Saturday, 8 October 2016

Attempted child abduction reported in Brookside

An attempted child abduction has been reported in Brookside involving a child at Windmill School.

A year 6 pupil was approached by an Asian man in a green van at 4:20pm on Thursday who offered him money if he went with him. The child ran home and arrived safely. The school and police were notified and other schools in the area have been notified.

Children of all ages have been advised to walk to and from school in pairs or groups.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Crash barriers replaced on Stirchley Road

After nearly 2 years of asking, Telford & Wrekin Council have finally replaced the worn out crash barriers around the underpass on Stirchley Road.

The wooden posts holding up the crash barriers had rotted over the years, causing the crash barriers to fall over and bend. Myself and Cllr Hogger reported the issue with the barriers to Telford & Wrekin, funding was allocated in this year's budget for their replacement and the work was completed this month.

Friday, 23 September 2016

Macmillan Coffee Morning

A year ago tomorrow my wife was diagnosed with incurable cancer and she wanted to mark the anniversary by doing something positive so she's holding a Macmillan coffee morning.

But she doesn't do things by halves.

The coffee morning is being held at Brookside Central tomorrow (Saturday 24th September) from 11am to 2pm. As well as tea, coffee, pop and cake there will be stalls and a raffle. Thanks to the generosity of our friends and neighbours in Brookside and further afield there are loads of raffle prizes including a meal for two at Telford Golf & Country Club, a month's membership of the leisure club at the Holiday Inn, wine, flowers, jewellery, cut and blow dry, shilac nails and other things that escape my mind at the moment.

Take 5 CafĂ© have very generously donated cake and £100 towards the event (as well as the use of their dwindling supply of cups).

Cancer is devastating not only for the sufferer but for their family and friends as well. Macmillan provides support to everyone affected by cancer and events like these help to make sure that they can keep on providing these services. Please come along and give her your support and raise money for an excellent charity.

Saturday, 10 September 2016

Brookside Big Bang needs stewards

Brookside Bit Local are looking for stewards for this year's Brookside Big Bang fireworks event.

The annual fireworks display will be held on 18th November at 7-7:30pm at Windmill School.

Open Weekend at St James' Church

Monday, 15 August 2016

Former Villa star Dalian Atkinson dies after taser incident in Trench

Very sorry to hear of the death of former Aston Villa star, Dalian Atkinson, who died this morning after being tasered by police.

Officers were called to an address in Trench in the early hours of the morning after reports of a disturbance. Dalian Atkinson was shot with a taser and subsequently suffered a heart attack in an ambulance en-route to the hospital.

Atkinson's father is understandably distraught at what has happened but hopefully he'll find some comfort in the comments from friends, neighbours and other sporting stars who describe a good man who was great with the local kids and of course a football legend who scored Villa's first ever Premiership goal. Some of the biggest names in football have paid tribute to Atkinson but it is his impact on ordinary people that he will be remembered for.

Dalian Atkinson was born in Shrewsbury and grew up in Telford. He played for Aston Villa, Ipswich, Sheffield Wednesday, Fenerbahce, Manchester City, Real Sociedad, Metz, Al-Ittihad, Daejeon Citizen and Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors during his 16 year career and even scored for the England B team in a friendly against the Republic of Ireland.
No one is actually dead until the ripples they cause in the world die away.
- Terry Pratchett

Sunday, 14 August 2016

We don't need decriminalised parking enforcement, the police need to do their job

Telford's Conservative councillors are trying to convince their Labour colleagues to adopt a decriminalised parking scheme which would see the council take over responsibility for parking enforcement in the borough.

There aren't many local authorities left that don't run their own parking enforcement schemes and luckily for us, Telford & Wrekin Council is one of them. Parking enforcement on highways is the responsibility of West Mercia Police who take their job about as seriously as one of David Cameron's Cast Iron Guarantees™.

When you read those "funny" stories (they're funny when they happen to someone else) about hearses, broken down cars and fire engines getting parking tickets it's not a traffic warden issuing the ticket, it's someone working for the council. They do stupid things like this because they're entirely profit driven. Staff have targets to meet to raise as much revenue as possible, whether it's a private company working for the council or the council itself.

Rather than trying to inflict the same sort of scheme on us in Telford & Wrekin, the council should be summoning the new Police & Crime Commissioner to find out why the police aren't doing their job. It is West Mercia Police's responsibility to enforce parking restrictions in Telford & Wrekin and the council shouldn't have to take on decriminalised parking enforcement just because the police don't want to do their job properly.