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Simon_Rose_Photo.jpgLabour Councillors have expressed their anger at a Borough Council decision to go ahead and submit the Local Plan to the Government Planning Inspectorate for examination.

Labour Councillors voted against the Local Plan, as they have done throughout the last two years, because of the huge impact 9700 new homes, mainly around the A5 will have on the rural nature of our Borough.  

Labour Borough Councillor for Dordon, Jacky Chambers said;

“The Council have totally ignored the concerns of local people that building so many houses in our area will totally destroy village life, cause gridlock on and around the A5, and swamp public services. To say they have consulted local people is rubbish –  they simply haven’t listened to what people have said.

“The worst thing about this decision is that most of the Tory councilors who voted to accept this plan have never visited the three main sites where more than 65% of houses will be built or talked face to face with local people. They simply have no understanding of the impact it will make on our communities in the North of the Borough. Let’s hope that the Planning Inspectorate has more sense. We will continue to fight it at every stage.”

Labour Group Leader, Cllr Adam Farrell said;

“Labour have opposed this plan since the very start. We believe in more homes but they should mainly be in a new settlement where infrastructure like roads, schools and healthcare is properly planned and delivered.  

This is a terrible decision which will go down in history as one of lowest points in the Councils role as a Planning Authority .The Conservative Party have chosen to side with big developers, destroying land around villages like Polesworth, Dordon, Atherstone, Ansley and Hartshill without any guarantee of new infrastructure.

“At the hearings held by the Government s Planning Inspectorate, Labour Councillors along with many other organisations will be presenting the case to have this plan thrown out. If Labour win the next election in May 2019, we will scrap this plan.”

Tory Council gives the green light for the next stage of Local Plan

Labour Councillors have expressed their anger at a Borough Council decision to go ahead and submit the Local Plan to the Government Planning Inspectorate for examination. Labour Councillors voted against the...

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It’s budget setting time at North Warwickshire Borough Council and the opposition Labour Group have put forward their alternative budget. The opposition budget focuses around one central theme – poverty. Child and pensioner poverty is rising in the Borough with nearly one in four young people living in poverty.

The Labour budget provided for:

  • A free breakfast for every primary school pupil
  • A new ‘Passport to Leisure’ offering free swimming for all under 18’s and Over 60’s
  • Discounted leisure center membership for young people and families
  • Removing the cost of Borough Care for the most vulnerable pensioners
  • An investment of £1.5 million for Arley Sports Centre
  • 50 extra new council homes

Labour Group Leader, Cllr Adam Farrell said;

“It’s no surprise the Tories voted against our budget. They have run out of steam, lack a vision for our Borough and it’s about time we kicked them out of office in May 2019.

“Our budget removed back office waste and cut the nearly £1 million senior management bill. We proposed using that money to tackle child poverty, providing a free school breakfast for every primary school pupil and free access to swimming in the Borough.

“We’d also reduce the cost of our leisure facilities for young people and families, helping more young people get active with their families, ensuring that cost isn’t a barrier to fitness. Labour will refurbish Arley Sports Centre, bringing it up to modern standards.

“Labour also recognise that pensioners on fixed incomes struggle to pay for care costs so we’d introduce a fund to cover the costs of Borough Care for the poorest pensioners.

“And we’d tackle the housing crisis by building an additional 50 council homes, helping tackle the biggest cause of poverty in the Borough – the cost of housing.

“Under the Tories, child poverty is up, leisure center visits are down by 50,000 in a year and the number of pensioners on Borough Care has dropped by 40% since charging was introduced. The Tories are running down public services and only a Labour Council will stop them.”

Tories reject measures to tackle poverty in North Warwickshire

It’s budget setting time at North Warwickshire Borough Council and the opposition Labour Group have put forward their alternative budget. The opposition budget focuses around one central theme – poverty. Child...

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Arley Sports Centre looks set to be privatised after Tory run North Warwickshire Borough Council voted through a proposal that could see the authority transfer the building to a private company.

Despite fierce opposition from local residents, Conservative Councillors ignored the views of local people and pressed forward with plans to get rid of Arley Sports Centre.

Labour Councillors proposed an amendment which would have provided additional time to consider the outcome of the leisure review. A document Labour Councillors claim is full of mistakes and based on incorrect information.

Arley Borough Councillor, Jodie Gosling said;

“This Leisure Review is a frankly an insult for local people.  The evidence behind the review is outdated and in parts, incorrect. It cannot be right to make a decision, that effects our community so much, based on a document that just isn’t accurate.

“There is a strong feeling in Arley that the Council have set our centre up to fail. That it has been slowly run down and misrepresented over the past few years to justify getting rid of it but despite that, 38,000 people visited last year and it looks as if the cost of each visit will, this year, fall so that it is line with the other sports centers in our Borough.

"Arley will be singled out again and pay the price of more cuts. Labour will continue to fight and put forward better proposals for Arley and the Borough at the budget meeting on 21st February 2018.”

Labour Group Leader, Cllr Adam Farrell said;

“To base a decision on wrong information says everything you need to know about this Council. It is being run by Councillors you wouldn’t trust to organise a party in a brewery.

“That’s why we need a Labour Council, willing to put local people first and deliver real improvements for Arley. Our budget amendments next week will show the priorities we have for the future of North Warwickshire.”

Arley Sports Centre set to be privatised under the Tories

Arley Sports Centre looks set to be privatised after Tory run North Warwickshire Borough Council voted through a proposal that could see the authority transfer the building to a private company....


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