Above you see the minutes from a meeting of the Cabinet for children and young peoples services, Wednesday 9th July 2008. Note that all three of our councillors were present; Falvey Havenhand and Tweed. Plainly seen is the agenda item, Annual Report On the Protection of young People in Rotherham. You will also see that they decided to kick it into the long grass. Time for them to go I think.
I attended the first Dinnington Parish Meeting on Monday night. A lot of you who may have wanted to be there wouldn’t have known about it, thanks to the lack of publicity by the town council. I was there because I forced them into having it, or as the chairman said an individual did it. The meeting is for everyone in Dinnington to come and have their say about any thing to do with Dinnington. The councillors are there but only as members of the public. I finally got councillors Falvey and Havenhand to admit they had voted for the borough council budget and so voting to close our sure start centre. It was agreed to have a parish poll which means we all get the chance to vote on whether or not we should allow developers to nick our green belt for housing. At this meeting where the councillors only have the same rights as us, it was interesting to see them all huddled together for safety on one side of the room; they couldn’t bring themselves to sit among us peasants. Hopefully next year it will be publicised more so that more of you can come and have your say.
Just over a year ago the council offices in Dinnington closed. The Dinnington Town council applied to the borough council to have it placed on the list of community assets, Rotherham Borough council turned down the application. Yet low and behold councillors Falvey and Havenhand, who by the way voted to sack council youth workers, help a private organisation get their hands on our building. In the words of J.A.D.E. “the proposal to secure the site started months ago”. Up until September last year J.A.D.E was a private company it then got charity status. This was obviously a deliberate ploy because they have secured the building under what is called a Community Asset Transfer. They had to be a charity in order for this to happen. Now the sister act that is councillors Falvey and Havenhand are not only borough councillors they are also Dinnington town councillors. So whilst they were agreeing with the town councils attempt to secure the building for Dinnington with one hand they were helping J.A.D.E secure it with the other. J.A.D.E, Falvey and Havenhand will tell us, using inflated figures, how many young people they help. This gets away from the the real point, the building should have been given to the people of Dinnington, who by the way have had no say on this decision, for the use of the people of Dinnington. Not to a private organisation, this is privatisation of our services through the back door. J.A.D.E getting this building has never been on a Dinnington Town council agenda so it could be debated. Dinnington Town council has handed over £10,000 of our money to J.A.D.E whilst putting our local rates up by 3.7%. To have your say on this matter come to the parish meeting in the Lyric on 14th April at 7pm.
Has anyone seen the article in this weeks Rotherham Advertiser about Dinnington, the pit and the village. I would like to hear what you thought of it.
Strange how Osborne in his budget speech stated that the government have frozen council tax and yet Rotherham council have increased it by 1.9%.
How hard are your Labour Borough councillors working for you? What have they done for you over the last year?
Cut youth services, so our teenagers have no where to go.
Sacked over a thousand workers, including carers for the elderly and disabled. Closed our council offices. Sacked workers from Davies court care home. Hiked up council rents and council taxes, and voted to close our Sure Start Centre. How do they reward themselves for all this hard work? They pay themselves on average £17,000 per year this comes out of your pocket, this is for a few hours of their time. They will tell you they have no choice but to sack workers and cut services. I say they do have a choice if they were not such cowards. THEY CAN SAY NO TO THE GOVERNMENT. In Rotherham we have 63 councillors we could easily manage with 40. Councillor’s allowances could and should be cut by half. These measures alone could help save jobs and some services. They wouldn’t however save them all, saying NO to the government austerity measures would. They are more afraid of losing their well-paid positions than protecting the young, the old, the disabled and the children. We also have to stop the developers from grabbing our green belt to build houses that the people who really need houses will not be able to afford. The green belt should remain just that GREEN. It should also be remembered that the Labour Party at national level has said that they will keep the Tory spending cuts if they get into power in 2015, so will our Labour councillors blame the government then if this happens? UKIP is not the answer either they would carry out even more cuts, they believe in privatising the health service, cutting benefits even further and letting the market dictate wages which would lead to an even bigger drop in living standards for workers.
Dave Smith Independent