Where did the year go

I find it difficult to believe that it is already March. I suspect that life has been so full that I havent noticed the date so much as the list of things to do in my diary.

The Single Issue Panel on Disabled Facilities Adaptations and the way in which these and the grants which help to pay for them can be delivered more speedily and efficiently has had its first meeting. As there have been major delays in the past let us hope that the outcomes of this work will be significant. The agreement by the administration to allow monies to be pulled forward will help to deal with the backlog, as part of the problem has I feel always been around not having enough money.

40mph speed limits on the B3254 are out to consultation. This is excellent progress as the road across Foredown where the highest number of animal deaths have occurred is covered by this order. I shall continue to work towards the application of limits on St Cleer Common and the road to Minions.

The decision by the government that the South East Cornwall Clinical Commissioning Consortium would be too small is a pity. Where we sit on the border we receive social care and primary health care from Cornwall and secondary health care from Plymouth. I was hopeful that a consortium which could build the optimum service for local people from these would be a great opportunity. However I know that the people who make up this group are dedicated and far sighted and will continue to make best use of any and every service that can be delivered.

I am now looking forward to the budget and hoping that there will be some real help for people who are struggling with rising prices and low pay.