First Bus pleased with bus cuts!

First Bus pleased with bus cuts!

The headline to the Worcester News story about First Bus cuts to services says it all: "Bus firm pleased with the changes." Cutting back on less profitable routes and focussing on those that make the most money is, I'm sure, very pleasing to First Bus. However, users...

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Bike thefts in Worcester continue to deter cycling

Bike thefts in Worcester continue to deter cycling

Following my previous concerns with the poor levels of cycling a constituent suggested that one reason why cycling rates are so low is due to the large number of bike thefts in Worcester. The Worcester News reported back in 2009 (see the article here) that over three...

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Support for NHS Junior Doctors

Support for NHS Junior Doctors

I went along to Worcestershire Royal Hospital this morning to show my support for the junior doctors on strike today. Their protest is, in my view, valid and the fact that they have had to resort to strike action - the first in 40 years - shows what a desperate...

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Climate march in London

Myself and others from the Worcester Green Party travelled to London with fellow Greens and other Worcestershire residents concerned about the environment to join the over 50,000 who marched through the capital to urge world leaders to take the action that is...

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Hooray. Court quashes 'excessive' sentences of fracking protesters

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But of course benefits are frozen for another year in April 2019 so this the amount they should have gone up by but didn’t

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These are the 15 schools in the county that will be losing their school crossing patrols (Lollipop person). The rationale for this cut is supposedly not cost savings as it only costs about £3000 per year per SCP. Rather, it is because central government policy has changed and it is deemed unnecessary duplication to have a SCP if there is zebra or light controlled crossing.

Two of the schools to lose their SCP are in the St Stephen division, St Barnabas and Perdiswell.

I am very concerned about the negative impact this will have. Losing a SCP will reduce safety, even with a crossing in the area. Certainly many parents will perceive it as being less safe. As a result, some will no longer let their children walk or cycle to school and will instead drive them to school. As a result, we will have more cars, more pollution and more unhealthy children. How can this be squared with the council's responsibility for public health?

If a school wants to keep their SCP, then I will do what I can to ensure that they are retained.

This policy change seems completely pointless to me: Tiny amount of money saved; reduction in safety of children; probable increase in pollution. congestion and childhood obesity.
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