17 April 2014

Mayors Blog 38

As part of the ‘job’ as Mayor you get invited to many events around the region. You may say “very nice” but there is a down side. It is a very busy and stressful position, the more so for the larger authorities. At a dinner I was attending, the Chairman of Warwick District Council, Richard Davies, collapsed with a heart attack. He was attended by two mayors, each of whom had CPR training and his wife was comforted by two more Mayors. They were in good hands. We wish Richard a full and speedy recovery and Erica, his wife, all our best wishes.

I feel like adding a standing section in this blog on the issues that affect us most at the moment. Lack of reportable progress can be frustrating but please rest assured that a great deal is going on behind the scenes.

Globe House. Some excellent news here. Agreement has been reached between all parties to retain Globe House as a cultural hub for the community of Alcester. The plan is that the Library will take over the ground floor in its entirety, amalgamating with the museum. There will be bookable meeting rooms, breakout or exhibition areas as well. This looks like it will become a lively centre for our town. ATC will have an office here as will the voluntary services. All in all this protects Globe House for future generations and should be applauded. Final plans are to be made on May the 9th with the scheme going to WCC cabinet at the end of May.

Greig Hall. The news is that things are moving in the right direction and we are now contacting the Greig Hall Action Committee and a mailing list of interested parties is being compiled so please pass on any names of people you feel may wish to help. SDC are working behind the scenes and are in negotiations with the trustees and the bank.

Fire Service Review. I hope that everyone has now completed the online survey on the future of the Fire service. We are in discussions with the relevant people and will have some more news on meetings soon particularly a public forum where residents of Alcester will be able to ask questions of a senior Fire officer. ATC has a comment sheet for Alcester residents to submit their questions/comments, which will be presented to WCC at the appropriate time.

ATC Comment Form

This weekend is of course the first in a series of Town Criers competitions to be held in Malt Mill Lane. I cannot think of a nicer location for such an event. The forecast is good so please come along. I will be there judging so do please have a chat.

Mark Cargill

Mayor of Alcester