Public consultation about North Warwickshire Borough Council ‘s proposals to build 9050 more houses has ended –with no plans for the future provision of health care.
Dr Jacky Chambers, Borough Councillor for Dordon ward and Labour's Shadow Health Spokesperson, said
“This plan says nothing about what is going to be done to provide health care for the 22000 extra people who will live in this Borough, if these proposals go ahead.
“Making sure that families can register with a GP and get medical care is just as important as providing education – it’s a basic human right.
“The GP surgery serving the Dordon and Polesworth area already has more than 12000 patients, has cut back on services, and compares very poorly with GP practices elsewhere in the country, according to the locals who use it.
“Local people don’t find it easy to get through on the phone and have to wait a long time to be seen.
“Many [at least 40%] say they would not recommend this surgery to someone new in the area.
“So far, more than 1300 people from Dordon and Polesworth have written in objecting to the Local Plan. Many of these letters express real anxiety about whether they will be able to see a doctor in the future.
“The Borough Council has repeatedly asked the Clinical Commissioning Group and NHS England to come up with some figures about how many more doctors will be needed, but they have failed to do so.
Councillor Dr Jacky Chambers who took forward the planning of two new health centres when she was Director of Public Health in Birmingham added:
“The Government has been so busy dismantling the health service, it hasn’t noticed that some very big holes in the system have now appeared.
“Organisations that knew about how to plan for the future, were in touch with local communities, and had expertise in estates management have been abolished - and replaced by ones that seem to be incapable or unwilling to do even the basic sums.
“It really isn’t that difficult to work out how many doctors or health centres you need – so what is going on? Maybe they are silent because they don’t like the answers especially as there is now a real crisis in recruiting more doctors to general practice.
Councillor Adam Farrell, Leader of the Borough Council's Opposition Labour group said;
“This Council has agreed with Coventry, Birmingham and other councils to increase by one third the number of households in the Borough – without asking people whether they want so many houses here, putting forward other options about where these homes might go, and without saying what we need to improve the infrastructure in our Borough - including better health care.
"We need to put the option of a new settlement back on the table, reject this local plan and replace it with something that local people can support and stands some chance of being delivered.”
Public consultation about North Warwickshire Borough Council ‘s proposals to build 9050 more houses has ended –with no plans for the future provision of health care. Dr Jacky Chambers, Borough...
An appeal by developers to build a new 80,000sq ft warehouse in Dordon and Freasley has been successful following a decision by the Government’s Planning inspector.
The plans, rejected by North Warwickshire Borough Council in 2014 will see 80,000sq ft of new warehouse space to the right of Birch Coppice as you head up the A5 into Tamworth. The then Labour run Council rejected the plans on the basis that there should be a ‘meaningful gap’ between Tamworth and North Warwickshire and that the Borough already had sufficient land allocated for new employment sites to meet local demand.
Labour Group Leader, Cllr Adam Farrell said;
"New jobs in this Borough are a good thing but this site is the wrong place for yet more distribution jobs. This is a rural Borough and it is vital we maintain a gap between ourselves and Tamworth, we don’t want to become an extension of Tamworth.
The Council has allocated employment land elsewhere in the Borough so this is not about being anti-jobs, in fact an application for a large site at Hams Hall has just been approved and a large plot of land opposite MIRA has also been included in the emerging local plan.
The Conservative Government promised ‘localism’. Locally elected Councillors rejected this application. They have been overruled by a Government Inspector. What part of that is ‘localism’?"
Local Borough and County Councillor, Pete Morson said;
“I’m extremely disappointed this application has been granted by the Government on appeal. We rejected this as Councillors and the Government should have respected that. They have gone against the will of local people and locally elected Councillors. This area thousands of jobs, mainly created under a Labour Council, there is no need to impose such a large site on this area of North Warwickshire. We’ve taken more than our fair share and this, along with the thousands of homes being proposed by our Conservative Council could destroy our community as we know it."
Labour Borough Councillor, Jacky Chambers said
“This is the wrong site, it destroys the last Labour Councils policy of protecting a gap between North Warwickshire and Tamworth and it brings even more pressure to our roads which will be flooded with thousands of extra cars.”
An appeal by developers to build a new 80,000sq ft warehouse in Dordon and Freasley has been successful following a decision by the Government’s Planning inspector. The plans, rejected by...
Yesterday Deputy Leader of the Labour Party Tom Watson MP visited the multi-use games area (MUGA) in Dordon, North Warwickshire alongside Councillors Adam Farrell, Jacky Chambers and Peter Morson ahead of the EU Referendum on 23 June – a project that has received £100k in EU funding.
The campaign to remain in the European Union gained pace in North Warwickshire on Thursday. Labour’s Deputy Leader, Tom Watson MP, met with Labour Group Leader, Cllr Adam Farrell, Labour Councillors and supporters to visit a local project funded by the European Union.
Tom Watson MP visited Dordon to see the new sports facilities on Long Street that received a grant of over £100,000 from European Leader funding.
On his visit to the multi-use games area at Dordon, Tom Watson said:
“It’s great to see in person exactly what European funding has delivered on the ground for local people.
“Labour councillors in Dordon have done a brilliant job to secure this funding for this terrific outdoor space and it is clearly very popular with local children.
“When local people go to vote on 23 June – they should think about projects like the multi-use games area in Dordon – where they can see direct EU funding in action. The EU has directly funded over a million pounds of projects in the North Warwickshire villages over the last few years, and another million of funding has been secured.
“Funding like this means villages can have the great new facilities like I’ve seen today – but the funding also supports community hubs, village shops, libraries, wildlife trails and a host of other really positive things.
“All of this could be jeopardised if Britain votes to leave on 23 June, which is why I’m saying to local people to vote to remain on 23 June.”
Labour Group Leader, Cllr Adam Farrell said;
“It was great to be able to show Tom the positive impact the EU has had in North Warwickshire. The investment at Dordon is just one of over 50 projects in the Borough that has had EU funding over the last couple of years. You’ll struggle to find a single village in North Warwickshire that hasn't got a community facility not improved by EU funding.
“Tom spoke with local Labour members and Councillors as well as some of the young people at the park about the positive difference the EU makes in Britain.”
Yesterday Deputy Leader of the Labour Party Tom Watson MP visited the multi-use games area (MUGA) in Dordon, North Warwickshire alongside Councillors Adam Farrell, Jacky Chambers and Peter Morson ahead...
The Planning Inspector has rejected the appeal by Punch Taverns to be allowed to proceed with their plans to demolish Dordon’slast family pub – and instead ruled that its loss would have an adverse effect on village life.
Cllr Jacky Chambers said “ After 2 years of uncertainty, this decision is great news. The village has put up a tremendous fight to protect this pub – and the fact that so many residents wrote letters of objection played an important part in this appeal.
Let us hope that Punch Taverns will now stop and think properly about the need for a community pub which serves our village and give local people a chance buy and run it as a going concern.”
The Planning Inspector has rejected the appeal by Punch Taverns to be allowed to proceed with their plans to demolish Dordon’slast family pub – and instead ruled that its loss...
An update from Cllr Peter Morson and Cllr Jacky Chambers:
At last the Highways Authority have agreed to put up signs warning lorries which weigh more than 7.5 tons that Long Street is unsuitable for use by heavy vehicles Street.
Restriction signs will be placed at the top and bottom of Long Street.
An update from Cllr Peter Morson and Cllr Jacky Chambers: At last the Highways Authority have agreed to put up signs warning lorries which weigh more than 7.5 tons that...
Dordon Labour Councillors, Cllr Morson and Chambers have objected to plans to erect another 14 houses on the former ambulance site. They believe that direct entry and exit of vehicles from this site onto the A5 will cause a major hazard but do not object to the new houses being built.
You can view past and up coming planning applications online via the Council’s Planning Search facility which can be accessed by clicking here.
And you are welcome to attend Planning Board meetings in the Council House – next meetings are scheduled on Mondays at 6.30 - January 11th, February 8th, March 7th, 11th April.
Dordon Labour Councillors, Cllr Morson and Chambers have objected to plans to erect another 14 houses on the former ambulance site. They believe that direct entry and exit of vehicles...