Some July, August and September 2016 mini-updates from Piper's Hill councillor Anne Lee!
Handing out prizes to the poetry competition winners at KettFest 2016 was fun. The winners were particularly excited to see their work printed off on large banners around the Market Square.
Two issues in St Mary’s road: residents alerted me to overnight camping in Kettering cemetery. The road surface of the slip road on the uneven number side of St Mary’s Road needs to be repaired. This has been reported to Street Doctor and the repairs should follow within four months.
Furthermore, I have become aware that independent retailers in Kettering feel disconnected from the Council. I raised this point at the July’s Executive Committee meeting.
A new dog bin - suggested during a street surgery months ago - has now been installed in Woodcroft Way, near the Coop in London Road. Holding street surgeries helps me to better understand where we need new facilities. For example, I am still fighting for a light in a dark alleyway off Haynes Road and have set aside most of my ward fund for this reason.
Special congratulations to the Environmental Care department for the stunning flowerbeds and baskets in our town.
Eileen Hales and I have now almost covered the entire Pipers Hill Ward with our street surgeries. Eileen is the County Councillor for the Windmill which covers Pipers Hill Ward as well as the Avondale Grange ward. She has many years of experience on the Borough Council as well as the County Council and we are holding our street surgeries together. Eileen can be contacted on: firstname.lastname@example.org
At the Kettering Town Forum meeting in September, I repeated my call for closer links and more support for independent retailers.
Attending the Rural Forum (with representatives of parish councils outside Kettering, Desborough and Rothwell, like Broughton, Mawsley and Geddington) on behalf of Kettering Town forum has increased my understanding of problems currently experienced in our villages caused by the lack of truck stops, a shortage of visible policing and cuts to bus services.
Anne has been an active councillor for 5 years. She represented Pipers Hill on Kettering Borough Council, and now represents Windmill on the new North Northamptonshire Council. She was a school governor at St Edwards Primary School for 8 years and has been a Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator for over 30 years. She has 3 grown-up children and lives in the ward, working as a freelance linguist. She is an impassioned supporter of community hubs, such as the Green Patch and the Grange Resource Centre. With a Master’s in political sciences, and a keen interest in improving the new authority’s communications with residents and businesses, she promises to be an active councillor with a strong voice, and is particularly interested in reducing carbon emissions and in supporting families with children.