Statement from Julian Bray Editor, Peterborough Tribune Blog
and Controller, Park Farm Neighbourhood Watch
I hope Richard Taylor will see the value in this and with me will also support Raymond Bisby for the Chair
Following on from the last panel meeting for Fletton, Woodston and Stanground where it was announced that Chris York is to stand down as the Panel Chair for the area, we now have three candidates who have kindly put themselves forward for this role.
Please take the time to have a read of the candidates proposals for what they will bring to the role and at the next panel meeting, we shall take a vote and one of the three candidates below shall become the new Panel Chair for your area, so please show your support and come down to see us.
The winner will take over from Chris York who I would like to thank for his committed service he has shown to the panel over the years.
The next panel meeting will be held at St Michaels Church School, Constantine Drive, Cardea PE2 8SZ on the 8th of July at 7pm.
PS1430 James Hobson
Hampton Police Station
I bring the experience of being a police officer for over 20 years in The Royal Ulster Constabulary. For 3 years I was requested to represent the The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland within the Northern Ireland Prison Service giving me more knowledge of how criminals think.
I feel that being an active member of the community such as Chairman of the Residents Association, member of the Neighbourhood watch Executive Committee, Neighbourhood watch Coordinator, trustee for a charity called YACO which deals with youths/young adults in the Stanground/woodston and Fletton areas, alongside the police puts me in an ideal position to understand and associate with a lot of the issues discussed at panel meetings whilst still maintaining an objective stance. I feel I can bring a wealth of skills and experience to the role of panel chair. For example I have common sense and good communication and diplomacy skills. Most importantly I care about the communities in which we all live.
I’ve been a resident with my partner Morag for the last 13 years in Park Farm, Stanground and watched the community grow, populations change, local councillors come and go, new families established and senior citizens sometimes left behind.
I sincerely believe face to face meetings with those who are mandated to protect us are vital even in these days of e-cops, social media, facebook and twitter, budget cuts and other forms of restraint I also believe those who hate the idea of standing up in a public meeting, equally have the right to be heard and their issues fully taken into consideration, so their concerns, from prior meeting and their written notes, will be put to the public meeting by and through the Chair, if I am elected. No one should ever feel disenfranchised or overlooked.
I also believe these meetings, although welcoming the input of elected councillors as residents and citizens, are public meetings, so political considerations should not be allowed to enter, dominate or steer the direction of the public meeting, councillor and lobby contributions will be accepted through the chair in written form, and then given an opportunity to amplify their remarks in an open forum.
Equally meetings need to be business like, not allowed to drag or drift on late. The Chair appointed allowing everyone with a point of view to be heard. In addition, we need to cater for those who are hard of hearing or otherwise disabled. If elected as your chair, I would provide a PA speaker system, tabletop and radio microphones.
I also believe that an agenda should be available in advance, and minutes of the meeting circulated as appropriate.
What do I bring to the role of panel chair? I am retired. I have four children, all grown up, with families, and some seven grandchildren.
One of the original broadcast news journalists on LBC/IRN and BBC Domestic & World Service. During my career, I’ve held several senior board appointments and awarded consultancy contracts with the DTI, the European Commission and as an interim manager with the Environment Agency.
I have also advised the FCO on hostage release in East Africa. I was the founder of a TV News company, jointly owned with HTV Wales. I’m a member of Equity, and a life member of the NUJ. My professional biography is included in the current Debretts People of Today.
I have two full metal knee joint replacements, so annoyingly registered as disabled, and as a result, have frequently run the gauntlet of dealing with the DWP, NHS and jobsworth officialdom generally. I have also taken up pressing local issues directly with Westminster and with the Chairmen of large public organisations.
I was part of the original forum to fund and build the Stanground skateboard and scooter park. I broadcast and speak to invited audiences from time to time.
A former member of the Institute of Chartered Public Relations, and I run under a written Home Office mandate a social media driven Park Farm Neighbourhood Watch and edit the Peterborough Tribune news blog.
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