Conservative Councillor for Pelsall Marco Longhi has recently made the welcome decision to re-enter the online community, joining in with twitter and recommencing blogging. I salute Marco for this, and although we have our differences, I respect any Councillor that like him, Mike Flower and Ian Shires are prepared to do engage with the public in this manner. It’s a pity more of Walsall’s Councillors – particularly those of the Labour Group who seem to be in hiding – can’t follow the example.
There’s no better demonstration of the usefulness of this means of communication than events of this afternoon, when Councillor Longhi tweeted about the performance and attitude of local train operating company London Midland, who seem utterly incapable lately of providing the service they’re contracted to deliver. Of prime concern is their proposal to close manned ticket facilities and remove customer facing staff from Walsall Station amongst others. Following the interest of myself and others, Marco has blogged on the subject, posting up relevant documents for our perusal.
If you care about the local train service, please read Marco’s post. We are being poorly served by a company that apparently feels no compulsion to serve the public or to provide the service we pay for. Pressure needs to be exerted to ensure that London Midland sort out their industrial relations and realise that they can’t just duck out of the commitment we expect from a public service organisation.
via Marco Longhi