Saturday, 21 February 2009

Getting confused in the new estate...

With the weather being so wonderful this morning it was hardly a surprise that we had a great turnout this morning for a canvassing session in Ditton. I went to the new estate at the bottom of New Hythe Lane, which for some bizarre reason is in Ditton and not Larkfield, and after about 5 minutes of scratching my head trying to work out the logic of the estate layout had to ask the postie for help. The answer - there is no logic! Building new estates like the Lakes or Medway Court for example is fine but why can't they build them with normal streets that are odd on one side and evens on the other, or at the very least are consecutive. This new estate zig zags, jumps from houses to flats, and then one road merges into another without a sign to help explain. Nightmare! Anyway at least the reception on the doorstep was good - I didn't get one person say they supported the Labour Party and most can't wait until the election is called. I came away with a few local issues to deal with but on the whole feeling very positive.

I then went for lunch in Larkfield with some local residents before heading up to Princes Park for an afternoon thank you "drinks and nibbles" with some helpers. There is a busy year ahead of us so it was good to meet some more supporters who are vital to the success of my campaign. Unfortunately I could only stay for an hour and half because I had to return to Larkfield for a meeting about a local issue that has been raised with me by several people in the same street. Looks like when I get back from watching the girls play football tomorrow I will spend the rest of the day writing letters!

1 comment:

John M Ward said...

I have been thinking about this, and it reminds me of one of the main reasons why I have never wanted to become an MP myself (quite apart from the fact that those like yourself would be far better anyway!) and this is "knowing the patch".

As a non-driver myself, in order to cover an area for which I have responsibility it all has to be within walking distance. By walking,m though, I get to know every little crook and nanny — er, nook and cranny, not the Juliet Mills film…

You cannot really do that to the same degree with a parliamentary constituency, but I suspect it can be interesting trying, as you seem to have discovered(!)