It's not of course - got quite wet this morning biking in and the first of the expected next wave of snow is fluttering down outside the office window. After the excitement generated by my last post this is a return to one of those very worthy but not very rivetting days which are fairly typical of my working week.
Just one thing to add to the last post though before I move on. I fully understand that the scale of the cuts we now face will create a great deal of uncertainty in many parts of the Council. One thing we're not going to do though is panic. We will work through the options available to us quickly but also carefully. We will consult properly with Trade Union representatives and we will ensure accurate and timely information for employees and service recipients. This can't be done overnight but we will aim to eliminate uncertainty as quickly as possible.
Spent a fair chunk of time on ward matters yesterday and today. Did a walkabout yesterday in Crumpsall with Highways officers looking at all the roads that the three ward Councillors believe should be prioritised for maintenance work. Early evening was a meeting of Enver Road Residents Association with good discussions about tree planting, community gardens and planned improvements for Crumpsall Park. This morning I meet with our ward co-ordinator and ward support officer and Councillor Keegan to follow up issues from our last ward co-ordination meeting and to think about the next one when we are planning to have a good look at what children's services are doing in Crumpsall and Blackley Village.
Our regular group looking at the economy of the city meets later this morning. As well as the monthly look at our economic barometer we have introduced a work programme looking at particular themes and geographic areas so today there is a paper on the Digital and Creative sector and another on the (Oxford Road) Corridor. Whatever is happening internally we need to keep sight of the need to continue to grow our economy in a way local people can benefit from. It's a day for working groups as the economy meeting is followed a little later in the day by a group looking at how we manage personnel and organisational development issues across the council. We look at progress with M people and how we are dealing with long term absence and capability issues. A very dry day!