THOUSANDS DO BACK FIGHT
WHY is Michael Cawley upset by examples of democratic opinion?
He asks ‘where did the figures come from’ – Thousands back Vale not for Sale protesters (Express headline)?
The article explains where the figures have come from. The petition (8,500) was started in Brinnington by residents dismayed that the council should even consider depriving them of open space, which is officially in under-supply in that area. It rapidly spread throughout the borough.
The smaller, 5,793 came from the 38 Degrees online petition.
If Mr Cawley thinks that the council is following its own policy on housing, he is sadly mistaken.
The council has to produce a document, Stockport Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment, which is then examined by a government inspector whose report on this document on February 2 2011 states: “However, the SHLAA includes enough land to meet the CS’s (Core Strategy) requirement without the need to release greenfield sites. Given that assessment, exceptional circumstances (PPG2 14) do not arise and a change to the green belt boundary is not necessary.”
There is also the question of open space policy. Read that. It is easily found online. There are three sets of circumstances where open space may be used. This development does not fit into any of them.
The ‘hoo-hah’, Mr Cawley, has been caused by the council trying to get round the green belt and open space government policy. If you want to know where the compassion is in Stockport, join voluntary parks groups who are now preserving our heritage of open space and commitment to other species by working, without pay, in jobs that the council will not finance.
Opinions do not necessarily have to be based on facts but, where the law is concerned, they do. week hit the mark with local residents.
She claimed ‘the Lib Dems back an EU referendum’. Earlier this year, Lib Dems voted to kill off the EU Referendum Bill. So, rather than support it, they blocked it.
Being new to the area and with just six months to go until the general election, she might be better off getting some first-hand experience of our local area instead of debating the finer points of legislative and political tactics in the press.
It is clear that this Lib Dem seems more concerned with parliamentary manoeuvres in London where she hails from, than she is with Hazel Grove.
I for one want an MP who is local and who stands up for local people, local issues and local causes like supporting Stepping Hill Hospital, increasing train capacity and supporting local jobs and businesses in Hazel Grove.
I am happy to repeat for the Lib Dem currently tenanted in Hazel Grove the clear message from Nick Clegg is: “Yes to being in Europe. No to exit.”
He ruled out a referendum unless there was a further transfer of powers.
So there you have it. The only party that can and will deliver a referendum on Europe is the Conservative Party.
That’s why I and my Conservative colleague William Wragg signed up to the People’s Pledge on an in-out referendum back in 2012.
Lib Dems have a different policy for every doorstep, but if the new candidate wants to win people round then misrepresenting other parties’ policies and trying to spin the Lib Dem policy on Europe is not the way to go about it.
The mayoral election scheduled for 2017 should widen the democratic process, engage people in a more dynamic and meaningful elections, and provide a more transparent and accountable leadership.
The picture of the deal signing of the devolution agreement was a parade of old grey white guys in ties.
It should be the chance to spark the type of political renaissance that was witnessed in Scotland this year and make politics exciting to the majority rather than just the ‘anoraks’ and activists.
I like the idea of primary elections where the supporters in the public select candidates of all the mainstream parties, particularly for these ‘new’ positions that are set to be created in all city regions across England sooner or later.
I have an interest in this. I am applying to be Labour’s candidate for Hazel Grove, but I’ve come to this view because if parties are to be relevant they all have to be open.
Things can’t go on as they were. also compounds the problems these residents already suffer with parent and student parking.
Furthermore, it is clear in the planning decision that the coach park is only for dropping off and collecting – not for parking up all day as the scaremongers are suggesting.