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Bill Cash supports constituents over Norton Bridge rail plans – and takes up concerns with Secretary of State for Transport

Press release 20/09/2010

Further to Network Rail writing to residents in the Chebsey area in line with the development of proposals for the main line in the vicinity of Norton Bridge and local residents being consulted on early land investigations, MP for the Norton Bridge area, Bill Cash said: 

“My constituents have clear objections to the way in which they have been consulted and in particular there is confusion over what the specific proposals are and why some have received no letter at all. I support my constituents in their concerns and objections and in fact I spoke with the Chairman of Chebsey Parish Council almost as soon as Network Rail issued their letters to residents.
 
“The enquiries have justifiably worried my constituents who feel that this may be the first step towards Compulsory Purchase Orders and whether we were about to have a high-speed railway line running through the Norton Bridge area. We must have all the necessary information.
 
“A recent response to my earlier letter from Network Rail seems to suggest that this scheme relates to improving junctions, signalling and track improvements. It is stated that talks have been held with Stafford Borough Council and Staffordshire County Council and there is a timetable for consultation.
 
“I have written to the Chief Executive of Network Rail to arrange a meeting and I am also pursuing the matter with Staffordshire County Council and Stafford Borough Council.
 
“I have taken up my constituents concerns with the Secretary of State for Transport given the serious concern that these proposals relate to the existing national plans for a new high speed rail line between London and the West Midlands and high speed rail services linking London, northern England and Scotland.”


Bill Cash slams Aston-by-Stone wind mast application in his objection to Stafford Borough Council

Press release 20/08/09       

Following meetings with the local Burstonwind action group, Stone MP Bill Cash has slammed the application for a wind mast at Aston-by-Stone. Cash objected to the planning application [09/12437/FUL] for the erection of a 60m high wind monitoring mast for a temporary period of two years, on land at Aston Hall Farm, Aston-By-Stone.
 
Bill Cash said “I oppose the proposals on environmental and planning grounds and also on the grounds that wind turbines are inefficient, uneconomic and based on massive subsidies and which – far from being environmentally friendly or a sustainable source of energy – spoil the landscape, damage the local community, and drive down house prices.
 
“I support the objections of the Burstonwind campaign group and all local residents opposing this application. I have written to Stafford Borough Council with my formal objection to the application, in line with the concerns raised by my constituents.
 
“Our objections to the application include its unsuitable location, its affect on house prices, its threat to the public pathway, it acts as a monstrous obstacle on the skyline, it is a threat to the beautiful landscapes and the historic listed buildings in the area, it is a threat to local wildlife and biodiversity and there has been a complete lack of concern over priority and protected species. There are also serious concerns over the refused Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and over wider consultation and it is an incongruous and alien development, which is wholly inappropriate and a visual incursion. It is entirely unsuitable and I strongly oppose the application.”


Bill Cash seeks A519 speed reduction to 40mph on behalf of Slindon residents

Press release 05/08/09       

Yesterday, Bill Cash MP went to Slindon to meet local residents who are rightly concerned about the speed of vehicles as they travel through Slindon. There is, at present, a 50mph limit – but with the aid of hand cameras and personal observations, it is clear that people travel at speed of over 70mph, regularly causing severe danger to those who live in the village and there have been a number of accidents lately.
 
Cash is taking the matter up with Staffordshire County Council in detail and seeking a reduction in the speed limit to 40mph, and that measures are taken to enforce this limit in the interests of the safety of Slindon residents. Cash has asked Staffordshire County Council for full consultation with the objectors as soon as possible.


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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