It would be fair to say that despite my preference for quick action, results do take longer than one might imagine.
Much time is spent beavering away behind the scenes in County Hall in Aylesbury, before positive change is visible to residents.
It is pleasing to report all that hard work and perseverance is now delivering tangible benefits for Buckingham and surrounding villages – Market Hill, High Street, West Street and the A413 from Akeley to Lillingstone Lovell resurfaced, drainage works now underway on the A413 and A422, and a much needed larger bus shelter erected in the town centre, to name only a few transport-related results.
The revitalised Well Street day opportunities centre has opened providing state-of-the art adult social care facilities, and just this week, the unloved metal tactile pavement studs have finally been removed.
Projects underway continue to keep me busy – restarting the Community Speedwatch scheme for volunteers to take an active role in keeping traffic speed down (more wanted!)
Further town centre improvements to enhance our street scene in conjunction with the town and district councils too and designs for £100,000 of improvements for our library are being prepared. And encouraging debate on how our councils can work better together.
Much of my work is as chairman of the Environment, Transport & Localities select committee, where I delve into issues that concern residents such as inquiries into the Transport for Bucks contract (which was the catalyst for a much-needed new way of operating), public transport, how the county council deals with new development contributions (Section 106), and later this spring we will be reviewing lessons to be learned from the debacle that is the bypass roundabout project.
I suspect my next two years as a county councillor will be as exciting, demanding and rewarding as the last two and it is a privilege to represent 10,000 residents in north Bucks.