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Thursday, January 11, 2018

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ON-call firefighters are a vital part of today’s fire and rescue service, providing an efficient, effective service that gives emergency cover to more than 90 per cent of the UK. In Cambridgeshire they make up 56 per cent of the workforce.
An on-call firefighter is not based at a fire station but carries a pager and responds to emergency incidents as and when they happen.
They receive an annual wage to reflect the time they commit to being available, plus additional payments for attending incidents and drill nights (one evening a week for two hours).
On-call firefighters are men and women who may have other jobs and able to provide evening, daytime, or weekend cover.
When they are on-call they may be at home, working for themselves or for a nearby company, or out in their local community, within our 5 minute radius of the station itself.
Our on-call Firefighters are mainly located in rural communities, small towns and villages, and we will be able to tell you if you are within range to apply to be an on-call firefighter.
If you are interested in becoming an on-call firefighter please go to our website at and search for on-call firefighter under the careers section or contact the recruitment team at: E&OE Julian Bray Editor Tel:+44 (0)1733 345581 .

Monday, January 08, 2018

Union seeks 'rail summit' over driver only long running rail dispute


The RMT rail union is seeking to convene what they call a summit in an attempt to break the deadlock of the driver only train disputes.  RMTs' Mick Cash has written to  Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling proposing a summit with the Department for Transport, the train companies and RMT.

The move suggested by the union is on the day when rail company employees involved in several disputes on Southern, Northern, Merseyrail, Greater Anglia, South Western Railway and Island Line herald the latest misery for commuters of industrial action  over rail safety and the role of the guard.

RMT says the terms of reference for the summit - which could also be chaired by an independent chair - could consider how the principles of the agreements RMT have recently reached in Scotland and Wales, (keeping the guard on new modern trains) can be applied to the current disputes. At the same time meeting any concerns the Department for Transport and train operating companies may have about future train services.

RMT says it has welcomed support for the initiative from the TUC and Labour Party.

RMT General Secretary Mick Cash comments:

“I last met Chris Grayling on 12th December 2017, where we were told the train companies were free to negotiate deals like we have  reached in Scotland and Wales where the guard has been retained but I then subsequently received a letter from the Chris Grayling asking the union to accept the principle of driver  only trains.

"In light of this lack of clarity, and the contradictory messages emanating from the government, I have been seeking further talks with the Secretary State but unfortunately have not had a positive response to that request.

"I have therefore written today to Chris Grayling proposing a summit which could also be presided over by an agreed independent chair and which would consider how the principles of the agreements RMT have recently reached in Scotland and Wales, which will keep the guard on new modern trains, can be applied to the current disputes whilst at the same time meeting any concerns the Department for Transport and train companies have about future train services."

"I have told the Secretary of State that agreements have been reached in Scotland and Wales for safe, secure and accessible modern services and that with good will on all sides we can reach an agreement in England as well.”

The full text of the letter to Chris Grayling:

8th January 2018

The Rt Hon. Chris Grayling MP
Secretary of State for Transport
Department for Transport
Great Minster House
33 Horseferry Road
London SW1P 4DR

Dear Chris

Driver Only Operation Disputes

With reference to our meeting on 12th December 2017 and my subsequent letter to you on the same date, I am disappointed that you have still not responded positively to my request for further talks with you.

My union has bent over backwards this week to resolve these disputes with the train companies. We have held negotiations with Northern and South Western who have been completely inflexible while Southern have refused to even meet this week. Greater Anglia have also showed no flexibility in their position since we last met them.

When we previously met you said that the companies were free to negotiate with the RMT but it is clear from our discussions with the companies this week that they are negotiating within a framework set by the government.

Therefore, in a fresh attempt to break the deadlock I am proposing an urgent summit with yourself, the RMT and the four train operators we are in dispute with which come under the auspices of your department.

I also propose that the terms of reference for the summit are to discuss how we can apply the principles of the agreements the RMT have recently reached in Scotland and Wales which will keep the guard on new modern trains whilst at the same time meeting any concerns the Department for Transport and train companies have about future train services.

I would of course be happy to consider any terms of reference you may wish to put forward along these lines and also consider an agreed independent chair for the summit.

Agreements have been reached in Scotland and Wales for safe, secure and accessible modern services and I believe with good will on all sides we can reach an agreement in England as well.

Yours sincerely

Mick Cash
General Secretary E&OE Julian Bray Editor Tel:+44 (0)1733 345581 .

Peterborough City Conservative Councillor to 'donate' her publicly funded £2,100 'civic allowance' hike to her favourite charity...

New home for Job Centre Plus. Yes seriously1

Morag Bray writes: Truly astonishing... I read today that one of our Peterborough City Conservative councillors has decided to give away or 'donate' her latest annual rise err sorry 'civic allowances' of £2,100 (paid from public funds) to a local charity of her choice.... 

All well and good, but it did raise a few thoughts for me about this.....especially as the City Council is facing an ever increasing debt mountain and curtailing services, some of them basic and essential, as a result.

And while we are at it, no one has told any of us, why the Peterborough City Council Operations Director (and Managing Director of the mysterious Blue Sky council owned software firm) suddenly upped sticks and vacated his exceptionally well paid role, why not? What else is being held back?

Anyone else in this City receive a rise of £2k last year?

Why is the local paper blocking discussion on this? I stopped buying it some time ago, and at a time when other local papers (equally strapped for cash) in this county, do in my humble opinion, make a huge effort to report all aspects of local news and politics, and still they fight to survive...

Does this mean all Peterborough councillors will in future - possibly on a whim - 'donate' part of their civic allowances to their favourite charities? Lord and Lady bountiful indeed, but civic allowances are designed for councillors to carry out their core civic duties, and therefore paid out of PUBLIC FUNDS!

So morally, it really isn't in their gift to give away our public funds, and if not required for performing their civic duty should be returned to reduce the cash strapped City Councils' ever increasing debt mountain.

Simply for clarity, I repeat, shouldn't this unwanted money be returned to the public purse, after all it is public money?  

Logically if this pattern continues, we could see fifty councillors all donating £2k each, to their own pet charities, at the same time as council tax on property is being hiked by 4 per cent...

If this seemingly unwanted £2,100 is multiplied by fifty, that is returned to the council by each and every councillor, that is budget reduction of £100k plus. In just five short years, that's over a cool half a million pounds knocked off the council debt mountain!

If reports of this 'charitable largesse' ever gets back to Westminster, the extra funds, the council leader - forever pleading fiscal poverty - extra funds he is seeking from Westminster, will never ever materialise...

Remember the council ponied up £15 million to top slice Fletton Quays, seemingly as the developers couldn't fund the investment risk, but now its reflected in the 4% council tax hike. 
Saddest of all in my humble opinion is the woeful lack of debate if one councillor finds they don't need a extra £2k, what of the others?

Being a councillor was never intended to be a full time job, which is why they receive allowances/expenses instead of a wage......or do they?

What do you think? E&OE Julian Bray Editor Tel:+44 (0)1733 345581 .

Friday, January 05, 2018

POLICE: bag thefts from supermarket car parks on the rise

Information from Cambridgeshire Constabulary

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Bag thefts
Police are reporting two more bag thefts in supermarket carparks -

The first theft took place on 3rd January at 4.25pm in Serpentine Green, Hampton.

Two females were seen by security guards, described as having long dark hair tied up and large ear-rings. 

One of the females was wearing a black and white fur type coat and was aged in her 20s and the second female was wearing a brown coat with a fur collar. 

The second theft took place around an hour later on the same day in the ASDA carpark, Rivergate, Central Peterborough, where a bag was taken from a vehicle whilst the owner returned her trolley.  No-one was seen.

Police urge all female shoppers to be particularly vigilant especially when loading bags into vehicles in supermarket car parks.  Also, be very careful when using ATMs at supermarkets, make sure that you cover your pin number from prying eyes and be aware of who is around you. 

Don't let anyone distract you in any way and cancel the transaction if you are worried. 

Never keep pin numbers for cards in your purse or bag. 

Lastly, do not leave your handbag unattended at any time.

Anyone with information should call Police on 101 or visit  Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or via

Please share this information with family, friends and neighbours.

Helen O'Driscoll
Crime Reduction Officer E&OE Julian Bray Editor Tel:+44 (0)1733 345581 .

Thursday, January 04, 2018

Ryanair gets new wingman with own baggage but at Malaga? That cannot be right!!

Probably best advice in the circumstances...

It was once always the case that cabin crew would invite big strapping passengers to sit in the seats alongside the emergency exits, just in case, they were needed to assist the crew open the exits in an emergency, but that was not the case when a Ryanair plane was delayed on the apron at Malaga airport on Monday. A video which has gone viral, released on the internet shows a man calmly walking along the wing and with his cabin baggage....

Apparently the Ryanair flight had left London an hour late and passengers were then further held on the landed plane for a some thirty minutes i.e. after landing in Malaga, without any explanation from the airline.

Local media suggests the Spanish police had delayed the disembarkation process and the passenger said to be an asthmatic, craved fresh air and popped the over wing emergency exit only pausing to retrieve his cabin baggage. The passenger was later coaxed back into the aircraft by th crew and later handed over to the police.

His brief excursion could turn out to be very expensive, fines in excess of £32,000 are possible together with a world wide flying ban, however everyone remains innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.... 

Ryanair later said: “Malaga airport police immediately arrested the passenger in question and since this was a breach of Spanish safety and security regulations, it is being dealt with by the Spanish authorities.” E&OE Julian Bray Editor Tel:+44 (0)1733 345581 .





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