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From The Socialist newspaper, 14 August 2019
Hereford and Worcester building boom: stop the fire cuts!
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Pete McNally, Worcester Socialist Party
There is a building boom going on in Herefordshire and Worcestershire. 5,000 more homes are planned in and immediately around Worcester. There is a scramble to fill any possible space with houses or flats.
One planning application was turned down because although there was enough room on the plot for the two planned houses and associated parking spaces, if the cars were parked it would have been impossible to open the car doors to get in or out.
In Hereford, an estate of 1,200 homes is planned, accompanied with, employment opportunities, leisure facilities and so on. You would think the local services would need to expand.
But managers at Hereford and Worcester Fire Authority beg to differ. They seem determined to cut fire and rescue cover at night.
The Fire Brigades Union has opposed these cuts every step of the way. Its campaign is gathering support, with a public meeting planned for Wednesday 21 August in Bewdley where the fire station is threatened with closure.
The Socialist Party supports trade union action to save fire services. Our campaign stall against fire cuts sold 20 copies of the Socialist.
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In The Socialist 14 August 2019:
What we think
General election looms... Capitalists in chaos: fight for socialism
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Far right seen off at Oxford Circus
After the fire: fight for facilities for all
Hereford and Worcester: stop the fire cuts!
Dundee: young workers meet
Leeds estate residents push back private development
Boot out Boris and all the Tory toffs - fight for socialist policies for the 99% not the 0.1%
Tory bribes don't hide destruction of NHS
TV: Young, British and Depressed - "What is wrong with our society that all these people are feeling this way?"
Northern Ireland, August '69: 'Battle of the Bogside' and British troops on the streets
The Peterloo Massacre 1819: When a fearful ruling class tried to crush working-class political aspirations
Fight back against the retail bosses!
Lincolnshire health workers strike against £2,000 loss of pay
Bradford: All-out action to defeat backdoor NHS privatisation
Hull: Karro Food meat processors strike against poverty pay
Equity: reject UK Theatre's pay cut deal
Summer of airline industry strikes against low pay and worsening conditions
Harland and Wolff occupation continues - renationalise to save the shipyard
International socialist news and analysis
Kashmir crisis: Stop the attack on democratic rights
Pro-democracy protests continue to rage in Hong Kong
The Socialist 14 August 2019 |
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