Training for the Planning Committee

By Anne Lee on June 29, 2015

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Today, I received training about the planning regulations. You see, I am a substitute member on the Planning Committee. Without training, I would not be allowed to fulfil that role.

Tomorrow is an exciting day, because I will hold my first street surgery. On Saturday, I leafletted Linden Avenue and tomorrow I will check which residents in the street want to talk to me. I will be accompanied by County Councillor Eileen Hales. As a former borough councillor, she knows the ropes much better than I do.

This morning, I also made a site visit to a grassy area in our ward that has become a battle ground between a few young people and older residents. It has already taken up a fair amount of time.

While picking litter on the same green tonight, I managed to get into a constructive conversation with one of the offending boys. He wanted to know why I was picking litter, and I explained that I care about the people living in my ward. I’m amazed how much picking litter impresses people.

I also pick litter along the pavement of Sunley Court and Cransley Hospice, opposite my house.  Every little helps. I really want to make a difference.

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.

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