Monday, 21 June 2010

Lollipops are lovely

Have had my first day back lollipoping, really enjoyed it. I have actually missed the interaction with parents and their children in the morning.

5 weeks has been a long time not to do something you enjoy and especially as in the last few weeks my foot felt ok as long as I didn't stress it too much.

I was taken aback at how many people were kind enough to say they were pleased that I was back looking after the crossing and the sun even shined.

I also understand that another Parent has offered to do some of the afternoon slot as 4 out of 5 slots haven't been covered, so even more good news. He is meeting me on Wednesday for some training so he can see what the mornings are like. I hope he enjoys it.

So all in all a good day,

Monday, 7 June 2010

Shooting at Grange Ave.

I am sad to say that the spectre of gun crime has again come to Park Ward.

At about 11.30 last night( Sunday) an arguement took place outside of the on of the Take Aways and a shot was fired. As far as I could find out there were no fatalities.

I was working outside Alfred Sutton this morning, and came across this scene. Fortunately as I was on the spot I was able to reassure passers by about the general safety of the area and that this appears to have been a one off incident. Nevertheless it is very concerning and I will be writing to the Council and also to the Police to ask them to step up police and PCSO patrols in the area. As a member of the local Police/Residents' liaison committee I know that the Police are working hard in the area, but as a father of 2 teenage children I want to make sure that they are doing everything in their power to make sure that the area is safe.

I will be working, with my Labour colleagues, to make sure that nothing like this happens again.