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How I supported a local resident May 2015 by John Booker

Posted by Cllr John Booker, UKIP – On the 7th of May 2015 I was contacted by Beverley Lascelles aged 68 who lives in the Parson cross area of Sheffield. She told me that on the 5th of May 2015, her front windows on her home were daubed with anti-Semitic abuse and all four tyres on her Nissan Micra were slashed. I contacted housing services and the police the same day, I was told they knew about this issue and would visit Mrs Lascelles that day, this information was passed on to Mrs Lascelles. When I called on Mrs Lascelles, at her request a week later she showed me a letter she had received from the housing department 11th of May 2015, Tenancy Reference Number, 12036180011015, stating she was in rent arrears to the tune of £ 55.79, which she denies, legal action was being taken against her with the possibility of eviction. This story was published on the front page of The Star, 21st of May 2015. I feel Mrs Lascelles has been let down over the years by many Council departments. I ask if we could do better in future, with long running issues, and make a real difference to vulnerable and at risk residents.

 

UKIP walk out in protest with the Greens and Lib Dems –

Yesterday’s full council confirms what l know to be true, and for me was the last straw that broke the camels back.

That’s why Ukip, Greens, and Lib dems walked out in protest.
It seems like any opposition in our council will not be tolerated by the majority of Labour Cllrs.

The head of the council Cllr Julie Dore will not allow anyone the right to have an opinion other than hers, she is very often rude to opposition Councillors and even the public.

In a nutshell the word arrogant sums her up as with many of the other labour cllrs .

Cllr Paul Scriven, describes our Labour Sheffield City Council administration as running it like Stalin did in Russia.

Sorry but after being a Sheffield City Councillor for 3 yrs,
l must agree.

I think they have forgot the people who voted for them.

This council is not democratic anymore l am afraid it’s run more like a dictatorship.

Our party didn’t come to UKIP as politicians, we came as workers and ordinary people, trying to deliver what people want, and we believe no one believes exactly the same thing.
Cllrs don’t have to be a genius, but they do need to be someone who their constituents trust to do the right thing on their behalf.

I know that in the last 3 yrs l have done my absolute best for my ward and will keep on doing it.

Kind regards
Cllr Pauline Andrews

Letter to the Star from Cllr John Booker re: NHS and beds

There are many problems in the NHS, but a recurring theme is the so called issue of “bed blocking,”mainly geriatric patients,but not always, these are people who have had their operations or treatment and have been deemed fit to leave the wards by the medical professionals but cannot because of problems with organising after care in their own homes, care homes, nursing homes or with family and friends.

This issue blocks the whole system, causing operations to be cancelled and longer delays at A&E departments.

I propose a possible solution, “Halfway Hotels”, purpose built convalescent accommodation in the grounds of the Northern General Hospital and any other hospital where possible.

These buildings could be basic, to save costs, but clean and modern, allowing former patients time to get their personal arrangements in order while not occupying precocious hospital beds.

Friends and family could visit and if any complications do occur due to previous treatment, then they are still in the grounds of the hospital.

How to pay for it, this government so far as overseen a package of Quantitative Easing, “printing money” of £435bn all heading into the financial markets,

I suggest a detour into the NHS.

The £13bn Foreign Aid Budget could at least in part be directed towards the NHS to help in these unprecedented difficult times.

The Inland Revenue has just seen a surprise tax income boost of over £2bn and levels of Corporation tax payed to the Treasury has also increased.

The money is there, we either deal with the NHS in a positive way or a negative way, the latter option does not bare thinking about.

Without a Halfway Hotel, I fear we could be set for a Heartbreak Hospital.

 

Councillor John Booker Sheffield City Council.

Notice of Motion by John Booker Feb 2017

(a) states the working poor and their families are under attack, and are loosing the battle. Wages have fallen for the poorest due to benefit changes and wage compression.

These issues and related problems are a direct result of “Austerity” policies perpetrated by current and previous governments. The poorest in society are bearing the majority of the cuts, and the government is shifting its debt onto them, creating more hardship and reducing state services to the most needy.

(b) further states at the same time the government is creating an additional £60bn of Quantitative Easing to spend in the financial markets.

This makes a total Quantitative Easing package so far to be deployed of £435bn.

Imagine what good could have been made of this kind of financial clout for the benefit of society as a whole.

(c) notes under the current government this theme of the poor getting poorer and the rich getting richer will continue, it is a disgrace that this situation has been allowed to proceed as far has it has.

(d) asks where is the opposition? Where is the alternative economic policy?

(e) condemns the system of planned corporate control, known as “Globalisation” which was created by stealth and deception, a system that benefits the financial interest of the City of London at the expense of the rest of us.

(f) believes we need Quantitative Easing for the people, investing in the real economy, help finance small businesses who still find it difficult to secure funding.

Make it easier for small and medium-sized businesses with  250 employees or less to tender for public sector contracts.

(g) also believes this money could allow young people to start an apprenticeship in place of four non-core subjects at GCSE level. Abolish tuition fees for those studying science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine.

(h) further believes a policy of re-nationalising our Railways, Transport System,  Utilities and services would benefit, in the future, society as a whole.

(i) places on record at this moment we have a system of Socialism for the Bankers and Capitalism for the Workers.

Notice of Motion by John Booker August 2016

That this Council:-

 

  (a)       requests that officers collate a detailed inventory of European Union (EU) funded ongoing and pending projects benefiting Sheffield, with the overview for post-“Brexit” continuity;
   
  (b)       calls on the Government to ensure that the stated payment to the EU (of £350m before rebate/£240m after rebate, per week, of which £165m per week is returned “re-packaged” as EU funding to the UK), must be redistributed, post-“Brexit”, to demonstrably benefit every community within the UK, and notes that, in simple terms, the amount of money available to invest in the UK will increase significantly after “Brexit” in comparison to the current level of “so called EU funding”;
   
  (c)        calls on the Administration to work cross party to plan ahead for the city’s future regional needs, with close co-operation with Sheffield City Region, and make this new asset work;
   
  (d)       further believes the £240m payment to the EU per week should, post-“Brexit”, be used to benefit all our ailing and failing industries, including agriculture and fisheries, the rusting steel industry, and a patched up NHS, as well as to help with social care, the overloaded and underfunded education system and maybe even a fresh review of “Clean Coal” in the UK, plus assist local projects such as the extension of Sheffield’s Supertram network to Doncaster/Sheffield Airport, as well as the north of the city, including links to Deepcar, Stocksbridge, Grenoside and Chapeltown;
   
  (e)       believes that it is grossly unfair that a few multi-national corporations have been able to access all the benefits of our thriving British consumer market without making a proper contribution to the cost of British society, and that the public has every right to be angry about this;
   
  (f)        believes that, if the Labour Party’s ideology of nationalising some of these ailing industries has any credibility, the time is approaching for serious consideration on these issues, but that a more realistic regeneration measure would be low interest business loans, especially to a revived fishing fleet; and
   
  (g)       wishes to see the restoration of British tax sovereignty, which we lost when we signed up to the EU, and see a Treasury Commission set up to monitor the effectiveness of the new Diverted Profits Tax and to bring in any further measures necessary to prevent large multinational corporations using aggressive tax avoidance schemes.

Notice of Motion by John Booker Dec 2015

(a) believes the relentless attack on Great Britain’s coal and heavy industry continues unabated. The few remaining miners of this country, the salt of the earth, were brought to tears by the closure of Kellingley Colliery a week before Christmas.

(b) states Kellingley Colliery was the last deep coal mine in Great Britain, It is situated at Beal in North Yorkshire, three and a half miles east of Ferrybridge power station.

(c) further states the powers that be have now conspired to destroy our country’s last remaining underground kingdom of coal.

(d) notes the badges and slogans that proclaim “Coal Not Dole” around Sheffield and in this chamber have been washed away like, tears in the rain.

(e) regrets We  stand on this “Royal throne of Kings, this Sceptred Isle”, with enough coal under our feet for 500 years, but now import coal from all over the world.

(f) further notes if we are to have energy security and cheap, plentiful, reliable sources of power, coal must be a part of the solution. It is a crying shame that coal will now be mined from under some other nations feet instead of our own.

(g) places on record I have come to the conclusion that politics is too important to be left in the hands of our current crop of politicians.

(h) requests that a copy of this motion should not be sent to the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, as I fear it would cause bewilderment and confusion.

The benefits of boxing by John Booker

On the 7th of September, 1892, in New Orleans, James J. Corbett defeated John L Sullivan in 21 rounds, this was the first world heavyweight championship contest in which conventional gloves were worn.

The benefits of boxing
The benefits of boxing
I first learnt of this momentous event when as a young child I watched the 1942 film “Gentleman Jim” Errol Flynn played Jim Corbett and Ward Bond played John L.Sullivan.
From that moment forward, I was hooked on boxing.
When I started secondary school, boxing training was available and I looked forward to every half hour session.
I trained briefly at St Vincent’s boxing gym, Solly Street Sheffield in the late 70’s.
After a few exhibition fights I hung up my gloves and concentrated on supporting local amateur boxing and watching professional bouts.
I attended lots of great fights around the country and met many great fighters including, Henry Cooper, Marvin Hagler, Trevor Berbick, Mike McCallum and many more.
On the 24th of March 2016, with the help of Paul Watson, St Vincent’s gym and my life long friend Wayne Simpson, owner of Thorncliffe Community Sports Bar, High Green Boxing Club opened.
Brendan Ingle kindly attended the opening ceremony at the request of Paul Watson, also Kell Brook  turned up on a number of occasions to support and have his photograph taken with the kids.
Myself and a number of friends and colleagues have been pushing for a boxing gym in or around High Green for a couple of years.
After an article I wrote explaining the merits of boxing clubs was printed in The Sheffield Star, I was contacted by Paul Watson who read the article in the news paper.
We got together to discus the project and within a year we got it on.
Everyone involved in boxing knows its benefits.
We are not teaching kids to fight or spar, we are promoting discipline, self control and defence, exercise, fitness and diet, which all leads to self belief and confidence.
If in time they want to take their boxing to the next level, then they will be helped to advance as far as they wish to go.
All those who attend High Green Boxing club have excelled themselves, and all look forward to attending week after week.
Our goal is to see more boxing gyms in more areas and boxing training available in all schools for those who wish to take part.
Exercise, fitness and diet are more important now than perhaps any other time in history.
We must promote the values, ” Movement is Medicine”  and ” Health is your Wealth”
                                       Councillor John Booker.

UKIP and Rustlings Road

UKIP councillors have a lot of questions about what has happened to the trees on Rustlings Road. Please come to the Council Meeting on 7th December at 1pm to register your questions!! If you want to talk to any of your UKIP councillors about this give us a ring on 07583018336.

Our great British pubs by John Booker

Great British Pubs.

I am proud of Sheffield’s achievements over the years and I am proud of our title, Beer Capital Of The World, according to the New York Times.

Our pubs are magical, walking into the best of them is like finding yourself in Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, with a Golden Ticket.

With our micro breweries, real ale and distilleries, we are the pride of England and the envy of the western world.

Alcohol in moderation is the answer to most of the world’s problems. Drinking makes other people more interesting.

After a long hard day at work there is nothing better than entering a public house and saying, a flagon of foaming ale stout yeoman of the bar for myself and my friends.

It is sad to see so many pubs closing in Sheffield and the country, this is our heritage.

The Norfolk Arms in Grenoside, my local closed two weeks before Christmas, but thankfully it has been purchased by Stancill brewery and is due to re-open in the next couple of months. Excellent news for the area.

I agree with Cllr Hanrahan that approval should be sort from Cllrs before pubs and selected bars change their use or are demolished.

Elected representatives should decide on these important issues, as elected representatives should decide on all issues in the United Kingdom.

Our pubs are the brightest beacon for freedom, opportunity and democracy in the world.

I support this motion and look forward to consuming many more pints of medicine in our Great British Pubs.

Notice of Motion by Jack Clarkson regarding new homes in Stocksbridge and Upper Don

Notice of motion given by Councillor Jack Clarkson / seconded by Councillor Keith Davis

That this Council notes that over 800 new homes are to be built in the Upper Don Valley catchment area of Sheffield.

417 new homes are to be built at Station Road, Deepcar.

120 new homes are to be built on the new ‘Fox Valley bottom’, Manchester Road, Stocksbridge, and over 300 new homes to be built on the proposed new development at the Old paper mill site, between Oughtibridge and Wharncliffe side.

Is further concerned that there will be a substantial increase in vehicular traffic on local roads as a result of the proposed developments, a conservative estimate would assume at least an additional 1700 vehicles in the area, including additional vehicles visiting the new ‘Fox Valley’ retail shopping centre at Stocksbridge.

Believes that this Council should take immediate steps to begin the process, of extending the Super tram/rail link between Middlewood and the newly built ‘Fox Valley’ shopping development at Stocksbridge, with tram/rail stops at Oughtibridge, Wharncliffe Side, Deepcar and Stocksbridge, and supports the Don Valley Railway plans submitted to the City Council in 2012 of the popularity of the idea of re-using the freight line to Stocksbridge for passenger services.

Recognises the fact that additional car journeys will create an increase in carbon dioxide emissions and traffic congestion, that will impact on the environment and therefore local people’s health.

Welcomes the fact that Sheffield City Council, have already taken an interest in Government Regeneration Agency URBED who advocate satellite settlements that are included in future housing provision such as Stocksbridge, have “light-rail links to city centres to accommodate new economic growth over the next 15 years.

Further believes that a new Super tram/rail link would be efficient and convenient for both local residents and visitors to use and would be environmentally cleaner and would alleviate much of the existing congestion at ‘traffic pinch points, in the areas such as Catch Bar Lane and Penistone Road which have for many years caused chaos for local people travelling to and from the city centre during the morning and evening rush hour.

Stocksbridge Steelworks back to passenger use.

This is not the first time Don Valley Railway have reminded the City Council of the popularity of the idea of re-using the freight line to Stocksbridge for passenger services. In 2014 a petition of nearly 3000 Don Valley Signators was presented to the City Council. on Valley Railway for the past ten years has campaigned to bring the current freight only rail line

Don Valley Railway would urge all Upper Don Valley Residents to respond to South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive’s consultation which closes on 30 October and let them know where you think the Tram should go.

417 new homes are to be built at Station Road, Deepcar.

120 new homes are to be built on the new ‘Fox Valley bottom’, Manchester Road, Stocksbridge.

300 new homes to be built at a proposed new development on the old paper mill site, Oughtibridge.

Believes that this Council should take immediate action to begin the process, of extending the Super tram/train link between Middlewood and the newly built ‘Fox Valley’ shopping development with stops at Oughtibridge, Wharncliffe Side, Deepcar and Stocksbridg en route.

To prepare and ensure that the highway infrastructure of the area is fit for purpose.

Is further concerned that there will be a substantial increase in vehicular traffic on local roads as a result of the proposed developments; a conservative estimate would assume at least an additional 1500 vehicles for new residents in the area, plus extra vehicles visiting the new ‘Fox Valley’ retail shopping centre.

Recognises that the new residents in these developments will need to drive their children to and from school and attend their place of work, creating an increase in carbon dioxide emissions and traffic congestion.

Further believes that a new Super tram/train link would be efficient and convenient for both local residents and visitors to use, would be environmentally cleaner and would alleviate much of the existing congestion at ‘traffic pinch points’ in the areas of Catch Bar Lane and Penistone Road which have for many years caused chaos for local people travelling to and from the city centre during the morning and evening rush hour.

To do nothing and pretend that traffic will continue to flow as at present is not a solution.  If a new Super tram/ rain link is not actioned as soon as possible, traffic will crawl ever more slowly into and out of our city, increasing levels of air pollution, and resulting in all roads eventually leading to chaos rather than the intended destination.