Saturday, 3 October 2009
Tuesday, 29 September 2009
Monday, 21 September 2009
Friday, 14 August 2009
As a local councillor there is only so much you can see and get sorted when you walk around the ward – but with a team of people you can really blitz a specific area and improve the environment. It does not stop here though – if there is anything you feel that could do with improving in the Alamein Ward please contact me. My email address is Cllrpnorth@testvalley.gov.uk and my phone number is on the Test Valley Borough Council website.
Cllr Phil North, Alamein Ward.
Tuesday, 4 August 2009
With the Wombles from 'Twice as
Programme of Events
Recycling Awareness The stand outside Tesco will offer advice to people about waste and recycling issues. Testway Housing's 'Twice as Nice' scheme will also be there promoting their service. This is a free collection service to take away any unwanted items of furniture.
Wednesday 5th August
Crime Prevention Squad Police will be promoting safety issues with the local crime prevention officer. There will also be a chance to meet representatives from a range of local agencies.
Thursday 6th August
Police Street Meet Officers and PCSOs will be on hand to chat to local people about their concerns, crimes and give advice on various issues.
Friday 7th August
The information stand will be open for the final day outside Tesco Express.CREW is closed
All through the week there will also be teams out litter picking, road sweeping, grass cutting, removing fly tipping and dealing with environmental issues.
Sunday, 26 July 2009
Friday, 24 July 2009
Chloe Smith giving her acceptance
Wednesday, 22 July 2009
Tuesday, 14 July 2009
March Past in Romsey
Monday, 13 July 2009
Monday, 6 July 2009
Friday, 3 July 2009
It was great to see in a recent edition of the Andover Advertiser the ideas of Conservative politicians Daniel Hannan MEP and Douglas Carswell MP were being talked about. In their book the Plan; twelve months to renew Britain they set out a whole range of reforms to make sure Parliament is more accountable not just a creature of the executive – they promote the shifting of power from the state to subjects; from the government to parliament; from Whitehall to communities; from the EU to Britain and one of the most important, from Central Government to Local Government.
In this very newspaper we saw a bit about their campaign for more effective Local Government. At the moment and thanks to a decade and a bit of Labour, Local Government is on its knees. They have transferred power to unelected & unaccountable regional agencies; they have transferred power to the quangos. Much of what local government does – not by any means all - is to have to take a lead and listen to these unelected bureaucracies in which government has entrusted its power. The result of this is a decision making process that isn’t local – and all local politicians say is “we had to do this we had no choice – it has been forced on us by government”. In this scenario no-one is accountable and we wonder why there is little turnout in Local elections. I am sure local politicians of all parties and none would support a more democratic outlook. Carswell & Hannan are proposing we change this and I for one support their ideas, to; Abolish regional development agencies, regional government offices and transfer power to local councils; scrap the department of communities and local government and pass its powers to local authorities; grant English Counties and Cities responsible for all areas of policy which under the 1998 Scotland Act are devolved to the Holyrood Parliament – thus solving the West Lothian Question.
You may think I am supporting this because I am a Local Councillor and I want more power – nothing can be further from the truth. I want Local Government to be more responsible, more accountable, if the electorate believes that a particular governing party (whoever they may be) are not doing a very good job – then they can throw them out at the ballot box – because ultimately with increased powers that authority would be responsible.
Cllr Phil North
Thursday, 2 July 2009
My view all along and I have voiced it on a number of occasions is that I am not convinced that Andover needs a Town Council. It has its benefits, it would inevitably create some civic pride, it could make comment on planning applications, it could raise funds and provide some local services however it would create an extra level of politicians, may cost more and have a limited say on major issues. While my own personal view is not a strong yes it also not a strong no - and I said if the people of Andover wanted a Town Council then I would be prepared to support one.
Monday, 29 June 2009
Friday, 26 June 2009
Thursday, 18 June 2009
Wednesday, 17 June 2009
Ex- Exchequer Minister Kitty
Saturday, 13 June 2009
Thursday, 11 June 2009
Tuesday, 9 June 2009
The Full results - % share of votes:
Conservative -27.7 %
UK Independence Party - 16.5%
Labour - 15.7%
Liberal Democrats - 13.7%
Green Party - 8.6%
British National Party - 6.2%
Sunday, 7 June 2009
L - R, Janet Palmer, County Cllr P Mutton,
County Cllr D Kirk & County Cllr P West.
Wednesday, 3 June 2009
Tuesday, 2 June 2009
Monday, 1 June 2009
Sunday, 31 May 2009
Wednesday, 27 May 2009
Tuesday, 26 May 2009
- Conservatives believe in a small state - they believe in pushing power downwards - they believe in localism and Cameron has grasped this oppurtunity. So what does this all mean in real terms what would he do if he was Prime Minister, well he has set out some clear proposals for change. These include:
- Limited the power of the PM, by giving serious consideration to fixed term Parliaments
- Proposing to give MP's free votes at the committee stage of bills
- Boosting the power of backbench MP's by giving them the power to choose the chairs and members of commons select committees.
- Curb the power of the executive by limiting the use of Royal Perogative that is accustomed to the role of Prime Minister
- Publish the expenses claims of all public servants earning more than 150k.
- Stengthen Local Government by allowing Councils to overturn whitehall decisions - such as to close postoffices or local services, by giving them the power to raise money to keep them open.
- Advocating the use of open primaries when selecting party candidates for a general election.
These bullet points are by no means going to solve everything that is currently wrong with our democracy, but they are a start and if Cameron continues down this pathway - then that will only be for the benefit of us all.
Monday, 25 May 2009
Thursday, 21 May 2009
Cllr D Drew, Tom Thacker & Myself
Tuesday, 19 May 2009
Lets have a General Election now - sign for change at http://www.conservatives.com/
Sunday, 17 May 2009
Saturday, 16 May 2009
In a week where the news has been literally dominated by MP's Expenses - and as I said yesterday the main issue on the doorstep, it was nice to Canvass alongside Sir George Young. I am reliably informed that some County Council Candidates across the Country are asking their MP not to come out campaigning with them as they don't want to be associated with the bad press associated with expenses. That was never going to be the case with our hard working MP. His expenses have been published on his website for the last four months. He was telling people that the Conservatives are in favour of a change in the system and that David Cameron's stance of making Conservative MPs pay the money back where they have submitted an unjustifiable claim was the correct one.
All in all a good evening canvassing - we will be knocking on a door near you very soon.
Cllr P Mutton, Myself & Sir George Young MP
Friday, 15 May 2009
The main issue on the doorstep and I imagine this is the same for all parties out canvassing at the moment - is undoubtedly MP's expenses. It is shocking what some MP's have been up to, not all I must stress, and it is also shocking that in some cases the court of public opinion tars all polticians however minor with the same brush. I personally do not claim any expenses from the council. I do take up my allowance which is just over 6k a year ( not at all enough to pay one mortgage, let alone one on a second home) - but I don't claim for any fuel expenses etc, etc. In terms of the Westminster state of affairs it is a system that has to be changed and I think David Cameron has shown some real leadership on this matter in the last week. For the good of everybody in this country I hope it gets sorted as soon as possible.
Overall though it was a succesful day - with a great level of support for the Conservatives. From the people I speak to it is not just that they want to send Gordon Brown a message at these Local & European elections - they genuinely want a Conservtive Government so change can happen in this country. Im off later on to do some canvassing in my own patch with our fantastic candidate for Andover North Pam Mutton.
Cllr E Charnley, County Cllr P West & Myself