Mark’s Council Work

Screenshot 2015-04-07 at 07.43.41Martin & Mark’s election address 2015

 

 

Working with residents, community and business groups, and voluntary organisations in my local division has always been my favourite bit about being an elected Councillor, campaigning on the issues that they have prioritised and want action on. In recent months this has included:

  • a new 20mph zone in central Bury St Edmunds (residents and local councillors have been campaigning for this for years);
  • improving pedestrian and cyclist safety on many roads, and concentrating on routine maintenance issues;
  • setting up two new residents parking schemes in the Hospital Road/Out Westgate area, and also setting up SpringGrove area;
  • helping to set up a Town Team action group to improve the local economy of the town and safeguard independent businesses and shops;
  • supporting residents in promoting their own activities by funding an estate newsletter, and working with them to progress a road safety scheme;
  • chairing meetings to set up the town’s Foodbank and Transition Town movement (leading to ‘Sustainable Bury’);
  • initiating a partnership project with the Cathedral which is aiming to put on the town’s first ever Festival of Ideas, focused on individual and collective responses to climate change, in May 2015;
  • leading on various community-based projects to improve neglected ‘public spaces’, campaign for nature reserves (Bury Water Meadows Action Group) and litter picks;
  • campaigning against the privatisation and marketisation of public services; campaigning for unitary local government on the ‘small is beautiful’ principle in Suffolk;
  • playing an active scrutiny role and attending Suffolk’s Scrutiny Committee.

Recent Local Government Stories in the Media

Community rallies round to help clean litter strewn stream in Bury

Majority of Bury St Edmunds constituency residents ‘support Green Party policy’ poll finds, despite over 100 years of Tory MPs

Bury in Bloom greens an ‘unloved’ underpass in Bury St Edmunds

Poets, politicians and philosophers to turn their attention on climate change during Festival of Ideas

Mildenhall Lodge care home’s diabetic patient failings

Mildenhall: ‘Teething problems’ blamed for damning CQC report on Mildenhall Lodge care home

Climate change to be hot topic at Bury St Edmund’s first ever Festival of Ideas

Greens call for ‘undemocratic’ county council to be abolished

Work to clean up Bury St Edmunds continues

Street business group is formed to bring shoppers back to local area

Suffolk Circle closing as county council grant runs out

Suffolk Greens call for levy on bank transactions to help fund local services

Suffolk: County consultation “gladiatorial contest” – Green councillor attacks Tory administration’s public service

Councillor to buy 100 litter pickers to give to residents to help clamp down on rubbish

I have recently been interviewed by the Bury Free Press about my work: ‘Helping charities through hard times’

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Litter pick in Bury St Edmunds, 2013

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