Welcome to our website, and we hope you find what you’re looking for, we are your local Borough Councillors and we aim to provide clear support to the community based on the one nation values Ed Miliband talked about at Labour’s Conference in 2012 when he said:
One Nation: a country where everyone has a stake. One Nation: a country where prosperity is fairly shared. One Nation: where we have a shared destiny, a sense of shared endeavour and a common life that we lead together. That is my vision of One Nation. That is my vision of Britain. That is the Britain we must become.
You can see the full speech below:
Labour has only been in government for four short periods of the 20th century. However its achievements have revolutionised the lives of the British people. The values Labour stands for today are those which have guided it throughout its existence: social justice, strong community and strong values, reward for hard work, decency and rights matched by responsibilities.
There were good questions from those who came and I hope that your positive attitude will help spread throughout the local area to reassure your neighbours and the rest of the community. Some residents made some interesting comments about the Council’s performance in the application stage, which I have taken on board and whilst I have addressed some of the comments before with council officers, I will be going back to the Council with ways to improve the experience for residents and to discuss your concerns.
I’d like to thank you all for coming and for Helen, Ivan and Angela of Midlands Psychology for hosting us at their Newport Road office. It is very important to us as your local councillors and the staff Midlands Psychology that this meeting is just the start of the conversation for Avon Rise residents and we want to make sure that everyone feels comfortable coming to have a chat about the project.
If you’d like to speak to me about this meeting or the project please visit my contact me page.
Discussing the development of Supported Living Service at 22 Avon Rise 6.00 pm Monday 9th Hayes, 19 Newport Road, Stafford ST16 1BA
We are writing to you to invite you to an open meeting at the offices of Midlands Psychology.
This will provide an opportunity to find out more about the manner in which Midlands Psychology plan to support the individuals who will be moving to 22 Avon Rise.
We know a number of residents have expressed some anxiety about this development, and we have met together to share these. Midlands Psychology want to provide reassurance they will support their clients be good neighbours, and we would encourage you to attend this meeting if you are able to.
It would be appreciated if you could contact Midlands Psychology and confirm if you intend to attend.
We look forward to seeing you on 9th December.
Ivan Burchess (Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Midlands Psychology)
Today Labour held a national day of action on the ever-increasing prices from Energy companies. I was out with members from Stafford Labour Party as well as Shadow Leader of the House of Commons Angela Eagle and Neena Gill one of Labour's West Midlands candidates for the European Parliament elections next year. We were talking to people about signing our petition to call on David Cameron to freeze energy prices until 2017 now.
Planned walkabouts take place within the Littleworth Ward on a regular basis with officers from Stafford Borough Council, Stafford and Rural Homes, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue and Staffordshire Police.
We look for areas of untidiness and listen to you, our local residents, but we want to make sure we deal with your concerns.
On a recent walkabout we identified several ‘hot-spots’ and with the support of street-scene these problems are being addressed. They include:
Weeds in alleyways
Vehicle speeds in the alleyways off of Bedford Avenue
Wheelie bins being left out on backstreets
Sweeping of roads and footpaths Corporation Street
Fly tipping & rubbish outside properties
Hedge causing obstruction to motorists near Pear Tree Pennycroft bungalows
Sweeping of roads and footpaths on the Weston Road.
These issues have been raised with Stafford Borough Council officers and will be addressed. If you’re unhappy with any of these issues in your area or would like to talk to us about any other issues please leave a comment below and let us know.
We have beautiful nature reserves within Littleworth ward and one of these is Kingston Pool Covert, South. The building of a concrete channel through the reserve several years ago has effectively drained what is a natural wetland site, putting stress upon the local ecology, causing adverse effects like the spreading of nettle beds, a lowering of the peat soil through drying out, the exposure of tree roots and sycamore saplings taking over as the dominant species. However contact with the Borough Council bio-diversity officer and the Environment Agency has paid off, with a proposal to allow excess water to enter the site again, restoring its wetland status.
The new housing development within the old St. George’s site includes within it a conservation area. I recently sent a letter to the Borough Council regarding the felling of trees proposed by the developers. Here is an extract:
In 2011 most of the woodland within the area was felled, causing a huge loss of habitat as well as destroying the picturesque qualities of the site. The public outcry against such destruction was well documented in the press and was debated in Council.
Please ensure that planting of trees in the conservation area goes some way to ameliorate this unnecessary loss of the area’s character and integrity.
I used to regularly cycle along the brook by Queensway towards Pennycroft flats and have noticed that the site is less damp than it used to be. Please ensure that the site does not become over-drained, resulting in a loss of wetland habitat, which is happening to a greater extent in Astonfields Balancing lakes and Kingston Pool Covert.
Back in the early 1970’s I was as a ward orderly in St. George’s Hospital. It is a beautiful Victorian building, now sadly neglected. Please act as a critical friend to the developers to bring the building back to its previous pleasing and imposing aspect when viewed from Queensway.
The ‘Pride in Your Patch‘ awards will be launched next month in November by Stafford Borough Council. They will provide an opportunity for us as your elected councillors to recognise your efforts and say thank you at an awards event in March next year.
The categories are:
People up to 18 years old,
Action in the Community,
Your Councillors supporting community residents cleaning up
“People who care about their community, and look after their community, can go unseen but we want to recognise those people who are out there organising efforts or supporting projects in Littleworth ward.”
“If you’re responsible for taking pride in your local area please get in touch with us so we can support you and acknowledge your efforts.”
If you would like to speak to me on this application, please get in touch. There is an opportunity for Councillors to take this application to committee for a debate and decision from local Councillors, rather than planning officers, and if you would like for that to happen please contact us.
Stafford Borough Council has come under fire from Gingerbread, a national charity who advocate for single parent families, over how the Council has implemented the localisation of Council Tax benefits. The Council, who considered the policy in January, included Child Maintenance as part of the scheme that assesses income to be taxed.
Last week's Staffordshire Newsletter highlighted opposition from charity group Gingerbread who echoed the opposition we voiced at Council to protect people from the Government's cuts being inflicted on them.
On International Credit Union Day eyes will certainly be on Stella Creasy MP today whose hard campaigning, with support from other co-operators and the Labour movement, for a crackdown on high-cost credit has again reached the top of the political agenda. Ed Miliband today told us that Labour would introduce a levy on payday lenders to fund low-cost lending through credit unions.
At the weekend I exercised my right to protest in a demonstration double header, in support of my local Hospital and to send a message to keep my acute services local and on my doorstep, as we close in on 24 hours until the Mid Staffs Foundation Trust Special Administrator's consultation closing. The second protest took place in Manchester with the TUC, and Unison who organised a demonstration to protest at the Tory-led Government's policy on the NHS.