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30 April 2012
Walkley's Weekly Warblings 27 Apwil 12
Do bogs come more unsightly than in avocado?
Red ink by Mr Mustard
From: First Team Sent: 27 April 2012 16:18 To:
Subject: Weekly message from the Chief
Executive (sorry, another one)
Firstly, following on from last week’s mail (sic, email) I wanted to update you on the
restructure report that went to General Functions Committee on Monday evening.
The report was agreed by the committee so the process of recruiting to a new
structure can now begin. I will keep you updated. Mr Mustard did not bring you last week's messages because they were so long and he was abroad. There is the umpteenth restructure of the management team. It won't be an improvement and redundancy costs will be enormous and not warranted.
I am coming to the end of a round of ‘ward walks’ and yesterday I spent the
afternoon in Hendon Ward with Councillors Shooter (did he buy the coffees again?) and Finn. I earnt £386 by going for a walk. It was a fascinating
afternoon but the real high point was re-visiting Brent Park.
I visited Brent Park two years ago on a ‘ward walk’ and wrote about it in
my weekly message. At that time the message was one of disappointment at the
state of the park. The environment was neglected and it looked like a place in
terminal decline. The question is why a council would let one of its parks become so neglected?
Now, two years on, investment, some real creativity (there is imaginary creativity, just think One Barnet) and lots of hard work
have seen the place transformed. It was an absolute pleasure to be there instead of at NLBP worrying about parking. So I
want to congratulate Andy Tipping in particular and the whole Greenspaces Team
for what has been achieved. Did RM Countryside do any non-compliant works on improvements to this park? What was once an overgrown park with an unsightly
bog (see above) is now an emerging wildlife habitat (a bog is also a wildlife habitat) alongside a lake with excellent
Another good news story came from a meeting yesterday. I wasn’t able to
attend but Stephen Evans, AD Strategy, (Strategy and Policy per the management chart) reports:
"Yesterday, the Leader hosted an event at Middlesex University (once described as "crap", how apposite, by Brian Coleman) to inform
local businesses of the financial support available to those thinking of taking
on an apprentice. Around 30 local businesses were present to hear speakers from
the National Apprenticeship Service, Barnet College and the University talk
about what’s on offer."Well, what is on offer?
Supporting young people into work is a top priority for
the council and there is an enormous amount going on across the borough, with
the College and University, amongst many others, doing much to support this
"We are looking at how we can provide targeted support to get young people
into employment, as well as supporting what’s already going on through our local
partners." Who said this is not revealed. Are we all mind-readers?
We will keep you updated on progress.
Finally, this time next week I will be in the throes of the count process
for the London Mayoral and GLA elections. Polling day means many of you will be
out in Polling Stations across the borough. It’s a long hard day (yes, counting past 3 can be taxing) and I hope all
goes well for you. Will it go well for Brian Coleman? I’m sure I’ll see many of you as I am out and about. Not if we see you first Nick!