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Lorry Driver pleads guilty to dangerous driving

BBC Story on Kings Heath fatal crash

sentence will be handed down on 2nd April.

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Looking very nice.

I've been looking into an FoI type request on a similar sort of issue, and will eventually get round to requesting copies of Cabinet level discussion on the topic. If that doesn't get results, then the idea is to work from top down through departments. A similar approach is worth considering on this question.

Regarding letters, it's been said that individual letters - even idential ones - carry more weight than letters with lots of signatories, because the latter are sometimes regarded as coming from 'one' individual/organisation.



Dave Holladay said:

Some of this could be the makings of an open letter - in Birmingham paper asking the Council why they had not acted on this report and why such information fails to be presented to the coroner.

...(snip)...

There are just too many people who have the need to write such letters in public to their local Council, Coroner, TAO, etc to ask why?   

 

Nazan, there's a typo/confusion over where people will meet. One bit says meet at the High Street entrance, whilst another mentions Shutlock Lane. I think the Shutlock Lane bit is probably extraneous and confusing - unless people are planning to drive, park, then walk through Highbury to the High street.



Nazan Fennell said:

Nazan, would you like us to play music, like at Critical Mass, the vintage ride, and the flashride, or would you rather we remain quiet?

Spoke to Rhia and I wonder how big this might get? If it gets big can people assemble in Highbury Park for example, and afterwards a place to disperse from? Is there an outline for timings?

London ride to High Holborn was amazing - in 24 hours over 2500 arranged to turn up and assembled in Russell Square dispersed from Lincoln's Inn Fields. Really showed the power and effectiveness of doing it with bikes - riders in from all points and suddenly a huge number - a very short but very big ride, and then within 20 minutes the mass of riders had melted away.

I've DM'd as I think there may be a possible follow up after the weekend. 

The institute of advanced motoring have called for tougher punishments in an article today

http://www.iam.org.uk/media-and-research/media-centre/news-archive/...

The Kings Heath protest gets a mention here -

 

http://departmentfortransport.wordpress.com/2013/09/26/nazan-fennel...

RE: "During a protest and memorial bike ride, Hope Fennell’s mother sat down in the road.

A simple gesture, but a powerful one. It wasn’t planned, it just happened. She was joined on the ground by others and there they stayed for 30 minutes."

 

I thought the idea was to generate support in the local community, not alienate it?

Do you feel alienated?

CKS said:

RE: "During a protest and memorial bike ride, Hope Fennell’s mother sat down in the road.

A simple gesture, but a powerful one. It wasn’t planned, it just happened. She was joined on the ground by others and there they stayed for 30 minutes."

 

I thought the idea was to generate support in the local community, not alienate it?

Several people came up to me and asked what it was all about. Every one of them was sympathetic. With the exception of the lorry driver who tried to overtake the procession and who was dealt with quickly by the police, I didn't see anyone complaining about having the high street stopped for a bit.

This was not just a bunch of cyclists cruising around causing trouble for ordinary people (from the point of view of your average Joe) this is a protest on the spot where a young girl was killed. No-one who has loved ones can do any less than empathise with the heart wrenching pain of losing someone dear to you. The inconvenience of not being able to use that road for half an hour on a weekend, is nothing compared to the pain caused by the loss of  a loved one. The people who this would alienate are those without a heart. Not worth thinking about!
CKS said:

RE: "During a protest and memorial bike ride, Hope Fennell’s mother sat down in the road.

A simple gesture, but a powerful one. It wasn’t planned, it just happened. She was joined on the ground by others and there they stayed for 30 minutes."

 

I thought the idea was to generate support in the local community, not alienate it?

The people who this would alienate are the local residents whose support you need if anything is to be done about Kings Heath High Street.

 

If you carry on antagonising them then they'll be more likely to accept the official view that Hope's death was just a tragic accident that nobody could be held responsible for.

 

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