News from North Warks & Bedworth Labour

1200px-Daw_Mill_Colliery_17s06.jpgThe High Court has thrown out a case by the owners of Daw Mill to take out a Judicial Review on the decision to reject their planning application to turn the site into a distribution park.

Local Councilor for Arley and Whitacre, Jodie Gosling said;

“This is fantastic news for local people. We’ve fought against these proposals with local people and LAWRAG

 from the very beginning because of the damage and disruption this would have caused on local roads and local rural villages.

“We just aren’t able to cope with hundreds of extra HGV’s on our roads and this decision will be a huge relief for locals.”

Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Nuneaton, Zoe Mayou said;

“I’m delighted to hear the news that the High Court have threw out Harworth Estate’s application for a judicial review. The High Court said that the application was ‘totally without merit’ and ‘bound to fail’. This will be music to the ears of local people who have been fighting this plan for many years now.

“The simple fact is that Harworth’s should now do the right thing and return the land to green field within the green belt, as was promised and agreed many decades ago. The County Council should enforce that original planning condition without delay.” 

Harworth Estates have yet to indicate whether they plan to appeal this decision.

High Court throws out Daw Mill Judicial Review

The High Court has thrown out a case by the owners of Daw Mill to take out a Judicial Review on the decision to reject their planning application to turn the...

The saga surrounding Arley Sports Centre has taken yet another turn this week as Conservative led North Warwickshire Borough2016-08-18_12.49.21.jpg Council has announced its intention to sell off Arley Sports Centre for just £1.  

The Council has announced plans to sell the whole site of this community asset to a sports company for £1 with limited restrictions being about where the profits go if they sell the land in future, and with no guarantees on the site even remaining open.

Local Councilor Jodie Gosling said 

“There are two huge issues here. One, is that if the Council really cared about the people of Arley, they’d run Arley Sports Centre properly and fund it as they do with all the other sports centers they own. Instead we get handed down broken equipment and cancelled classes, the center has never been given a chance.

“The second issue, is that the Council seem set on simply getting rid of our sports center, a local asset of enormous importance to residents, at any cost.  The proposed sale for £1 means there is no commitment from the company and there are no guarantees about the long-term future use. This deal means the new owners of the site, could simply close the doors whenever they like and sell the land.

“There’s no protection for community health and wellbeing, no transition time to ensure delivery, no targets and crucially no buy-back clauses if they don’t deliver. Once it’s gone, that’s it!  

“This is a dreadful deal, especially for an area with some of worst health figures in Warwickshire. 

“We will have no say in operations - activities, pricing, opening hours or level of investment. Without these guarantees, how can anyone support a deal where a public building, is simply given away.”

Labour Group Leader, Cllr Adam Farrell said; 

“This is a pretty raw deal for local tax payers. The Council is flogging off public land and a sports center for £1 without any legal commitments from the new owner. They’d be free to sell the land on as they see fit and that just isn’t acceptable.  

“Labour are very clear. We’d rebuild Arley Sports Centre and invest in our leisure facilities to increase usage and help local people get healthier. In our manifesto next May, we’ll offer local people real change in North Warwickshire and locally in Arley, the choice will be Labour candidates who will fight for Arley or Tory Councilors who quite literally will flog the area off for next to nothing.”

Tory Council are trying to sell Arley Sports Centre Land for £1

The saga surrounding Arley Sports Centre has taken yet another turn this week as Conservative led North Warwickshire Borough Council has announced its intention to sell off Arley Sports Centre...

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Labour Councillors have elected a new Deputy Leader in North Warwickshire, following the decision of longstanding Councillor, Ray Sweet, to stand down from the role.

Councillor Jacky Chambers, first elected as Borough  Councillor in 2015 for Dordon ward , has now taken over the role following a vote by Labour Councillors earlier this year.  

Jacky has lived in North Warwickshire for 35 years. Before she retired, she had a long and distinguished career as a public health doctor , working for both the NHS and Local Government .She was awarded an OBE in 2008 for services to public health in Birmingham and nationally.

Cllr Chambers said; 

“I’m delighted to be taking on this role. It’s an important year for North Warwickshire and for the Labour Party locally. With only one year to go until the next elections, we will be working hard to get Labour back in control, as well as holding the Tories to account for their term in office.

“Our campaign will set out a different vision for the future of our Borough and offer realistic and positive alternatives . In the summer, we will also be announcing some fantastic new candidates who will campaign hard to bring about a change in the political leadership of this Council.” 

Retiring Deputy Leader, Cllr Ray Sweet said;

“I’ve served as Deputy Leader of the Labour Group, this time round, for 7 years. It’s been a huge honour and I want to take this opportunity to thank again the residents of Baddesley and Grendon, without whom, I would not be here.

“As I enter my 58thyear as a Councillor, I feel the time is right to hand over to the next generation and I have no doubt that Jacky will make an excellent Deputy Leader and help us take back control of the Council next May.

“I will continue to do all I can to help support my local residents in Baddesley and Grendon as their Borough Councillor.”

Labour Group Leader, Cllr Adam Farrell said;

“I’m delighted to welcome Jacky to this role. She’s been a first class Councillor over the last three years and I’ve no doubt that she will be an excellent Deputy Leader, helping Labour take back control of the Council next May.

“I want to pay tribute to Ray Sweet, who is very simply put; a great, honest, hardworking Councillor, who is in politics for all the right reasons. He’s gave up nearly 6 decades of his life to public service and his experience and knowledge of the Council is something I am sure he will continue to share in his role as a Borough Councillor.”

Cllr Jacky Chambers elected as new Deputy Leader of North Warwickshire Labour

Labour Councillors have elected a new Deputy Leader in North Warwickshire, following the decision of longstanding Councillor, Ray Sweet, to stand down from the role. Councillor Jacky Chambers, first elected...

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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