Ever wondered what a Borough Councillor's role entails?

Ever wondered what a Borough Councillor's role entails?
I did! I was elected as a Councillor for the Lynn South & West ward of the Borough Council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk on 5th May 2011.

A little bit about me:
I have lived in South Lynn for 7 years with my wife and work locally for the Norfolk Primary Care Trust as an IT Manager.

I am a Labour Councillor and whilst the local Labour group made some encouraging gains in the May elections (moving from 4 councillors to 13) we are still very much a minority opposition as the Tories hold 42 of the 64 council seats.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Busy, busy night

It turns out that next week is the first meeting of the Community & Culture Panel so I was able to attend the West Lynn Forum after all. In addition, there was a South Lynn Neighbourhood Partnership meeting to attend and fitting them both in was a bit of a squeeze!

First off, and straight from work, a meeting of the South Lynn Neighbourhood Partnership at the NORA project offices, the main subject for discussion: Whether the South Lynn Neighbourhood Partnership should become a fully constituted body, continue without administrative support from the Borough Council's Neighbourhood Officer or disband. There didn't appear to be a huge appetite for any option and it was eventually agreed to hold a separate meeting to discuss the options in more detail, perhaps with more representatives from around the patch.

This decision was taken after I had to leave to make it over to St Peter's Church in time for the West Lynn Forum meeting, in this instance a fairly special meeting that had representatives from the Norfolk Local Government Association and the Leader of the Borough Council to discuss the options, benefits and otherwise of West Lynn establishing a Parish Council. There does appear to be a healthy appetite for such a body within West Lynn but there is a long road ahead with a Local Governance Review required and this could take up to 12 months. The Borough Council appear broadly supportive of such a review and the Leader took on board my point about wanting to ensure that a broad spectrum of West Lynn residents were consulted as there are obvious financial consequences in terms of parish precept which would affect all local residents, not just the 30 or 40-odd residents who would like to have more say in local matters. It is clear that there is some way to go before a decision can be reached and I can only promise to be as good a representative as possible in the meantime.

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