Lots going on..
Save Our Fire Stations
The Nottinghamshire and City of Nottingham Fire Authority has decided to cut our local fire and rescue service. They plan to remove one of the two fire engines at London Road station, and the night shift at West Bridgford fire station (which already only has one fire engine).
Does it matter?
Yes. It will slow response times. They have decided which stations to cut by predicting the average increase in time taken to respond to fires across the whole County and City. But no incident is ‘average’ to the people affected.
We need to know how the longest response times, not the average response times, will change. What happens when there are two fires one night?
Why is it happening?
Because of cuts from central government.
Since 2010 Conservative government cuts have led to us having nearly 10,000 fewer firefighters in England (a drop of nearly 20.4%).
But things are even more dire in Nottinghamshire, where the number of firefighters has fallen by 28% since 2010, and the budget has been cut by £9.6 million in real cash terms (more if you take account of inflation).
The Tory government allowed 8 other Fire & Rescue authorities to increase band D council tax by £5, but BLOCKED Nottinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service doing the same.
But things are even worse than that. This year government only provided a one year funding settlement for Fire & Rescue authorities, which makes it hard for fire chiefs to plan properly. And the Tory’s ideological pursuit of ‘cutting red tape’ led to wide-scale failings in building safety across the country.
The Tory government is failing in its primary duty to protect us, and it’s only going to get worse. They say they want to make further cuts in public spending this autumn, but services are already cut to the bone.
What can you do?
1. Respond to the Fire Service consultation
2. Write to Ruth Edwards, the person who is currently our MP, at House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA (firstname.lastname@example.org), asking her to persuade the government to provide more money to save West Bridgford Fire Station.
3. Sign this petition, which we will take to the County and also send to the MP. (If you want a paper version, please print it out and send it to Cllr Penny Gowland, County Hall, West Bridgford). [Note I will not be saving any data from the petition.. it will just be given to County Hall as a petition]
Lady Bay Canal
Lady Bay canal at has dried in as it runs through West Bridgford. The reasons behind this are not entirely clear and the way to stop this happening again in the future is less clear, but we held an extremely well attended meeting to discuss this with the residents of Rutland Road at the Poppy and Pint earlier in the month which filled out the restaurant there. The outcome of that meeting will be a more formal open public meeting at West Bridgford Methodists 7.30 on November 3rd to discuss it with the relevant agencies.
The issues related to football continue to be a problem and are being discussed at the a special meeting of the West Bridgford Local Area Forum this week.
The devolution deal is to be signed off by full council (NottsCC) at the start of November. There are lots of unanswered questions and Rushcliffe Borough Council is genuinely trying to capture questions from all its councillors that need to be addressed.
Notts County Council Meetings have become rather boring since it moved over to the cabinet system. The meeting consists of little time for genuine discussion and a lot of time for the leading group to make statements which are really of little value.
Rumours are circulating that local council budgets will be extremely stretched this winter. There seems to be some conflict between NUH and NottsCC and maybe even the City over adult social care which is extremely worrying and unfortunate (see Health Service Journal Article 11th October). Hopefully having the Chief Exec of Notts CC (Anthony May) move to lead NUH last month will help these to be addressed quickly.