I started today by meeting the troops in Chatham to deliver my latest newspaper. Despite the fact that it was spitting with rain we managed to get 12 helpers out delivering which was absolutely fantastic. Not only is delivering a great way to keep fit but it is a wonderful way to see roads in the constituency that you normally drive down but rarely walk along - plus it is an excellent way to clock gardening ideas!
However once the troops were allocated roads I met with residents in Park Crescent about a planning application. I also met the applicant who I had met during a previous canvass session and who came out to say hello this morning. These things are always very difficult and having been involved in a previous application in Luton where the Council threw the application out only for the Government inspector to come along and disregard the objections and grant the application, these things are never certain.
After rejoining my colleagues and delivering the papers, I headed down to Snodland for the annual carnival. I think there were more stalls this year than last and it was nice to catch up with some familiar faces - the bikers on their stand, the cake ladies, Paul in the beer tent and of course the Mayor who this year arrived on a motorbike!! The arrival of the floats was merely the start of the party...it was clear that despite the rain it was going to be a good one!