Labour’s one nation approach to Littleworth

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.

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STAFFORD – KINGSTON HILL FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE 29 September 2014 to 31 December 2014

Rowan Draper:

For residents affected by the re-routing of the 841 bus service.

Originally posted on Maureen Compton:

I have received many concerns about the re-routing of the 841 bus in Stafford so that there is no longer a bus service along the Tixall Road. I have been in contact with the County Council on your behalf about the bus services and I am pleased to now inform you that there will be a free 12 seater bus operated by Leons starting from Monday 29th September until 31 December. The bus timetable is as follows:

Monday to Saturday
STAFFORD Shrewsbury Arms 9.32 10.32 11.32 12.32 13.32
KINGSTON HILL Avon Rise Drive 9.39 10.39 11.39 12.39 13.39
KINGSTON HILL Wolseley Road 9.41 10.41 11.41 12.41 13.41
STAFFORD Pitcher Bank 9.49 10.49 11.49 12.49 13.49

ROUTE: Stafford Pitcher Bank, Eastgate Street, North Walls, Lammascote Road, Weston Road, Cull Avenue, Tixall Road, Avon Rise Drive, Wolseley Road, Tixall Road, Cull Avenue, Weston Road, Lammascote Road, South Walls, Cope Street, Pitcher Bank

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September Blog with Mike Winkle


Councillor Mike Winkle

Tixall road works

Severn Trent is undertaking works along the Tixall Road from its junction with St. Thomas Lane to the junction with Blackheath Lane. Consequently this part of the Tixall road will be closed very soon. I attended a meeting between Severn Trent and Stafford Councillors and we were informed that there will be a one way system from St. Thomas Farm along St. Thomas Lane to Tixall Lane.

This will help heavy goods vehicles to access the Perkins factory. The work will be completed in January 2015. There is an excellent website that provides details of the roadworks in the Littleworth area at

Bus Service along Tixall Road

The bus service has been re-routed from Tixall Rd to the Weston Rd, giving a better service to residents from Hixon and the Haywoods, but causing difficulties for Tixall Rd residents who cannot catch the bus into town or to the Hospital.

Following pressure from your councillors there is the strong possibility of a shopping link to town along the Tixall Rd. If you are affected by this please get in touch.

General Election

We’re fighting to win the next General Election. Your Labour candidate is Kate Godfrey. We need supporters to help with delivering leaflets or knocking on doors. If you would like to help please get in touch.

Scottish Referendum

We are better together with Scotland. Hopefully the NO vote will prevail on 18th September.

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BLOG: The way you register to vote has changed

Originally posted on Rowan

The way you register to vote has changed.  Everyone is now responsible for registering themselves. Stafford Borough Council will be writing to everyone who is currently registered to vote.  Everyone will receive either:

  • a Confirmation letter – you will not need to do anything unless your circumstances change


  • an Invitation to Register – you will need to provide more information

If you received an Invitation to Register the easiest way to respond is to go online at or you can post the form back in the envelope provided.

As part of the new registration system anyone returning a form or registering online will need to provide his or her National Insurance Number and date of birth.

Your National Insurance Number may be found on:

  • a payslip
  • a P45 or P60
  • Letters about tax or benefits
  • Official correspondence from HM Revenue and Customs, or the Department for Work and Pensions


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BLOG: Standing up for Stafford’s Taxi Trade

Originally posted on Rowan

Following the recent developments at the Bridge Street Taxi Rank, reported by Staffordshire Newsletter, I have written to Stafford Borough Council’s Planning Department to object to the development unless the taxi rank is kept as in the plans the developers consulted on in February 2014.

I attended the meeting with one other councillor, over 40 people from the taxi trade along with Borough Council Officers and the local Police Inspector and when I asked whether the Cabinet Member had been invited. I was told that he didn’t think it was a meeting appropriate for councillors. This is shocking complacency from this Conservative-run Council. We should be on your side listening to your concerns before we make policies.

My letter standing up for the future of the taxi rank is reproduced below:

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Halt the Privatisation of our NHS

Originally posted on Rowan

Clive Efford, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Sport, has a Private Member’s Bill which will halt the privatisation of our NHS. It will undo the Tory-led Government’s damage to our NHS by restoring the central duty on the Secretary of State for Health to provide the National Health Service.

Councillor Rowan Draper said today:

“Stafford Hospital campaigners should join in support of Clive Efford’s bill, and call on local MP Jeremy Lefroy to vote against his Government. Only this weekend leading Stafford Hospital campaigners were happy to pose for photos in solidarity with ‘People before Profit’ campaigners from Lewisham.

If they want an NHS that truly puts people before profit, it’s time to hold Stafford’s Conservative MP to account.  We’ve had two years in Stafford to see what a mistake the Health and Social Care Act 2012 was, now it’s time for Jeremy to vote to undo the damage his committee…

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Application: 14/20892/HOU

The Planning Department at Stafford Borough Council have received an application to erect a two storey side extension to form garage and day room on ground floor and additional bedrooms on first floor at 10 Riverway. You can have your say on the application via this link.

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.

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Application: 14/20794/HOU

The Planning Department at Stafford Borough Council have received an application to build a single storey extension to side and detached oak framed carport to rear at 157 Corporation Street. You can have your say on the application via this link.

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.

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Volunteers running libraries in Stafford

Originally posted on Maureen Compton:

Four libraries in Stafford are ear-marked to be run by volunteers according to the Conservative-led County Council.   Baswich, Gnosall, holmcroft and Rising Brook are downgraded to local libraries which means that they will be run by a group of volunteers – if a group of volunteers is willing to take on that responsibility.   The people of Stafford value their libraries and the work that the librarians do in organising all kinds of activities from reading groups to baby-bounce and thyme.   I am concerned that some areas will find it easier to encourage volunteers than others.   Imagine how many volunteers would be needed to run a library.   There are so many skills involved in running a library and so many hours that a library is open.   There is no intention at present to have skilled librarians working in these four libraries – so is this a time for redundancies of very…

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BLOG: 2014 Elections Roundup

Originally posted on Rowan

The final national election before the next General Election has returned results expected for UKIP, Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats. Labour has taken many Councils, some from no overall control (e.g. Tory Lib Dem coalitions like Redbridge) and some from the Tories like Croydon and Hammersmith & Fulham. In this blog I’m going to look at the results for where I live and what it means:

West Midlands

Congratulations toNeena Gill andSion Simon who were elected on Thursday by the West Midlands and commisserations toAli Ansar Khan, Lynda WalthoandOlwen Hamerwho I saw throughout the campaign working to get Labour’s message for jobs and growth through the European Parliament across to people in the West Midlands. The votes were as follows:

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Filing for a Judicial Review on Stafford Hospital recommendations

Originally posted on Rowan

Labour’s Parliamentary candidate for Stafford Kate Godfrey has lodged papers at Birmingham High Court applying for judicial review of the decision to downgrade Stafford Hospital.

The challenge questions Tory Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt’s decision to lay the final report of the Trust Special Administrators appointed to the Mid-Staffs NHS Trust before parliament.

In a statement placed before parliament on 26th February 2014, Jeremy Hunt accepted that the TSA report met required standards. By doing so, he accepted recommendations which includes the dissolution of the Mid-Staffs Trust and the loss of key services at Stafford Hospital including permanent downgrading of Accident and Emergency to a daytime service; loss of paediatric care and assessment; loss of the consultant led maternity services which account for the majority of births in Stafford, and downgrading of the critical care services which underpin clinical delivery across departments.

The changes amount to a serious downgrade of Stafford…

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