Calderdale Labour have slammed an attempt by Conservative leader Scott Benton to halt the roll out of residential 20 mph schemes in Calderdale.
Labour’s Public Health spokesperson, Faisal Shoukat, said:
“Cllr Benton’s call for a block on further 20 mph schemes is misinformed and would be a massive backward step for Calderdale.
“Introducing 20 mph limits in residential areas has been popular and effective. It is an important part of our ‘Love Our Streets’ campaign, which aims to make our streets safe and pleasant for all children and adults however they travel and wherever they live.”
Calderdale Labour are calling on the Council to take a stand against the Government’s plans to extend selection.
Thursday’s full Council will be asked to back a motion opposing the plans, which will undermine the track record of progress and achievement of many of Calderdale’s existing comprehensive schools. Continue Reading
Calderdale labour leader Tim Swift today sets out a strong case for the Conservative Government to rethink their policies of repeated cuts to local government spending, warning that they are putting at risk the local services that residents expect and depend upon.
Cllr Swift sets out his case in a letter to the Chancellor Philip Hammond and Local Government Secretary Sajid Javid, calling for them to rethink the cuts to local government which had been planned by Mr Hammond’s predecessor George Osborne. Continue Reading
Back in January, then Cabinet Minister Oliver Letwin was put in charge of the national resilience review.This was established to
assess how the country can be better protected from future flooding and increasingly extreme weather events
Since the change of Government, the future of this review seems to be doubt – yet adequate preparation for future flooding must remain an absolute priority.
Now Labour leader Cllr Tim Swift has joined with Leeds City Council leader Judith Blake in calling on the Prime Minister to provide assurances that the review will be completed, and action taken on the findings.
“We know that serious flooding events are likely to continue to increase in severity. We need to learn the lessons from Storm Desmond and Storm Eva, investing not just in flood defences but in actions that will make homes, businesses, communities and the essential infrastructure we depend on stronger and more resilient. This review must not be allowed to fall victim of internal Government changes.”
A copy of the letter is below.
National Infrastructure Review – Letter to Prime Minister
Calderdale Labour leader Tim Swift is urging the new Secretary of State for Defra, Andrea Leadsom MP, to visit Calderdale as soon as possible.
“With all the changes in Government personnel, we now have a situation where none of the Ministers who visited Calderdale after the December floods are still in the same job.
“Obviously the promises they made at the time were made on behalf of the Government, and we have every reason to expect that they will be honoured – but we need to make sure. And it’s much more effective if Ministers come and see the area for themselves, so they understand the damage that was caused, the work that is already being done to recover, and the risks that remain unless we get the investment we need. Continue Reading