Fire Services and Community transport: Suffolks Full Council March 2016

Full Council at Endeavour House today. I will be speaking on the LibDem proposed motion to stop the proposed reduction in Fire appliances and crews; on Rural Transport; and will be asking this question about HGVs on rural roads:
Norfolk is conducting a review of its HGV routes because of high-profile tv coverage of HGVs taking inappropriate routes and causing damage.
Suffolk County Council’s route hierarchy has not been reviewed in the round for 30 years. In light of Suffolk’s current and future expansion and development, and the continuing increase in the size of HGVs, will the Cabinet Member agree to conduct a similar review for Suffolk, with the purpose of ensuring that as many HGV movements as possible are made via main roads rather than using unsuitable routes through rural villages and small towns such as Woodbridge – which continue to struggle with such traffic movements
Update
In supporting the Fire & Rescue Services  I put the case for Woodbridge’s need for the continuing support of Ipswich fire crews, especially in light of the development which is likely to be taking  place.
I also spoke  anxiously about the likely viability of the cynical new rural  Community Transport model – tasked with doing so much more for so many more  with so much less – all in the name of ideology. You can read what I said here

Speak Up for Epilepsy – end avoidable deaths

EpilepsyJust having epilepsy takes as much as ten years off your life. People with epilepsy die young or younger – and 4 out of 10 deaths are avoidable. That’s the heartbreaking thing!

Epilepsy is all around us, but because its a hidden condition you do not notice it.

Statistically, there will be about 20 students with epilepsy at Farlingaye, 110 people in Woodbridge, 1250 in Suffolk Coastal, 7,300 in Suffolk…

Everybody knows someone – and all of you know me!

I’m asking our MP Therese Coffey to support a new National Sentinel survey from the DoH to record and audit all epilepsy deaths in the UK (as epilepsy deaths for starters – you wouldn’t believe how often they aren’t even recorded!)  and act on the findings – to ensure that in the future nobody with epilepsy will die needlessly & before their time.

I’ll tell you how I get on!

UPDATE:   19-03-2016

Yesterday I met my MP, Therese Coffey and persuaded her of  the need to commission an up-to-date National Audit of Epilepsy deaths and act upon it.  Dr Coffey, currently deputy-Leader of the House of Commons, has agreed to speak to the most appropriate minister, and hopefully arrange a meeting of MPs to talk to Jeremy Hunt. I know a lot of people over the country have already contacted their MPs.

If you think this is as important as I do,  you can email your MP  in this nationwide campaign (- even if its Dr Coffey again) .It will make this VITAL audit more likely to happen!Speak Up for Epilepsy – and help save lives please!