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Bill Cash raises concerns over extra £2 child ticket charges on bus services

Press release 15/09/09       

 
Following concerns from his constituents, local MP, Bill Cash has written to bus company, Arriva, asking why a child ticket is being denied to children travelling after 9pm on their services from Stafford.
 
Cash said “It has meant that local young people travelling on certain bus services, particularly the 481 bus, may have to pay an additional £2 for the bus services, because for unknown reasons they are being charged for a full adult fare.
 
“I have also written to Staffordshire County Council to look into this issue and to see what it can do to resolve these concerns over bus travel for young people in the area.”


Bill Cash opposes gypsy pitch application in Gnosall

 Press release 19/08/2011

  
On behalf of my constituents I am gravely concerned and have objected to the planning application for the use of land at Radmore Lane in Gnosall for the stationing of caravans for a gypsy pitch. 
 
The application to build a gypsy caravan site on designated agricultural land at Sandybank in Gnosall is completely unacceptable to my constituents in Gnosall and is likely to cause concerns across a number of issues.
 
I have been aware that other neighbours have recently been denied planning permission to build on this land, so my constituents are concerned there cannot be sufficient grounds to allow the application on that basis.  
 
The application is due to be heard by Stafford Borough Council Planning Committee in the coming weeks and I welcome the move by councillors to call in this application and oppose it. 
 
At a parliamentary level, I have consistently campaigned against the Human Rights Act. When I was Shadow Attorney-General, I recommended, and the Conservative Party accepted, that we repeal the Human Rights Act, which incorporates the European Convention of Human Rights into UK law. I continue to campaign for the repeal of the Act. Travellers are accorded certain rights under the European Convention on Human Rights. It is widely noted, in general, that in cases where there is inadequate provision of authorised sites, the courts will consider certain rights under the European Convention on Human Rights and any consideration of Human Rights Act issues is a material consideration in the determination of a planning application.
 
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Bill Cash MP supports constituents over A518 and A519 concerns

 Press release 07/06/2011

 
Following the organisation and efforts of local residents through the A518 & A519 Action Group and Bill Cash MP having raised the matter with the Leader of Staffordshire County Council at a meeting today, Mr. Cash is taking several concerns up with hauliers, Staffordshire County Council and Secretary of State for Transport, notably on the movement of HGVs and the control of speed and preventing accidents.
 
Mr. Cash said:
 
“Given local residents’ concerns over regulating the number of HGVs using the road and passing through their villages, I am pressing these matters with hauliers, Staffordshire County Council and Secretary of State for Transport.
 
“There are various incidents which are of concern along the A519 and along the Newport Road in Gnosall, notably overturned vehicles which are not being reported as accidents, tailgating problems, damage to properties by vehicles smashing into them, noise pollution, cars parking in inappropriate places and lorries which are reportedly driving on and off the pavements because the roads are too narrow for those vehicles of the size now using the A519 to pass each other which are all extremely dangerous for drivers, pedestrians and local residents.
 
“I have contacted the Road Haulage Association and local hauliers, as have residents in Woodseaves, to indicate if any changes can be made to Sat-Nav technology so that HGVs are not merely directed along those roads, which would be of some benefit to our objectives.
 
“I have written to the Secretary of State for Transport with regards to the Primary Route Network (PRN) which designates routes between major settlements and ports/airports across the country, and is the preferred routing for long-distance traffic, particularly HGVs and goods traffic, between those destinations. For example, it may be that by re-routing the Primary Route from Telford on to the A5, M6 and any other more suitable A-roads, a weight limit (7.5 tonnes) between Gnosall’s Navigation Inn and Royal Oak would deter HGVs from using the A518 between Newport and Stafford. And those protections for weight limits could be strongly demanded for the A519 through Woodseaves so they are not affected.
 
“I have also asked Staffordshire County Council for a specific meeting on the issue so that we can address the ongoing concerns with HGVs, speed and accidents along the A518 and A519. I am aware that each local authority position may change under new Coalition Government plans. Under the Coalition Government’s recent consultation plans, a new approach was developed in which the Department for Transport would maintain a list of 'primary destinations' in the UK, but local authorities would decide by which routes they are best connected, working together where necessary; and local authorities would have responsibility for road classification in their area.”


Bill Cash discusses mineral extractions with Leader of Staffordshire County Council

Press release 05/08/09       

MP for Stone, Bill Cash, yesterday met the Leader of Staffordshire County Council, Philip Atkins, to discuss the issue of mineral extractions within the constituency.
 
The proportion of minerals extracted from Bill Cash’s constituency in relation to West Midlands as a whole is far too high. The County Council needs to deal with this sub-regional allocation, because the 68% contribution Staffordshire makes each year to the sand and gravel supplies of the entire West Midlands is too high a limit. Mr. Cash and Mr. Atkins agreed to take measures as are necessary to deal with this.
 
Bill Cash has successfully been involved and appeared at the inquiries on mineral extraction at Maer Hills, Beech, Folly Wood and Moneystone Quarry in previous years. He has objected to mineral extractions at Beech (Swynnerton), Croxden (Checkley), Folly Wood (Loggerheads), Keele Quarry and Factory and Netherset Hey (Madeley), Moddershall Grange (Fulford), and Weavers Hill (Gnosall), in the current round of proposed extractions, and vows to continue his objection to the mineral extractions.


Bill Cash calls for protection for voluntary groups from the “rain tax”

Press release 11/08/09       

Today, Bill Cash MP, called for immediate action to be taken to protect voluntary groups – across Stone, Trentham, Cheadle, Hixon, Eccleshall, Madeley, Ashley, Gnosall, and the surrounding villages – from soaring water charges.
 
Charges for surface water drainage are being introduced by some water companies, dubbed the ‘rain tax’. Many churches, scout groups and amateur sports clubs will pay hundreds of pounds more in higher bills, in some cases amounting to a third of their yearly revenue.
 
Bill Cash said, "I am told the new charges could cost the Church of England £15 million a year, and the Scout Association estimate that the changes could cost scout huts £500 a year – an equivalent of 25 to 30 per cent of their yearly income. Such voluntary groups currently have exemptions or discounts for business rates, but this will not extend to water rates."
 
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NEW ‘RAIN TAX’ ON VOLUNTARY GROUPS
 
Surface water charging: Surface water drainage is the charge from water companies for water draining into their sewers from roofs, paths, car parks etc.  It is often billed in conjunction with highways drainage, but if taken separately accounts for around 9 per cent of the average bill (16 per cent if combined with highways drainage).
 
Water quango guidance: In 2003, Ofwat’s head of tariffs wrote to all water companies recommending a move to site-area charging, with specific reference to condition E of their license.  Condition E is the duty that “no undue preference is shown, and that there is no undue discrimination in the fixing…of water and drainage charges”.  Ofwat have contacted all water companies and asked them to review their charging schemes by 2010. 
 
According to Ofwat: “There is no reason why a church or charity should not pay for surface water drainage in the same way as a business as both the church, charity and the business would be making a similar demand on the service.  We believe that charging all non-household premises by site area complies with the Secretary of State's guidance.”
 
 
Impact on churches, Scout and Guide groups and community amateur sports clubs: The Scout Association has launched a campaign to ‘Stop the Rain Tax’ (http://scouts.org.uk/water).  They estimate that the changes could cost scout huts £500 a year, and that the cost for some groups could represent 25-30 per cent of their income.
 
The Don’t Drain Us campaign (www.dontdrainus.org) have estimated that the annual cost to the Church of England of moving to site area charging throughout England  would be £15 million.  This is made up of approximately £10 million for highway drainage and £5 million for surface water. 





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