Labour Councillors in Polesworth are up in arms after the Tory run Borough Council voted to build 31 homes on land in between Laurel Avenue and Common Lane. To add insult to injury, Polesworth Tory Cllr, John Smitten proposed the planning application be approved.
Labour County Councillor, Dave Parsons said;
"This is another example of the Tory Council not understanding the needs and views of local people in Polesworth. The Council wants to build thousands of homes on our green fields in Polesworth and Dordon without any major improvements to local infrastructure. The Tories have voluntarily taken an additional 3000 homes from Birmingham and have protected safe Conservative villages in other areas of the borough at our expense.
"This application, whilst only being for 31 homes will have access from Common Lane which is in part a rural road and will only add to the traffic on the B5000. We're losing our green space in this area at an alarming rate and what makes it worse is our own Polesworth Tory Councillors are leading the campaign to destroy it."
Local Polesworth resident, Simon Rose said;
"This application will add traffic to our already congested roads, it will place further pressure on our schools, doctors and public services and yet again will provide a limited number of affordable homes. In fact, just 12 of the properties will be affordable. What is the point in having homes built locally that are not affordable? We need to protect our green space and our rural village. It’s disappointing the Council haven't supported local people. They didn’t even secure a reduction in the number of homes as requested at a recent planning meeting. You have to ask the question, what’s the point in these Tory Councillors?”
Labour Councillors in Polesworth are up in arms after the Tory run Borough Council voted to build 31 homes on land in between Laurel Avenue and Common Lane. To add...
Councillor Peter Morson has taken the fight to save the Warton school bus service to Warwickshire County Council. At the County Council meeting on the 17th May, Cllr Morson, supported by the Labour group asked that the Council re consider their decision to charge families in Warton for their local school bus service. Warton is a very rural area and families are saying they can’t afford these charges, but the Conservative and Liberal Democrat Councillors disagreed and instead believe our young people can walk this route accompanied by an adult.
The route from Warton to the school would be over 5 miles a day (25 miles a week) and for any adult who accompanies the children they would be walking double this. The route has no lighting, no crossings over the junctions and is an area that regularly floods.
Children from 11 to 16 have been writing to their local newspaper with their concerns, they have walked the route and they say it is exhausting, especially when carrying books, PE kits and cookery items. Children are also worried about the effect this will have on their work and exams, with the route adding another 2 to 2.5 hours to their day.
The families have had meetings to appeal to their local councillors and their M.P to have this decision over turned. Councillor Morson has said
"This is the only area out of approximately 160 areas in Warwickshire that is being charged so far, I do not understand why they decided that such a dangerous and long route is suitable for young children to walk. The route will be harder to walk when the winter starts with the dark nights, wind, rain, ice, snow and fog making it even more dangerous.
It seems 29 Conservatives and Liberal Democrat Councillors think this is acceptable, while Labour supports local residents and is on their side."
Councillor Peter Morson has taken the fight to save the Warton school bus service to Warwickshire County Council. At the County Council meeting on the 17th May, Cllr Morson, supported by the...
The Chair of Warwickshire Children's and Young Peoples Scrutiny Committee has said the Government is to blame for the education failings identified recently by the Chief Inspector of Schools, Sir Michael Wilshaw.
Sir Michael said that the geographical divide in this country now meant children in the Midlands and the North are less likely to go to a school rated good or outstanding than their peers in the south of the country.
Cllr Dave Parsons said “Sir Micheal is right to point out that there is a lack of political will to improve standards” but that lack of will is coming from the current Government who have decided to plough ahead with their plans for education that remove any real local involvement or accountability. The Governments academy programme means just two secondary schools in our County will still be in local authority control by the end of the year.
The Government is cutting funding to local authorities and this has a direct impact on the services local people receive. Statistics tell us that in areas of deprivation, you’re more likely to go to a school that isn’t rated as good or outstanding. In Warwickshire we have our own north and south divide as children in the north of the county are less likely than their peers in the south to go to a school that is rated as at least good.
As the Government cuts local authority funding it is predicted that child poverty will increase by 30%. As poverty is often linked to your standard of education, this is a recipe for disaster.
I know in Warwickshire that Councillors of all parties care about our children’s education but you can’t have it both ways. If you support cutting public spending in the way the current Government is doing, then it is hypocrisy to shed tears when this impacts on our young people in Warwickshire.”
The Chair of Warwickshire Children's and Young Peoples Scrutiny Committee has said the Government is to blame for the education failings identified recently by the Chief Inspector of Schools, Sir...
Polesworth Borough Councillors Mick Stanley and Emma Stanley say the campaign for a new Pavilion in Polesworth is growing following a public meeting in the village.
Councillor Mick Stanley, who represents Polesworth East said,
"I was really pleased with the turnout at the meeting as it shows there is a real desire for a facility like this in Polesworth. We want to create a campaign group, organisation or association so we can make a proper bid to the authorities and get the pavilion that will bring the most benefit to the area.
We will be applying to the Borough Council to see if we can get any funding or 106 money from other developments to get this built. We also want people to come forward with ideas on what they want the centre to be. Other villages have been able to pull together to get the facilities they need and this shows it can be done. We want all people to come forward so we can discuss all the options available and move forward."
Parish Council Chair, Cllr Dave Butcher said
"The parish council fully supports this idea. Polesworth is a growing community and if you combine it with Dordon it is probably one of the largest in North Warwickshire. We have a lot of community groups in Polesworth and there is a real need to have this centre rebuilt.
It was a real shock when the pavilion caught fire just before Christmas and it had to be demolished on safety grounds. We need to create this campaign group so we have a firm foundation for applying for funding. We can't shout on our own, we all need to shout with the same voice to be heard."
Polesworth Borough Councillors Mick Stanley and Emma Stanley say the campaign for a new Pavilion in Polesworth is growing following a public meeting in the village. Councillor Mick Stanley, who...
Labour Councillors forced the Borough Council to agree to consult with local people on the feasibility of replacing the Pavilion following a fire that destroyed the building.
Cllr Emma Stanley had earlier called for CCTV which could have averted the fire happening but it fell on deaf ears. The Tories voted to pull it down before the fire occurred.
At the Full Council in December, Polesworth East Councillors were successful in an amendment to look at replacing the pavilion. Mick and Emma have arranged a public meeting at the Tithe Barn, Polesworth on Thursday 7th January at 7.30pm to see how the people of Polesworth can get involved in improvements in the park and what they would like to see happen regarding the Pavilion.
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Labour Councillors forced the Borough Council to agree to consult with local people on the feasibility of replacing the Pavilion following a fire that destroyed the building. Cllr Emma Stanley...