Harlow Labour’s “engine room” campaigns to retain Bush Fair
Elections / Tue 25th Apr 2023 at 08:18am
EVERY weekend, Bush Fair councillor Jodi Dunne is out and about across the whole of the town, knocking on doors and listening to residents’ concerns.
In the council chamber he is much more comfortable being a member of a committee, playing close attention to matters in hand. Listening and questioning and feeding back.
YH caught up with councillor Dunne on Saturday morning out and about on Tumbler Road to reflect on the last four years and his campaign for re-election.
Even then, two residents approached him with issues of the day. Needless to say, one of the matters was potholes.
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Mr. Dunne was it a misstep not to mention the cancellation of the local bus service [No. 9 bus] that affects your electorate and that of the Potter Street electorate? That issue must have been mentioned by many local residents during your door canvassing recently. If it was, what have you done to address it? I am still waiting for a response from my local councillors' sadly.
Cllr Dunne raises the broken promise of a new hospital. But why did PAH need replacing? The simple answer is diverting money from capital (maintenance) budgets to the operational budget so the Conservatives could claim more being spent on frontline care. A Kings Fund report published this month says: "maintenance arrears were neglected. The bill for carrying out this work is currently estimated to be more than £10 billion. This includes the cost of repairing hospitals with structural defects such as leaking roofs that create risks for staff and patients. Analysis suggests there has been a gradual deterioration in the condition of the NHS estate since 2013." Plus, it adds: "Decisions taken during spending reviews to increase headline allocations to the NHS by cutting capital spending help explain how this happened. In-year transfers of funds from capital budgets to cover revenue deficits resulting from low funding increases also contributed. To make matters worse, the National Audit Office found that in the early 2010s, the NHS underspent the available capital budget." https://www.kingsfund.org.uk/publications/rise-and-decline-nhs-in-england-2000-20
Hello Gary, at the most recent full council meeting a petition regarding the number 9 bus was given to the council by Hilda and the council also agreed to meet with the Harlow Bus Users Group. I agree that this is a very serious issue and I'm sorry you feel as if there has been no communication from your councillors. If you would like to send me an email to my council account (address available on the Harlow Council website) I'll endeavour to keep you updated.
Cllr. Dunne, I apologise because I already know what steps have taken place on this issue. My point was that with the opportunity to tell your electorate on camera that this is a serious issue and part of your local campaign for re-election you may attract more votes. Sorry for any confusion caused.
I have had ZERO contact from any of the candidates thus will be voting "None of the Above". Leaving it to the last few days before an election just won't cut it with me.