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Here are the dates for the 2011 meetings of the Castle Neighbourhood Action Panel:

January – Tuesday 25th at 2:00pm
February – Wednesday 23rd at 5:30pm
March – Thursday 24th at 9:30am
April – Tuesday 26th at 2.00pm
May- Thursday 26th at 5:30pm
June – Thursday 23rd at 9.30am
July – Monday 25th at 2.00pm
August – Wednesday 24th at 5.30pm
September – Thursday 22nd at 9.30am
October – Monday 24th at 2.00pm
November – Wednesday 23rd at 5.30pm

All meetings are scheduled to take place in the North Committee Room in the Town Hall.

The NAP is a forum for any members of the public to bring forward problems in your area, which will then be dealt with by the various agencies represented there (including the Council, Police and residents associations). More details here.

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Just to let those of you in Colchester know, the next meeting of the Castle Neighbourhood Action Panel will be on Tuesday 23rd November, starting at 9.30am in the Town Hall.

Any residents can come along and raise issues that they want the NAP to deal with, or if you can’t make it to the meeting, then please leave a comment or email me with your problem and I’ll raise it for you. For more information see the Colchester Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership website.

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Two full Council meetings for the price of one last night, as we had to follow the main meeting with a special meeting to decide whether we should stay with our current system of election, where one-third of the Council is up for election every year, or switch to an ‘all-up’ system, where there’d be one election for the whole council every four years.

My feelings on this have always been clear – I don’t support switching to an all-up election until there’s a change in the electoral system. As it currently stands, we have many wards that elect multiple members (like my own Castle Ward) and that just compounds the iniquities of the first past the post system, allowing a party to get an overall majority on a very small share of the vote, especially if the vote is split many ways and/or localised in one part of the Borough. Electing by thirds isn’t a perfect system, but it means a party has to have consistent support over a period of time to get control, and gives the voters a regular chance to have their say over the direction of the Council.

To change the system, there needed to be a two-thirds majority of the Council in favour and there wasn’t that level of support – 28 in favour, and 26 against so we carry on with the current system.

We also briefly discussed whether Colchester should have an elected Mayor, but the main debate on that will be at another special Council meeting that will take place after the December regular Council meeting. I’ve already expressed my views on why I think an elected Mayor is a bad idea but now it’s time for you to have your say on it. The Council’s holding a consultation on whether we should switch to a Mayoral system before that special Council meeting, so you can say which system you’d prefer. So make sure you get along and comment there to have your views heard.

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Just to let those of you in Colchester know, the next meeting of the Castle Neighbourhood Action Panel will be on Thursday 21st October, starting at 5.15pm in the Town Hall.

Any residents can come along and raise issues that they want the NAP to deal with, or if you can’t make it to the meeting, then please leave a comment or email me with your problem and I’ll raise it for you. For more information see the Colchester Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership website.

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Just to let those of you in Colchester know, the next meeting of the Castle Neighbourhood Action Panel will be on Monday 27th September, starting at 1pm in the Town Hall.

Any residents can come along and raise issues that they want the NAP to deal with, or if you can’t make it to the meeting, then please leave a comment or email me with your problem and I’ll raise it for you. For more information see the Colchester Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership website.

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Just to let those of you in Colchester know, the next meeting of the Castle Neighbourhood Action Panel will be on Monday 23rd August, starting at 9.30am in the Town Hall.

Any residents can come along and raise issues that they want the NAP to deal with, or if you can’t make it to the meeting, then please leave a comment or email me with your problem and I’ll raise it for you. For more information see the Colchester Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership website.

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Just to let those of you in Colchester know, the next meeting of the Castle Neighbourhood Action Panel will be on Thursday 22nd July, starting at 5pm in the Town Hall.

Any residents can come along and raise issues that they want the NAP to deal with, or if you can’t make it to the meeting, then please leave a comment or email me with your problem and I’ll raise it for you. For more information see the Colchester Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership website.

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