To Lowestoft and beyond

Out canvassing into the darkness of Oulton Broad Lowestoft with Deanna and Colin Law and Peter Aldous MP

Out canvassing into the darkness of Oulton Broad, Lowestoft with Deanna and Colin Law and Peter Aldous MP

On Thursday I had the opportunity to go to Oulton Broad area of Lowestoft and help out an old political friend, Deanna Law, in her bid to be a Waveney District Councillor and did a spot of knocking up on Poll day, if she had won it would have made it a two Councillor household with her husband Colin Law who is Council leader there.

Until May this year Deanna was a County Councillor and she would have been excellent in the role but it was an uphill struggle with Labour seeking to hold, they did win but Deanna was a strong second which much have been a shock for them Clearly they ‘pulled out all the stops’ as I saw their ex-MP actually driving one older lady to a polling station and helping her to the threshold as I collected the tally sheets.

On the way to Deanna’s house to get my delivery map I took the opportunity to see08.08.2013 The first of the site huts is lowered into place at Lowestoft's new Public Sector Building site the first works on site for the new joint Suffolk County Council and Waveney District Council offices which will open in early 2015, the investment will bring together District and County staff in much the same way as has happened in West Suffolk House in Bury St. Edmunds where it has really helped the two councils work together for the benefit of the local community, not to mention allow Waveney DC to move out of a number of building in Lowestoft that were not fit for purpose in the modern age. But as is the way of these things people, as with Landmark House in Ipswich, question the capital spend on new buildings at a time of local government having to tighten its belt. I would say that the savings made and efficiencies such projects bring actually allow front line services to be protected, however the difference between revenue and capital spend is an eternal debate!

About askcolinnoble
I'm a Conservative politician-lite, I dabble a bit in Party Politics with my main focus of working hard and being a strong voice for my community making sure local government delivers quality services and fellow residents get value for money for their hard earned money they pay in Council tax | Where this Gravatar appears and I am expressing my views or liking something I do so in a personal capacity and does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of Suffolk County Council, Forest Heath District Council, the Conservative Party or come to think of it anyone else | But having said the above at an election time and to stay legal anything I write is promoted by Lance Stanbury on behalf of Colin Noble, both at West Suffolk Conservative Association, Unit 8, Swan Lane Business Park, Exning, Newmarket, Suffolk CB8 7FN

2 Responses to To Lowestoft and beyond

  1. A Ross says:

    The problem with Landmark House is as Tory Mr Passmore told us last week, no survey took place and money was wasted by both SCC and the police authority – both Tory run.
    Plus at the same time Endeavour House is not even full

    So let us hope the Waveney scheme has learnt from the mistakes your punctilious made over Landmark House

    • Lets be clear PCC Tim Passmore said it was not subject to a structural survey, which is absolutely correct because it was subject to and certified by Ipswich Borough Council Building Control and before purchase it had a building survey, absolutely industry standard for any commercial building purchase. As to money being wasted wrong – The Landmark house project was subject to a full scrutiny at Suffolk County Council by its Scrutiny Committee and the report is extremely clear that the project has not wasted money but is saving the police and the county money as well as making significant operational improvements for the police and county teams in areas where a close working relationship is so important.

      As to Endeavour house being full or otherwise we have a rolling plan to create staff mutuals whereby staff leave, we are making ever more efficient use of technology, whereby staff number are reduced, we are, through the single public sector estate, closing other offices and moving staff into our core buildings Endeavour House, Landmark House, West Suffolk House, and when built in Lowestoft too. Constant relentless cost savings to protect front line services for the Suffolk Council tax payer, protecting them by keeping Council tax at 0% unlike the constant hikes in Council tax that the good people of Ipswich have to suffer under Labour control.

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