I READ with interest a letter from T. Coope asking for councillors to show their time sheets.
So I thought I would share with you my workload for this week:
7am to 8.30am: Dealing with emails, case work and sorting out the coming week.
11am to 4.30pm: Reading papers for meeting I was to chair on Tuesday.
5.30pm to 8pm: Preparing for and then attending Full Council.
So, about an eight-hour day.
8.10am to 3.30pm: In West Street preparing for and then chairing meeting.
So, just over seven hours.
7am to 9pm: Dealing with emails, research on homelessness.
2pm to 3.30pm: Reading papers for meeting on Thursday.
6.30pm to 8pm: Attending Main Ridge Placecheck.
Around five hours.
(I won’t include 10pm to 11pm writing letter to Standard!).
For the rest of this week my commitments are:
Thursday: First thing I will sort out emails etc and then I will go to West Street to arrive around 8.30am to prepare for a licensing appeal hearing which will, I guess, last until about 4pm.
I then have a police liaison meeting at 6.30pm which will most likely last for a couple of hours.
So, around nine hours.
Friday, if I am lucky, just an hour or so dealing with emails casework etc.
Saturday morning: Litter picking with Main Ridge Placecheck for an hour or so.
Sunday afternoon: Seaman’s Service at St Nicholas’ Church.
As a lowly backbencher of a minority party on the council my workload would be considerably less than group leaders, chairs of major committees or senior members of the ruling group.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not complaining, I am a sad politician and I enjoy it, but the majority of councillors of whatever party do put a lot of effort into representing their communities.
COUN PAUL GLEESON
Skirbeck Ward, Boston Borough Council