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Monday, 24 July 2017

Dangerous Motorbikes

Rogue motorbikes in Millbrook

Rogue motorbike riding illegally in Millbrook

Residents have been complaining for us for years about rogue motorbikes in Millbrook, Maybush, Lordshill and Redbridge.

Southampton Independents Councillor Andrew Pope says:

"Report them to 101, or via Crimestoppers.  
Police have confiscated bikes and raided houses when they have information from local residents.  
And I've told Tory head of Police Michael Lane (the elected Police and Crime Commissioner) he needs to ACT now. 
This has gone on for long enough. 
The Police need to be given the resources and equipment to get it sorted before more people get killed or injured, like they have in other parts of the country."

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Labour Council Closing Another Care Facility

The Labour Rose is Wilting Again
The Labour-run Council is closing another care facility.

How can this be, when Jeremy Corbyn claims that Labour Councils look after the vulnerable?

Is Jeremy Corbyn a liar? Yes.

People have been conned into thinking he is honest. But Corbyn isn't. You only have to look at the Labour Manifesto from the 2017 General Election to see this.

Corbyn had no hope of delivering his promise to vote down the Queen's Speech. And he didn't.

Corbyn has no hope of ever delivering his promise on student loans, as admitted by his own Shadow Cabinet colleague, the clueless Angela Rayner.

Corbyn has no hope of delivering his promise to nationalise the water companies. Where would the money come from - it would cost tens of billions if not hundreds of billions? And for what gain to the public?

Corbyn's promises are worth nothing more than the paper they are printed on.

Does the Labour-run Southampton City Council look after the vulnerable? No. They are as bad, if not worse, than the Tories because of these lies by Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Council.

Leader of Southampton Independents, Denise Wyatt, says:

Denise Wyatt, Candidate for Redbridge Ward
in May 2018

"Kentish Road is a respite facility that has proved to be a vital facility by offering a life-line to carers of people with a learning disability by providing them with regular breaks.
Southampton Independents has been working with parents of disabled children. I know what it is like for those parents, because I have a disabled son who is now an adult and receives care.
Parents Amanda Guest, Clare Parsons and Lisa Stead will be making a deputation to the Labour run Southampton City Council on Wednesday 19th July 2017 to stop the Kentish Road respite facility from closing. Please support them by signing the petition at the link below. And come along to see them speak to the Council!
Southampton Independents will be there!"
The petition is here.

Southampton Independents Councillor Andrew Pope says:

Councillor Andrew Pope

"The Labour-run Council has closed Brownhill House care facility on Lower Brownhill Road.
It should be re-opened.
People who worked at Whitehaven Lodge were transferred to Brownhill House when the Tories closed Whitehaven. Now Whitehaven Lodge is flats and houses.
Labour is repeating what the Tories did, because they want to sell off Brownhill House for housing. And people who worked at Brownhill have been transferred to Kentish Road.
Labour is closing Kentish Road as well!
It's yet another case of Labour or Tory, same old story.
Vote for Denise Wyatt as the Southampton Independents candidate for Redbridge ward in May 2018."

Friday, 14 July 2017

Update on Burst Water Main

Earlier today, Southampton Independents Councillor Andrew Pope received the following information from Emergency Planning staff regarding the burst water main at Chandler's Ford that threatened water supplies in Southampton.

"You may have heard about an incident affecting a burst water main in Chandler's Ford this morning, which has closed two schools and affected a number of homes.
I have been working with emergency planning colleagues at Hampshire County Council and with Southern Water to understand the extend of the incident and the process for resolution. 
The information we have currently is that a water main has burst affecting the surrounding area, in order to fix this it is likely that the mains water will need to be turned off. 
The postcodes affected are:
SO15,  SO16 , SO18, SO19, SO21, SO22, SO30, SO31, SO50, SO51, SO52, SO53, SP11"

These postcodes include areas of Southampton.

Councillor Andrew Pope

As of 1pm today, Councillor Pope has received the following information:

"Following the incident this morning, we have now had notification from Southern Water that the incident is concluded and is now manageable internally within Southern Water.  The leak has now been isolated with homes being diverted onto other supplies, that includes customers that may have been effected in the Southampton area.  The homes in the immediate vicinity are still without water but that is limited to the Hursley area.  The Southern Water incident manager has reiterated that anyone still experiencing problems can contact Southern Water directly for assistance."

Andrew says: 

"If you were affected by the incident, or have any information about what happened, please contact us."

Monday, 3 July 2017

UPDATED: Sprinklers - Don't Believe Labour's Spin

Fire lit in a demonstration trailer
Today at Albion Towers in Golden Grove, Southampton Independents attended a demonstration by the Dorset and Wiltshire Fire Service of sprinklers. 

It is important to note that this was NOT a sprinkler demonstration in any tower block. They are still not operational, despite it being SEVEN years and THREE months since Shirley Towers.

While we were there, we took the opportunity to put the Labour-run Council under more pressure, asking more questions about what they have promised in response to our campaign for sprinklers in all of Southampton City Council's tower blocks.

Fire put out by sprinklers in the trailer

The demonstration showed how important sprinklers are, and why our campaign is so urgent. The sprinklers put out the fire very quickly, and it was finished off by a firefighter.


Denise Wyatt
Denise Wyatt, Leader of Southampton Independents' campaign for sprinklers in ALL Southampton Council blocks said:

"Southampton City Council have finally agreed with our campaign that we started after Redbridge Towers. Sprinklers save lives. What a u-turn they've made.

Yet senior Council officers, including the Head of Property Assets and the Service Director for Adults, Housing and Communities, have confirmed that there is no programme for funding the sprinklers in all blocks, and that there is no schedule for the works either.

So the Council is putting out spin, not costed plans. As Public Enemy once said, "Don't believe the hype"!

Further, there was also confusion amongst residents today when or if Redbridge Towers, Millbrook Towers and Canberra Towers would be done this year, as announced by the Leader of Southampton City Council Simon Letts. Council officers were also unclear where the money was coming from, even for these THREE blocks, let alone the remaining FOURTEEN blocks.

We suggest that the Labour councillors are being economical with the truth and placing the Labour Party ahead of the safety of Southampton's residents.

For example, Cllr Letts has already told Cllr Pope that he won't tell him where money is coming from, because Cllr Pope isn't a member of the Labour Party. What a disgrace.

There remains a confusing policy position from the Council. This is demonstrated in the confusing picture given to media and councillors over funding and timing. Residents need answers, NOW.

Southampton Independents will hold the Labour-run Council to their promise to install sprinklers in ALL TWENTY Council tower blocks."

UPDATE (1830 hours, 3rd July 2017):

Southampton Independents Councillor Andrew Pope said on ITV Meridian News this evening:

"(Sprinklers) need to be installed in all tower blocks. 
(Southampton Independents) will continue to put pressure on the Council to install them in all tower blocks, until they've actually come up with the money and the schedule for doing it. 
They don't have a schedule and they don't have the money."