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Friday, 14 October 2016

Councillor John Pennington's plea for fewer emergency sirens in Bradford branded 'astonishing'

Councillor John Pennington's plea for fewer emergency sirens in Bradford branded 'astonishing'
Councillor John Pennington's plea for fewer emergency sirens in Bradford branded 'astonishing'


Councillor John Pennington's plea for fewer emergency sirens in Bradford branded 'astonishing'

A SENIOR councillor has called on the emergency services to use their sirens less often in Bradford city centre, saying their frequent blaring makes it seem like a “city gripped by lawlessness”.
But the unusual request, by the Conservative group’s deputy leader Councillor John Pennington, has been branded “astonishing” by the Fire Brigades Union.
Cllr Pennington is set to bring up the matter at the next meeting of the Full Council, on Tuesday.
He said: “I fully recognise why we have to have sirens and blue lights from a health and safety point of view, but every time I come into Bradford there isn’t just one, there’s several of them.


“I believe it gives a bad impression of almost a lawless city, which we certainly are not, and I don’t want visitors to get that impression.”
Cllr Pennington, who also runs a nightspot in Keighley, said he would like to see “a more sensible approach” to siren use.
But Dave Williams, secretary of the West Yorkshire Fire Brigades Union, said: “For somebody who’s got a nightclub, I find his comments astonishing, to be honest.”
Mr Williams said the use of sirens was already governed by legislation and most people would accept the sounds as commonplace in any major city.
He said: “Two-tone horns are not for our benefit, to get our adrenaline flowing. I despair. I struggle to understand his arguments.





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