Posted by Neil on Tuesday, 17 June 2014 at 09:26:39
Filed under: Announcements, Lymm, Political, Landmarks
Plans for a new fire station and safety centre in Lymm have been submitted despite opposition from the Cheshire Fire Brigade Union.
Members have said the proposals for the site on Cliff Lane will be of little benefit to residents and are angry more than £4m is being spent on a safety centre at a time when 160 fulltime firefighter posts have been cut in Cheshire.
But Cheshire Fire chiefs have said the new station, formerly a truck stop located near the M56/M6 interchange, will help improve response times and the centre will provide important education and prevention programmes.
The safety centre, which will cost 500,000 a year to run, includes a 360° ‘immersive virtual learning zone’ as well as a ‘lifesize three-bedroom house’ and will be targeted at schools to reduce accidental deaths and injuries due to fire.
Dave Williams, Cheshire Brigade Union secretary, said: “There are a couple of centres like this up and down the country but I don’t believe they have been as successful as everyone hoped.
“In the present climate it seems the wrong time to be spending more than £4m and it could be difficult for schools to access this building rather than firefighters visiting schools. It’s very frustrating when we’re told nothing can be done about posts being lost but £4m can be found for a safety centre.”
Keith Brooks, Cheshire Fire’s head of prevention and protection, said the number of fires across Cheshire has fallen to an ‘all time low’ due to investment in prevention work.
He added: “This investment must continue if we are to achieve our vision of a Cheshire where there are no deaths, injuries or damage from fires and other emergencies. This will be a fantastic facility that will help us engage with people of all ages for generations to come and equipping people with the skills they need to stay safe. The messages this centre will help us deliver will undoubtedly save lives – something we feel is worth investing in.”
The suggestion the safety centre could have been included in the recently built fire control centre at Lingley Mere, Great Sankey was also dismissed as it is a ‘purpose-built centre’ and not a ‘venue meant for public access’.
Article courtesy of Warrington Guardian.
Posted by Neil on Monday, 16 June 2014 at 12:18:58
Filed under: Announcements, School
He was tasked with the challenge of picking up the pieces following the suspension of the school’s head teacher last year.
But, one year on, executive principal Tarun Kapur believes that Lymm High School is back on track.
The former Birchwood and Great Sankey High School teacher said: “A sign of a good school is when attendance increases, staff absence is low other than for serious issues and retention of staff is good and this is the case now. We have got normal staff turnover this year and the people who are going in the main are going for promoted positions.”
The school on Oughtrington Lane fell under scrutiny from concerned parents last year after Angela Walsh, who resigned from the post the following April, was suspended pending a further investigation.
But Mr Kapur, who is currently chief executive and academy principal of the Dean Trust, comprising of Ashton on Mersey and Broadoak Secondary Schools, said the school is now moving in the right direction. Under his leadership, the school was graded as good by Ofsted after inspectors visited the school in December.
Mr Kapur, who expects this year’s results to be better than last year, said: “It was relaxed when Ofsted came because everyone was prepared like they are prepared for every day.
“We have a strap line here and it’s called GBH – good by habit. My view is that you shouldn’t be ready for Ofsted. You should be ready for every day. It’s about making sure we do a good job. People weren’t happy last year because the school wasn’t a success. Whereas they are much happier now as they feel as if they are going in the right direction.”
Despite fears that Ofsted would place the school in special measures if they visited the school at the start of September, Mr Kapur said he had no concerns when Oftsted eventually dropped by in December.
He puts this down to the dedicated team of staff he is surrounded with and their commitment to improving the school for the better.
Article courtesy of the Warrington Guardian.
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