Clive Efford has officially openend the Storkway Children’s Centre in Ridgebrook Road on the Page Estate.
The opening day gave parents the chance to meet with members of staff to find out more about the new services available to them. There were also a wide-range of activities for children to enjoy, including face painting, arts and crafts, a bouncy castle and a live band performance.
Services available at the Storkway Children’s Centre include:
Last night Clive voted against the Government’s Education Bill. He told a packed House of Commons that resources should be directed at the most disadvantaged children.
Speaking after the debate Clive said “We have got to improve every school if we are going to increase choice. The education Bill talks about increasing choice by creating diversity and competition in our schools. However, I do not believe that introducing competition will drive up standards and address the problem of social exclusion.”
Because so many MPs wanted to speak in the debate, speeches were limited to only three minutes.
Clive has written to the Post Office demanding that they take immediate action to ensure that the service offered to the public at Eltham Post Office is drastically improved.
Clive has received an alarming number of complaints from local people about delays and incompetence at the Post Office.
The Post Office recently gave a private company the franchise to run counter services at the Eltham branch. The Post Office gave assurances to Clive and others that the existing staff would be allowed to transfer to the new franchise so that experienced staff would remain. Instead there now appears to be a completely new contingent of staff and the service they are providing is completely unsatisfactory.
Clive said, “Despite the assurances that I was given by the Post Office I have received numerous complaints about staff being helped by the customers to find the relevant documents to deal with their inquiries. Queues are also growing because the new company is not able to deal with customers as smoothly as the previous experienced staff.”
Clive has also raised this matter in Parliament, tabling an Early Day Motion calling for privatisation of the Post Offices to be scrapped.
Clive joined local police and council officers on a walkabout in Westmount Road and Well Hall Road on Sunday. They met with local shopkeepers to let them know that a new Safer Neighbourhood Team would be covering the area by the end of April.
The Team will consist of a Police sergeant, a PC and two Community Support Officers. By the end of the year the Team will have an additional PC and PCSO. The team will be dedicated to policing the local area.
Every ward in the Borough will have its own Team by the end of April 2006.
Clive recently opened the Vista Field Children’s Outreach Centre in Middle Park. The centre, in Newmarket Green in Middle Park, provides health facilities for young families.
Local people can use the centre to get advice on childcare, training and jobs. Health Visitors will also be able to offer help and advice to young families. A childminder pop-in on Wednesday mornings will also be available for parents, carers and childminders of young children.
Later this year the £1.2 million Vista Fields Centre will open which will provide a 49 place nursery for under sixes as well as crèche facilities and training.