The latest news from Coleshill

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A Government Planning Inspector has once again overruled local Councillors and granted planning permission for another takeawayin Coleshill. The application, originally submitted to the Borough Council to turn 6 Coventry Road into a hot food takeaway was refused by North Warwickshire Borough Council.  

The applicant appealed directly to the Secretary of State for Local Government, Conservative MP, Sajid Javid who appointed a Planning Inspector to review the case. The decision to overrule the Borough Council has been made worse by the Government Inspector’s decision to award costs to the applicant, meaning the Council will have to pay a substantial amount of money to the applicant.

Labour Group Leader and Coleshill Councillor, Adam Farrell said; 

“This is another example of the Government saying one thing on localism and then doing the complete opposite. Local Councillors opposed this planning application because Coleshill is already dominated by food outlets. We need to bring retail back to our town.

“We followed the Council’s own policy that says areas shouldn’t be over saturated with similar businesses. It seems the Government has no regard for local policies or the neighbourhood plan recently passed in a referendum.

“For the Government to award costs against the Council is another nail in the coffin of local decision making and localism.”

Government Inspector approves another takeaway for Coleshill

A Government Planning Inspector has once again overruled local Councillors and granted planning permission for another takeawayin Coleshill. The application, originally submitted to the Borough Council to turn 6 Coventry...

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The results of the Coleshill South By-Election are in and unfortunately the Conservatives held both their Town and Borough Council seats.

The result was as follows:

Borough Council

Claire Breeze – 39%

The Conservative Candidate – 61% 

Town Council

Chelsea Collis – 43%

The Conservative Candidate – 57% 

Speaking after the result, Claire and Chelsea said;

“We want to thank everyone who came out to vote Labour yesterday. The result was not what we had hoped for but we went into this election knowing this traditionally Conservative seat would always be difficult to win. 

We didn’t let that hold us back and we fought a tireless campaign, knocking every door and delivery thousands of leaflets to promote our positive message.

We’re particularly proud of the amount of Labour members and volunteers who helped in our campaign, including members of Labour’s Shadow Cabinet. Without them it would not have been so enjoyable.

In 2011, the Tory majority here was 300 votes. It’s now less than 200. In 2019, who knows what could happen. 

We want to congratulate Caroline Symonds on her victory and wish her the very best for the next 21 months.”

Labour Group Leader, Councillor Adam Farrell said; 

“I want to start by paying tribute to Claire and Chelsea. They have been fantastic candidates who have worked so hard over the last few weeks. 

Whilst we did not win, we never really expected to overturn the 20 year Tory grip on this seat. We fought a good campaign because its only right local people have a proper choice. This time we came closer than in 2011 and we can be proud of that. In 2019 we’ll try again to win this seat.

In 2011 when I first stood for election in Coleshill, there wasn’t a single Labour Councillor in our town. Today we are the largest party in Coleshill North where we have two Borough Councillors and we have for the last 2 years been the largest party on Coleshill Town Council. 

Labour remains the party with the ideas for the future of our town and despite last nights result, we’ve made Coleshill a two party town once again – the Conservative party should be worried.”

Thank you from Claire & Chelsea

Thank you to everyone who voted Labour in Coleshill South The results of the Coleshill South By-Election are in and unfortunately the Conservatives held both their Town and Borough Council...

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Labour have selected mother and daughter duo, Claire Breeze and Chelsea Collis to stand in the upcoming Borough and TownCouncil By-elections in Coleshill South. The by-elections will take place in early July.

The election has been called following the shock resignation of the controversial former Conservative Councillor, Mark Jones. 

Claire Breeze will stand for the Borough Council.  Claire has been a Coleshill Town Councillor for two years.  Claire said;

“I have lived in Coleshill South for over 15 years.  This is my home and I am delighted to be standing for the Borough Council. This is a great place to live, but local people feel let down recently by their recent Councillors. One has been inactive and the other has resigned after allegations were made about him. 

“I will be an active and vocal Councillor who always puts local people first. 

“To represent my neighbours, friends and fellow residents would be a huge honor. I look forward to getting out on the doorstep to talk to local people about their genuine concerns about the future of public services, traffic, transport and housing in our town.”

Chelsea Collis, who is the daughter of Claire, is standing for the Town Council.  Chelsea said,

“I’ve lived in Coleshill my whole life. I went to school here and I have a wide range of local knowledge. I work for a further education college helping young people so I have an in-depth knowledge of educational support.  I feel I can bring a new, fresh perspective to the Town Council which benefits Coleshill. 

“As a young person, I can see why so many people are put off politics, particularly when petty arguments get in the way of progress. I want to make our community a better place to live and I think the way to do that is by being positive, constructive and working with other people.

“I hope local people will consider supporting me on election day.”

Mother and Daughter Team to stand for Labour in Coleshill South By-Elections

Labour have selected mother and daughter duo, Claire Breeze and Chelsea Collis to stand in the upcoming Borough and TownCouncil By-elections in Coleshill South. The by-elections will take place in...

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The election results on Thursday 4th May were not good for Labour nationally. Locally we did not win either of the County Council seats and we were just behind in the Town Council by-election.

Coleshill North and Water Orton candidate Adam Farrell said; “Thank you to everyone who went out to vote for me on 4th May. I’m proud to have secured the backing of over 900 local people. Although we did well in the Coleshill North part of the division, voters in Water Orton, Curdworth and Lea Marston made the big difference for the Conservatives. I wish my opponent the best of luck and hope he stands by the many pledges he made in the election. I’ll continue to work hard for residents of Coleshill North as their Town and Borough Councillor.”

Labour's candidate in Coleshill South & New Arley Carl Jerromes said; 'I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the voters that supported me and those that I met on the campaign trail and spoke to. I am very grateful for the support that I received from Labour members in Coleshill South and New Arley in particular.

“We knew that this was the most difficult seat for Labour to take in North Warwickshire, and so a large part of our campaign was to aim to raise the profile of the Labour Party in Coleshill South and New Arley, in particular, as we knew that the other areas in the division were Conservative strongholds. We achieved our aim in doing this, by carrying out more leaflet drops and door to door conversations with voters in the Coleshill South and New Arley areas than any other party.

“This was a great introduction to local politics, and going forward we need to continue to engage with all of the electorate to ensure that those elected carry out their promises and pledges to the electorate.”

In the Town Coucil by-election, former Police Officer, Keith Doyle, just missed out on being elected. Keith said;

“I would just like to say congratulations to Caroline Simmonds on her successful election

It was a close call between Caroline and myself however I have learnt a considerable amount in such a short space of time. I would like to thank everyone in the Coleshill Labour team who nominated and supported me up to the count!

“I personally care about Coleshill and the community that makes it what it is - pretty much the same as everyone else. It's a shame I can't be part of making it happen, and all I ask is that those elected, don't lose sight of that - albeit representing different political parties. 

“Finally, a disappointing turn out but a massive thank you for those in the community of Coleshill North who voted for me. Stay safe and thank you.”

Thank You from Coleshill & Water Orton Labour

The election results on Thursday 4th May were not good for Labour nationally. Locally we did not win either of the County Council seats and we were just behind in the Town...

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A by-election has been called on Coleshill Town Council following the resignation of former Town Mayor, Harry Taylor.

Keith Doyle has been selected as the Labour candidate and the election will take place on Thursday 4th May.

Keith said “I’m delighted to be standing for the Town Council in this by-election. I’ve lived here now for nearly 30 years; I love this town but I think we could make it even better.

I served in the West Midlands Police for over 30 years and in my spare time I’ve been actively involved in the community. Since 1997 I’ve been Chair of Coleshill Social Club, most recently helping lead the huge £200,000 improvement to the building which has seen membership grow and bookings increase.

I now want to play my part in helping continue to improve our town. The Town Council has made huge improvements in the last few years, the Memorial Park being just one of many brilliant projects. I want to ensure this hard work of modernisation of both the Council and the facilities it owns, continues both now and in the future. 

I look forward to speaking with local people over the next few weeks and I hope very much to gain their support on Thursday 4th May.”

Keith Doyle to stand for Labour in Town Council By-Election

A by-election has been called on Coleshill Town Council following the resignation of former Town Mayor, Harry Taylor. Keith Doyle has been selected as the Labour candidate and the election...

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A by-election has been called on Coleshill Town Council following the resignation of former Town Mayor, Harry Taylor.
Harry said “I want to thank the residents of Coleshill who have supported me over the last 6 years. It has been a privilege to sit on the Council and a real honour to have been Mayor of Coleshill in 2014-2015. My decision to leave the Council has not been an easy one but it’s the right one. 
In 2015 I married my wife and last year we had our first child together. Hannah’s family are based in Shropshire and with work and family changes we have made the decision to move there.
I’m proud of the huge improvements I’ve helped to bring about over the last 6 years, not least the much needed £300,000 investment at the Memorial Park. There’s also the backroom stuff that I’m happy to have pushed through; taking on new staff, ensuring existing staff are employed on proper contracts whilst making the Coleshill Town Council a Living Wage employer.  I’m also delighted with the continued improvements at the Town Hall, Coleshill Cemetery and the Community Centre and the freezing of Council Tax for what is now a record 8th year.  
The Town Council’s commitment to the voluntary sector, with a freeze in room hire rates, a new £10,000 annual grants fund and the ‘Volunteer Awards’ is further evidence of the council’s commitment to the town. The Community Hub, which Cllr Farrell and myself set-up, was one of the first big things I was involved in and the one I’m perhaps most proud of.  We set it up to retain services in Coleshill which were to be lost due to government cuts.  I’m pleased that it continues to provide pension and benefits advice, help to reduce utility bills, as well as offering classes and IT support for residents, hundreds if not thousands of whom have used the service.
Coleshill Town Council has achieved much during this time whilst improving the level of service it provides and becoming more open and transparent.  When I first joined the council councillors didn’t have email addresses and we didn’t even have a website.  By providing these we have made the council more approachable for residents and potential customers which is reflected in the huge increase in room bookings which in turn has generates more money to invest in the town.  Even something as routine as reviewing inherited contracts has brought in savings of over £30,000 which again can go into further improvements in the town.
One of the last things I did as a councillor was to put forward the motion that Coleshill Town Council should provide significant financial support to the community campaign fighting the development of Daw Mill.  It’s things like this - the reaching out to and support of local campaign groups - which I hope the council will continue to support going forwards.
Despite what some would have you believe, politics, even at this level, can make a huge difference.  It’s not an exaggeration to say it can change areas and can change lives for the better. I leave the Council in a much better position than 6 years ago and I’m very proud to have been a part of that.”

Former Town Mayor, Harry Taylor to stand down

A by-election has been called on Coleshill Town Council following the resignation of former Town Mayor, Harry Taylor. Harry said “I want to thank the residents of Coleshill who have...

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Plans to build 24 new homes on Trajan Hill in Coleshill have been met with disappointment and anger.

Local Borough Councillors, Adam Farrell and Dom Ferro said; 

“We are extremely disappointed to inform you that North Warwickshire Borough Council has approved plans to build 24 new homes on land off Trajan Hill known locally as ‘The Sandies’.

We supported local residents in opposing the development because of our deep concerns about the traffic and disruption that would be caused, particularly during the construction phase. All Labour Councillors voted against the plans but unfortunately all 8 Conservative Councillors on the Planning Committee voted in favour of the plans including Coleshill Councillor Mark Jones.

These plans will see over 3000 HGV, van and car movements using Temple Way and Trajan Hill for the 9-month construction phase. It will also mean an extra 50-60 cars using the estate once the houses are occupied. The plans include no ‘affordable homes’ and therefore offer no benefit to local people, only disruption for many months.

We tried to work with the developer and the Council to mitigate the impacts of this development and we have been partially successful. Delivery and working hours will be restricted, material used to fill in the huge hole on the site will be inspected and there will be a short term temporary access from the A446 to deliver some material to site.

Labour Councillors remain on your side and will work with you try and limit the disruption this development will cause.”

Trajan Hill plans approved by the Borough Council

Plans to build 24 new homes on Trajan Hill in Coleshill have been met with disappointment and anger. Local Borough Councillors, Adam Farrell and Dom Ferro said;  “We are extremely...

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In my column back in July 2015, I said that the planning system was broken and that “The current presumption in favour ofdevelopment means the planning system is heavily weighted in favour of the developer instead of local people. We know we can influence the planning system but fighting a development Is often a battle between a well-funded, highly knowledgeable team of developer representatives versus the volunteer led, lay person driven, community campaign that represents the views of residents.” 

The current planning system is to heavily weighted in favour of the developer. I can see why the Government would want it to be this way. After all, we have a housing crisis and we do need to build new homes but at the moment the system just seems really unfair to communities, particularly those here in Coleshill and North Warwickshire.   

Take Daw Mill Colliery as an example. Planning permission was given for mining operations with a condition attached to force the company to restore the land to green field once mining ceased on site. The law has allowed the new owners, Harworth Estates to basically refuse to implement the condition of restoration and instead submit a further planning application for a distribution centre. 

We’ve had a similar experience recently with SITA who manage the landfill site in Packington. When the original application was submitted for landfill it included a condition that when landfill operations ceased, the land would be made into a public park with picnic areas and public walkways. That’s basically another way of saying, the local community have to put up with this eyesore for a few decades and in return will get something back once we’ve finished with the land. Surprise surprise, SITA have now applied to have the condition removed meaning no public access to the site will be made available.

The planning system is rotten and it needs to change. Not only is it heavily weighted legally in favour of development, it is also so complicated, time consuming and technical that it often puts local people off from engaging in the process. It means well-funded developers can buy for experts and local people have to take time out of their own lives to research and learn the planning system when they want to fight for something they believe would be bad for their community.

I mentioned Daw Mill earlier and it’s important that we all have Daw Mill at the front of our minds. Despite the Borough Council’s unanimous refusal of planning permission for a distribution center on the site, the owners have appealed. 

We shouldn’t forget that the plans for Daw Mill have a hug impact on our town. It would see HGV’s and other traffic directed through Church Hill and onto Blythe Road. It would mean hundreds of extra movements through our town every day. It would gridlock our town and be immensely damaging to one of our towns most historic roads which is home to many listed buildings.

The appeal will be heard in public at the Council Chamber in Atherstone and is likely to take place in early 2017. It is vital that locals from Coleshill are engaged in this process because the impact on our town is so great. I’ll ensure residents are kept up to date but in the meantime, spread the word and make sure everyone knows about how devastating these plans could be for our area. 

Our community needs to come together to fight inappropriate planning applications

In my column back in July 2015, I said that the planning system was broken and that “The current presumption in favour ofdevelopment means the planning system is heavily weighted...

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A Coleshill Town Councillor, elected as a Conservative at the elections in May 2015, has left the party and joined Labour, claiminghis former party ‘were more focused on creating division than helping local people’. 

Coleshill North Town Councillor, Adam Richardson said;

“I joined the Conservative Party many years ago, believing they were the best party to take our town of Coleshill forward. Sadly, the first-hand experience I have of working with the local Conservatives has not been a positive one. Don’t get me wrong, most of them are lovely people but unfortunately my experience of working with one particular individual has left a very sour taste.

I’m delighted to join the Labour Party and I know from working with the Labour Councillors in Coleshill, that they honestly want to improve our town and to make improvements here for the benefit of local people.” 

North Warwickshire’s Labour Group Leader and Coleshill Town Councillor, Adam Farrell said; 

“I’m delighted to welcome Adam Richardson to the Labour Party. He is a hardworking and capable Councillor who wants what is best for our town. I know he has felt upset and disillusioned with the local Conservative Party for over a year now and he has taken what must have been a very difficult personal decision to leave them.

Although the Town Council does not really operate on party political lines, I know Adam will be an asset to the Labour Party in Coleshill and I look forward to working with him.”

Conservative Town Councillor Defects to Labour

A Coleshill Town Councillor, elected as a Conservative at the elections in May 2015, has left the party and joined Labour, claiminghis former party ‘were more focused on creating division...

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Local residents, Amey NDS and Tame Valley Wetlands joined local Councillors Dom Ferro and Adam Farrell to transform land in Coleshill from an overgrown woodland to an area where nature can thrive and develop.

Borough Councillors Adam Farrell and Dom Ferro were approached some months ago by residents who were concerned that the woodland in Trajan Hill was overgrown and looking untidy.

Cllr Dom Ferro said,

“The area on Trajan Hill looks transformed. We’ve spent two days working with residents, volunteers from Amey and staff from the Tame Valley Wetlands to transform an overgrown piece of land. The area now has a new natural path, bird and bat boxes made by local kids and will soon be covered in new wild flowers.  The area is unrecognisable.

Trajan_Hill_Spinney_Before.jpgThis wouldn’t have been possible without the help and support of local residents and in particular Gemma and Luke who also work for Amey and who managed to convince the company to release 10 of their workers for two days as well as paying for all the new materials.

Finally, a huge thank you to Tim, Rita and all the volunteers at Tame Valley Wetlands who not only helped out on site but who also helped to plan the work and spent part of their Bank Holiday weekend with us and local children making bird and bat boxes to put in The Spinney.”

Community comes together to improve The Spinney!

Local residents, Amey NDS and Tame Valley Wetlands joined local Councillors Dom Ferro and Adam Farrell to transform land in Coleshill from an overgrown woodland to an area where nature can...

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