Here I am this morning with Terry from Shillitoe Close, just before going to my monthly surgery. When I was first elected in 2003 it looked like this - and that was just in winter:
One of my first challenges therefore was to get it cut down. But who was responsible? Havebury Housing, who owned the path, or "the hospital" (Suffolk Mental Health Partnerships) behind?
You can guess the next bit. That's right, each said "Not me, councillor."
And that's how it went on until this year, when I got annoyed enough to suggest the Borough Council cut it and charge both of them. That seemed to do the trick (why didn't I think of that before?) and the hospital estate manager kindly said it would be done. But not until the nesting season had finished. (Oh yes, Terry and I thought, how long will that last?)
Then, out of the blue last week, the nice manager emailed me to say would it be all right if they did it on Thursday? I told Terry the good news and we held our breath. Low and behold while I was telling at The Guildhall two of his neighbours came in to vote and told me the progress being made.
I think they were going to vote for me anyway.