Archive for July 24th, 2009

Citizenship Ceremony

July 24, 2009

July 23rd 2.00pm
Every year thousands of foreign nationals apply to become British Citizens. Those accepted can attend a ceremony to complete the process in front of invited guests to witness the proceedings. Councillors are normally invited to these ceremonies if the person concerned lives within their ward. On this occasion I was representing all the councillors in Wychavon.


Right on cue, and in true British weather style, it rained as I arrived at County Hall in Worcester.


The Council Chamber at County Hall


With Antje Maisey one of the new British Citizens and County Councillor John Smith OBE


Antje Maisey has been in the UK for 15 years and lives in Broadway




Development Control Site Visits

July 24, 2009

July 23rd 9.45am

As part of the planning process, any councillor can ask for an application to be determined by the committee. Normally, unless an application is particularly large or controversial, and officer will evaluate an application. This saves a great deal of time and valuable resources. A councillor may also request that the committee visit the site to see first hand, where the application will be going.


Having been taken to the site by coach, an officer explains in detail where the building will go and answers questions.


Not all applications benefit from models, usually drawings are used. Later in the day, the application is then debated at the committee meeting. Members of the committee have a much greater understanding of the application after these visits.


Evesham River Festival (Saturday)

July 24, 2009

July 11th
Unable to spend the whole day at the festival, as Wendy and I usually do, this picture sums up my mood at the time.

Many thanks to John Murphy at the Evesham Journal and Stuart Purfield for the photograph.