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Bill Cash MP takes up methane gas exploration objections with Staffordshire County Council

Press release 14/12/09

In response to Greenpark Energy’s planning application for methane gas exploration in Tittensor, and recent correspondence with Staffordshire County Council, Bill Cash MP said:
“I strongly support my constituents in their objections to these proposals and have taken up those concerns with Staffordshire County Council. It has become clear that full planning applications have already been submitted for the drilling of boreholes for methane gas exploration and subsequent production at Groundslow Farm and Knowl Wall Farm.
“Furthermore, it has come to light that pre-application discussions have taken place for a site at Spot Grange near Hilderstone and another site at Blakelow near Swynnerton, near to the M6 motorway.
“I ask that if any of my constituents within the affected areas have concerns over those applications, I would be grateful if they would please get in contact with me and I will then take those objections up with Staffordshire County Council.” 

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 MP slams new EU deal for British dairy farmers

Press release 20/10/09

As farmers protested outside talks in Luxembourg against low milk prices and plummeting incomes, Bill Cash MP said:
“Given the historic failure of European Union interference and subsidies in agricultural markets, I am hardly surprised that the EU Agriculture Commissioner wants to doll out £250 million in next year's EU budget to prop up the dairy sector. It is a sham. It is not in the interests of the UK dairy sector as a whole or local dairy farmers across Staffordshire.” 
“This new top-up simply means that Brussels wants to continue the old regime of subsidies, which is not in anyone’s interest in the United Kingdom.”
It follows Mr. Cash’s earlier meeting in Slindon with dairy farmers from across Staffordshire, when he wrote to the Secretary of State for Agriculture, Hilary Benn, providing specific supply margin data which demonstrates the real challenges created for dairy producers.
Cash said: “The impact of the existing system is far reaching across the Staffordshire rural economy and is increasingly unsustainable for many businesses.
Before the parliamentary recess, Cash had put down an Early Day Motion (EDM 1724) calling for the Government to address the serious problems faced by the UK dairy industry. The EDM reads: 
“That this House notes the severe problems facing the UK dairy industry; is dismayed by the collapse of the co-operative, Dairy Farmers of Britain; and urges the Government to support those numerous producers affected, whilst also requesting urgent action to be taken in tightening up EU and UK labelling requirements on all products of animal origin including dairy products, particularly cheese, so that misleading labelling is stamped out and that consumers can make informed choices about the dairy products they buy, and can clearly identify the country in which the animal was reared, and raw material produced and processed.”

Bill Cash MP seeks action to tackle problems of alcohol-related violence and yob behaviour

Press release 24/08/09       

Today, MP for Stone, Bill Cash added his voice to calls for action to take tough action against the uncontrolled spread in binge-drinking.
The latest Home Office crime figures have revealed that across Newcastle-under-Lyme there were 2,162 violent attacks against individuals last year – based on Government surveys of crime victims, this suggests that 1,016 of these attacks could have been alcohol-related. Across Staffordshire Moorlands there were 1,264 violent attacks against individuals last year – based on Government surveys, this suggests that 594 of these attacks could have been alcohol-related. And across Stafford there were 2,009 violent attacks against individuals last year and based on Government surveys, this suggests that 944 of these attacks could have been alcohol-related. Cash said “These incidents are of grave concern and it is a real threat to my constituents.”
There is growing concern about the overlapping problems of late night drinking, fast food outlets selling alcohol at night; under-age drinking; the easy availability of high-strength alcohol; and retailers like supermarkets selling alcohol below cost-price. The licensing laws which came into effect in 2005 have created a presumption in favour of alcohol licences being given out, and imposed tight restrictions on who can object to any licensing application.
The Police Federation has warned that the need to police town centres around the clock is making it harder to answer emergency calls elsewhere.
  • Massive expansion in late night premises: Nationally, four-fifths of pubs, bars and clubs now close after 11pm, at least part of the week. One in five of all pubs, bars and clubs are open beyond 1am. By contrast, under the old licensing, regime, 80 per cent of pubs, public bars and night-clubs closed by 11pm (DCMS, Licensing Key Statistics, November 2006).
  • Fast food outlets also fuelling nuisance: After the second full year of the new licensing laws, over 76,800 fast food premises are now licensed into open into the early hours. The so-called ‘late night refreshment’ outlets can open as late at 5am. Such outlets are often magnets for post-pub/post-club anti-social behaviour. Large numbers of intoxicated customers gather at places into the early hours, creating nuisance and disturbance for local residents. Many are licensed to sell alcohol into the early hours.
  • Alcohol-related violent attacks: Last year, there were 973,000 violent attacks where the offender was under the influence of alcohol, equivalent to nearly half of all violent incidents; 57 per cent of all assaults with minor injuries are alcohol-related (Home Office, Crime in England and Wales 2008-09, July 2009).
  • More crime in the early hours: The Home Office’s own review of the new licensing laws show rising levels of criminal damage under the new licensing laws: ‘Substantial increases occurred in all evening and night-time hour periods from 9pm… The number of offences happening between 3am and 6am were consistently higher in each of the four three-monthly periods after the introduction of the Act compared with the equivalent periods in the previous year… The peak hours of criminal damage offending during the evening and night-time were between 6pm and 1am.’ The study noted a 22 per cent increase in all offences committed between 3am and 6am (Home Office, Violent Crime, Disorder and Criminal Damage since the introduction of the Licensing Act 2003, July 2007, p.12-13).
  • Increased pressure on the police: The shifting of such crime to the early hours has increased the pressure on the police to man town centres around the clock, diverting resources from neighbourhood police in suburban areas. The Police Federation has warned: ‘All too frequently our members cannot attend to emergency calls because they are tied up with intervening in pub fights or drunken street brawls’ (Police Federation, Consultation Response to the Culture, Media & Sport Committee Inquiry: Licensing Act 2003, 30 September 2008, p.2).
  • Alcohol misuse rising: Since 1997, the number of alcohol-related deaths has increased by 47 per cent (Office of National Statistics, Alcohol-related deaths, 25 January 2008).  The number of under-18s hospitalised for alcohol misuse has increased by nearly 40 per cent since 2002-03 to 12,388 in 2007-08. The number of adults hospitalised for alcohol misuse has increased by 80 per cent to 194,050 over the same period (Hansard, 1 July 2009, col. 332W). 

Bill Cash MP seeks action on A50 concerns at Forsbrook Village Hall meeting

Press release 15/12/09

Yesterday evening at a packed meeting of about 150 people, at Forsbrook Village Hall, Bill Cash MP chaired a meeting, joined by County Councillor Ian Parry, to demonstrate the local concerns about the A50. At a vociferous meeting, the Highways Agency faced a barrage of questions and deep public dissatisfaction with the way in which they have handled the A50 fences which have not been completed or did not work properly.
It remains the case that the road surface, with massive lorries and ever-increasing traffic gave rise to such noise that many people in the room could not sleep at night and had to retreat into their back bedrooms. Many could not sit out in their gardens, have barbeques or any peace and quiet.
Bill Cash cross-examined the Highways Agency who claimed that this was down to the Labour Staffordshire County Council in the 1970s. It was pointed out that much had happened since then and money had to be spent on solving the problem – not talking about theoretical issues. There is a massive noise interference which has to be dealt with. 
Bill Cash asked the Highways Agency why the official documentation designated the A50 in this area as “low priority” whereas other areas less affected were given higher priority. He asked on whose advice the low priority status had been given but was told by the Highways Agency that they had contributed to that advice, which Bill Cash condemned and asked for full details on that advice and the criteria which had been applied. A petition was circulated at Bill Cash’s suggestion and he will raise the issue in Parliament with a parliamentary petition, once all the names are in. 
The meeting lasted two hours.

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