Another well-attended meeting of this group, which gathers at the Baptist Church on Yardley Road and it was particularly good to see some new residents - including one couple who had only moved in that day and another who had been here for about five weeks.
We had a couple of council officers there - Noel from Fleet and Waste and Paul from Highways. This ensured a lively discussion on bins, litter, green waste and various highways issues. Cllr Stacey and I supported the officers, explaining the politics behind the decisions that have been taken and reassuring residents about some of the more outlandish claims that have been made. I also had the chance to explain the reality behind our financial position, a case I can't make too often. One resident was under the impression that she be required to have her wheeled bin cleaned on a monthly basis at her own cost - I was delighted to explain the truth behind that little false fact. Cllr Stacey also updated residents on the future of our leisure centres and swimming pool, again laying to rest some of the scaremongering that has been going on.
There was also a discussion about the LSTF plans for the Warwick Road and the working of the Amey contract to maintain our roads. I was able to update those present on the progress towards getting the remaining stretch of Yardley Road resurfaced, which is on course for the next six months or so.
I always enjoy those meetings and this was no exception.