SEP 00] COVENTRY CITY COUNCIL NEWS
Council Offers Emergency Fuel Help
City Council is drawing up plans to keep essential services going
during the fuel crisis, but a huge open day planned at Coventry
University could be hit.
council received a delivery today of 21,000 litres, bringing its
supplies up to 36,000 litres.
addition it has used its account to buy 8,000 litres for West
Midlands Ambulance Service, who will refund the council at cost
and officials have been monitoring the situation on an hourly
basis and drawn up contingency plans on what to do if supplies
and welfare services across the city are to remain a priority, and
the city council will help other emergency services from its
supplies if need be,
collection services are to continue for the time being, but
non-essential or non-urgent services will be cut back to conserve
leader Nick Nolan said the council was in constant contact with
other service providers in the city.
must all do all we can to ensure that the most vulnerable in our
community are protected during this time.
that means the council shares what fuel it has with emergency
services, health care services or other services offering vital
care to our citizens then that is what we shall do.
council is maintaining its essential services, including refuse
collection, but we have made some prudent cut backs in less
essential areas to ensure that what fuel we have s used wisely.
we shall have to review our services as the situation develops.
hope that the public will share our view that the priority must
be to attend first to those people who rely on us each day,
perhaps for nursing or home care of for meals on wheels and
other support services.
are in daily, even hourly, contact with services like the fire
and ambulance, the health bodies and the police to keep in touch
with the overall picture and so that we can be ready to work
together to protect those in greatest need in our community.”
of the biggest open days for prospective students ever is due to
be held at Coventry University this weekend.
are expected to come from all over the country to find out about
the courses on offer for the 2001 academic year.
the fuel crisis threatens to limit the numbers who actually turn
Coventry University spokesman said that the open day would go
ahead as planned, and others were being held throughout the year.
A lot of the 1,800 people booked to come are from nearby and still
might make it.
was to be on of the most successful we’ve ever had. We’ve
got a lot of people booked in but we will have to wait and see
if they are able to get here.”