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Planning System

"Regular readers will be aware of my frustration with the National Planning Policy Framework, the policy governs the Planning system and whilst it was designed with the best of intentions at heart, it's causing small rural communities and our Local Authority great difficulty. The NPPF was originally designed in order to see that two vitally important problems were solved.

Roads

Shrewsbury & Atcham motorists will be enjoying the recent reduction in the price of fuel at the pumps and I think we all hope this price drop goes further and continues. For a rural economy such as ours it is a great help to the large number of people that have little option but to drive to work, and let us not forget the help it will also be giving to our farmers. I hope that we see that this leads to cheaper prices in the shops as grocery’s and products become cheaper to transport providing a further boon for the economy.

Syria & Charity

At this time of year, amongst all the festivities many will take the opportunity to think of those less fortunate than themselves. A topic that has been raised with me on a number of occasions recently has been that of Syria, with over 12.2 million people that are in need of humanitarian assistance inside the country and 3.2 million refugees who have fled, this could well become one of the defining crises of this decade and constituents are rightly concerned as to what the Government is doing to assist.
 

NPPF

Regular readers will be aware of my frustration with the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), the policy which governs the Planning system and while it was designed with the best of intentions, it is causing small rural communities and our Local Authority great difficulty.

Direct Train Service

I am incredibly pleased that next week we will see the direct rail service between Shrewsbury and London commence, it will make it that bit easier for the Prime Minister to visit us, and accept the invitation I offered him at Prime Ministers Questions last week. It is of course not just the Prime Minister who will be able enjoy the service to our County Town, but also many Londoners and international tourists.

Urban Splash

It was a great pleasure last week to meet with Nathan Cornish, Director at Urban Splash.

Urban Splash are a British Redevelopment firm which has a strong reputation for being involved in highly complex regeneration projects, one being Fort Dunlop which many will know of and drive past on the M6.

Business Rates

When meeting with small and medium size businesses owners the matter of business rates often comes up. Whilst more will need to be done once we bring the national budget back into surplus, this Government has already brought in reform and assistance. The Government remains committed to making longer-term reforms which make the system fairer, more efficient and more responsive to economic circumstances. As part of this process I understand Ministers will continue to review the views of businesses and local authorities on all aspects of the business rates system.

Fight for Sight

Last week I had the pleasure of meeting with the Chief Executive of Fight for Sight, Michele Acton at the House of Commons. We discussed the future of eye research and I was able to present a donation raised by one of my constituents Audrey Piggot at her 80th Birthday party. This goes with the £1,000 previously raised for the charity by Audrey when she held a coffee morning in 2012.

 

Shropshire Mind

Many people in the UK suffer from mental health disorders. It is vitally important that we recognise those that are suffering and make sure that they are diagnosed and receive the right treatment. Following treatment it is also crucial that patients can be properly integrated back into their communities in a safe and fair way to ensure the greatest independence in everyday life.

Flax Mill

Many Shrewsbury residents will understand the historic importance of Ditherington Flaxmill Maltings. They will also, I’m sure, share my frustration that that the site has been left abandoned since the 1980’s.

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