Thursday, 24 July 2014

Boy rescued from pool in town park

A Telford boy was taken to hospital yesterday after having to be rescued from the blue pool in the town park by a fisherman.

The boy got into difficulties whilst swimming in the pool with a group of other children. He was pulled out of the pool by a fisherman and when an ambulance crew arrived the boy coughed up a litre and a half of dirty water. He was taken to the Princess Royal Hospital as a precaution against lung spasm and blood poisoning. The ambulance crew told the other children to come out of the pool but despite having seen one of their number almost drown, they refused.

There are a lot of pools in and around the town park, Stirchley and Brookside and it's tempting in weather like this to jump in and cool down but it's dangerous. There will be those who say people have been swimming in these pools for years and we shouldn't wrap kids up in cotton wool but there are stories going back decades of people getting into trouble in these pools, probably longer.

Pools are dangerous, they've always been dangerous and going into them without understanding and respecting the danger leads to things like this. Or worse.


Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Brookside Big Local

Last night I was at the Mallard with other members of the Brookside Big Local steering group and partners from the police, Telford & Wrekin Council and Stirchley & Brookside Parish Council to sign the memorandum of understanding for the Big Local partnership.

It takes a lot of time and hard work to get through the Big Local process and finally get your hands on the £1m of social regeneration money. I don't think anyone involved knew quite how much time and hard work it would take and that's probably a good thing because it probably wouldn't have happened if they did!

By signing the memorandum of understanding, partners agree to support Brookside Big Local and to help deliver the plan which will shortly be going out for consultation. You can get more information on Big Local at the summer event at Windmill School on Saturday.