Day in the life of being a councillor: Planning Committee

Before I became a councillor I didn’t know much about planning. Since being elected I’ve now got almost 3 years of experience on the Planning Committee. Basic uncontentious decisions are taken by officers under what is known as delegated powers – this often leaves the tricky cases for the elected councillors to deliberate and vote […]

The Arts Council: “Every day’s school day”

One of the great personal benefits of being a councillor is that it can create all sorts of opportunities to meet new people and learn new things. Case in point was last Friday where I was invited to the Digital Media Culture and Sport (DMCS) public announcement of £3M to support the arts led regeneration […]

Chris Boardman compares cycling in Holland and Britain

In this little You Tube video Chris Boardman eloquently describes how the Dutch became a cycling nation. They were not born loving bikes they made a conscious decision in the 1970’s to make their roads safer for walking and cycling and the rest is history. If the city planners could do this in Holland – […]

Pressure Continues To Build For a People’s Vote

On Tuesday 30th October I proposed a motion to Worcester City Council that our city should support a people’s vote on the final say on the negotiated Brexit deal. The debate lasted about an hour and the result was 16 to 18 with the three Green’s supporting, all 17 Conservative councillors voting against with 13 […]

Remembering Srebrenica

What were you doing 23 years ago, July 1995? Like many people in the UK I was going to work and bringing up my family. I had vaguely heard on the news about what was going on in Bosnia but being busy did not get involved and did not seek out any further information. Last […]

Ebike Curious?

Written for Worcester News Green Matters column… I was sceptical. What’s the point of an electric bike, are they not heavy, expensive and reduce the fitness benefits of cycling? Then I had a test ride. If you have ever thought about doing a bit more cycling to increase your fitness or to avoid queuing traffic […]

A Few Hours With Rapid Response Police Team

Last night I had the opportunity to visit the local policing team in Worcester. Every opportunity like this is a window into another world – I’m struck by the bravery and compassion of these men and women. We generally sleep at night with little thought about what these people do for us. The police don’t […]

Why I Love Worcester

When I moved to Worcester many decades ago, I was struck by the friendliness of my neighbours and how welcome I was made to feel. This should come as no surprise, as last year Worcester was named the ‘Good Neighbour’ capital of Britain in a UK poll. You can’t beat Worcester for community spirit. I […]

Plea to Labour supporters: Please Vote Green

“Why should I vote Green? Surely with Labour now getting off the fence on renationalising the railways and stopping fracking surely the priority has to be to stop the Conservatives getting a massive majority at Westminster?” The problem is that Labour is not one party it’s two parties pulling in different directions. On the one […]