Some Sepember 2015 mini-updates from Piper’s Hill councillor Anne Lee!

Refugees

At the Full Council meeting tonight, not one but two petitions were handed in for Kettering Council to support refugees.

Both group leaders spoke to say that Kettering will be ready to support refugees when called on by the government.

We have no numbers yet.

At the meeting, we also heard from St Andrew’s School ‘Little Ambassadors’ who designed the new play equipment in Grafton Park. A very positive story of how imaginative and enthusiastic young people are.

The implements of a councillor

At a well-attended meeting for new members last week, former MP Phil Sawford spoke of the cola can he used to keep in his car, purely for one reason: to place in pot holes before he photographed them before instigating repairs. The example was used to illustrate that politics is about wanting to make a difference for the people around you.

It made me reflect on the things I have been carrying around in my car. My little notebook to write down the names, telephone numbers and issues that I have been asked about. Plastic gloves and bin bags, to pick up litter. My clipboard with sheets for the 500 Community Speedwatch signatures that I need to collect.

Training

On Wednesday, I attended an East Midlands training day for borough councillors. It was attended by two Labour councillors and one Conservative councillor from Kettering. I learned about welfare reform, child poverty in the East Midlands, planning and devolution.

Once again, I learned that there is an acute housing shortage in the whole country and that 243,000 houses need to be built a year in the next five years to fill the gap.