We are all in this together.
There are many levels of government. Parliament, county councils, local borough councils and parish councils and all representatives on these play their role in helping to deliver services to local people.
I have myself been a local councillor but it still amazes me how many residents see their MP as their first port of call, whether this be for school places, dog fouling, noise nuisance, traffic calming or planning. In all these their local councillors are best placed to deal with these problems, although I am more than happy to deal with these issues and we don’t turn people away.
In fact when all levels of democracy work together we can get things done.
Every week I meet with residents either at my surgery or on the doorstep. Only recently I have contacted Sefton Council for help with a long-standing complaint about tree roots at the junction of Altway and Sedbergh Avenue in Aintree Village. This clearly is a hazard and I was sorry to hear that at least one person has tripped over the pavement by this tree. The Parish Council has been calling for action for some time and have finally been told the pavement is on the list for work to be done, thanks to their perseverance.
My Labour colleague, Cllr Tony Carr, has assured me that he will also chase this up with Sefton Council. Maybe not as a big an issue as some, but something that local people want action on.
Other examples include Sainsbury’s planning application in Crosby, resurfacing of Old Hall Lane in Maghull, traffic calming in Brownmoor Lane and the campaign to secure Government funding for the Thornton Relief Road. Working together politicians of all levels and government and political backgrounds can deliver on the ground for local people. In all these the parish councillors, borough councillors and MP have come together with one voice.
I came into politics to make a difference. To be the voice of the unheard. By shouting together we will be heard.
Today, I am meeting with Sefton Borough Council planners to talk about the Sainsbury’s development in Crosby. Last week’s planning committee deferred a decision on the plans with Labour and Tory councillors voting for more consultation with the people. The Lib-Dems voted against further consultation saying they spoke for the silent majority who may support the plans.
This struck me as somewhat odd as 7,000 people signed petitions calling for the plans to be changed, a quite noisy and sizeable minority if you ask me. Either way, many people in Crosby have made important objections to me in letters, emails and out and about in Crosby. I will certainly be passing on their comments to both Sainbsury’s and to the planners.