Thursday 11 October 2012

Crescent Rise, Truro. Cleaning up the Camp 11.10.2012

Crescent Rise, Truro. Cleaning up the Camp

Adam Desmonde

Earlier this month I paid a visit to Crescent Rise, Truro, to deal with a complaint a constituent had sent to me regarding the poor state of a path leading from their area to Chapel Hill. It was whilst I was walking around the area that I got talking to another constituent who raised a further problem in the area.

It would appear that the park to the rear of the crescent had been the source of antisocial behavior in recent months with 'youngsters playing music late at night' and in addition 'making a serious mess in the park’. 

I took some time to go to the park and have a look and was shocked at the state in which the area had been left.

Crescent Rise Camp, Truro.

After taking some pictures I wrote to Neighborhood Services to report the problem and my concerns regarding the bottles, rubbish and general state of the area.

Within just a few day Richard Budge (Truro City Parks) got in contact with me and reported that not only had he and his team cleaned up the area they had also discovered evidence of drug use.

Richard did a fantastic job of dealing with the mess and I'm hopeful that now the area has been cleaned up it will no longer be used for antisocial behavior. 

That said I'm going to keep an eye on the situation and should there be evidence of the problem raising its head again will contact the local authorities.

Portsmouth To Parks - A good day. 08/10/2012

As usual its been a busy start to the week.

As everyone who runs a business in Cornwall knows its a challenging environment at the moment and we have to be prepared to go that little bit further to keep out businesses prospering and moving forward.

This week work has taken me to Portsmouth Navel Base where I've been working on an a very interesting project involving one of the key buildings used by our forces. I drove up last Sunday and stayed in the Travel Lodge close to the base (which was in a bit of a state!) before heading on to the base early on Monday morning and getting cracking on the project.

The work involved conducting a reconnoitre and a brief visual inspection of the building in need of some TLC before putting together a photo record and preparing a report and recommendations before taking a more detailed analysis on Thursday and Friday this week.

Once done I then had to high tail it from Portsmouth at 1:00pm to get back to Cornwall in time for a City Council meeting on Parks at 7:00pm. The Parks meeting was fantastic, the main focus was discussing what plans the Parks committee has got for the future for Truro. What we want to focus on is delivering substantial, realistic projects which are affordable and which can really have an impact on our beautiful city and the lives of its citizens.

We also had the opportunity to again thank Richard Budge and his Parks team for the fantastic job they do keeping Truro looking so beautiful and their incredible success in winning South West In Bloom Champion!

Below is a video the team put together along with Brett Harvey which I was shown at the parks meeting. It perfectly captures what I love about living in Truro.

Thursday 4 October 2012

Obama v Romney, Round 1

Expectations for Obama were so high in last nights (3/Oct/2012) all Romney had to do was turn up and not make another embarrassing gaffe to exceed expectations. Everything about Obama from his choice of tie to his adequate performance says to me 'here is a top level politician performing a pitch perfect Rope-a-dope, in full knowledge there are still two rounds to go'.

I eagerly look forward to seeing the next two debates, I think Romney has yet to see the Presidents A game!

Tuesday 2 October 2012

Special Parks meeting. Future planning, 1st October 2012

I attended a special Parks meeting last night (1st October 2012) focused on identifying a realistic and ambitious plan of projects, for the future, in and around Truro.

The meeting was chaired and driven by Councillor Miss Constance Fozzard, and following on from the fantastic success of Truro in the Britain in Bloom competition. In this initial meeting the focus was on;

Discussion of potential projects which would benefit Truro and those who visit our city.
The need to prepare business cases for those projects which are considered most realistic.
The requirement to show a real need for any projects identified.
The importance of risk and change management.
The need for a delivery timetable.

As someone experienced in commercial project management I am always driven to deliver a high quality product whilst managing value for money, risk and a realistic delivery time/programme.

The enthusiasm at the meeting was high and the ideas were fantastic. I'm excited to see how we progress.