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Bill Cash MP requests that Agriculture Minister respond to local farming concerns

Press release 16/06/09       

Following up on a letter on local farming concerns which Bill Cash had sent to Agriculture Minister, Hilary Benn MP, on 1st April, and on which he had not yet received a reply, Cash asked the new farming minister, Jim Fitzpatrick for an urgent response to the concerns.
 
On the evening of Monday 15 June, in the House of Commons debate on Rural Communities, the following exchanges were recorded:
 
Mr. Cash: With respect, the Minister has already said something about his predecessor, and I rise to make a simple point. I wrote to DEFRA on 1 April with a detailed request for certain pieces of information that are highly relevant to this debate. I still have not received a reply, and on behalf of my farmers, who have been having a very difficult time, I ask the Minister to make sure that I receive one as soon as possible.

Jim Fitzpatrick: I am only too pleased to apologise to the hon. Gentleman on behalf of the Department, and I will endeavour to look up his correspondence and respond at my earliest opportunity. . . .
 
Only 10 minutes after the parliamentary debate, an official from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs telephoned Mr. Cash’s office to obtain the unanswered letter, and promised to have a response drafted urgently. 
 
Mr. Cash awaits that urgent response so that he can get to the bottom of those ongoing concerns within the local farming industry.


Bill Cash MP receives Government Minister support for rail safety fencing at Barlaston and Wedgwood stations

Press release 22/09/09       

 
Following a fatality of a young man on the rail track in March this year and serious concerns raised by constituents, Bill Cash MP has received a brief letter today from a Minister at the Department of Transport, Paul Clark MP.
 
Cash said “The brief letter makes clear that whilst it is London Midland’s responsibility to resolve the matter of fencing at the stations, the Department of Transport has asked that they urgently take action on this matter.”
 
“This follows a number of meetings with local constituents, and also with Network Rail officials at the scene of a level crossing.
 
“My most recent correspondence with Network Rail demonstrated that both they and Her Majesty’s Inspector of Railways were willing to push for fencing but needed approval from the Department of Transport. What more approval can they need than a signed ministerial letter to me, asking that London Midland urgently take action to resolve this issue?
 
“I expect this to be done as soon as possible, as there has already been considerable delay in ensuring safety fencing alongside Barlaston and Wedgwood Stations and the surrounding vicinity up to the level crossing.”


Bill Cash MP opposes proposals for methane gas exploration in Tittensor

Press release 01/12/09

In response to Greenpark Energy’s planning application for methane gas exploration in Tittensor, Bill Cash MP said
 
“I support my constituents in their objections to these proposals.”
 
“It is not clear how many sites are proposed in addition to the exploration at Groundslow Farm and Knowl Wall Farm. Will there be more at Spotacre, Hilderstone and close to Swynnerton? The County Council needs to provide guidance on this.
 
“The applications often do not even seem to reflect the local conditions, the proposed site is close to local properties, the noise levels are based on an inaccurate assessment, the drilling rig appears to be inside the recommended 250m zone from dwelling properties and if methane gas is discovered, it is not clear where the exit pipeline will run.”
 
“Furthermore, there is no clarity on whether alternative sites have been considered along the extensive underlying shale bed in the local area. Winghouse Lane, where there have already been several road traffic accidents this year, is not built to take wide farm vehicles, commuter traffic and 40 heavy goods vehicles day. It would be dangerous if heavy goods vehicles end up passing through Tittensor Village, where there is a primary school.”
 
“I have of course written to Staffordshire County Council to ask them to look into those concerns.”


Bill Cash MP demands Highway Agency extend A50 noise barrier

Press release 24/08/09       

 
In response to the news that the A50 noise barrier will not be extended fully across Blythe Bridge, Bill Cash MP said:
 
“It is improper for the Highways Agency to have written to Blythe Bridge residents informing them that an improved noise barrier would be installed, only for many residents to later find out it does not include them at all. Many have now been left in a position whereby they have no noise protection and they are forced to put up with the constant noise from the A50.
 
“I support my constituents who want the installation of the new sound barrier fencing alongside their road to be extended to include their properties in Chartley Close, Sutherland Crescent, Meadow Close and neighbouring roads in Blythe Bridge.
 
“There has been immense distress caused to many who have discovered that the insulated fencing that has been installed part way along the A50 will not be continued past their properties. I have written to the Chief Executive of the Highways Agency and also given him a petition on behalf of many local Blythe Bridge residents demanding that the sound barrier fencing be extended to include their properties.”


Bill Cash MP condemns Severn Trent proposals for Aston Grange

Press release 19/06/09       

Bill Cash has met with the campaign leaders of the coordinating group on Aston Grange wind turbines.
 
Mr. Cash said “I will fight tooth and nail against the proposals. Seven Trent’s proposals are irresponsible and contrary to public interest.
 
“They are backed by subsidies and will have the affect of destroying the environment in the whole of the Aston area and Stone itself.”
 
“I will fight the proposals all the way. I will appear at any public inquiry and will do everything personally to stop this desecration of Stone taking place.”





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