictures. Christmas card photos for next year sorted already! haha

Sunday, 6 January 2013

Fasinating views posted online re: Moving Thetford Forward

Views from a resident of Thetford posted online recently;

Just after Christmas, I posted several questions on here concerning Breckland Council, Moving Thetford Forward and its relation with Thetford Town Council. Several people have commented including present day Councillors ie Terry Jermy, Corinne Fulford, Mike Brindle and Robert Kybird. Only Robert can really answer the questions in fairness, as he was, as far as I can make out, the only Councillor involved with all the three Boards mentioned above.

I haven't really had any answers. Remember we are talking way back and,so therefore, have had to draw my own conclusions, which are these. And apologies if they are so obvious but it needs to be said.

1. The representatives hand-picked to form MTF were all yes men.
2. Robert cannot show any minutes as there are not any for public view. As one person involved at the time said to me 'Jane, if you wanted to know something, you had a private chat with them. If you did not agree - tough. There was nothing you could do'. Hence nothing was minuted in the TTC minutes.
3. Because it was a different era then, ie no Facebook involvement or Twitter for that matter and certainly not the transparency we have today, they must have had a field day. They decided how to spend, originally nine million pounds and then reduced to seven, all that money on Thetford; the majority of them not living anywhere near; and certainly not with their hearts in the right place.
4. I cannot find any breakdown of the costs of any of the developments that MTF have decided upon. King Street, Haling Path, The Bus Station et al. Are they ,locked behind closed doors too?
5. They had NO OPPOSITION.

Enough already. I am just about containing my anger. As I say, it was different then but we have not got to allow this to happen again. There is nothing we can do about the above, BUT we can do something now. We have another two years before TTC Councillors come up for election. I say to the present Councillors, with the greatest respect, if you are not there for the right reasons, if you are not willing to be transparent in your dealings, if you are quite happy just to sit and not use your voice, then maybe you should consider coming off. I do not wish to appear rude but times , they are a'changing.

If any other the above is wrong, then correct me. Share comments that you see on Facebook with your friends. I hate the word 'proactive' because it sounds like a margarine, but that is what we have to be, in my very humble opinion! We have to change as well.