Over the past few weeks I have had the chance to personally meet literally hundreds of people in Brockley - either on the street or more likely on their doorsteps - but also I have received a number of emails. Throughout that time I have made a number of pledges as to what I would seek to do if I am re-elected on May 6th. As part of that process I though it would be interesting to let others in Brockley know what issues I have pledged to adopt as initial priorities and in so doing I can be held to account for these in due course.
(1) Upper Brockley Road - The problems at the Parade on Upper Brockley Road have not gone away. One of my first priorities will be to seek a meeting with senior officers at Lewisham Police and the officers of Lewisham to determine how they intend to ensure that this area remains a safe and welcoming part of the borough. I will retain this as a key priority until myself and local residents are satisfied that a long term solution has been implemented.
(2) Services offered at Job Centre Plus. A local person who has been unemployed for a long time was concerned that the service offered was inadequate and the staff rude and not trained sufficiently for the job. I pledged to find a way to look into this and would hope to use the scrutiny process to follow this up.
(3) Coulgate Street - I pledged to continue working to bring plans forward for this street - and now that Lewisham's officers are bringing forward a report on the plans we can hope to see some progress on this.
(4) Pavements on Brockley Road - I pledged to continue working to get these brought up to scratch as soon as possible. My wider pledge on improving pavements is about eradicating the 13 year backlog on pavement repairs - I will push for this to happen if I am not elected Mayor myself.
(5) High Level Station - as Mayoral candidate I supported the re-opening of this station along with the other candidates. If unsuccessful as Mayoral candidate I will make it a priority to seek action from the Mayor on providing a framework and timescale for re-opening this station.
(6) Support for the Tanners Hill Tenants and Residents Association - the association has struggled to get off the ground and I want to see it thrive.
(7) Improving the way the local police work with the community - the shootings exposed a gap in the way in which the police work and inform the community about incidents in the area. I pledge to find a way of working with the Police to help improve such communications.
(8) Developing a better framework and understanding as to how the mews in Brockley might change for the better and how to bring this about.
UPDATE from evening of 05/06
(8A) To call on more people outside of the election period.
I would like to add to the above list some of what I consider to be priorities for Ward Councillors in Brockley:
(9) An immediate one - watching the impact of the East London Line on commuters in Brockley and being ready to put pressure on Southern and TfL if the overall service to Brockley fails to bring the improvements promised and results in worse over-crowding at peak times.
(10) Working to improve the Brockley Assembly - pushing for more decisions to be devolved, ensuring it can be an effective voice for local people and their issues and concerns.
(11) Keeping in touch with local residents - either through the blog, via newsletters or by simply being out and about at fairs, events, in the street and community meetings.
(12) Play a constructive role in the Council as whole - a role that properly considers the issues and reaches an informed decision.
(13) Tackling the Brockley Cross roundabout/local environment.
It's late and I'm going to be up early again - this list is just a start. We'll know whether I'll continue as one of the Ward Councillors or Mayor on Friday evening, Saturday I'll have off, Sunday we're clearing out the campaign shop. On Monday, with the consent of the electorate, I hope to start on my second term as a Brockley Ward Councillor and to get on with tackling my initial list as set out above.