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Memorial Service.

On Saturday 4 August 2018 at 2.00pm, a memorial service is being held in the Metropole Theatre, Abertillery, South Wales for two Abertillery murder victims, 8 year-old Freda Burnell and 11 year-old Florence Little who were killed in Abertillery in 1921.Their killer, Harold Jones a.k.a Harry Stevens lived in Fulham, Putney and Hammersmith between 1946 and 1971 when he died. With a choir and town band performing at the memorial service there is expected to be over 250 people attending. There will be an expected 50 members of the 2 girls' family members attending from various parts of Britain. After the service there will be a re-dedication of the 2 girls' memorials at Brynithel Cemetery.Over the past 7 months, myself, Councillors Gill Clark and Julie Holt have raised nearly £3,400.00 towards the cost of restoring the 2 dilapidated memorials. We are still about £200 short of paying the memorial mason who has done the work at cost price and about £300 short of printing 260 memorial service programmes. These will consist of 8 pages each.We have now been given a donation to book the Metropole Theatre for the event. We  have also been kindly offered a donation of £300 towards the cost a buffet that will be held in the Metropole later in the afternoon.If anyone would like to consider making a donation for this worthy cause please contact me on 07989555376 or n.milkin@sky.comPlease google Florence Little/Freda Burnell  or Harold Jones - Killer for more information.Regards.Neil Milkins

Neil Milkins ● 1932d0 Comments ● 1932d

Temporary school at scrubs lane parade ground being extended

Is this “Temporary Structure” Development by Stealth? Still no answerOpen letter addressed to Mike Green Director of ESFA funding Building works on ScrubsEducation Skills Funding Agency Sanctuary BuildingsGreat Smith StreetLondonSW1P 3QTDate: 22nd March 2018This Open letter concerns lack of transparency and intentionally misleading presentation of published information, sent to local residents, March 2018, regarding long term plans for Scrubs Lane Temporary School constructionI am writing to enquire whether you think it acceptable as an ESFA Director with primary responsibility for funding the development at Scrubs Lane Parade and as an agent of Education & Skills Funding Agency (a government sponsored agency, supported by public money for the purposes of public related spending), to treat members of the public with the frank arrogance and contempt seen once again in regards to the information put out to the public about plans for the above development?I instruct you to refer to a copy of public information notification document , received by local residents on 16th March 2018- concerning 26th March public exhibition drop-in event”( Noted: Created header, featuring copy and pasted color jpeg image of JLL logo placed over greyed out area, alongside recognizable logo- presumably to infer to the reader, that this notification and all statements written within it are coming from a department within ESFA, rather than from JLL, a totally separate private business entity? ).I request that you address the following points and provide written clarification of statements made (by JLL agent) in this above mentioned public notification, regarding statements concerning future plans for:1. the development currently on Scrubs Parade since Summer 2017 and2. also Kensington Aldridge Academy pre-existing school building, situated in the Grenfell Tower disaster area.You (or other representative of ESFA) are requested to provide full written reply to the following questions:1. Please explain why there are no contact details for a named ESFA employee, to be available as ESFA representative to clarify and answer questions concerning new proposals detailed in the above referenced document ?2. Please explain why the only person named on this document as the point of contact to answer local resident and public concerns is an employee of JLL?This named individual, as an employee of JLL- (aka, ‘Jones Lang Lasall’, a multinational corporation), is not the least bit accountable to the public , (but rather is accountable to their private money interests shareholders). Is this “Temporary Structure” Development by Stealth? Still no answerDo you not think that using JLL to explain to local residents what’s going on is to clearly wink at an obvious conflict of interest ?3. Please state clearly for the record whether or not ESFA has plans to present, now or at any point in the future, further applications for the temporary school construction to remain in erected and in use beyond academic year 2018/2019.(It is clear from what is written in the notification, that the Author is keen to give the impression to the local public, that the decision to extend the current development- reason stated, in order to accept an additional intake of 180 year 7 pupils, is [paraphrase] “contingent upon completion of sufficient reconstruction to the Grenfell disaster area”, where the permanent Aldridge Academy school building is located. This presentation of the status of the decision- making process, is of course clearly disingenuous, as it doesn’t take a genius to realize that plans for what will happen in September 2018 will already be known now in March 2018, so why mislead on this point? Furthermore, as locals to the disaster area, it is easy to see with one’s own eyes that much work to deal with the disaster aftermath, has not even begun- so why try to suggest that proposed planning applications to extend the stay of Aldridge Academy at the Scrubs Lane site are still undetermined?). Please do not assume to insult the intelligence of local residents.These above questions reflect mine and others, serious concerns about ESFA as another example of a self-serving local governmental agency, who appear to view ordinary people as either ill-informed and, or non- entities.In as much as ESFA has passed the entire role of keeping local residents informed of what is happening in the Scrubs temporary development to JLL, a private corporation, with no obligation for public accountability for what they publish today and amend tomorrow, I think it fair to question the transparency of ESFA activities.Reminder of Context: Grenfell TragedyESFA should be aware that what happened in 2017 at Grenfell Towers is high in the local consciousness as a disgusting betrayal of government, derived from a desire to make money from the sales of real estate even at the cost of innocent loss of life- the unforgivable negligence, the behind the scenes manipulations to coerce out the very people who brought value to the area, for the sake of cashing in on gentrification (white-wash).Please be aware Mike Green, that it is out of these tragic circumstances that the proposal for this temporary school has come about in the first place. This being the history of the temporary construction, it should not be necessary to explain to you the need for ESFA and other agencies, operating in this post Grenfell period, to make it a priority to demonstrate operational transparency to the local public.Please be aware Mike Green that many local people are convinced that the residents of Grenfell Towers were the victims of corporate manslaughter and there will not be a time when they will be forgotten (which I daresay will present an inconvenience to those itching to profit from the development opportunities, now that the residents of Grenfell Towers have been permanently moved along).Is this “Temporary Structure” Development by Stealth? Still no answerIf it is the case, that ESFA is simply providing a temporary home for Aldridge school on the Scrubs and have no intention- hidden nor open, to make the temporary construction on the Scrubs an on-going, permanent short term arrangement, then it will of reassurance to see that in the presentation to local residents of their decision-making actions, in keeping with a desire to be seen to be acting in full transparency and to greater standards of accountability.Sincerely,Nkem Anagor Local Resident

Ella Mullins ● 1997d0 Comments ● 1997d

National Health Service breakdown and privatization: "Sustainability and Transformation Plans"

I'm deeply concerned that in the build up to the General Election there has been little discussion about the disastrous changes to the NHS being proposed by the local Sustainability and Transformation Plan, the "North West London STP" which covers 8 boroughs from Westminster to Hillingdon. These plans for the 44 "footprint" regions of England and Wales have been made in a secretive manner, with very little public information and are nothing more than plans to slash, trash and privatise our NHS.           But most worrying are large private healthcare companies and their lobbyists, such as Virgin Care and American healthcare companies including UnitedHealth, the previous employer of Simon Stevens CEO of the NHS, which will chase the UK's expenditure through the NHS using the Health and Social Care Act 2012. This pressure will inexorably lead to the American model of healthcare management which causes 50% of personal bankruptcies each year in the US. All the STPs call for "Accountable Care Organisations/Systems", a term which Americans recognise only too well. This system with low fixed budgets will be screwed down so that it does not meet the public need and it will turn the health provision in England and Wales into a two tier health system where the rich will pay and the rest of us will be left with a very poor, minimal NHS, like the American Medicare/Medicaid system.         I would urge all readers to contact their candidates and let them know that the public will not stand for the destruction of the NHS and all MPs must reject the STPs and reject the move to Accountable Care Organisations. These "new models of care" will end the NHS as a comprehensive service that provides the full range of care to all who need it, free at the point of need and fully accountable to the public (private companies will hide their waste as well as their profits).               Readers can find their candidates on the website.

Una-Jane Winfield ● 2303d0 Comments ● 2303d

Wahaca and our dysfunctional hygiene inspection system

The closure of Wahaca recently after an outbreak of sickness among staff and customers at their restaurants brought to mind a conversation I had a while back with a local restaurant owner.His family owned business had been inspected by H&F staff and been given a mediocre rating. There was no problem with hygiene per se but their record keeping was found to be inadequate and therefore they received a low score. This man is in the kitchen of his restaurant every night of the week and is obsessive about cleanliness. His staff are mainly relations and share his desire to see the restaurant do well.Although he speaks English well it is his second language he finds the form filling very onerous and really struggles to do what is required.At Wahaca they have a high turnover of staff who are all employees of company based somewhere else in the country. People come and go on a regular basis and, although they are probably professional enough in the main, they don't have the emotional commitment to the restaurant that you would see in a family owned business. They almost certainly have at least one employee in the firm whose sole responsibility is to ensure that the restaurant's paper work is uptodate for inspections. So naturally they sail through every time with 5 stars.Whether the sickness that led to the closure of Wahaca was bad luck or bad management, it seems to me that the current system of inspections doesn't actually do that much to protect customers from poor hygiene at restaurants. What it is tending to do is give a big and unfair advantage to chain restaurants over family owned independent ones. The latter are already under severe pressure in the local area and if we lose more we risk becoming a characterless chain town with no interesting places to eat.

Andy Jones ● 2503d0 Comments ● 2503d