Puffles calls for Bristol water slide to come to Cambridge

Summary

Can we have the Bristol water slide on Cherry Hinton Road or Lime Kiln Hill please?

05 May 2014

Puffles the dragon fairy, who is standing as an independent candidate for the Coleridge Ward for the Cambridge City Council elections on 22 May 2014 has called for Cambridge to bring the highly successful Bristol water slide to South Cambridge.

The water slide was developed by artist Luke Jerram (see his page here) and received widespread media coverage. Puffles says that Cherry Hinton Road and Lime Kiln Hill would make ideal places to have such a slide in Cambridge.

Puffles is asking Cllr Lewis Herbert (who Puffles is standing against but does not want to beat in the Coleridge ward) to ask if he can use his influence to bring interested people and groups together to make this happen.

Antony Carpen, the ‘dragon’s best friend’ who runs Puffles’ Twitter account @Puffles2010 said:

“When I read about this, the first thing I thought was: “Why can’t we have that? Cherry Hinton Road or Lime Kiln Hill would make for great places to have such a slide!” Cllr Lewis Herbert is the ideal person to bring Cambridge’s creative communities together to make this project happen in Cambridge. How about it Lewis?”

Puffles the dragon fairy hopes that this policy might be the factor in getting the total votes for Puffles into double figures – but that depends if those that nominated Puffles for Coleridge can get back from work in time.

Notes for editors:

Puffles the dragon fairy is a Cambridge-based Twitter persona tweeting at @Puffles2010, tweeting about politics, policy and public administration in a social media context.

Antony Carpen, social media trainer, community activist and former civil servant is responsible for Puffles – having launched Puffles while he was in the civil service back in 2010.

Antony is standing as ‘Puffles the dragon fairy’ as an independent candidate in the Coleridge Ward for the Cambridge City Council elections on 22 May 2014 – see the council’s notices here.

In a quirky and unconventional campaign, Antony is not seeking to unseat incumbent Labour councillor Lewis Herbert. Instead, he is awareness of how local residents irrespective of their electoral status can use social media to influence local democracy through a ‘digital democracy challenge’ – see here.

Since leaving the civil service in mid-2011, Antony has advised government departments, local councils, private companies and charities on using social media in a corporate and public policy context.

Antony contributed to the 2012 civil service social media guidance (see the mention of Puffles in this release) as well as contributing towards the Commons Public Administration Select Committee on public engagement in policy making. Puffles got several mentions in the Committee’s cross-examination of Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude as a result of submitting questions on risks to policy. As a result of social media exchanges between Puffles and the Committee (see details here), the Committee accepted the recommendation that Cabinet Office needs to do a risk assessment on its proposal to outsource some policy functions – see recommendation 7.

Me and Puffles at Cambridge Wine Merchants where we discussed digital democracy with Hester and Al of the Cambridge Cycling Campaign
Antony and Puffles at Cambridge Wine Merchants where they discussed digital democracy with Hester and Al of the Cambridge Cycling Campaign (@CamCycle)

 

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