There is more to do than worry about the weather. This lunchtime I meet with my colleagues Councillors Jon-Leigh Pritchard and Con Keegan and our ward co-ordinator to discuss the items we want to discuss at ward co-ordination and decide that we want to concentrate on housing and the impact of the recession at our next meeting in a couple of weeks.
The Head of Regeneration bobs in to get agreement to an urgent report going to next week's Executive dealing with plans for several hundred new homes in the Moston area of the city. Don't ignore the weather though and have my daily meeting with the Director of Neighbourhood Services to go through what is happening on the ground. I then send out a briefing to all members of the Council. It's not confidential so I thought I would share today's with you. The Winter's Tale series is certainly provoking a lot of response which is very welcome. I'm quite happy to read criticism on the blog, but why, and I've noticed this on other comment sites too, do some people who disagree with me have to be rude as well. Can't be just the cloak of anonymity
SMT met this morning and the following points were discussed/ actions noted
* Power cut reported yesterday in Hulme yesterday - resolved by 5.45pm. Good support between Adult Services, RSLs, voluntary agencies and Chief Execs -who provided assistance with staff to door knock and give advice to residents.
* More schools open today (52 in total) and more being helped to clear car parks and walkways in preparation for Monday. Some A-level and A/S examinations are scheduled for Monday and those schools plan to be open to complete examinations.
* Vulnerable people continue to be supported- Adult Services responding to requests for help with getting elderly to GP appointments. Director undertaking interviews with community radio today with key messages about staying warm, helping neighbours etc.
* Received salt delivery yesterday but national shortage means deliveries will be controlled and prioritised by DfT.
Again nearly all major services for communities are open including all Sure Start Centres (except two), Libraries, Leisure Centres etc. Some refuse collections were completed and more are planned throughout the weekend to catch up on cancelled collections but still limited due to access and frozen conditions. Will review over the weekend and make plans for the coming week if there is no thaw to the side roads - more information will be sent out about this directly.
* Some further disruption to travel on Metrolink and trains due to extremely cold temperatures.
* Good media coverage today in response to efforts and key messages yesterday. Further details, particularly regarding schools will be circulated later today; Website and Intranet will provide updates over the weekend.
SMT have teams on call over the weekend to monitor the situation and will meet again first thing Monday to review position.