Councillor on Medway Council
Speech delivered to full Council about the capital spend programme

John Ward

Speech delivered to the full Council meeting on 8th December 2005

Thank you Mr Mayor.

All these additions look to be very worthwhile, Mr Mayor; and I am pleased to see that our ability to successfully bid for funding, continues to bring rewards.

The Digi TV scheme at 4.3 of the report is of particular interest to me, Mr Mayor, both on general principles and as I was the "deputy e-champion" representing the council at its launch earlier this year, a rôle I have taken on more than once now...

Accessibility of council services through all available channels, including the most modern and most common communication, is of tremendous importance, Mr Mayor, and is very much in use. For example, a couple of senior citizens in my ward—Colin and Joan—access such facilities as email and (now) the council's services through their television set, and are immensely pleased with this facility, as they have told me several times.

Wonderful stuff! This is how it should be, Mr Mayor, and I am well pleased, as should we all be. The second year's half of the programme will complete this perhaps underestimated area of work.

The very next paragraph, 4.4, lists work funded from Section 106 contributions, which is all very welcome, Mr Mayor, though the entry "pedestrian improvements" is rather vague. As a pedestrian myself I am always pleased to see work being done in this direction—and there is little enough of it, Mr Mayor, with all the emphasis on wheeled transport of various kinds—and in this case Id certainly be interested to know what these will be.

Therefore I formally ask that brief details of this work be emailed to me by officers.

Thank you very much, Mr Mayor.

John M Ward (Councillor, Rochester South and Horsted)