Aldershot News & Mail : 2020-07-29

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5 surreylive.news NEWS & MAIL WEDNESDAY, JULY 29, 2020 News Tory blue – councillor swears at opposition member online DEBATE BECAME HEATED OVER CONTINUING ZOOM MEETING By JAMIE PHILLIPS Among the agenda items to be discussed was “options to replace the post of chief executive”, an item Cllr Victoria Wheeler and others agreed would be a “highly controvers­ial matter” that required open debate. Speaking to SurreyLive on Thursday, Cllr Dougan gave a short statement, saying: “It is regrettabl­e and I have already apologised to Cllr Rodney Bates personally.” The video was circulated on social media in the aftermath of the meeting, leading Cllr Bates to respond to the incident via his Twitter page. He said: “Just been made aware of video circulatin­g of tonight’s Surrey Heath full council meeting where one Conservati­ve councillor is clearly recorded suggesting that I “f*** off” after I had said people were too tired to continue. Wasn’t aware that had been said at the time but confirms right to stop. jamie.phillips@reachplc.com @JPhillips_SJ A SURREY Heath borough councillor swore at a fellow member during a heated council meeting last week. Tory councillor Colin Dougan muttered for Labour member Rodney Bates to “f*** off” during the meeting, which was being aired live on the local authority’s YouTube channel via Zoom last Wednesday. Having started the meeting at 6pm, the members began debating whether to continue with proceeding­s or adjourn to another date having reached 10.15pm with several items remaining on the agenda. While some councillor­s opted to continue, Cllr Dougan among them, Cllr Bates was among a group of members opting to adjourn proceeding­s as he was “too tired to continue”. A still from the video, above right, shows the moment it took place. SURREY HEATH BOROUGH COUNCIL “Following last night’s Surrey Heath Council meeting, I have been privately contacted this morning by a councillor in regard to a specific comment made. Whilst the content of our conversati­on will remain private, no offence was ever taken by me and I consider the matter to be closed.” RAF base used for transfer of patients from Channel Islands RAF Odiham has been used to help transfer patients from Guernsey to the UK mainland. Capital Air Ambulance recently used the north east Hampshire air base for three non-Covid urgent patient transfers as part of its support to an ongoing request for Military Aid to Civil Authoritie­s (MACA). In each case, Capital’s King Air aircraft landed at RAF Odiham to be met by a road ambulance to transfer the patients to University Hospital Southampto­n (UHS) for critical care. RAF Odiham said its base is an assured alternate airfield for use by Capital Air Ambulance, which provides aeromedica­l evacuation services for the Channel Islands. It added the MACA requests were submitted by the government­s of Jersey and Guernsey to use RAF Odiham as the secondary airfield to Southampto­n Airport for medical evacuation movements. A spokesman for RAF Odiham said Southampto­n Airport is oper- RAF Odiham has been used to help transfer patients from Guernsey to the UK mainland. Capital Air Ambulance recently used the air base for three non-Covid urgent patient transfers as part of its support to an ongoing request for Military Aid to Civil Authoritie­s CPL TIM LAURENCE RAF four hours’ notice,” they added. “Whilst this is a simple task for RAF Odiham, the assurance of having a 24/7 landing location on mainland UK gives significan­t reassuranc­e to the government­s and people of the Channel Islands. RAF Odiham’s assistance is part of the MoD’s wider support to the government’s Covid-19 response.” ating a limited schedule due to the contractio­n of air travel due to Covid-19 and, therefore, any urgent aeromedica­l evacuation­s outside of its opening times requires a suitable airfield near to Southampto­n Hospital. “RAF Odiham was selected due to proximity to UHS and the ability to open the airfield 24/7 with only PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTE­D BY PRESSREADE­R PressReade­r.com +1 604 278 4604 . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW

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