Firstly thank you to everyone who voted for me in the Euro-Selection election. I am very honoured to be offered the highest possible ranking and I know that there will be a lot of work to do. At the initial selection meeting I asked the audience what they would want from their Euro MP ... again I throw that question to my blog readers.
On my way back from holiday I received the devastating news that another teenage young life has been lost on our local road. A girl that I remember as a beautiful and highly talented child. She died crossing the road after getting off the bus to go home.
This accident happened on exactly the same stretch of road where another teenager died last year. Tragically work on the safety improvements approved since the first accident will not start until this summer (that is nearly 18 months on).
In my very local area I'm trying to arrange a cross party meeting of locally elected representatives prepared to think out of the box, to try to find some ways our road can be made safer. How long does it take to arrange a meeting??? - quite a long time as the road covers not only district but also county boundaries. I have yet to hear of a council that has spare money for its highways budget but there must be ways to speed up the decision making process and to think across county/district borders.