Saturday, 23 September 2017

Theresa May has betrayed us over Brexit

Theresa May has finally put hopes of a clean break from the EU to bed, confirming what we have known all along: the Conservatives are not going to deliver the Brexit we voted for.

The Prime Minister has committed to keeping the UK in the EU for at least two years after we are supposed to leave in 2019. She has agreed to pay £18bn a year into the EU budget, to continue allowing unlimited number of EU immigrants to live and work here, agreed to adopt every EU directive and regulation and accepted the continued jurisdiction of the EU courts. At the same time, we will lose all our MEPs (not that they were ever successful in limiting the damage the EU causes to the UK) and the handful of vetoes we still retained.

This is a complete betrayal by a weak and treacherous Prime Minister who campaigned to keep us in the EU during the referendum.

The EU has already started excluding the UK from meetings and blocking companies and institutions from applying for funding (quite possibly illegally) well in advance of our now indefinitely-postponed independence day in 2019. Over the next four years we will be paying for little more than the privilege of subsidising access to UK markets for companies in the EU. Once all EU funding for the UK stops in 2019 we will be paying the EU £1 for every £12 worth of goods we export to EU countries. That's an 8% tariff on EU exports paid by us, the taxpayer so that companies in the EU to export £60bn more to us than we do to them without having to pay for access to our markets.

We voted to leave the EU and we should leave, not stay half in and half out. And when we do leave we should take our £14bn share of EU assets that we paid for and the £9bn we put into the EU Investment Bank, we don't owe them a penny.

Monday, 7 August 2017

Castlefields Way road closure

Work is starting today on reconstructing Castlefields Way in Aqueduct between the roundabout and Southall Road.

The work is expected to last 3 weeks and the diversion is via the Eastern Primary and round Brookside Avenue so expect an increase in traffic for a while.

The council found problems with the material under the road after I harassed them into sorting out the dip in the road at the traffic lights by Willow Bank a couple of years ago. There is a concrete slab under that section of the road which is obviously very heavy and prone to sinking over time. The rest of the road is prone to cracking caused by slippage of the substructure.

Serious assault in Blakemore

A man was seriously assaulted outside his home in Blakemore on Saturday night and is in the Queen Elizabeth hospital.

The man sustained serious head injuries and was taken to the Birmingham hospital in a critical condition. There are unsubstantiated rumours that he was stabbed during the incident but this is not the case.

Clearly this is going to be a pretty traumatic time for his family and friends living nearby but despite this there have been reports of people turning up to the house to see what they can see now that the police have left the scene. Please don't do this.

A suspect is in custody but the police would still like to hear from you if you have any information. You can contact them on 03003333000 or 101 and quote reference 736s of August 5th. Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers on 0800555111 anonymously.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Man arrested on suspicion of attempted child abduction in Brookside

A 31 year old man has been arrested on suspicion of an attempted child abduction in Brookside yesterday.

The man reportedly tried to get two young boys to follow him from the shops but police say they were unharmed and no attempt was made to touch them. The suspect has been interviewed and released on bail pending further investigations.

If you have concerns about the safety of a child you can report your concerns on the Telford & Wrekin Safeguarding website.

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Planning application for apartments at Calcott supermarket

At last night's parish council meeting I opposed an application to build a three storey extension to the shop on Calcott in Stirchley to provide six 1 and 2 bed apartments.

The apartments would overlook the neighbours, the development would be out of character for the area, it would be an over-development in my opinion, the smaller proposed service yard would not be big enough for delivery vehicles and it would exacerbate the traffic and parking issues that already blight that area.

I am pleased to say that the council voted to oppose the application but unfortunately it will be Telford & Wrekin Council that make the decision. Hopefully they will take into account the objections of nearby residents and the parish council when making their decision and come to the sensible conclusion that this development should not be allowed.

A number of neighbours have been approached by the council for comments on the application as they are required to be consulted by law. However, you do not need to be asked for an opinion to provide one. Simply follow this link and click on the "Comment on this application" link to have your say. Before commenting, please read the other comments as a consistent message is more effective and simply commenting that you don't want more houses or similar is not a material consideration and won't count for anything.

It is worth remembering that the Tories have introduced presumed consent for planning applications in England which means that the council needs a very good reason to refuse planning consent or it can be dragged through expensive tribunals and landed with the bill for both sides' costs. Good reasons for refusing planning consent include the development not being in accordance with the council's local development plan and safety concerns.

It is also worth remembering that the decision for this planning application has been delegated to officers so your elected councillors won't be the ones who make the decision unless it is called in to the planning committee. You may therefore wish to contact Cllr Chris Turley who is both a borough councillor for the Nedge and a member of the planning committee to ask him to ensure the application gets proper scrutiny at the next planning committee meeting.

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Fly Tipping in Bembridge reported

Fly tipped mattress at the end of Bembridge near the community centre reported.

Friday, 23 June 2017

Happy Independence Day

A year ago today I had already been out for over an hour putting leaflets through doors encouraging people to go out and vote in the EU referendum. This was the culmination of months of campaigning - delivering thousands of leaflets, manning street stalls and talking to voters.

I was confident that Telford & Wrekin would vote to Leave the EU by a big margin but I was less sure about the national result. I expected a narrow win for Project Fear given that the entire machinery of the state was geared up to promote the EU.

I remember travelling round Telford picking up telling cards from the polling stations to get a feel for the turnout and hearing that every person who had pledged to vote Leave during canvassing had been out and voted. And of course I remember going to cast my own vote to Leave the EU - probably the most important vote I will ever take part in.

On the night of the 23rd I was at the referendum count in Wellington where we got to see the margin by which Telford & Wrekin voted to Leave - a massive majority on an exceptionally high turnout. It was at the count that my fellow Leave campaigners dared suggest that we might be successful. The Remain vote in English cities and in Scotland wasn't as big as expected, allowing the Leave vote to edge ahead.

It was while I was driving from Telford to Shrewsbury for the Shropshire Council count that the BBC called it for Leave and I knew that we had won. I called my wife (who was too excited to go to sleep and was watching the results) to tell her and she just said she knew we'd win, even when everyone was saying we wouldn't.

I was in the sports village at Shrewsbury when the result came in that tipped Leave over the 50% mark and meant the referendum was won. The Chairman of Shrewsbury & Atcham Conservatives verbally abused me for campaigning for Leave and I was in such a good mood I just laughed at him as I briefly explained my opinion of him.

A year on I still have vivid memories of that day and I don't think they will ever leave me. As a naive youngster I thought the EU was a good idea and then as I got older I came to see it for what it was. Completing that journey and helping to end our membership of the EU was a proud moment.

It's a shame UKIP failed to capitalise on the referendum result because it has allowed Theresa May to backslide on Brexit, The government have already caved in on the EU's outrageous demands for more money before they'll start negotiations and they are ready to accept unlimited EU immigration and the jurisdiction of the EU courts to be tied into the protectionist single market.

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