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DfT ‘lacks coherent vision on rail’, MPs say

Transport networkThe Department of Transport (DfT) lacks a coherent strategic vision for the rail system, according to the government’s Commons Public Accounts Committee.  The committee’s report into the rail franchising programme argues that there is ‘a real risk to value for money’ if market interest in operating rail franchises declines any further.

DfT ‘lacks coherent vision on rail’, MPs say


Buses Bill will give franchising powers, minister confirms

Transport networkThe forthcoming Buses Bill will give councils outside London ‘more freedom to run their own bus services’, including franchising, transport minister Andrew Jones has confirmed. Mr Jones announced the plans for the ‘enabling Bill’ in Westminster today, however his speech only committed the Government to honouring ‘devolution deal commitments’ on franchising services, suggesting those councils without a devolution arrangement may miss out on the new powers.

Buses Bill will give franchising powers, minister confirms

Review launched into boosting rural economy

localgovThe Government has launched a Rural Planning Review in a bid to reduce regulatory burdens and boost the rural economy. The review is calling for evidence on how the planning system can be reformed to support the creation of new housing, jobs and innovation such as reforming the rules for converting agricultural buildings to residential use.

Review launched into boosting rural economy

Councils call for more powers to curb new alcohol premises

localgovCouncils are calling for the power to use public health concerns to curb the number of premises selling alcohol. A new survey by the Local Government Association (LGA) found the majority (90%) of public health chiefs want to include a public health objective in the Licensing Act in order to limit the saturation of premises selling alcohol.

Councils call for more powers to curb new alcohol premises

Protected: How new self-build duty will affect councils’ planning strategies

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Government U-turn on drink driving is putting lives at risk says charity

Warwickshire based recovery charity Swanswell, has voiced its concerns after the government ruled out a reduction in the drink-driving limit.

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New £3.4m Ricoh Arena train line to open for Wasps fans

Train operators London Midland and Wasps have agreed to jointly finance six carriage charter trains to ferry fans between Ricoh Arena, Coventry and Nuneaton for the fixtures with Harlequins and Leicester Tigers.

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Lots going on at country park sites

Youngsters going along to Warwickshire Country Parks during the half term will have a host of activities on offer to them.

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Dispose waste to win big prizes

Warwickshire County Council has incentives on offer for those residents who can correctly answer routines on waste disposal in a short film competition.

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Creative Quarter plans are ready for investment

This spring an ambitious plan to develop a new £31 million Creative Quarter in Leamington could be on the cards.  The proposal is to build on the town’s strengths as a centre of creative industries and national Silicon Spa reputation. and will be showcased at a major European property event in March.

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‘Brute’ Imogen floods parts of Kenilworth

As storm Imogen passed over Kenilworth with a sustained period of heavy rain, the town was blighted by floods.  Finham Brook burst it’s banks.

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Open consultation: AS and A level reform: regulations for archaeology

Government PortalA consultation on rules and guidance for new AS and A levels in archaeology

Open consultation: AS and A level reform: regulations for archaeology

Councils are currently setting their budgets for the forthcoming financial year after settlements

In his weekly column, Nuneaton MP Marcus Jones writes this week: Local councils in England and Wales are currently setting their budgets for the forthcoming financial year……………

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£98m already saved – but get set for more cuts

Despite Warwickshire County Council saving £98m in the past 5 years, an increase in council tax and more cuts are ahead for the county council as their budget was set on Thursday.

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‘Shocking decision’ won’t be contested

An announcement has been made by Warwick District Council that it will not be legally challenging the governments decision to allow 900 homes off Europa Way and they were advised that the chance of legal success is low.

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Additional funds from government

The county council made representations to the government’s Secretary of State for extra funding following cuts to its grant, and this has led to Warwickshire County Council receiving £3m.

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HS2 to ‘engage’ with community

HS2 Ltd will recruit a team of ‘dedicated community engagement specialists’ to ‘understand and respond to the views of people’ living along its route.

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Ambulance station to be demolished

Planning permission has been given by North Warwickshire Borough Council for the former Dordon Ambulance Station to be demolished and 14 houses built on the site despite highways making no change as the access arrangements lead on to the busy A5.

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Protected: Government’s housing push ‘must not come at cost of quality homes and places’

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Kind strangers help after fall

A 60 year old woman was left with facial injuries when she fell out of her wheelchair after it got stuck in a pothole in Hillmorton Road.

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Statue will add to roads chaos

Dear Sir:  The planning application, as indicated in last week’s Stratford Herald, submitted by the Bird Group of Stratford, to erect a bronze statue of Shakespeare on the traffic island at the top of Bridge Street, is incredible.  We already have five roads meeting at this junction which becomes gridlocked quite frequently during the day……………………writes Marion Castello, Stratford-upon-Avon

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Another blow to the high street’s offer

The Heart of England Co-operative in Rugby town centre will close its doors on 19 March.

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‘Nasty data’ on output underline economy concerns

According to figures published by the Office for National Statistics, British industrial output suffered its sharpest monthly drop, for more than three years in December, hit by falling oil prices, warm weather and struggling manufacturing sector.

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Businesses ‘doubt full employment’

According to a new report, research by jobs website totaljobs.com has found that most businesses do not believe the Government’s target of achieving full employment within five year.

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Spare a thought for the poor pedestrians as well

Dear Sir:  I am Stratford born and bred, and a 45 year resident in Clopton.  I travel by car, bus and foot.  With the current traffic problems on the Birmingham Road and only likely to get worse, some of the suggestions have been to remove some or all of the traffic lights.  However, spare a thought for the pedestrians and those who live on the roads off Birmingham Road…………………..writes Andrea J Blood, Stratford-upon-Avon

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