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NWRAF (North West Rural affairs Forum)

Today I attended the North West Rural Affairs Forum, which was held in Kendal. The focus of the meeting was the question of 'Affordable Housing'. It was both a stimulating and interesting occasion and an opportunity for me personally to gain more of an insight into this issue and the variety of approaches in different parts of the North West.

It was particularly pleasing to hear reports on the significance and value of the 'Parish Planning' process and the centrality of public involvement in achieving the successful compilation of community plans.

'FormbyFirst' features in a new guide for Councillors

IDEAPub I was delighted earlier today when 'Using Social Media: A Guide for 21st Century Councillors' was published by IDeA: Improvement and Development Agency for local government.

The guide is available in two forms, either as a pdf file that can be downloaded or as an online version 'which is fully commentable, allowing you to add thoughts or questions to the different sections'.

This blog, along with other Councillors use of social media, is featured in the guide.

As the web site says:

The site provides information on why elected members and candidates should get involved in social media, along with advice and stories from councillors already using it.

Please go and have a look I hope that my blog continues to be an example of good practice, tell me what you think.

More Meetings

I have listed my recent and forthcoming meetings below:

  • Tuesday 16 March (afternoon) at Formby Swimming Pool with John Taylor of Sefton Arts and Leisure. As part of the preparations for this years 'MusicLive' Festival I have been talking to John about ways and means of adding more features to the Festival - A Sculpture Park in the grounds of the Pool may be a possibility.
  • Tuesday 16 March (evening) I attended the normal monthly meeting of the Formby Parish Council Finance Committee.
  • Tonight I'm attending the Area Committee to support an application for a grant towards the costs of  the MusicLive Festival.

FormbyFirst on Vimeo

I've set up a group for 'formbyfirst' on Vimeo. I'm trying to add visual content to this blog and I've chosen to use video. I hope you like these occasional videos.

Have you got your own online video account, perhaps on YouTube or some other video provider?

Are you happy with any of your video 'impressions' of Formby, write to me and let me know, I'll be happy to feature them here on this blog.