mosy wrote: ↑1 Mar 2021 18:34
Hi again Jack Lavery and thank you. I am encouraged that you feel effective in bringing people and groups together and am hopeful that will translate well to working within the council should you be elected.
You ask what I personally want from a local councillor. One who will:
- Promote the centuries old high street (Sydenham Road) as a vibrant community area for local businesses and residents of all ages and not allow it die or be killed off by council action or inaction nor gradually be converted to residential use.
- Promote decent housing standards above minimum standards and below maximum densities and preferably congruent low rise rather than high rise featureless light-blocking buildings. (As you Mr Lavery seem passionate about housing, I hope your passion goes beyond increasing housing numbers.)
- Ensure recognition that medical, school, parking or drop-off etc infrastructure services associated with increased housing are provided for at planning stage - and realized either within or alongside particular or cumulative projects.
- Keep alive the need to bring back or expand lost services, like health and social youth and adult activities and venues (indoor and out), including clean swimming pools competently managed.
- Encourage prospective small-scale shops and eateries, rather than discouraging via excessive (seemingly sometimes spurious) planning requirements.
- Promote increased regularity and follow-up on Food Standard checks of existing food outlets in the borough, especially at this time.
- Re-assess inadequate street lighting where better lighting is plainly needed for safety concerns.
- Emphasise the need to bring back recycling banks or for a depot closer and more accessible than New Cross to public transport users.
The above would be easy just to tick box, but that would be meaningless as I said.
In general, my concern is that it’s become the norm for there to be a “focus of the day”, thus leaving many other things that are part and parcel of the quality of lives dwindling away, sometimes so much so it's as if they’d never existed. Even simple things like seating benches or litter bins. So what I’d like from a councillor is someone who’ll bring enthusiasm and apply it wisely to the wider range of welfare matters of concern to all Sydenham dwellers that I think are still within the Council's purview.
Funding will no doubt remain tight, but there are various instances where council costs paid seem inordinately high, although whether a councillor can influence others in such financing matters I don't know. "Getting better value" ought to be a council's motto.
I'm sure we'd all welcome any response from you, or indeed other contenders who care about Sydenham as you clearly do.