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 31, 2011

Community & Culture Panel

Attended my first overview/scrutiny panel meeting tonight, an interesting 2 hours or so that covered a number of papers that will be considered by cabinet next week from a report on the first season of King's Lynn Town FC to Affordable Housing and Private Hire and Hackney Carriage Licensing. As it was my first such meeting I had taken the view that it might be best to take more of a listening role in proceedings but did feel compelled to ask one question about the number of DVLA penalty points a taxi driver could accrue before being asked to attend a member led Licensing and Appeals Hearing (the proposal was to increase this threshold to reduce the administrative burden and requirement for panel hearings).

I am beginning to find my way around how the council operates in general and can only say that I am very impressed by the knowledge and presentation skills of the Officers who were there to talk members through the proposals contained within the papers.

It was good to see a number of members mixing after the meeting as we adjourned to the Lattice House for a swift half afterwards - as one member put it, the role of a borough councillor is political for 2 hours a month at 'Full Council', for the rest of time we are all in it together.

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