Thanks to everyone who attended another what was another great coffee morning in Bevois this weekend. We covered a variety of different topics.
Quite a few people brought up potholes and the state of local roads - Cllr Rayment was on hand to explain some of the issues Southampton CC have in dealing with this problem.
Several residents were also concerned about drug taking/anti social behaviour in the area. We discussed how police have made some progress but still some issues to work on. I am in regular contact with the local police and am being kept in the loop as the situation progresses.
We also talked about our experiences of the NHS in Soton, and whilst people were full of praise for staff, it's clear that residents are feeling the strain on services, with many people telling me how they are struggling to access GP appointments etc. Over the past few months I've done quite a lot of work on this issue; I've held listening events across the city to find out people's views, met local doctors and written to the Secretary of State and asked him questions. It is apparent that the NHS is under immense strain and requires urgent investment, something which has been lacking for the past five years. If the people of Southampton re-elect me in May (as I hope they will) I will continue to help Labour lead the fight to protect an NHS that puts people ahead of profits and brings together health and social care to make a single system of whole-person care.