Thursday 20 January 2005 11.16pm
Just back. Siduhe was a star and a fine substitute for Fabhat. She took notes so is in a better position to report. There were a number of others there who appear to read SE1. (We now know what lurkers get up to in the evenings.) And there were regular mentions of the SE1 Forum and its role including from Kate Hoey
and Simon Hughes
. Though not as 'official' as some of the other community fora it appears that we are accepted as articulating local concerns.
The highlights for me were Terry Bosworth, the local SE1 manager, confirming that he regularly reads our postal thread and had done so that very morning. And in response to some very genuine frustration about the phones at Mandela Way
never being answered, giving out his own phone number. I did not write it down but hope that Harriet posts it. Simon Hughes
made a very strong and good contribution with a number of specific suggestions and expectations including that he expects the Mandela Way
phone to be answered promptly and politely and requests actioned upon.
More bizarrely Terry Bosworth suggested that one of the improvements he has been able to bring about is getting the local police - who keep a list of items that are reported 'missing' - and the Post Office security to start talking and to share information.
All in all quite constructive in that Terry Bosworth was left in no doubt that more improvement is needed and expected.