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Jo McCarron met with Steve Camm, Chairman of the Bristol Rover’s Supporters Club, and parents with children who play for the Club’s Junior FC teams, to discuss the recent break-in and burglary at their clubhouse on Southey Avenue Playing Fields.

Although the clubhouse had public liability insurance, it wasn’t insured against burglary, so the Club now needs to raise funds to repair the damage done and replace the stolen items.

Jo committed to help with the fundraising push and is calling on anyone who is able to contribute to donate by contacting the club’s Chairman Steve Camm by e-mail at stevecamm31@outlook.com. Steve will also be available every Saturday morning at Southey Avenue playing fields from 9.30 - 10.45 when football training will be taking place, and the club is organising a number of fundraising events over the summer. Jo will help promote the events and will be there to lend her support.

Jo McCarron said:

“I’ve got to know Steve and the Supporter’s Club well over the last year and am really impressed by the work they do with young people in our community – not just giving access to high-quality coaching, but also helping to give them direction and focus and providing strong, positive role models. The burglary was a real blow and it would be great if the community could pull together to help them replace what was stolen and repair the damage done. Unfortunately I think this is the sort of incident that could become increasingly common, with local policing already stretched and thousands more frontline officers set to be cut under Conservative plans. Policing is in my view one of the most important issues at stake in the election coming up – the reality is that only Labour is committed to protecting police numbers.” 

Steve Camm, Chairman of Bristol Rover’s Supporters Club, said: 

“We don’t make money from the work we do here, we don’t get money from the Council, and this kind of unexpected outlay – which our insurance won’t cover – is difficult. We’re determined to raise the funds to repair the clubhouse and get it secure and fully functioning again, and any contributions of any type would make a real difference.  As someone who works with young people to make sure they’re on a positive path, I know policing isn’t the only thing needed to tackle anti-social behaviour and crime – but it is important, and it’s shocking to me that the Conservatives think it’s OK to cut tens of thousands of frontline officers. Communities like this one are the ones that suffer the consequences.

"We have a number of events lined up for the summer including a tournament on the 11th and 12th July to be held at Southey Avenue playing fields. We would like to welcome all from the community to come along and join in with the fun. You can find out more about our club by going to www.bristolroverssupportersjuniorsfc.co.uk."

The clubhouse was broken into on Monday 30th or Tuesday 31st March.

 

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Jo McCarron, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Kingswood, has obtained confirmation from the Independent Reconfiguration Panel that they reported to the Secretary of State for Health on 7th April with their advice on whether the promised Minor Injuries Unit should be delivered at Cossham Hospital – they are still awaiting Jeremy Hunt’s decision.

The issue was referred by local Councillors to Jeremy Hunt in January in an effort to get the CCG’s decision overturned. The decision is now at the highest level and Jeremy Hunt is not bound to follow the IRP advice.

Jo McCarron said:

“This further delay is incredibly frustrating. If we are to be successful it will be down to the tireless work and campaigning of the Save Cossham Group, and I have been honoured to help and work alongside them every step of the way. Having got the issue referred to the highest level, we were hopeful that the Government would intervene decisively and swiftly to overturn the CCG’s decision. It’s incredibly frustrating that Jeremy Hunt instead passed the decision onto another body, and is now stalling even though that body has already reported its assessment.

“The Minor Injuries Unit was supposed to be part of the new, refurbished Cossham that opened in January 2013, thanks to the £19million of investment secured under the last Labour Government – so we’ve been waiting more than two years already. With A&E waiting times getting worse and worse, it’s more important than ever that we get the urgent care services on our doorstep that we were promised. As things stand, we still have no MIU and nothing to replace it.”

Jo McCarron and the Labour team have been working closely with the Save Cossham Group every step of the way to press for the MIU. Andy Burnham came to Kingswood to meet with Jo and the campaigners and submitted a statement supporting the campaign at the last Council Health Scrutiny meeting. Luciana Berger from the Shadow Health Team met with the Save Cossham Group on 23rd March and joined Jo’s call for the Secretary of State to use his powers to intervene decisively and swiftly to prevent further delay. While we wait for Jeremy Hunt’s decision, residents have no Minor Injuries Unit and nothing in its place, as the CCG has shelved alternative plans for urgent care services at local GP surgeries until the MIU decision has been made.

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Jo McCarron and Save Cossham campaigners gathered on Wednesday to highlight the ongoing wait for additional urgent care services close to home – it was the 773rd day since the Minor Injuries Unit we were promised as Cossham Hospital was supposed to open, as part of the £19million refurbishment secured by Roger Berry, Labour Councillors and many of the campaigners who have been demanding the MIU.

Following the rally, Jo made a statement at South Gloucestershire Council’s Health Scrutiny Meeting calling for the Clinical Commissioning Group to at least deliver its alternative proposals now, while the Secretary of State reviews their decision not to provide an MIU – the CCG has indicated that they won’t go ahead with their alternative plans, for urgent care services at GP surgeries instead of a Minor Injuries Unit, until the Secretary of State has made his decision.

Jo called for the Secretary of State to intervene “decisively and swiftly”, rather than fobbing residents off by deferring his decision to a lengthy review by the Independent Reconfiguration Panel.

Jo also read a statement from Andy Burnham supporting the Save Cossham Group campaign. Andy came to meet with the CCG and the Save Cossham Group last year and said then there didn’t appear to be reasonable grounds for breaking the promise of a Minor Injuries Unit, and that the CCG would have to convince people circumstances had changed significantly if it was going to change plans that had already been consulted on.

In his statement he acknowledged that “clearly local people haven’t been convinced” and made the point that “in any case it’s uneblieveable that not only is there no Minor Injuries Unit – there is no altearnative in its place to provide additional urgent care services close to home.”

He also said he joined Jo and the Save Cossham Group in calling for Jeremy Hunt to “take the opportunity to intervene decisively and quickly” so people don’t have to wait months longer.

Jo McCarron and Save Cossham campaigners highlight unacceptable wait for urgent care services

Jo McCarron and Save Cossham campaigners gathered on Wednesday to highlight the ongoing wait for additional urgent care services close to home – it was the 773rd day since the...

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