40 years wait for a table at the top

Then on Thursday I attended the New Local Government Network’s One Big idea event at the BT Tower in central London. Essentially the format for the day was about working as a team around an issue to come up with a possible solution to then come back together hear the various presentations at the end of the day pitched to a Dragon’s Den panel who would pick a winner to then be worked up by the NLGN as a potential pilot.
It opened with 3 themes presented by real Councils looking for a solution to their issue. The first was around lowering the cost of waste collection, the second about Community Engagement and the third was about early years help for young families. I plumbed for the Community Engagement stream and spend a few facilitated hours coming up with ideas and brainstorming the issue with fellow Councillors and Officers from across the country. The lunch time break involved us all taking the lift to the top of the Tower to have lunch in the former revolving tower restaurant.
As it slowly rotated to give us a full 360 degree spectacular view of London, I was reminded of the time my father booked a table before it was closed at the start of the early 70’s bombing campaign by the IRA; we arrived at the door only to see a notice saying restaurant closed. Days later he got through to someone and complained as to why he had not been called to tell him it was closed and was told they could not call, as the reservations book was still at the top on the reception desk and the staff had not been allowed to rescue it. So there I was some 40 years later sitting there enjoying the view at last!
After lunch we continued our work and in the final pitches the Dragons picked our ideas for Community Engagement as the winners, which was excellent news, always nice to be on the winning team and I think we actually did come up with some really interesting concepts which I look forward to seeing the NLGN develop further and maybe some of the things we can run in Suffolk. An interesting and thought provoking day well spend.

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, Park Farm Cottage, Fordham St. Genevieve, BurySt. Edmunds, Suffolk IP28 6TS

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