Category: Personal Blog

  • Redditch e-Scooters answers to FAQs

    As Deputy Leader of Redditch Borough Council please allow me to answer some of the frequently asked questions about the e-scooter trial and hopefully address some of the concerns some people might have. Why don’t they cover the whole town? The zone is restricted as part of the trial. The council and the Department for […]

  • Increased parks usage across Redditch

    Visits to parks across Redditch surged during the COVID-19 pandemic, and remain currently at 51% higher than usual. Whilst I welcome the increased usage of our fantastic parks it’s a situation that also comes with challenges. There’s more litter for starters and we need to empty bins more often. Footfall might be up, but the […]

  • Welcoming the suspension of the ‘get back to work’ campaign

    I welcome the postponement of the ‘get back to work’ campaign the government was looking to launch, which sought to encourage workers back into the cities. The news comes as research reveals as many as 4 in 10 people who used to drive into work are still working from home. Amongst senior management that figure […]

  • The Conservative Case for Active Travel

    Background and Context The government has had what might be argued as a road to Damascus conversion to the benefits of active travel. Others might argue Boris has always been keen on cycling. Either way, Boris wants us all to get fit and he likes cycling as a means to get about.

  • In the world of Coronavirus every cough counts

    Today is the first day of tightening restrictions – we’re not yet being ordered to stay at home. Being strongly advised to work from home and avoid social contact is where we are – it’s a far cry from the full lockdown approach we are seeing in other countries with loudhailer announcements and police patrolling […]

  • Representations regarding Edgeworth Close Housing Development 19/01575/FUL

    I have today sent the following email in response to the planning application that Redditch Borough Council is submitting so the council can build 19 affordable dwellings to house people in need across Redditch. These will provide 48 bedrooms to accommodate 86 people. Three of the units will be Dormer-style bungalows, which will allow elderly […]

  • Remembering a tragic road traffic accident of 29th April 2009, which resulted in the death of Daniel Patterson, 21.

    On the 29th of April 2009 I was sat in my room in house that I shared with friends that faced onto the London Road, Coventry (A4114). I was working late, probably on a website, when I heard an almighty smash followed by the screeching of a car braking. I initially assumed that two cars […]

  • Writer’s Rust

    When you think about it, the end of the year is a peculiar thing, isn’t it? On the one hand it’s all fairly easy-to-understand (but no means simple). The planet Earth is about to complete another orbit of its star – easy, right? Same thing that happens every year, and will happen for billions of […]