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October 2, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Conservative Conference

J have just returned today from a very uplifting Conservative Conference in Birmingham.



David Cameron has just delivered his Conference speech, and in it he outlined our Plan for Change.

He pledged to rebuild our battered economy, renew our bureaucratised NHS and repair our broken society.

And he stressed that in these difficult times, Britain needs leadership, character and judgement:

“The leadership to unite your party and build a strong team. The character to stick to your guns and not bottle it when times get tough. The judgment to understand the mistakes that have been made and to offer the country change.”

David ended his speech, and the 2008 Party Conference, with a rallying cry:

“We now have the opportunity, and more than that the responsibility, to bring our country together. Together in the face of this financial crisis. Together in determination that we will come through it. Together in the hope, the belief, that better times will lie ahead.”

I was very fortunate to be singled out and interviewed for newsnight, on my views on David Camerons speech. Unfortunately it has yet to be broadcast!!!!

October 1, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment


I was fortunate enough to go to a meeing at The Civic Centre last week and I was amazed at the contingency plans in place for every conceivable emergency.

 In view of the Riverdance and Fleetwood pier disasters, it brings to light that anything could happen, at any time which puts our lives in danger.


If only we could convey to the council tax payers of Wyre how much Wyre Borough Council organise behind the scenes, just for the safety of our reidents. I believe,with all the services we receive , and take for granted, we have an excellent deal with our levels of council tax, bearing in mind that we are in one of the most desirable places, and safest, to live in the UK


I am copying the information from WBC website for the information on Emergency Contingencies. Please read it, it will impress!!!

Emergency Planning

What kind of emergencies are the council required to plan for and attend?

The types of emergency that require a response from the council are those which need the implementation of special arrangements by one or more of the emergency services, or where there are large numbers of people involved.

Potential incidents which may require an emergency response from Wyre Borough Council include:

  • Severe weather incidents (flood, snow, storms, heat wave)
  • Major transport accidents (road, rail, air, sea)
  • Major fires & explosions
  • Chemical and pollution incidents
  • Health related diseases and epidemics
  • Animal diseases (Foot and Mouth Disease, Avian Influenza (Bird Flu), etc.)
  • Structural collapse (buildings, roads, etc.)
  • Terrorism
  • Loss of or disruption to essential services / communications.

What is Emergency Planning?

Emergency Planning is concerned with facilitating the planning, preparation and coordination of the local authority’s responses to a disruptive influence or major incident.

Application of local authority resources will be used to mitigate the effects of emergencies on people, property and infrastructure.

In addition to dealing with the incident, normal support and care for the local and wider community must continue throughout any disruption, recovery, and returning to normality.

The council’s Emergency Response Plan

The council’s Emergency Response Plan stands at the heart of work undertaken by the council and other partners to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of the public of Wyre in the event of a major emergency.

Wyre is a safe place to live, work, and relax in and the risk of a major disaster occurring in Wyre is low. However all too often we are reminded that these events do occur and so the Emergency Response Plan prepares for, and deals with, a range of major incidents.

The majority of incidents will be controlled and dealt with by the Police, Fire and Rescue Service, and Ambulance Services (blue light services) without ever involving the council’s emergency plan. However, when the Police consider that an emergency is likely to require assistance beyond the resources available to them in normal circumstances, they will declare a major emergency and inform the council.

As it is difficult to anticipate every eventuality, the Emergency Response Plan is deliberately flexible and is intended to simply provide a framework for a plan of action should the need ever arise. It’s an unfortunate fact of life that emergencies and disasters do occur. Often unpredictable and tragic events have various effects on our society and the environment in which we live and work.

No single agency has the capacity, skills and resources with which to respond successfully to a ‘major incident’. Disasters demand a combined and coordinated response, this involves working with national and regional emergency planning bodies, the emergency services, utilities and voluntary agencies to ensure that together with the council’s own departments, all concerned will work together with the common goal of returning the community to normality as soon as is reasonably possible.

The Emergency Response Plan enables the council to meet these objectives by: –

  • Assessing the likelihood, risk and potential effects of a particular emergency
  • Preparing action plans for the deployment of resources
  • Co-ordinating the local authority’s response
  • Training staff involved in the emergency plans
  • Validating the plans through exercises and training
  • Liaising with the emergency services to ensure an effective and integrated response
  • Identifying and locating resources & facilities

Co-ordination throughout Lancashire

For many years, a county wide group consisting of representatives from the various emergency services, local authorities and other professional and voluntary agencies, has been in place to co-ordinate the county’s plans and response to major incidents.

Wyre Borough Council is a member of this group, which has proved to be very effective and pro-active in developing and maintaining a joint capability.

In November 2005, the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 required all ‘responders’ (as defined by the Act) to form a Local Resilience Forum based on Police areas. Consequently, the Lancashire Resilience Forum (LRF) was established, chaired by the Assistant Chief Constable of Lancashire Constabulary. The LRF meets twice a year at Executive level to give strategic direction and to make policy and funding decisions. However, the main work of the LRF is carried out by their General Purposes Group, which also oversees and co-ordinates the work of various thematic sub-groups. This group produces and maintains the community risk register for Lancashire.

The Civil Contingencies Act came into force in November 2004, to deliver a single framework for civil protection activities across the UK. It is made up of two parts covering Local Arrangements for Civil Protection (Part 1) and Emergency Powers (Part 2).

Part 1 directs most of the work done by the council and fellow responding agencies, in order to carry out the duties imposed by the Act, which are to:

  • Assess the risk of emergencies occurring and use this to inform contingency planning;
  • Put in place emergency plans;
  • Put in place Business Continuity Management arrangements;
  • Put in place arrangements to make information available to the public about civil protection matters and maintain arrangements to warn, inform and advise the public in the event of an emergency;
  • Share information with other local responders to enhance co-ordination;
  • Co-operate with other local responders to enhance co-ordination and efficiency; and
  • Provide Internet based advice and assistance to businesses and voluntary organisations about business continuity management.

Part 2 describes the framework for using special legislative measures which might be necessary to deal with the effects of the most serious emergencies.

For more information, download the short guide to the Act below.

For details of our partners and further information visit Emergency Planning Partners.


If you wish to know more about the Emergency Planning service in Wyre or have any issues or suggestions that may improve the service, please contact us via the details below.

  • Tel: 01253 891000
  • Fax: 01253 899000
  • Minicom: 01253 887636
  • Wyre Borough Council
    Civic Centre
    Breck Road
    FY6 7PU

September 23, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

Schools Minister Wants 1 million more homes to have internet access…

Very good in theory, £700 per household for those  that cannot afford a computer.


Very nice if you can get it. Would it not be better to give £700 per old person to pay their utility bills in the winter?

DISGRACEFUL and shame on the schools minister.

 Libraries and schools all have free internet access, all children can use these facilities. Not all old people can pay their gas bills.

Where on earth does this government find the funding for this folly?

September 23, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Labour Conference

I wonder if Gordon Brown can pull himself back from the brink of disaster?



I am looking forward to going to a real conference next week. Im travelling there with three lovely young men, one of who is our Parliamentary Candidate, Paul Maynard, Simon Renwick, Fylde Councillor, also standing for County Council next June, and the other one I have yet to meet.

I am meeting my husband in Birmingham and we are staying in an aprtment for 5 days. Luxury. And we get to see David Cameron, Boris Jonson, and all the members of our next…. (hopefully) ….Government.

September 22, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

My life

I was born and bred in Blackpool, moved to Poulton Le Fylde in the 1980’s and then to Thornton Cleveleys in 1995.

I am married to Paul, and between us we have three children and one adorable grandson.

I am in partnership with Michael Chadha in a publishing business. We provide personal safety books for young children, which include topics such as bullying, drug and alcohol abuse, dangers of smoking, running away from home, alcohol abuse, road, fire and cycle safety, mobile phone bullying and many other topics which affect young people today. We have been successfully producing these books since 1995.

I have always been interested in politics but not been able to participate until recently. Time is a little more on my hands and I want to put a  bit back into society. It was a great surprise, and delight that I was elected for Bourne Ward and I will do my very best to make a difference.

The best thing about being a councillor is to be able to do something for local people, be it rubbish collection, traffic problems, litter,or just listening to peoples problems, whatever age group,  is very rewarding… I am on a few committees which is very exciting as I feel I can now make that small contribution, and maybe difference to the people who voted for me.

Having been a councillor for only 18 months, it is difficult to find a negative aspect as we have  a wonderful council and excellent efficient officers who are always happy to help.
Wyre Borough council rate extremely highly in the national ratings, we have a fantastic Borough to live in, with diverse landscapes, sea, open spaces, rivers and countryside, excellent shopping facilities, fantastic schools and so much more. 

If  I was in government, I would have a zero tolerance against drugs ,crime and introduce more stringent methods of discipline. 

These are the issues that are instrumental in bringing our country into major disruption. We need to deal very strongly with these problems… longer prison sentences and life should be life for murderers.

Also I detest people who  drink and drive and cause death and injury through it. These people get off too lightly, they should be dealt with in a very unsympathetic way.

Life sentences, and NEVER to drive again.

My most admired politician was Margaret Thatcher. Controversial I know, but this lady had a vision. an unwavering vision. She saw things through to the end and was never distracted. Iron lady? Thats what we need more of today. Politics are too liberal now, too much in touch with human rights, what about the human rights of the victims of crime?

If I was Prime Minister the first thing I would do is get all the British soldiers out of Iraq and Afghanistan and stop this useless waste of lives of our brave young men and women.

My favourite film is Bridges of Madison County with Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood. I can weep buckets even before I put the film on. I have original posters, and even a piece of the Roseman Bridge (which is the bridge featured in the film).  One day I will visit  Madison County.  Well.. that is what my husband has promised me.. 

September 22, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Cllr Julie Newsham. Proud to serve the people of Bourne Ward.

This is my weblog and I will be keeping you posted on local news and views.

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Me in Majorca

September 18, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments