Fire Service consultation now open – please take part and explain why you want to keep Colyton Fire Station open
The Fire Authority is now proceeding with their consultation. It is vital that everyone in the Coly Valley and Seaton areas takes part to support Colyton Fire Station, or we will lose not only the extra engine that Colyton provides, but also the team of trained firefighters, who provide an extra resource for the whole area.
The Authority say that they want a ‘meaningful and transparent consultation process’. However there is no serious risk assessment of the individual stations and their areas, just a simplistic one-year infographic.
Moreover ALL the options include closing Colyton and other fire stations. Why is there no option to keep the stations open? How can the consultation be meaningful if this is not available?
The reasons the Authority give for closures are actually reasons for keeping Colyton open:
- Shifting population – Colyton and the surrounding area are experiencing continual population growth with many new developments.
- High proportion of over-85s – Colyton and the surrounding area have one of the highest ratios of older people not just in Devon and Somerset, but in the country.
- Changing road networks making it easier to get to incidents – this does not apply to Colyton and surrounding villages which are served by a dense network of rural roads – local knowledge is essential to reach incidents speedily.
You have until 22nd September to respond – but please fill in the questionnaire NOW! Don’t support any of the options – keep Colyton Fire Station!
After Monday’s 100-strong protest made TV headlines, today the fight for Colyton fire station goes to the Fire Authority. Paul Arnott and I have written to all the authority members, while I’ve raised the Authority’s plans at the County Council
The fight to save Colyton’s fire station has accelerated. On Monday I joined a protest of over 100 people, making the headlines on TV news, while over 1200 people have signed an online petition in the last 6 days. As a delegation heads today to the Fire Authority’s meeting which will decide whether to proceed with the consultation, Paul Arnott, district councillor for Coly Valley, and I have written to all members of the Fire Authority urging them to refuse the closure proposals.
On Tuesday I also got the County Council’s Scrutiny Committee to invite the Fire Authority to our next meeting in September to justify any proposals they agree. Colyton campaigners will be able to present their views to the committee.
Letter to Fire Authority members:
Local Tory councillor backs Johnson for PM – let’s not forget that Tiverton was the first place that he was booed after his deceitful, racist campaign in 2016
The Sidmouth Herald reports that Conservative Councillor Stuart Hughes, who was recently elected as Chair of East Devon District Council with ‘Independent’ support, has backed Boris Johnson to lead the Conservative Party and be the next PM. It seems the right moment to remind ourselves that Johnson visited Tiverton on 1 July 2016, eight days after the EU referendum, he was booed and branded a ‘liar’ by protestors. Watch the Daily Telegraph video to the end, where a man asks Johnson to apologise to a friend who had suffered racial abuse due to the Leave campaign, and another calls him ‘a massive child’. Those people in Tiverton three years ago still speak for many of us as the Tories prepare to impose Johnson on the country.
Devon is now part of the Better Broadband Voucher Scheme, which offers up to £350 for basic broadband installation to homes and businesses that will not benefit from superfast broadband within the next 12 months.
People who can’t get superfast broadband can now obtain a voucher for up to £350 towards a private installation. Details HERE.
Beer Men’s Shed crowdfunder passes £2000 mark: £500 more needed before EDDC will double their funding
The project says: ‘Thanks to kind donations from individuals, from Beer Bag Project and from Devon County Council, and with the help of our local councillors Martin Shaw and Geoff Pook, we’ve now raised over £2,000 towards buying our first shed and the equipment and workbenches to go inside it. Our next target is to get beyond the £2,500 mark, because when we achieve that we’re hoping that East Devon District Council will commit to providing us funding too by doubling our money. We have just over 4 weeks to go to raise a total of £10,000 so that Beer Men’s Shed can have it’s new shed built and operational this summer.’ YOU CAN DONATE HERE.