We first set up this blog as an experiment, to see if we could use it as a way of communicating the residents of Forest Gate North, to keep people informed about what we do and how we do it. It seems to be a good way of being accountable to our residents (though not of course the only way) and so we plan to keep using it to share information.
We try to publish on it a variety of posts, including:
– information about meetings we attend
– details about common queries we receive
– pictures from events in the ward
– updates into pieces of work we are involved in, often including problems we are trying to help solve or improve
– the three-monthly ward reports that we write and submit to the local Labour party members of Forest Gate North ward
– an insight into some of our day-to-day work
…. and anything else that we think might be interesting. We will aim to update this blog at least once a week, but it may be more (or less) depending on what is going on.
Between us, we have a bit of social media experience. Seyi has a blog and a facebook page. Rachel blogs about her house, intermittently, as well as helping with the West Ham Labour blog. And both of us are on twitter.
So in a nutshell, what you can expect here is a regular, sometimes informal, insight into what we do as your councillors. We hope it will provide an extra layer of accountability from us to the people who voted for us, and of course also for those who didn’t. It can be hard to understand exactly what local government does, and we hope this blog will provide a little bit of help there. And that it will be a good read.
Please get in touch and let us know whether you think we have succeeded in this or not.
We are going to keep this blog under review, and will do a regular check to see whether it’s useful, and succeeding in our aim of helping to keep residents informed, and whether it’s good use of our time. If we find it’s becoming neglected, either by us or by potential readers, then we may well revisit the whole idea and change it, or even leave it entirely. If we do this, we will leave a message on the URL for a reasonable period of time to tell you that’s what we’ve done.
This is a personal blog written by Rachel Tripp and Seyi Akiwowo, and the views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of the Labour party, or of Newham Council.