Looking for love in our community

A much loved statue of Jackie Milburn has moved to its new home at Ashington Leisure Centre.
 Ian Lavery MP wears one of the footballers England caps.
Picture by Jane Coltman
A much loved statue of Jackie Milburn has moved to its new home at Ashington Leisure Centre. Ian Lavery MP wears one of the footballers England caps. Picture by Jane Coltman

It was Valentine’s Day last week so we took the opportunity in my constituency office to launch an online survey to give all of you living and working in Wansbeck the chance to tell us what you love about the place.

OK, a little corny perhaps, but there is some very serious reasoning behind the idea of the survey, and if the ‘love is in the air’ link prompts you to get in touch with us, then so much the better.

Modern communications make it so much easier to ‘talk’ to us in my office.

This is important to us because we do need to be as aware as possible of so many different cross-section views and opinions of Wansbeck people.

The internet and social media will never replace getting out and about to meet and talk to local people in person, which is truly the part of my job that I love the most and will always take precedence in my book.

But they are tools we also have to use widely and wisely to inform us, in this case about what you like most about living in Wansbeck.

We are not suggesting for one moment that everything in the Wansbeck garden is rosy red.

Of course, there are problems and issues that concern and trouble people, which must be addressed.

But our online survey will give a voice to local people to tell us what matters most to you and what, in your opinions, makes Wansbeck the special place it is.

We trialled the idea of the survey at the end of last year before launching it properly and we got an excellent response on a host of topics, ranging from re-opening passenger rail services along the Ashington, Blyth and Tyne line to Brexit and potential impacts of leaving the EU for Wansbeck.

I am sure you will have a thousand and one other things you want to ‘talk’ to us about and we will be delighted to hear from you in our survey.

You can access it through www.ianlavery.org.uk/love_wansbeck

I look forward to reading your views.