A couple of weeks ago I used the opportunity of the ‘conference recess’ to hold roaming surgeries around the constituency.
These were held at different times throughout each day and in a variety of locations including churches, pubs and doctors surgeries.
This was a really good way of meeting people across Erewash in addition to my usual Friday and Saturday surgeries.
As ever, the issues discussed were wide-ranging, many of a very personal nature, but all of equal importance.
I was joined at most of the sessions by local councillors as quite a number of the issues raised at my surgeries, and on an on-going basis, are the responsibility of Erewash Borough Council.
During the week I also met up with the lead councillor for transport at Derbyshire County Council to highlight some of the ongoing traffic issues around Ilkeston.
There are no easy solutions to many of these problems but my concern was that they were being ignored or resources being spent elsewhere in the county.
There is the possibility that a residential area of Ilkeston could become a trial 20mph zone which hopefully will help solve some of the residents’ concerns about excessive and speeding traffic on our local roads.
We also visited the train station site and, at last, we could see the new platforms in place.
It is now quite a number of years since my predecessor Jessica Lee managed to secure the funding from the Government for our new station, through the instigation of the ‘New Stations Fund’.
She passed the baton to me to ensure the County Council did not renege on its responsibility to carry out the wishes of the Government and I am really looking forward to jumping on the first train to stop in Ilkeston for decades over the coming months.
I also took the opportunity to take the local Police Inspector and Sergeant on a walk down Bath Street to hear firsthand from some of the shop owners about the concerning antisocial behaviour that they fear may affect their business if it is allowed to continue at the current rate.
The police officers took the concerns extremely seriously and I am confident that action will now be taken.
I can be contacted by post at Unit 2, The Old Co-Op, South Street, Ilkeston DE7 5SG, by email at email@example.com or ‘phone on 0115 930 0521.
Residents are also welcome to pop into my Community Office at the above address.
Surgery appointments can also be made by contacting my office – I hold help and advice surgeries on a Friday or Saturday on a regular basis.