Monday, May 12th, 2014
Conservative Party candidates for the 2014 Tamworth Borough Council election
Amington – Cllr John Garner
Belgrave – Mrs Joy Goodall
Bolehall – Alastair Whitby
Castle – Cllr Allan Lunn
Glascote – Roy Rogers
Mercian – Cllr Michael Greatorex
Spital – John Chesworth
Stonydelph – Francis Worrall
Trinity – Michael Oates
Wilnecote – Cllr Tina Clements
If you have an issue you want them to deal with, contact them by phone 01827 57156 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, September 12th, 2014
Mr Pincher writing his opposition to the go kart application
Christopher Pincher MP has raised his “clear concerns” about an application made to North Warwickshire Borough Council to extend the karting track at Priory Park because of concerns about its future use and the impact this may have on residents in Acorn Ridge.
The noise from the karting track, which sits just over the border in Warwickshire, has historically been a significant nuisance for residents and increasing the capacity of the track will further exacerbate this problem.
A number of Tamworth constituents have also raised concerns about the size of the sound barriers that have been installed, which are not the 5m tall barriers described in the applicant’s submission (they are materially lower) and make little impact on the levels of noise.
Mr Pincher said, “I have raised my objections about this site before and have done so again. I have written to North Warwickshire in the clearest terms.
“I am concerned that given the location of the Chiltern loop and the roads off it, which is in Tamworth and known as Acorn Ridge, residents are not being given sufficient say about decisions that may be taken by North Warwickshire but which have a direct and negative impact on them. They may not live in North Warwickshire but my constituents are directly affected by decisions made by councillors that they do not elect over the border.
“As well as objecting to North Warwickshire Borough Council, I have also written to Planning Minister, Brandon Lewis MP, to clarify what support can be given to Tamworth Borough Council to represent residents in planning matters which are not within its jurisdiction, but which directly affect its own council tax payers.”
Stonydelph Conservative Cllr Stephen Doyle, who went along the North Warwickshire Planning Committee meeting on Monday night to speak up for local residents, said, “I believe NWBC Planning Committee must listen to local residents in Acorn Ridge who are concerned about the impact this application will have. It is not right to make any decision without making sure their lives are not unfairly affected. I will keep up the pressure on their behalf.”
Sunday, September 7th, 2014
Cllr Michael Greatorex
A change has been made to Tamworth’s Borough Council’s Cabinet following the promotion of one of the committee members to Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet.
Cllr Michael Greatorex, who held the portfolio for Public Housing and Vulnerable People, will take the role of a support cabinet member with Staffordshire County Council.
Cllr Greatorex represents the Mercian ward in Tamworth and is also Staffordshire County Councillor for Watling South Division (Dosthill, Two Gates and Wilnecote). He will continue to hold his position on Tamworth’s Planning Committee and all other duties associated with being a Tamworth councillor.
Announcing the change, Leader of Tamworth Borough Council, Cllr Daniel Cook, said the portfolio for Housing and Vulnerable People will be split between the remaining five Cabinet members for an interim period, which would also result in a financial saving.
The role Cllr Greatorex has accepted at Staffordshire County Council is the Support Member for Wellbeing, Prevention and Public Health, which will see him working under Cabinet member Cllr Alan White.
Cllr Cook said; “Cllr Greatorex has proved a huge asset to Tamworth Borough Council, both as a Cabinet member and ward councillor. He has worked on projects including the regeneration of Kerria and Tinkers Green, changes to housing legislation and the scheme, which has seen garages, redeveloped into affordable homes.
“Unfortunately a councillor cannot hold a Cabinet position on both a county and district council, and Cllr Greatorex has taken the difficult decision to accept the new challenge offered to him at Stafford.
“We will still be working closely with Michael – both in his county capacity and also as a borough councillor for Tamworth. I would like to thank him for all his hard work during the last few years on Cabinet and wish him every success in his new role.”
Cllr Greatorex said; “I am sad to be leaving my cabinet role on Tamworth Borough Council. I have found the work to be both stimulating and rewarding. I shall miss the support and encouragement, which the Leader of the Council, my cabinet colleagues and all the officers of Tamworth Borough Council have given me.
“The new challenge for me on the County Council’s cabinet is an exciting one and gives me the opportunity to help shape policies to support county residents, including those of Tamworth where I have happily lived for 29 years and will continue to live.”
The full Cabinet and responsibilities are as follows:
- Cllr Daniel Cook. Leader. Portfolio: Performance, financial planning, strategy and reputation
- Cllr Rob Pritchard: Deputy Leader. Portfolio: Operations & Assets
- Cllr Steve Claymore: Portfolio: Economy & Education
- Cllr Stephen Doyle: Portfolio: Community Development & Voluntary Sector
- Cllr Michelle Thurgood: Portfolio: Environment & Waste Management
Sunday, September 7th, 2014
Sunday, September 7th, 2014
Sunday, August 3rd, 2014
Christopher Pincher, MP for Tamworth, welcomed figures released this week, which forecast the British economy will grow faster than any other western country.
Data published last week by independent International Monetary Fund (IMF) show that the British economy will grow by 3.2% this year and 2.7% next year – faster than another other developed country. This is on top of the 0.8% growth already seen from April through to June this year.
Responding to these figures Mr Pincher said, “I welcome the news that the British economy is growing and is projected to carry on growing faster than any other developed nation and evidence shows that our long-term economic plan is working. Private sector jobs continue to be created, business confidence is higher than at any point since Labour’s crash and more and more business are coming to Tamworth at Ventura and the town centre.
“BMW, Pizza Express, Nandos are just three big names coming to town bringing new jobs with them. There are now more jobs in Tamworth than at any point in the past decade with unemployment currently at just 1.5% of the working age population. Tamworth is a working town and we must not let anything jeopardise this fragile recovery for there is still much to do to secure the government’s long-term economic plan.
“We must make Tamworth the place in the Midlands to set up or expand a business. Until we do, the job is not yet done.”
Nationally unemployment is now down to 6.5%. Tamworth is in the top 17% of constituencies with the highest rate of employment. Last month also saw a record jump in the number of people finding work since records began in 1971, beating last month’s previous record.
Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014
Voluntary groups and organisations across Tamworth have received a cash boost of almost £4,000 from Conservative controlled Tamworth Borough Council.
Eight groups have each been awarded grants of between £460 and £500 from two funds – the Voluntary and Community Grants scheme and the Arts Grants scheme. The grants are given to help organisations develop and provide services for the residents of Tamworth.
The latest grants are:
- £500 for Tamworth Amateur Radio towards the purchase of a generator and to help train young people taking their Foundation Licence
- £500 for the MS Society towards tai chi classes for people with MS, to help with balance, mobility and mental wellbeing
- £500 for the Polish Community of Tamworth – towards equipment for a Saturday school at Sacred Heart Centre in Glascote to provide supplementary education for children with Polish roots. The new group will also give Polish parents the chance to meet together, support each other and take part in workshops and courses
- £500 for Tamworth Twinning Association towards the cost of hiring a venue for a concert by Tamworth Voices and the choir from Tamworth’s French twin town of Vaujours, as well as for the cost of promotional materials
- £500 for U3A towards the purchase of a keyboard for the choir group to enable them to increase the number of performances they can offer
- £500 for Wilnecote Wildlife Conservation Group towards equipment and tools to be used for the maintenance of the southern part of the Kettlebrook Linear Nature Reserve, to make the area more attractive and accessible and to encourage wildlife
- £500 for Sacred Heart Senior Citizens Club towards a social outing for the group’s 30 members
- £460 for Museufy towards a portable photographic exhibition of William McGregor’s Ancient Egyptian collection. The exhibition will be put in show at Costa Coffee in George Street – where the mummies are reputed to be buried – and Tamworth Library.
Cllr Robert Pritchard, Chairman of the Cabinet Grants Committee, said, “Tamworth Borough Council is keen to support as many local voluntary organisations, sports clubs and community groups as possible. The groups are carrying out projects to make Tamworth a better place, help local residents or just give people something to do. If your community groups, arts group, heritage group or sports club is running a project, please get in touch – we might be able to support you too.”
Grants are available to community groups and voluntary organisations, which run in the borough to allow them to develop and continue to provide their vital services. To apply for a grant, please contact Karen Clancy at Tamworth Borough Council on 01827 709709.
Friday, July 18th, 2014
Thursday, July 10th, 2014
Christopher Pincher, MP for Tamworth, has welcomed the launch of the ‘Green Deal Home Improvement Fund’ which offers up to £7600 money back for installing energy-saving measures such as insulation and efficient heating systems.
Commenting Mr Pincher said, “This new home improvement fund is another great addition to the Green Deal which have already helped many people across the country make energy-saving home improvements, saving them hundreds of pounds every year on their energy bills. Even simple measures, such as loft insulation can save you up to £300 every year on your bills.
“I would encourage anyone in Tamworth to find out what help is out there and make energy-efficient saving home improvements to reduce bills. I hope they will do it now in the summer and not wait until the weather turns colder.”
Almost 3000 applications and £8.5million has been spent in the first fortnight alone and over 800 companies have signed up to provide energy-saving home improvements. For more information, please visit www.gov.uk/greendeal or call the Energy Saving Advice Service on 0300123124.
Thursday, July 10th, 2014
A whole host of sporting events run by Conservative controlled Tamworth Borough Council are taking place to keep youngsters entertained, busy, fit and healthy during this year’s summer holidays.
And other sporting and leisure groups in the borough are being urged to let the council know about any activities and events they are organising so they can be advertised – free of charge – on the council’s website and social networks.
It is hoped by putting all the events in one place, council and non-council, it will make it easier for people find out what’s available this summer and easier to get involved.
It doesn’t matter if it is a sporting event, voluntary activity or a community fun day, whether it is free of charge or needs to be paid for, all events will be added to the council’s summer activity list.
All groups need to do is email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org to have their event listed, free of charge. Please include a contact name and phone number, along with dates and times of the event.
Any events listed, which are run by outside groups, are not endorsed or supported by Tamworth Borough Council. It is up to parents and individuals to decide whether it is a suitable activity for them or their children to take part in. Parents are encouraged to contact the groups for more information to help make their decision.
Cllr Robert Pritchard, Deputy Leader of Tamworth Borough Council, said, “I hope as many groups as possible let us know what is taking place over the summer. This means we can give local groups a hand to advertise their events and let people know how many fantastic events are taking place during the school holidays.
“As ever, Tamworth has lots of activities taking place and I would like to see people have an easy way to find out what is available to help plan their summer activities. So if you are running sports events, community fun days, heritage events or wildlife activities please let us know. That also includes events that are outside Tamworth which are open to local residents.”
Tuesday, July 8th, 2014
Bikers from Tamworth and across Staffordshire are being targeted in a new campaign to help promote safer riding and improve road safety.
The ‘Staffordshire Bikers Breakfasts’ events are part of a new campaign being rolled out by the Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership. The campaign aims to promote safer riding amongst the county’s bikers, with the events offering advice, the opportunity to access training courses and the chance to have their riding skills assessed.
Cllr Mark Winnington, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy and Infrastructure and a biker himself said, “Keeping our roads safe is one of our top priorities and this includes helping our bikers to improve their riding skills when out on the county’s roads.
“The breakfast events we’ve held so far have been very successful and are giving bikers a great opportunity to learn more about the importance of safer riding. And all over a bacon bap and coffee with their fellow bikers.
“Recent figures show that Staffordshire is still amongst the top three counties for road safety in England, which is a record we are proud of and will continue to work hard at to improve even further.”
This event is just one of a number of schemes that the Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership runs, which has seen a steady fall in the number of motorcyclists killed or injured on the county’s roads. Rider error accounts for a high proportion of all motorcycle deaths and serious injuries and campaigns such as our Bikers Breakfasts, ‘Ride it Right’ and ‘Bike Sense’ help bikers develop the necessary skills to ride safely.
Tamworth’s Biker Breakfast is being held on Saturday 19th July at Sutton Motorcycles and will run from 9am to 3pm. For further details on the event search for Staffordshire Bikers Breakfasts, email email@example.com or call 0300 111 8012.