Monday, May 28, 2007

The First 3 Weeks ......

My first 3 weeks as an East Riding of Yorkshire Councillor has passed, the experience has been terrific – after the fantastic election result over the whole of the East Riding, the Council is now firmly under Conservative Control meaning that there are as many new members as existing members, so I’m not the only ‘new kid’. As a new member I have been made to feel very welcome not only by the existing members, but the group officers, ERYC officers and staff… which does make things so much easier.

I've been asked to sit on a number of ERYC Committees, including:

Strategic Planning,
Safer and Stronger Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee,
Corporate Issues Overview and Scrutiny Committee,
Staff Appeals Committee
The Authority Wide Joint Consultative Committee

and the ‘Think Tank’ -

Howdenshire consists of 15 Parishes, all having Parish Councils, seven of which I managed to attend their monthly meetings during May. I hope to attend the remaining Parish Councils during their meetings held over the next month.

I have had numerous telephone calls, emails and letters from Howdenshire Residents regarding a variety of issues, attending to which is probably the most important part of my new role, and something that I enjoy.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those Howdenshire Residents who voted on May 3rd. Rest assured that I will strive do my best in representing you whether you voted for me, or for another, or didn’t or couldn’t vote. If you feel I can be of assistance or help in any way please do not hesitate to contact me at:

Friday, May 04, 2007

Howdenshire has a Brand New Conservative Councillor

Many thanks to all of you that turned out to vote for me yesterday.... subsequently, Howdenshire has a Brand New Conservative Councillor.... Many, many thanks to my wife, my daughter, family and friends for putting up with everything over the last few months. Also my team and supporters without which this would never have happened. Special mention to Charlie and Linda Bayram who deserve their victory also. I would also like to publicly thank my opponents for their conduct and support during the campaign and especially at last night's count.....