Remembrance Day. When we Honour our Heroes.
The time to remember our men and women in the Armed Forces, the Merchant Navy and the civilians who lost their lives in both world wars and other conflicts since 1945. We will not and must not forget them.
But……………..This year the men,women, boys and girls from local organisations and groups in Anston may not have the opportunity to take part in Remembrance Day Parades. Why? Because Police and Crime Commissioner Dr.Alan Billings-Labour party stooge-has cut the funding to our local police force and former Chief Constable of South Yorkshire David Crompton decided there will be no police officers available to close off Ryton Road and the A57 crossroads.This means Brownies, Beavers,Cubs, Scouts and everyone else who wants to take part in the annual Remembrance Day Parade and Service are at the present time left in limbo.
RMBC has offered to ‘help’ with road signage to an alternative route-at a cost of £525.00! (“Discounted” from £940.00)
A bit of background: Alan Billing spent £12 Million of our money on legal costs for eight senior police officers in the Hillsborough Inquiry. Which is very strange. The Chief Police Officers Staff Association have insurance cover for legal costs.
- i) Any fees, expenses and other disbursements including VAT if not recoverable reasonably incurred by the Appointed Representative with the Coverholder’s consent including costs and expenses of expert witnesses.
- ii) Any costs incurred by other parties insofar as the Insured is held liable in court or tribunal to pay such costs or becomes liable under a settlement made with another party with the consent of the Coverholder
On his blog Dr.Billings said “……….This is why we must try to maintain good numbers of both police officers and police community support officers in all our communities.”
£12 Million spent on legal costs defending the indefensible and cutting the number of police officers and PCSO’s contrary to his statements but he expects APC to pay £525.00 so the good people of Anston can pay their respects to their loved ones and friends who paid the ultimate price.
Independent Borough Councillor Clive Jepson suggested the Clerk to the Council write to Billings and Ch.Constable Watson on behalf of the parish council and residents to try and get this decision overturned. Most Band ‘D’ properties in Anston pay approximately £153 per year ‘police precept’ as part of your Council Tax bill, what are we getting for our money? APC has been told we are NOT getting two or three PCSO’s and a small police car-for about two hours- to ensure the safety of local taxpayers who want to pay homage to our fallen warriors. 3 PCSO’s plus a car does not equate to £525.00. The PCC has abdicated his duties and responsibilities and expects APC to pay RMBC to control this event. With More of Our Money.
South Yorkshire Chief Constable Stephen Watson has indicated he wants to reverse the £8 million cuts initiated by former Ch.Const. David Crompton, perhaps he should also re-think this foolish decision and reflect that without the sacrifices of millions of men and women he and Alan Billings might not have the freedoms they enjoy. Do not deny us the freedom to acknowledge the courage of everyone who fought and died for us.
Addendum: I understand APC has also been told they will have to pay another £525.00 for police help when traffic leaves the Bonfire Night celebrations in the parish grounds (Sunday November 6th this year)