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Supplement to the House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
20 December 2005

SUPPLEMENT TO THE VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS

PETITION FROM RESIDENTS AFFECTED BY THE PLAN TO BUILD AN ADDITIONAL TWELVE FLATS IN MAY AVENUE, CASTLE POINT, ESSEX

19th December 2005

To the House of Commons.

The Petition of Residents affected by the plan to build an additional twelve flats in May Avenue, Castle Point, Essex

Declares that the plan to build twelve flats in May Avenue will be detrimental to the Petitioners as local residents and also to the wider community of Castle Point, which is already overdeveloped for the infrastructure that exists.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons call upon the Government to do all within its power to ensure that Castle Point Borough councillors reject the application.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.


SUPPLEMENT TO THE VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS

PETITION FROM RESIDENTS OF ESSEX

19th December 2005

To the House of Commons.

The Petition of residents of Essex,

Declares that they wish to support option four of a stand alone strategic police force for Essex and they object to Government plans to merge police forces which would lead to unacceptable centralisation with the possibility of political control and higher costs, and with less local control and accountability of the police; and they welcome the cross-Party actions of Essex MPs to save Essex Police Force.

The Petitioners therefore request the House of Commons call upon the Government to withdraw its dangerous and politically motivated policy of merging police forces and retain Essex Police Force in its current format.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.


SUPPLEMENT TO THE VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS

PETITION FROM RESIDENTS OF GLOUCESTERSHIRE

19th December 2005

To the House of Commons.

The Petition of Residents of Gloucestershire

Declares that the Home Secretary proposes to merge the 43 police forces of the United Kingdom to create fewer "strategic forces".

The Petitioners note that this decision has been based on the report by HM Inspector of Constabulary Denis O'Connor CBE, QPM. The report recommends that forces of less than 4,000 officers are unable to tackle problems of level 2 criminality. Gloucestershire has 1,308 Officers, and therefore, under the report's recommendations, will be merged with another local force.

The Petitioners declare that the report used, in some cases, untried and untested methodologies which may have had practical implications on the conclusions of the report. While the report addresses potential savings of the amalgamation of forces, the basis of these calculations is not clear, and set up costs are not discussed.

The Petitioners highlight that HMIC recognised that Gloucestershire Constabulary is among the best performing in the country, and has been rated 'excellent' or 'good' in the majority of the assessed areas. The force has already exceeded its five year national target for volume crime reduction, and in 2004/5 crime was reduced by 8%. The HMIC also noted that, with regard to level 2 criminality, Gloucestershire Constabulary is of "very high quality"; has a "comprehensive level 2 capability"; has "led development of a comprehensive IS system" and the National Crime Squad has "adopted Gloucestershire's target profiles as best practice".

The Petitioners are concerned that the amalgamation of forces will reduce the constabulary's capacity to provide local policing, and address local issues. It will make the police more remote from the people, and inhibit the constabulary's capacity to embrace the Government's Citizen Focus agenda.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons note the commendations bestowed upon the Gloucestershire Constabulary; the excellent quality of service that is provided by the Constabulary and the Constabulary's excellent capability to address criminality in Gloucestershire. The Petitioners further request that the House of Commons urge the Home Office to maintain the Constabulary as an independent force and give support to the Constabulary to continue its independent programme of development for the people of Gloucestershire.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.


SUPPLEMENT TO THE VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS

PETITION FROM RESIDENTS OF THUNDERSLEY AREA AND OTHERS

19th December 2005

To the House of Commons.

The Petition of residents of Thundersley area and others,

Declares that Castle Point Borough Council is not providing toilet facilities in Thundersley Village. These facilities are very much needed and can be easily made safe for all users by proper design and management. The Petition further declares that other councils provide decent toilet facilities and that the level of council tax in Castle Point is extremely high.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons call upon the Government to do all within its power to ensure that Castle Point Borough councillors provide the toilet facilities we need.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.


SUPPLEMENT TO THE VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS

PETITION FROM USERS OF BROSELEY LEISURE CENTRE

19th December 2005

To the House of Commons.

The Petition of users of Broseley Leisure Centre,

Declares that there is a social requirement for a multi-purpose leisure facility in Broseley in order to meet the needs of the local community.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons make Broseley Town Council and Bridgnorth District Council aware of the Petitioners' concerns.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.



 
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