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.