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.”
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...
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 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....
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.”
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...
DO NOT MISS OUT. RESPOND TODAY TO THE CONSULTATION. THIS CAN NOT WAIT.
DO NOT DELAY. RESPOND TO THE LOCAL PLAN CONSULTATION NOW!
Tomorrow, marks the end of the consultation being held by Tory led North Warwickshire Borough Council on their local plan.
Labour oppose the plan that would see 9700 homes built mainly around the A5, Polesworth, Dordon, Atherstone, Hartshill and Ansley Common.
Labour proposed an alternative plan but the Conservative Council rejected it. Labour would build a new 'Garden Village' near to Birmingham and J9 M42. You can read about our plan here.
Now we need your help in opposing this plan. Please respond to the consultation.
You can find out more information on how to respond by clicking below but Labour have produced a template letter which you can download as a PDF here or in Word here. You can use this to send in to the Borough Council. If you can, please edit it slightly to make it individual to you.
Information on the Consultation from NWBC:
The Borough Council has agreed its submission version of the Local Plan. Prior to submitting the document to Government there is one final consultation period. This consultation period will run until 31st January 2018. Please ensure any comments are submitted by this date as any comments received after this date will not be considered.
The Local Plan when adopted will replace the Core Strategy 2014 and the saved policies of the Local Plan 2006.
A Sustainability Appraisal of the document has also been prepared for consultation which evaluates how social, environmental and economic issues have been taken into account in the preparation of the plan.
At this stage you can make comments on the “soundness” of the plan – to be sound a Local Plan should be:
1. Positively prepared which means that the document must
- Seek to meet local needs for a range of uses including housing and businesses, which have been identified through the studies which make up the evidence base
2. Justified means that document must be
- Founded on a robust and credible evidence base
- The most appropriate strategy when considered against the reasonable alternatives
3. Effective means that the plan must be
- Able to be monitored
4. Consistent with National Policy
- The plan should enable the delivery of sustainable development in accordance with the policies in the Framework
Documents and supporting evidence and online versions of the questionnaire can be viewed and downloaded from the Borough Council’s website at www.northwarks.gov.uk/planningconsultations
We encourage the viewing of documents and submission of comments electronically, where possible, to limit the use of paper and valuable resources used in the printing process.
Alternatively copies of the documents can be viewed at:
- Main Reception, Council Offices, South Street, Atherstone, CV9 1DE; and,
- the Borough’s Leisure Centre’s; and
- all local libraries, including the mobile service and the library in Nuneaton; and
- the Community Hubs.
Please note that the Libraries, Leisure Centre’s and Hubs will only have an Executive Summary of the Sustainability Appraisal. The full document will be available on the website or in the Council House.
To make comments please fill in the online or download a response form and send to email@example.com,uk. Alternatively responses can be sent by post to the Forward Planning Team, North Warwickshire Borough Council, The Council House, South Street, Atherstone, Warwickshire, CV9 1DE.
All information supplied will be made available for public inspection. The Council reserves the right not to publish or take into account any representations which it considers offensive or defamatory
If you have any queries or require further information please do not hesitate to contact the Forward Planning team on 01827 719499/451 or email them on firstname.lastname@example.org.
DO NOT MISS OUT. RESPOND TODAY TO THE CONSULTATION. THIS CAN NOT WAIT. DO NOT DELAY. RESPOND TO THE LOCAL PLAN CONSULTATION NOW! Tomorrow, marks the end of the consultation being...
Today, North Warwickshire Labour Group has submitted their formal response to the Borough Council's Local Plan consultation. You can read the response here.
You can view the map referred to in the above submission by clicking here.
Leader of the Labour Group, Cllr Adam Farrell said;
"Local people have until Wednesday to respond to this consultation. I'd urge everyone to respond and have their say because this plan, if passed, will change North Warwickshire forever. It will destroy parts of the Borough and cause traffic chaos for decades. It should not be allowed to continue but we need more local people to respond to the consultation."
You can respond to the consultation online by clicking here.
Today, North Warwickshire Labour Group has submitted their formal response to the Borough Council's Local Plan consultation. You can read the response here. You can view the map referred to in...