Welcome to my latest Parliamentary newsletter.
Space prevents the newsletter covering all of what I have been doing over the past month. However, hopefully it provides a flavour of some of the local issues I have taken up as well as my actions in Parliament. You’ll find updates on North Worcestershire Golf Club, local government funding and other issues. As ever, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me on these or any other issues.
Residents living close to North Worcestershire Golf Course will know that in August 2017 a renewed application by Bloor Homes to build 950 homes on the site of the old golf course was rejected by Birmingham City Council.
Bloor Homes have now lodged an appeal with the government, in an attempt to overturn this decision
If you submitted comments to Birmingham City Council when the planning application was in front of them, those comments will be forwarded to the Planning Inspector. However, you can also submit comments direct to the Planning Inspectorate – regardless of whether you have already sent in comments to the City Council and I would urge you to do so. You can do that by entering the application reference number 3192918 on the Planning Inspectorate website here – https://acp.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/.
Government funding to Birmingham City Council has been cut by almost £650 million since 2010. This is the biggest cut in local government history and is more than 75 per cent of the City Council’s current net budget.
To make matters worse, due to unfairness in the way local government funding has been allocated by the Conservative Government, Birmingham is £100 million a year worse off than if cuts were made fairly.
Yesterday I asked the Government that all local authorities are treated equally in terms of the level of cuts made annually. That would mean that Birmingham City Council receives the extra £100 million extra funding it deserves.
Undoubtedly there is great concern regarding the impact that Carillion’s liquidation will have on people and businesses in the West Midlands. It is vital that an urgent assessment is conducted to assess the impact of Carillion’s liquation on our region. I have been in close contact with Birmingham City Council Cabinet Member for Jobs and Skills, Brett O’Reilly and to consider what steps can be put in place to minimise the impact on Birmingham City Council and service users.
I fully support Councillor O’Reilly’s request for Government assistance in co-ordinating a response to mitigate the impact on residents and the local economy. The Government have serious questions to answer about why it continued to award Carillion contracts even after it became clear that Carillion were in serious financial difficulty and must do all that it can to ensure that employees, taxpayers and pension fund members are protected.
Many local residents will be aware that a new planning application has been submitted for a crematorium off New Inns Lane on the Birmingham/Bromsgrove border. This is the third application that has been lodged by the developers looking to build on the land.
Throughout the previous planning applications I, along with Councillors Andy Cartwright, Carole Griffiths and Peter McDonald have made several representations to Bromsgrove District Council on behalf of resident as well as expressing concerns of our own regarding the planning application.
I remain unconvinced that New Inns Lane is the right site for this planning application and I will be writing to Bromsgrove District Council again to further raise my concerns and the concerns of local residents.
It’s really important, though, that as many residents as possible also submit their comments to Bromsgrove District Council – regardless of any comments that you may have submitted previously which will not be considered this time round. You can view all of the documents related to the application and submit your views by clicking the following link and searching for application reference: 17/01429/FUL.
The deadline for comments is 24th January 2018. Residents can also contact Bromsgrove District Council directly by calling 01527 881770, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by writing to Town Hall, Walter Stranz Square, Redditch, B98 8AH.