By elections and me. No.2. Orpington

My recent postings on the Gravesend by election in 1955 and the announcement yesterday of the death of Lord Avebury reminded me about the Orpington by election .  I wouldn’t say I was involved but I had a bit of a view from somewhere around the back row of the upstairs balcony.

It was 1962. In between running Gravesend Young Socialists and a job I had the odd bit of spare time. A couple of times John Cartwright took me over to the Labour Committee Rooms in Orpington and I sat typing Redding pads out in some suburban front room.  I met our candidate – Alan Jinkinson – nice enough chap, but he wasn’t going to win.  The Tory had been drafted in to win and go straight into the cabinet – and he was opposed by Lively Local Lubbock (aka Lord Avebury).

Lubbock was portrayed as an ordinary local man, a local councillor with “none of the advantages” of Tory Peter Goldman, who was “the embodiment of the glossy, public relations system”.  What was not said of course was that Eric Lubbock was one of the banking family who were major landowners and locally a political force. His peerage was hereditary.  Peter Goldman was a clever young man who had risen in the Tory Party offices to become Head of Research  and a protégé of RAB Butler. I did not know then that he was Jewish – nor would I have understood that that was a reason why he might suffer discrimination.

Anyway the Liberals won dramatically – there are thousands of articles cheering them on.  We didn’t like the Liberals but we did cheer that the Tories had lost.

So – fast forward 20 years.  I had a new job and I was sitting talking to my new boss, Mrs.Goldman – who was doing her best to get as much personal information of me as she could while pretending to talk about office arrangments. She mentioned her husband  because his chauffeur might call into the office – her husband’s name was Peter – and, I thought – ‘surely not?’

By then Peter Goldman was running the Consumers Association and leading a life which could only be described as retiring. I didn’t have much to do with him – largely telephone calls about domestic arrangements.  I used to hear stories of past social occasions, famous names and the odd smoke filled room but Thatcher was by now in the ascendant and it was all in the past  Later, after he had died, I faced a vast pile of books, destined for the Scout’s jumble sale.  They were full of annotations, dedications, notes, signatures – RAB, Ian, Quintin – a whole world of Tory politicians who by then it was thought were best forgotten.

The by-election was mentioned only once. In 1987 our Greenwich MP, Guy Barnett, died and the resulting by-election was just as dramatic as Orpington. Our candidate, Dierdre Wood, was reviled in the press and the Social Democratic candidate was praised to the heavens.  Just before the election Peter rang me  – he asked me to give Dierdre his telephone number and to tell her that if she lost she must ring him – ‘because I know about it’, he said.

I don’t know if she did or not.  But I do know that these big by elections are an evil juggernaut of deceit, ambition, suspicion, rumour and lies – and that they kill and crush what is inconvenient in their path.

So – that’s the view of Orpington from the back back back row.

– and – just a word on Mrs. Goldman – RIP Stella. really, really miss you.

quotes about the candidates from 1962 Guardian

The best buildings in Britain

I am being sent information about the Best Buildings in Britain of the last 100 years.

This includes an exhibition currently on at the Royal Academy of Arts and organised with the Twentieth Century Society.  See their web site https://

In some ways I think we should think ourselves lucky that there is no exhibition of buildings given the Carbuncle Award – seeing how often Greenwich has made that list recently – But nevertheless – Greenwich has two entries in the 100 best list, over the years.

One of these entries is for 1915 – and then it wasn’t in Greenwich, but in Woolwich. That is the very wonderful Well Hall Estate. Glad that local housing for the workforce has got a look in here somewhere and that its not all about elites.

The other Greenwich site in the exhibition is, of course, the 1999 winner – our soon to be junked Sainsburys in Peartree Way.  It is also dreadful to hear about the death of its architect, Paul Hinkin, so soon after plans for its demolition were announced and his speech at our Planning Board to try and save it.

Have a look at what they say on the Twentieth Century Society web site – http://www,

The write up includes a wonderful aeriel picture and says that the store ‘fits neatly into two dominant meta-narratives of the late 20th century shopping as destination experience and the move to sustainable building’.  ….’it was the first store to be awarded the BREEM excellent rating … it consumed 50% less energy than a conventional supermarket’.   They go on ‘its distinctive zoomorphic shape highlights landscaping by the Woodland Trust’  … ‘the highlight of supermarket design in the 20th century’.

They list out all the various approvals – shortlisted for the Stirling Prize. … chosen by the Design Council as a Millennium Product …. RIBA Journal Sustainability award …  Design Museum Sense Award  …. Retail Week Design of the Year  …. Channel 4 Building of the Year, People’s Choice 2000.

So – hey ho – as they point out it is about to be pulled down and replaced by the sort of boring box for IKEA which it was designed to challenge.   The little eco-park at the back is going to be junked and replaced with a roof.  English Heritage of declined to list it.  (hmmm).

So – at least no one seems to have suggested pulling down the Well Hall Estate recently.

A couple of codicils

1. I have also been sent an angry press cutting from the Wharf about Tower Hamlets about not being consulted by Greenwich Planners about IKEA’s plans.  They are worried about the impact on the roads.


2. Why have we had no information yet about plans to sell off the Rose Garden in Blackwall Lane for housing. What is going on??

MUST APOLOGISE  – when I wrote this I missed another Greenwich borough building in the book.  This is Hallgate, tucked away on the private Cator Estate in Blackheath.   I know the flats well and have friends living in an adjacent, and identical, block.   It is the entry for 1958 – when there was still a belief in human scale housing – and then in the old Met. Borough of Greenwich where the Council backed some good architecture (and I am not going to mention anything about later amalgamations with other Met. boroughs)

How to feed an old lady on holiday

Now, as a lone elderly woman, I think I should be allowed to go on holiday.  I like driving round and looking at things – but its pointless, given my height and lack of hearing, to join organised parties. So – I have a car, like driving, and so I go on my own.  Not a problem.  Except – what do you eat??

I’m not a health food fanatic. But I like cooking, and at home I cook myself a basically low fat, veggie diet – but no chance of getting that on the road.

It is a given, I am afraid, that most restaurants with any pretensions don’t welcome single old ladies.  So – I am stuck with the pub attached to the hotel – the Farmers’ Fancies or the Brewers’ Delight of this world.

I had thought that perhaps they had invented a means of cooking via a 3D printer and a generic food mix, finished with a quick minute in the deep fat fryer.  But actually they are not all the same – on Sunday I had a cottage pie in one of them, so disgusting, that even I plucked up the courage to complain.  But generally the food is all fried, and meat. One place I stayed last week didn’t even do fish and chips. So its chips with everything and – well, nothing else really.  Try and get anything fat free, and you can’t – the ones with more upmarket pretensions might ditch the fryers but smother everything in heavy cream instead.

And what do they do to the salad?  Why is it never fresh, given their turnover?? and its covered in vinegary heavy dressing?  Yesterday I went in a local roadhouse/pub (the Red Gate on the A5 near Nuneaton) – and they produced a salad which was crisp and delicious.  I was their only customer – why can they do it when bigger establishments are hiding deliquescent leaves under dressing?  (In the past I have threatened to take a pub salad to show the local Environmental Health Department – they staff didn’t even twitch).

Now I am quite prepared to buy stuff and eat alone in my room.   Nothing will keep overnight like that so you end up throwing a lot away.  Where do you buy it?  Garages – garages only sell stuff which is processed and based on cheap fats.  Don’t even think about buying it.  Small supermarkets – the private chains – likewise.  You begin to realise that a large chunk of the population actually lives on this sort of stuff.

In particular beware of anything labelled as ‘healthy’ – in particular remember the con tricks played on us for years now by the margarine trade, with their ‘spreads’.

Small Co-op shops are generally ok. You can get a bag of salad and some cooked cold meat. Not too bad, but boring.  You can also get ready-made cold salads. They are vile – like most factory produced food, if you don’t mind me saying so.  They are covered with heavy over-flavoured dressing and packed out with red and green peppers because they look good.  Again, the horrible thought is that many people actually live, and apparently enjoy, pre-cooked factory made food like this.

The big bonus of last week though was a Morrisons – nice fresh salads, big variety of cooked meat and fish, fresh baked rolls and buns  – and really nice pies.  None of it looked as if it was made from generic food mix and in fact appeared to contain real food!! I thought that was amazing. What I like is the lack of pretension about it.

So – off I go this morning – I will find lunch later on, no doubt in some Publican’s Parlour or other. These places don’t do lunch – you get the same all day, fried this, fried that, fried meat, lots of factory made stuff and nothing light. They keep away from what I want – which is a sandwich, a bit of salad and a bit of cake.

Once home I can make myself a nice veggie risotto (sigh). It takes ten minutes – anyone could do it.




Rant about Royal Mail and parcels

Todays rant is about the impossibility of getting parcels delivered by Royal Mail

They come along with parcel at a random time with no forwarning and if you don’t answer the door they leave a card.  Now, I don’t answer because I am deaf and don’t hear the knock – but I might be out or whatever. (agree I need a flashing light thingy – but then you need to be in the same room as the flashing thingy when the postman comes)

In the past you could ring Blackheath Sorting Office you can explain to the nice helpful man who answers about being deaf and ask if they re-deliver can they knock good and loud – and say I will try and sit in the window to watch out for them (but sitting watching all day is not good and not practical either)

BUT – OH NO –  ring up the number on the card now (and listen to blah blah blah automated voice, which I can’t hear anyway – because I am deaf) – but  never get through to the nice men at Blackheath Sorting Office.  You are sort of directed to their automated system – which – again – I  can’t hear the instructions for, and you can’t ask them to knock loudly and explain the problems of sitting in the window all day waiting and watching.

But there is a lady you can talk to – who apologises and apologises and apologises – but doesn’t help at all. And by then I have really, really lost my temper, which I am sorry about.

And they are not allowed to leave the parcel on the step, by the way.

Anyway – what all this means is – I can’t get it redelivered. So – why don’t I go and pick it up from Blackheath Sorting Office????

You see, If I get the bus to Blackheath Village its a very long walk up a very steep hill and a 54 or a 122 for just two stops (not possible if its a big parcel) or its the 386 to the Standard, and change to a 122 (that’s a very long way round) or its 386 going the very, very,very  long way round via Greenwich.  None of that is good.

Why don’t I drive??  There are double yellow lines outside the sorting office in Blackheath Village – and if you are on your own, that means a ticket.

– and, in any case, why should I do all this when someone has paid Royal Mail to deliver it to me?

Ah ha – but they will deliver to ‘your nearest post office’  – BUT – if I ask them to deliver to, reasonably near, Trafalgar Road – they say “no, not allowed to do that, your nearest post office is Stratheden Road”   ….. where???  Even Charlton Church Lane would be better – or, at a pinch, Greenwich High Road – but,  no, its Stratheden Road, or nothing.

So – not sure what to do next – I guess its either pay a parking fine or pay for a taxi.   Leaving all the inconvenience and extra expense with me.

Some years ago there were proposals to shut the Blackheath Sorting Office and move it elsewhere.  The residents of Blackheath Village got very angry – understandably – about ‘their’ post office being closed. There were public meetings and angry lobbying – and, being Blackheath Village, they won, and the sorting office is still there.

I wouldn’t have dared to get up at those angry meetings and say what I think – which is – that SE3 is a large area (Westcombe Park and all of Kidbrooke and what used to be the Ferrier) – and for most of its residents Blackheath Sorting Office is not a local post office, far from it – it is remote and difficult to get to.  For most of us it is not walking distance, there are no convenient buses, and it is a pain.

Please Royal Mail – leave the post office and sorting office for the residents of Blackheath Village, and put another sorting office in which is easy for Kidbrooke and Westcombe Park Residents

Allow postmen to leave stuff on doorsteps

Change the rule about ‘nearest post office’ for deliveries so it means ‘nearest post office’ not ‘nearest post office in your postal district’.  Please let me pick up parcels from SE10 post offices which are just down the road.

Do something about the awful telephone-in-when-you-get -a-card.  I am sure staff would like to be helpful if they could – and remember SOME OF US ARE DEAF.


The jetty – who has been to the jetty

On Thursday I had two tickets for the opening night of The Boy who Climbed Out of His Face – sadly it was rained off, and a very bad start for a new project.

I went down there this afternoon to see what was going on – hope they do well – but I was the only person passing by on the riverside path who seemed to have ventured inside.   Its just a bit upriver from John Harrison Way (turn left at the end) – and would have been at the end of a road which used to be called Riverway (only they blocked the Pilot Pub off from the river – wish I knew why).

Look – we need a bright interactive riverside – where things happen – and this might just be the start.

I have known for some time that that there were plans by one of the big developers to use this jetty for events.  It is a relatively new jetty built in the 1940s for Blackwall Point Power Station which stood on the riverside, near the Pilot, until the 1980s (have a look at what 853 is currently saying about Park Life).  Ten or so years ago a local community group tried to get a project started to use it as a base for the many preserved smallish boats on The River – workshops, training base, apprenticeships, toilets, a café – sounded good but there were powers-that-be against it.  So – the developer took it on – and here, in a flurry of portacabins is their first show.

The people I met today who are putting the show on are part of a North London based theatre group –  they said they employed a publicity agency, but, honestly, I have seen nothing in our local papers and blogs  One of them said something about people who would come to see the show ‘from Brick Lane’  – well, maybe, but there are more people living locally who would go, rather than a lot of Brick Laneites who have never been south of the River .

I have been running round lately with the Campaign on Enderby House and Enderby Wharf – one of the strongest points we can have for the Enderby Campaign is that at Enderby Wharf we need an interactive busy riverside with things going on, places to stop, stuff to see – not another developer-led-office block and wind-tunnel-generating flats.  Of all our heritages – the River is the most important – so why are we neglecting it, and leaving the riverside to know-nothing-developers.

Sorry to go on about this – look at the web site – and go and see the show, because activity on the riverside is what we need.


PS – don’t know why they keep calling jetties, ‘piers’.

Bugsby’s Reach – responding to consultations can work

All those people who wrote in to say that the name of Bugsby’s Reach shouldn’t be changed have – I think – been told the result. However, in case you didn’t/haven’t  here is the statement from the Port of London Authority:



In March and April 2014, we consulted on a proposal to rename Bugsby’s Reach as Waterman’s Reach in commemoration of the 500th Anniversary of the 1514 Act of Parliament regulating watermen, wherrymen and bargemen.

There were a total of 47 responses to the consultation, breaking down as follows:

 10 in favour

 34 against

 3 neutral

Those for the change cited the proposal as: ‘fitting commemoration of the river’s past, present and future working life.’

Those against the proposal felt that: ‘historic names should be left alone’; ‘Bugsby’s Reach is a local name reflected landward in Bugsby’s Way’; and ‘The lack of information about Bugsby’s background should not be a reason to remove his name.’

Having considered the balance and nature of consultation responses, we have decided not to proceed with the proposal to rename Bugsby’s Reach.

We extend our thanks to those who took time to respond to the consultation.

– ends –


Alistair Gale

PLA Corporate Affairs



New campaign on Enderbys – the birth of international communications

A new campaign on the history of Enderby’s wharf as a telecommunications site has been launched  – with the following links

and a leaflet    Enderby3

also – just got the following email from Joshua at HardHat – for the developer’s agents

As part of the ongoing construction of Enderby Wharf, we have scheduled another meeting for June 25th at the Forum @ Greenwich. This meeting will be held in the Sherard Hall at 6pm. We will be putting together the agenda for the upcoming meeting shortly. Please let me know if you would like anything in particular added. Please pass this information to any person you feel would be interested. Finally, please respond if you plan to attend so we can set up the room for the appropriate number of people.
Joshua Lindsey


Help Bridget help ‘Nurture Africa’

Bridget Owen has lived in the Millennium Village since the early days and served for several years on the committee of the residents association. She is going to Uganda in a month’s time to do voluntary work among children and women with HIV – and is asking for the help of local people (and others)

Bridget writes:

“To those who don’t know me my name is Bridget Owen, I am the Haringey CCG Deputy Designated Nurse for Safeguarding Children that is part of the Quality and Integrated Governance Directorate. I have worked in Haringey for 4 1/2 years – first with the PCT, then NCL and now the CCG with Karen Baggaley as a constant supportive manager.

After 32 years in the NHS I have decided to take most of my annual leave to be a volunteer nurse for a charity ‘Nurture Africa’ based in central Uganda, focusing on providing HIV/AIDS screening and treatment for children and adults on a 5 week placement 26th June – 2nd August 2014. There is a fund raising element to the charity which funds their health centre and school sponsorship programme and promotes awareness of the HIV crisis there and so I need to raise £3,000.”

So she needs to raise funds before she goes and is looking for support from Greenwich people.

If you can help at all then please visit her page here and give what you can.

Not all of us have the skills or the opportunity to help those less fortunate in other parts of the world but we can all support those who do. Every donation no matter how small will help

River Crossings East of Tower Bridge – Docklands Forum 1995

A bit of explanation:  between 1986-1998 I worked for Docklands Forum.  The Forum had evolved from a GLC Department monitoring Docklands Regeneration and community issues.  By the time I got there it had been floated off and was a voluntary sector membership organisation.  Once month we produced an information pack on regeneration issues in Docklands (which included Greenwich, since it had been in the pre-1980 regeneration area).

It is to my great regret that I didn’t just remove the entire set of papers – covering 30 or so years of detailed information on Docklands redevelopment and change – of which we were generally pretty critical.  Someone has that set somewhere (I know who you are) and it would be great to upload from it much of what is still very relevant today.

However, yesterday, I was given a few loose pages from the mid 1990s – better than nothing.  So – I am appending below something quite short, from July 1995 on the Government Office for London’s Consultation on River Crossings to the East of Tower Bridge.  Hope you like it.

DOCKLANDS FORUM                                                                     JULY 1995

River Crossings to, the East of Tower Bridge. A Consultation Document

The Government Office for London (GOL) has issued a consultation document setting out a range of crossings to the east of Tower Bridge. The document aims to develop the Government’s current thinking about River links between Tower Bridge and Dartford and seeks, through its consultation, to establish current reaction to their views on priority, funding, and the form and siting of crossings. The Government’s aim is “to identify buildable schemes for which a broad degree of consensus has been achieved.”

The document states:

”We (the Government) believe that, together, the crossings already in the framework –

• the development of a new crossing at Blackwall for trunk road traffic;

• a possible rail crossing at Woolwich;

• a potential multi-modal local crossing at Gallions Reach (truncated ELRiC); and

• one or more local crossings to the east of Beckton;

make up a logical and viable strategy. It is also important that this strategy should command a wide consensus which takes account of the views and interests of all concerned.

We are now seeking your views on the extent to which you share this strategic picture and what the priorities should. be for implementing it. In looking at priorities, we must balance the potentially conflicting needs of regeneration, sustainability and practicability. We need to look at new ideas for the details of schemes and possible new approaches and new ways of funding. And we need to ensure that East London is not held back by the absence of efficient and effective cross river links in the coming years. ”

Despite the Government’s keenness to involve the private sector (whether financiers, developers or contractors) which they see will be crucial to the delivery of new developments in East London, the  consultation exercise is nevertheless seeking the widest possible views. Community interests are thus
a fundamental element of any future Government consideration. Clearly, the Forum’s involvement in this whole debate, its proven track record of outreach work and community representation at strategic levels on the Docklands Transport Steering Group, and its major river crossings and public transport initiatives, dictates the imperativeness of the Forums’ role in undertaking a comprehensive community consultation exercise to feed into this current
Government river crossings consultation exercise. The Forum would naturally undertake to outreach as many organisations and members as possible and work closely in conjunction with supportive boroughs.

Ron Phillips’ May 1994 foreword for the Forum’s River Crossing Conference stated:

“The proposals to build a bridge at Blackwall gave rise to a considerable degree of alarm by those Docklands Communities who would be affected.

The Limehouse Link road development is still very fresh in people’s minds, with its noise, dirt and dust. loss of homes and disruption of community life.

Once the Docklands Communities’ interest was aroused it became apparent that the proposed Blackwall bridge was only one of several possible road crossings planned east of Tower Bridge. More road crossings will result in an increase in traffic passing through Docklands hence an increase in traffic pollution. The incidence of asthma and bronchial related illness amongst children in the Docklands’ Boroughs is alarmingly high and on the increase. It is believed by many in the medical world to be directly related to the growth in traffic density in the last 15-20 years.

There are numerous proposals for public transport service improvements either already agreed or planned which increase the ease with which the public can cross the river. To what extent will these affect the need for road crossings? Surely this rail road interaction should be examined carefully
for its implications!

At times either Tower Bridge and Rotherhithe Tunnel have been closed to traffic what has happened on both occasions to traffic which would normally have used the crossings? I understand the authorities concerned were unable to detect a noticeable increase in traffic pressure on Southwark Bridge or Rotherhithe Tunnel in the one case and Tower Bridge and Blackwall Tunnel in
the other
. This suggests that the well known conundrum. that providing additional roads to relieve congestion which then in turn become congested, is probably capable of working in reverse to exhibit another Oxford Street effect.

It became apparent to the Docklands Forum that a public conference should be arranged for representatives of the Communities and all those interested in the various proposals to come together for a day-long discussion to explore the various issues. Hopefully a consensus will arise from the Conference. ”

Ron Phillips, July 1995 press statement:

“Once again the Forum’s role must be to act as facilitator in achieving a consensus amongst the Communities of East London in order to input into this strategic consultation exercise. ”

Recommendation: that Members endorse the Forum’s continued active
involvement in the River crossings debate and approve a new 
comprehensive community consultation exercise with the aim of inputting into the Government’s current River Crossings Consultation Exercise.

Note: Any members wishing to proactively participate in this consultation exercise should contact Daniel Dobson-Mouawad at the Forum’s Offices (0171 377 1822). Copies of the consultation document may be obtained from the Government Office for London, contact Maria Groves (0171 276 5266). Responses to this consultation document must be received by 29 September 1995.





Some last minute urgencys – IKEA, Lovells. etc etc

I keep thinking I must stop all this – BUT some things have come up I thought I ought to list down before I go………………….so (and this has been written at top speed)

Lovells Wharf Planning application (revised) – this is to be taken at the Planning Board meeting NEXT WEDNESDAY 9th April. 6.30 Woolwich Town Hall.  Info Jasmine.Kassim  020 8921 5146 Info and detailed of the papers will be on the Council web site under planning meetings.

The same meeting has an item on it about the Borough Hall – to alter it to become an Arts Centre, and an application about landscaping at the Millennium Village (I don’t think it is THAT tower block)

IKEA – as everyone will know the Council granted planning permission for that a couple of weeks ago.  A member of the public has asked me to point out that the London Mayor Johnson still has to ok it.  I know that people feel very strongly about this – some people think its a wonderful thing, and some people think it is dreadful. So – you can still urge Mr. J one way or the other ring Jonathan Aubrey or 07983 4155  and he has to have made his mind up by 9th March,

other stuff

4/5th Pistachios in East Greenwich Pleasaunce. Pop up boutique from 9.30

6th East Greenwich Pleasaunce Easter Fun. Eggs from 3.30

6th Sunday – Greenwich Town Social Club have their AGM and a promise of exciting news.

6th Lambing Day at Woodlands Farm  11 – 4.30 (and see their great new education centre with a plaque about my late husband, Alan)

6th Charlton Community Gardens AGM at 2.30 at Charlton Statiom

9th Men in Sheds open day. Progress Hall Eltham. 10.30-2.30

13th Its the Marathon.   A nice well organised event not like the Run to the Beat which has gone to Brent.

15th Greenwich Industrial History Society. Old Bakehouse, Bennett Park, 7.30  Julian Kingston on Build the Lennox (this is the scheme that might be saved from Mayor Johnson’s decision to allow developers to built their thing on Deptford Dockyard)

26th Drop in to the Wildlife Centre at Greenwich Park

27th East Greenwich Pleasaunce Monthy Market. Talk to Lizzie if you want a stall.

17th May   Celebration of English Choral Music. in aid of Age UK Bromley and Greenwich.  St.Alfege Church 7.30 £12

31st May Drop in to the Wildlife Centre at Greenwich Park


I went to a meeting with ALUNA who will be putting in a planning application soon for a moon powered clock – huge great thing – on the Peninsula riverside. Happy to send copy of their info pdf if you ask me.

I understand that the TR Bar in the Plaza have now lost their licence

Enderby Wharf – lots of people are telling me how concerned they are thart developers are rushing through with no regard to the important history of this site.  I and some others have had meetings with the housing developers PR and hopefully something will happen – although I am pretty cynical.  Various members of the group are in contact with English Heritage and various others.  We also understand that the cruise liner developers are drumming up custom round the world and are using a different name than Enderby.

Also – many of you will know that Alcatel got planning consent this week for a development at the end of Mauritious Road for housing which includes an 18 storey tower block.  A number of people from East Greenwich were at the meeting and raised concerns.

– I also understand that David Leal’s riverside steps and stairs group is going ahead well

Happy to pass on more information about all of these.  Lots more is going on – no space and no time.

A number of people have asked me if I can keep on with this information once I am off the Council.  I don’t see how I can because I won’t have the remit.   Let me know what you think.

Peace and love