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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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North Warwickshire Borough Council has announced it is extending the Local Plan consultation, due to end today, until Friday 16th March 2018.

The move, announced via email to Councillors, suggests that this is to enable the public to give their views on a number of new documents due to be published this week, including the long-awaited leisure review and a review of the meaningful gap.

Labour Group Leader, Cllr Adam Farrell said;

“I welcome this extended consultation period but questions must be asked about why the Council have waited until the very last minute to announce this extension. The new documents being consulted on, will have been known about for some time. Surely this decision could have been made sooner?

“It reeks of incompetence and local people will be wondering if the Council actually knows what it is doing. It’s a terrible shame because a once respected local Council is becoming a laughing stock.

“For now though, the important thing is to get more and more local people to respond to this consultation to ensure both the Council and the Planning Inspector know what a disastrous plan this would be for our Borough.”

Local plan farce continues as consultation extended at last minute

  North Warwickshire Borough Council has announced it is extending the Local Plan consultation, due to end today, until Friday 16th March 2018. The move, announced via email to Councillors, suggests...


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