Last night was the second Talking Together roadshow event in the central area, this time in Albert Hill. The discussion forum, amiably chaired by Cllr Harker, had about 18 adults and a dozen children present. Some of the primary school kids asked questions first, which officers dealt with, in varying degrees of child-friendly language!
When the adults took over, the discussion heated up with a long list of complaints about traffic, play facilities, anti-social behaviour, roads and pavements, blocked gullies and the like. Tellingly, much as we heard at the previous event, there is a perception that areas like Albert Hill and North Road, dominated by small terraced housing, with a mixture of owner-occupiers and privately rented accommodation, suffer in comparison to the larger Council estates, like Skerne Park, in terms of community facilities.
Also of interest was the number of residents who complained that they had been in touch with "the Council" but had no response. It seemed that few, if any, said they had turned to councillors for support or help in getting answers from "the Council". Maybe we need to promote the role of councillors as "champions of their community" more effectively.