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With the Surrey County Council elections and Friary & St Nic by-election now over I wanted to share with you something of the day-to-day work that the local Lib Dem councillor team and I undertake.
Traditionally, our regular Focus leaflet/newsletter is filled with articles about big changes that Liberal Democrat councillors have worked for and achieved on behalf of residents. For sure, the big changes we are involved in are important, and these often have a significant positive impact on many resident's lives. But I'd like to spend a few paragraphs reflecting on the small things that are also important, but perhaps only for a few residents.
For example, I was recently contacted by a local resident and business owner about securing a Covid grant. Due to lockdown restrictions, he was unable to trade and was seriously worried about whether he would be able to open his doors again. He had applied for a Covid grant but hadn't received any money. I made some enquiries, and within 24 hours the resident had confirmation that the grant was being paid. Clearly, this had little impact on most residents of Guildford, but for the resident concerned, it took a huge weight off his mind and allowed him to focus on re-opening his business.
I've worked with another resident to deal with a planning enforcement issue. A building in the resident's neighbourhood was being redeveloped, but it was not clear whether this was being done in accordance with the relevant planning permission. I engaged the Council's planning enforcement team, who after an investigation concluded that the developer needed to seek further approval for the works. The resident was grateful that the Council acted to ensure the developer followed planning rules.
And of course, there are the (for a councillor) bread-and-butter issues, like bins not being collected, overgrown paths, and the problem of litter on the Mount. This is still a work in progress, but I am hopeful that as lockdown starts to ease and pubs and restaurants open, there will be fewer people using the Mount as a picnic site, and those people will, after enjoying the wonderful space on the Mount, take their litter home with them. Hope, as the saying goes, is not a strategy, so I am keeping an eye on the situation with litter on the Mount, and will continue to ensure the Council considers appropriate measures to deal with this problem.
The little things may be little, but they're often significant. I have taken a great deal of satisfaction in being able to help residents with issues that may be small in the grand scheme of things, but are important to them.
So, please do get in touch with me or my Friary and St Nicolas ward colleagues Angela Goodwin and Cait Taylor if you have a concern you'd like us to look at... even if it isn't a 'big' one. We're here to support our local community.
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