Archive for November, 2011

A quick round-up!

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

It’s been a busy ten days so apologies for being off the blog for a little while.

If you want a daily update though, remember to follow me @PEBAtkins on twitter.

My recent highlights have included opening the new Apedale Centre in Newcastle. It’s one of the most environmentally sustainable buildings in the region. Energy conservation and management is central to the building and it demonstrates ways of using renewable energy that can be used in homes. It’s now open to the public and will be used as a base for the County Ranger Service.

Last Wednesday we welcomed a delegation of Russian friends from Ivanovo. They’re visiting a variety of different projects in the county that they are involved in. It was good to meet them in person after many virtual meets, and interesting to see all the challenges and priorities we had in common, as well as of course a few cultural differences between Staffordshire and western Russia!

On Thursday last, I had the great honour of attending a dinner at St James’ Palace to aid the National Memorial Arboretum in Lichfield. In a week where rememberance was very much on the mind of the nation, I was proud to be recognising this Staffordshire venue, which we as a county council are doing a lot to support.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were both there, and had some great words to say about the importance of the memorial for the nation.

You can find out about the appeal to raise funds for the NMA here

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6RQWdTvMUc&feature=player_embedded

Olympic torch route

Monday, November 7th, 2011

I’m thrilled that today’s announcement on the route of the Olympic Flame will shine a light on Staffordshire.

Ten of our communities will welcome the Torch on its journey around the UK next year on 30 May and 30 June.

The relay will pass through Gnosall, Haughton and Stafford on 30 May and through Burton-on-Trent, Streethay, Lichfield, Hopwas, Tamworth, Great Wyrley and Newtown on 30 June.

The torch will also stop at the National Memorial Arboretum on 30 June – extremely apt that it stops at this inspirational venue on that date, to coincide with national armed forces day.

Although the Torch won’t be visiting all communities in Staffordshire, I hope everyone will get caught up in the excitement and join in the celebrations. There will lots of events planned on the run up to the Olympics (still top secret at the moment, but watch this space!) for everyone to get involved in.

The Staffordshire Olympics website, www.staffordshire.gov.uk/2012 is a good place to keep checking for the latest details.

It pays to be social

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Last week I attended a workshop on social media at the Kingston centre in Stafford along with fellow county councillors.

Some of my colleagues are already prolific tweeters and bloggers and are really seeing the benefits of social media. Keeping in touch with what’s going on with our residents and in our communities is hugely important for all local councillors and so I’m pleased that many more of us are getting to grips with it.

As well as following my blog you can also now find out on twitter what I’m up to for my local patch in Uttoxeter as well as where my role as leader of the county council takes me locally, regionally and nationally.

You can follow me @PEBAtkins.

See you on Twitter!