In a meeting held last week, Tory led councils voted to oppose the Nuneaton and Bedworth borough plan. In a move which hasangered Labour councillors, and no doubt residents, the meeting which is attended by leaders of all Warwickshire districts voted overwhelmingly to oppose NBBC’s borough plan on the grounds of duty to cooperate.
Councillor Danny Aldington, portfolio holder for Planning and Development said:
“Are the other councils opposing this plan because they don’t agree with where we have identified areas for housing? Are they opposing because our plan includes too many houses? No, put simply, they are opposing because they want to see MORE houses in the borough, on top of those we have already identified! The Conservative led councils are now telling us that we need to add a further 2000 houses to our current allocation.”
Despite signing up to the agreed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on housing figures across the sub-region, Tory leaders from Rugby, North Warwickshire, Warwick and Stratford districts, are now demanding that NBBC take more.
“It was agreed that NBBC would undertake work to see if we could accommodate the region’s overspill. We made sure that the MOU included a caveat to this affect, and the Tory councils willingly signed up to this, we didn’t force them. We undertook that work, which identified we could accommodate 2000 houses. Despite agreeing the methodology previously and signing the MOU, Tory leaders are now pressurising us to take more! This is nothing short of bully boy politics, which we will not bow to. I am confident that the work that the council have done in relation to this is robust and defensible. I also vehemently refute the accusation that we have not cooperated. Our officers have engaged with all councils across the sub-region, and I have personally attended members meetings. Our duty is to cooperate, not capitulate. I can assure residents of this borough that we will not bend to the will of other councils and succumb to this unwarranted and vicious pressure.
I would call on the three MPs that represent the residents of this borough to support us in our fight against any imposition of further housing from the Conservative led councils across Warwickshire.”
In a meeting held last week, Tory led councils voted to oppose the Nuneaton and Bedworth borough plan. In a move which hasangered Labour councillors, and no doubt residents, the...
Residents are being asked to make proposals to reduce speeding cars on one of Bedworth’s busiest roads, the notoriously fast Goodyers End Lane.
The County Councillor for Bedworth West, Brian Hawkes, has asked the residents whether they want traffic calming on the road and if so, what kind. Over seventy residents have already responded to his survey.
Cllr Hawkes said
“I live just around the corner in Melrose Avenue and when I drive out to try to get onto the Lane, I often see cars whizzing along. It’s a wide straight road, which seems to encourage speeding. It seems worse in the last year or two. A delegation of residents came to see me about the speeding in October and I have asked the County Council to consider traffic calming measures.
“I wanted to hear what people wanted before I ask Council Officers to design the scheme, so I sent out a questionnaire. I have already received feedback. It’s clear there are differing views. Some people want cameras, others road humps. After I get all the feed back I will publish the results.
“I know from experience that road humps can be noisy when empty lorries go over them in the night. Some people think they are a good idea until they get woken at four o’clock in the morning by the noise. Due to the nature of the traffic on the road, I tend to think that road narrowing’s, that is chicanes or pinch points, would work better.
“I have noticed that in the last few days the new MP has put out a similar survey to mine. He is not local, so he was unaware I was ahead of him. To save people responding twice, I am happy to let the MP see my statistics.”
Residents are being asked to make proposals to reduce speeding cars on one of Bedworth’s busiest roads, the notoriously fast Goodyers End Lane. The County Councillor for Bedworth West, Brian...
A Borough Councillor Cabinet member has criticised MPs Marcus Jones and Craig Tracy for refusing to attend the Council ScrutinyCommittee scheduled for 8 December to discuss local concerns about illegal traveller camps. The Borough Council has had to take lengthy and expensive court action to remove camps, but the camps keep appearing. Councillors are angry at the MPs for refusing to create new council legal powers to deal with illegal camps. Recently the MPs have given excuses for not attending scrutiny meetings to discuss the issue. Councillors have offered dates, but the MPs have said they are unavailable.
Cllr Ian Lloyd, the leisure portfolio holder says,
“These MPs not doing their job. They get £74,962 a year, plus massive expenses to make the problems facing local people their top priority. Local people demand new laws to tackle these illegal camps, but these two MPs won’t even attend a public meeting to tell people what they are doing.
“The MPs give us pathetic excuses for ducking the issue. MPs are paid to make laws, we need those laws and they do nothing. Marcus Jones is a junior minister in the department dealing with this but he has sat on his hands. I want to know why?
“These two MPs are holes in the air. They do nothing and have no excuse for doing nothing.”
Originally the council identified 8 December as a day when there was little business in the House of Commons Chamber and called a scrutiny committee meeting in Nuneaton to publicly discuss the illegal camps. The MPs representing Nuneaton and Bedworth insisted that Westminster business on Scottish affairs was more important. As a compromise the council offered 2 December, a Friday and day when MPs are in their constituencies, but Marcus Jones again refused saying he had a surgery. Craig Tracey was uncontactable. Cllr Lloyd said:
“I could not believe it with a month’s notice Marcus Jones and Craig Tracey are putting Scotland before Nuneaton and Bedworth. I am sure that to people in Scotland this is important, but residents across our borough will be angry. These MPs could easily come. Their excuses have gone on for too long. They must justify their big salaries by getting Parliament to make the laws. It costs council tax payers tens of thousands of pounds and long delays in courts each time we try to move an illegal camp. Despite being originally contacted in October, they have now recently said that they want to hold court on 9 December. This is despite plans already in place with all of the other agencies involved such as Police and the County Council for the 8 December. These guys need to sort out their diaries and come and tell us when we will get the power we need. ”
A court application must be made to evict an illegal camp. Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council have a team ready to quickly issue proceedings, but cases are often delayed by adjournments and costs have escalated. Parliament has faced demands from councils across the country to act.
Cllr Lloyd says,
“We have created the required legal sites for Gypsy’s and travellers and we were happy to do that. But, having done that, we need MP’s to act on the powers to move illegal camps sites promptly. The MP’s should attend the meeting on 8 December to tell us when they will act in Parliament. They should stop ducking meetings.”
Despite the non-attendance of the MPs, the meeting, which is being held to scrutinise the council’s performance in dealing with illeagal encampments is due to take place on 8 December at the Town Hall in Nuneaton. Members of the public are encouraged to attend. All other agencies including the County Council, Police and Police and Crime Commissioner will be in attendance.
A Borough Councillor Cabinet member has criticised MPs Marcus Jones and Craig Tracy for refusing to attend the Council ScrutinyCommittee scheduled for 8 December to discuss local concerns about illegal...
"Since the loss of the last election the Labour party has had to adjust to the current political situation and I would argue have moved away from consensus politics to conviction politics. Something I feel more comfortable with, rather than trying to find the middle way which the last Coalition Government failed to do. We now have the opportunity to fight against the so called age of austerity. We have as a party locally fought against the privatising of our hospitals also the run down of local services. Whilst we have done so to the best we can, the fight continues. If anybody thinks the battle is over or lost better think again.
All my political life I have fought for the ordinary folk in Bedworth. I have the background and knowledge to continue that fight. Someone has to realistically stand up and say enough is enough. Working with my fellow Labour Councillors we will rise to the challenge."
Margaret Pomfrett - Exhall
"I was growing up as the NHS was coming in to being and I know that my family could not have afforded most of the health care I had as a child or for me to stay on at school and go to college as I am one of the post war generation who benefited from a Labour government. We all know that we live in times when services like these are being cut back making it very difficult for young people, especially, to make their way.
Having somewhere proper to live is also becoming a distant dream too for many families as housing becomes affordable to fewer people.
These are big issues but what we do at local level is vital."
Georgina Daffern - Heath
Georgina was born in George Eliot Hospital and lives locally in the borough. Georgina is proud of her working class background,with her father a local factory worker and her mother a former teaching assistant and carer. She grew up in a council house and understands how vitally important local services are to residents.
Dianne Fowler - Slough
I have lived and worked in the borough for over thirty years. My children were born at George Elliott and educated in local schools.
I have worked in pre-schools, primary and secondary schools in the area. I am proud of the many excellent local facilities such as the swimming pools, Civic Hall, Abbey Theatre, parks, museums and the local markets that both Bedworth and Nuneaton have.
Over the last four years I have served the people of Slough ward. Tony Lloyd and I have ensured that major repair works to walkways and canopies were completed on the Mount Pleasant Flats and Lydgate Court. Tony and I have also supported the residents’ campaign against the application to build on land on Arbury road. We are also proud of the new up-to-date care home we now have in Bedworth town centre.
Bill Hancox - Bede
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Jon Ashworth MP, Shadow Cabinet Member, joined local Labour activists campaigning in Bedworth today. Jon was here to support our local Borough Council candidates including Georgina Daffern, candidate for Heath Ward and John Glass, candidate in Poplar.
Julie Jackson, Labour's Police and Crime Commissioner candidate for Warwickshire, was also out on the doorstep.
Julie said "The response from residents has been very positive, both to the local borough and the PCC campaigns. Local people feel betrayed by this Tory government and let down by the cuts to police funding across Bedworth."
Jon Ashworth MP, Shadow Cabinet Member, joined local Labour activists campaigning in Bedworth today. Jon was here to support our local Borough Council candidates including Georgina Daffern, candidate for Heath...
A school mini bus transporting children from Hawkesbury Village to local schools is to finish at the end of March after serving thecommunity for many years. Children will now have to cross the unmanned level crossing at Blackhorse Road, walk along Coventry Road and then get across the traffic junction at Bayton Road.
County Councillor Julie Jackson was approached by Hawkesbury Village Residents Association to see whether the County Council could review the route under its Safer Routes to School programme.
“I have asked that this route be formally reviewed. It does not fulfil the distance requirement for free transport but how on earth are children expected to safely cross one of the busiest junctions in Bedworth with no support. There is no pedestrian phase at the lights and trying to get across at peak hours is a nightmare. The Residents Association, parents, young people, local Councillors and I are all keen to see the results of the review in the very near future. The safety of our young people is my priority."
A school mini bus transporting children from Hawkesbury Village to local schools is to finish at the end of March after serving thecommunity for many years. Children will now have...