I am aware that bus services 74 and 75 no longer travel to Cannock Hospital, but stop at the bus station. This is an inconvenience and with the help of Councillor Compton we are trying to get them re-instated.
Many of you are concerned at the number of housing developments being proposed and passed for development around the town. Without a local 5 year plan developers can press for such developments more easily. A Government Inspector has recently completed his evaluation of our local plan. The Inspectors initial report states:
The Inspector has also completed his initial assessment of the submitted Plan in terms of complying with the legal requirements and soundness, as set out in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF; p. 182). This statement confirms that the legal and procedural requirements, including the Duty to Co-operate, have been complied with, and sets out the inspector’s recommendations for additional Main Modifications to ensure that the Plan is sound and can be adopted.
Hopefully modifications and subsequent approval will not take too long and with a 5 year plan in place new developments will reflect local needs and sustainability.
The Local Government Boundaries Commission has decided upon 40 Borough Councillors. It is now deciding upon warding arrangements. The local Labour Group disagreed strongly with the Council’s submission and has put forward its own, which can be seen at http://www.lgbce.org.uk/all-reviews/west-midlands/staffordshire/stafford-fer
I have nominated John Gale, a local conservationist, for the Borough Council ‘Pride In Your Patch’ award. He has been enormously helpful to your councillors, particularly with the Kingston Pool Covert nature reserve and the St. George’s conservation area.
The prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Labour in Stafford is Kate Godfrey. You can follow her on Twitter @KateVotesLabour.
You will be receiving our latest Newsletter soon, with details of our next local Residents’ Forum, which will be on Thursday 13th February 2014, starting at 7.30pm until 9.00pm at the Littleworth Community Centre.