What Can Portsmouth Learn from the Grenfell Tower Fire?

S&C Editor in Chief, Sarah Cheverton reports on the local crewing and deployment of ALPs – vehicles designed to tackle high rise fires – as lessons for Portsmouth continue to emerge from the Grenfell Tower fire. Aerial Ladder Platforms or ALPs are vehicles with long ladders or platforms to reach fires in high buildings. BBC Read more

Cross-Party Representation on Hampshire Fire Authority Slashed as Membership Reduced

Portsmouth Conservative councillor Frank Jonas was voted in as a temporary Deputy Member of the Hampshire Fire & Rescue Authority at today’s Full Council meeting, beating Liberal Democrat Councillor Matthew Winnington, whose nomination was supported by Hampshire Fire Brigades Union (FBU). S&C reproduces FBU Vice Chair, Mark Chapman’s deputation to Full Council below, which highlights Read more

Zapped by Emperor Galloway: Portsmouth UKIP, the Homeless and Science Fiction

Horror author and satirist Justin MacCormack examines UKIP’s latest local gaffe through the lens of dark and dystopian science fiction. In the wake of the Grenfell Tower inferno, I expected there to be a respectful pause before our politicians began calling for a purge of the poor. But no, UKIP quickly stepped up to the Read more

Celebrate the NHS’ 69th Birthday Tonight at Guildhall Square

Join local activists to celebrate the 69th birthday of the NHS and show your support for nurses and NHS workers following the government’s recent decision – supported by MP for Portsmouth North, Penny Mordaunt – to refuse emergency and public service workers a pay rise. Sarah Cheverton reports. A group of local activists have organised Read more