Councillor Patrick Davey is one of the three City & Hunslet ward members recently lampooned in an anonymous poster. South Leeds Life talked to him about his work as a councillor.
Cllr Davey reeled off a host of issues he has been involved with since he was first elected in May 2007. These include: land-locking various sites to prevent traveller settlements; the compulsory purchase of a derelict house in the Springfields; new playgrounds at the Arthingtons and Church Street; new walls, gates, doors along Tempest Road; enabling Kashmiri Muslim Welfare Association to purchase Catherine Grove site and many more.
He picks up all sorts of case work from constituents and reckons to have dealt with over 8,000 cases. But he points out that this is just a part of the role of a Councillor that takes up an average of 20 hours per week.
“I would say my work is split 35% meetings and 65% casework, though of course attending residents meetings then generates more casework. It’s very rare I leave a residents meeting with no actions.
“With regards city-wide versus ward specific issues, because my ward is so different as it includes the city centre a lot of ward specific decisions have a city-wide impact. For example the new Victoria Gate/John Lewis development and Leeds Arena are in the ward. So this evening I had a meeting with officers to discuss proposals for new housing in the Garnets which is very ward specific, but tomorrow I’m in sitting on the Scrutiny board for Sustainable economy were we are looking at things such as provision of Jobshops across the city. Then on Wednesday I have a meeting about The Grand Theatre & City Varieties which are both in my ward but obviously have city-wide appeal.”
City and Hunslet ward has grown significantly since the last boundary change from approximately 15,000 adults to 25,000 today. Most of this growth has been in the city centre.
Patrick accepts that he doesn’t live in the ward, but says “In this age of technology people can and do contact me by phone and email. We do street surgeries, people know when I carry out my surgeries so they can find me. If someone needs to see me immediately I’m more than happy to visit.”
Finally, we asked him about those posters:
“I did not take the criticism personally and putting aside that the comment is just not true it did make me smile” he said. “But my challenge to ‘Bill Poster’ is has he ever tried to contact me?”
You can contact Patrick Davey on (0113) 261 0465 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.