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TENANT SAFETY IS OUR TOP PRIORITY SAYS SOUTHAMPTON LABOUR PARTY

On the first anniversary of the Grenfell Tower Tragedy (June 14), Southampton Labour Party is providing reassurance to council tenants that their safety remains the top priority.

Labour-run Southampton City Council is currently spearheading a citywide project to install sprinklers in its high rise blocks. It pledged to carry out works ahead of the Grenfell tragedy last year, and was one of the first cities to commit to installing sprinklers in all of its high rise flats.

The first three blocks – Albion Towers, Sturminster House and Shirley Towers – are already complete with contractors on site at eight further blocks with more to follow in the coming months.

However, funding the works, along with other measures such as new fire doors, will cost in the region of £15m. Money which is hard to find when Government has capped how much councils can borrow for housing, and ordered them to reduce rents.

Cllr Warwick Payne, Southampton City Council cabinet member for housing and adult care said: “The safety of our tenants is the top priority which is why we committed to sprinkler works even before the Grenfell tragedy, but these works cost millions and that prevents us modernising as many homes as we’d like to revamp and also reduces the number of new ones we can build.

“If Government wants councils to build more homes, our message would be ‘please help with the cost of fire safety works and you’ll get safer homes, and new ones too’. We are prioritising tenants’ safety, but that makes it harder to deliver everything else, and we are calling on Government to help with what still remains a national housing crisis.”

Tenant Safety

TENANT SAFETY IS OUR TOP PRIORITY SAYS SOUTHAMPTON LABOUR PARTY On the first anniversary of the Grenfell Tower Tragedy (June 14), Southampton Labour Party is providing reassurance to council tenants...

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44% of Labour Councillors in Southampton are Women

 

Southampton has produced many notable female campaigners: (Sarah) Emily Davies (1830-1921) campaigned for women’s access to education and founded Girton College in Cambridge; Lucia Foster Welch (1864-1940) was elected as Southampton’s first female Councillor in 1918 (the year some women got the vote) and then went on to be the first female Sheriff Mayor, Admiral of the Port and JP in Southampton as well!

 

One hundred years on, we have many more women contributing to public life, 32% of the UK Parliament and more women in key positions across many sectors and of course Councillors.

 

After the recent local election, which saw more female Labour Councillors elected, Sue Blatchford, a long-standing Councillor in Southampton and currently Councillor for Woolston and Chair of Licensing commented 'I am proud to be one of the 44% in this important centenary year of women's suffrage and the year that women were first allowed to stand as an MP'.

 

The Labour Party now has 11 female Councillors out of a total of 25 (Sue Blatchford, Sarah Bogle, Hannah Coombs, Lorna Fielker, Satvir Kaur, Cathie McEwing, Sharon Mintoff, Lisa Mitchell, Frances Murphy, Jacqui Rayment and Sarah Taggart). Two (Sue and Cathie) have held the role of Sheriff and Mayor, three (Jacqui, Satvir and Sarah B) have held or hold Cabinet roles, and several have taken on key leadership roles in the Council, for example chairing key committees. 

Sarah Bogle said 'We want to be representative of the people we serve; it is important that people see that those who are elected to office look like them.  The Labour Group is diverse, talented, from a wide age range and brings much experience from all walks of life.’ 

 

Satvir Kaur said ‘we want to see more women get involved whether it is through their community, the Council or the Labour Party. We want to see talent from all backgrounds succeed and one route is to be elected to serve your local community.' 

 

The two newest female recruits to the Labour Group are Lorna Fielker and Lisa Mitchell: Lorna said 'I have worked in Housing and other sectors and am looking forward to the challenge and responsibility this new role brings'.  Lisa commented 'it was noticeable how much more diverse our side of the Council Chamber was last week, it really brought home how important it is to get greater diversity into politics'.

 

There are 3 other female Councillors in Southampton, 1 Independent and 2 Conservative out of a potential total of 23 which brings the total percentage of female Councillors in Southampton to 29%.  Hopefully it won't take another 100 years to get equal representation in our important local democracy.

44 Percent Women

44% of Labour Councillors in Southampton are Women   Southampton has produced many notable female campaigners: (Sarah) Emily Davies (1830-1921) campaigned for women’s access to education and founded Girton College in...

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Cleaner buses and cleaner air for Southampton

 

Southampton City Council agreed today to accept £2.7m from the Government’s Clean Bus Technology Fund (CBTF) to retrofit buses with technology that will reduce harmful emissions. 

 

Southampton is one of twenty cities that won Government money to address this issue from a total of £40m national funding.  The aim is that older buses will as a consequence have lower emissions, and will take place prior to the introduction of the Southampton Clean Air Zone.

 

The four Southampton bus operators will benefit from the funding, and a total of 145 buses will be retrofitted by 2019. The bus companies have also agreed to provide match funding over the next two years of £815,680.

 

Cllr Rayment commented: ‘this is really positive step forward as part of the Labour Administration’s ambitious Clean Air Strategy.  Bus use is increasing in the city, and we need the impact of those buses to have a minimal impact on the air we all breathe.  This is particularly good news for busy routes across the city’s road network’. 

Cleaner Buses

Cleaner buses and cleaner air for Southampton   Southampton City Council agreed today to accept £2.7m from the Government’s Clean Bus Technology Fund (CBTF) to retrofit buses with technology that...

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