Rebuilding Trust in Our Community
This is what I have learnt in my first 6 months about the residents and community as a borough councillor for Eastfield ward.
Initially my first issue to deal with was a request for a tree to be cutback which was causing a health and safety issue outside a residents home ,this must be straight forward I thought, after many phone calls, calls not returned and emails and ownership issues between NBC and NCC the tree still remains a problem,
Picking up issue’s dealing with outstanding and unfinished building works left by Amey from 2016 next up, cycle barriers taken out and not replaced, cutback shrubbery dumped in piles to be moved
This has been overgrown by weeds because of the length of time it has been sat there, grass areas not replaced or repaired to cover up the mess from plant machinery ,leaving the area in a shocking state ,despite numerous attempts to deal with issue, job numbers given to me for requested works more phone calls , emails ,no calls back from departments the workings are still now 6 months later still waiting to be completed.
I met with one young family with 2 children, one toddler and one 2 year old who were desperate to move from their one bedroom flat, they all share one room to sleep in and are desperately short of living space.
Another request was for a leaking roof to be repaired which was causing damp and freezing temperatures, this request was from a heavily pregnant mother whose midwife was deeply concerned about the conditions she was living in.
I have seen the fantastic and dedicated work being done by volunteers at the St Albans Church Foodbank in my ward.
Every Friday ,they provide that beacon of hope for many in our local community hit by austerity and many that have fallen below the poverty line,
What would happen if the volunteers couldn’t help? Do we look after and reward our local hero’s enough I ask myself?
I’ve been asked to join the committee of the Friends of Eastfield Park, attended numerous Eastfield Residents Association meetings, met with the many dedicated people who over previous years have fought hard and care passionately about the people and community of the Eastfield and Lakeview area
New building work in the ward has begun with the Lakeview House development and the re-building of the Broadmead Baptist Church which will act as a new gateway to our local community and ward.
People are still struggling in Eastfield, Fly tipping still a major problem, blighting the area, missed rubbish collections happening weekly, lack of parking areas, urgent repairs to buildings requested, are still not being addressed.
Eastfield Ward needs a new deal, our community needs to be able to trust that problems will be addressed in a reasonable time, and not left for years to be dealt with, I would like to request an urgent review now.
Councillor Paul Joyce