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Wyre Forest Labour reacted angrily yesterday as Ministers rejected Labour's demand in Parliament for a full business rates review.

Wyre Forest Labour believes local businesses are already under enough strain because of rising inflation, the rising cost of raw materials post Brexit, and High Street shops facing mounting pressure from online competition which is free from the overheads of our more traditional retailers.

With even The Federation Of Small Businesses crying foul as it says 500,000 businesses could see up to a 300% rates rise: Why has the Government chosen now to hike business rates for 60% of businesses and claim any criticism from its own MP's is just "distortion and half truths"?

Businesses on Comberton HillStephen Brown of Wyre Forest Labour said "Whilst the Government is increasingly reacting in a hostile fashion to any criticism or expose of its failings in a Trumpesque manner, unfortunately  today it went one step further by sticking two fingers up to hard pressed businesses. By rejecting a Labour demand for a proper review of business rates in the Local Government Finance Bill it demonstrated contempt for small businesses in our local towns".

Stephen Brown went on to say "we should be supporting our local businesses and not making things harder for them. Labour wants to see a fairer system for business rates so small business can compete with the big multi-nationals and put them in a strong position post-Brexit to be able to compete on the world stage. The Tories talk about business being strangled by EU red tape but it seems they instead want to strangle them with more financial burdens. With the local Tory council killing our High Streets with parking charges too, it seems no Tory will be content until we have no businesses left on the High Streets of Wyre Forest. It's all totally wrong and our local businesses which support our local economy deserves better".

Ministers reject Labour's demand for a full business rates review

Wyre Forest Labour reacted angrily yesterday as Ministers rejected Labour's demand in Parliament for a full business rates review. Wyre Forest Labour believes local businesses are already under enough strain...

Labour Councillor Nigel Knowles who represents Franche and Habberley North Ward is calling for Worcestershire County Council to fill the vacancies of School Crossing Patrols in Wyre Forest. A vacancy has existed for over a year at the junction of Manor Avenue and Habberley Road and is putting children’s safety at risk. There are other vacancies across the district and these should be filled immediately.

Councillor Knowles stated “it is dangerous and unforgiveable for the Conservatives to turn a blind eye to this fundamental issue of road safety for our children. These roads have been considered dangerous enough to warrant Patrol Crossing personnel in attendance with flashing lights to warn drivers, but they remain un-patrolled.

The adverts for these posts are buried on the WCC website and should be advertised in local newspapers where they can be seen by potential applicants. The very nature of these part-time posts may not reach people who do not have a computer.  No wonder no one applies for them, because they don’t know about them!  The wages of School Crossing Patrol personnel are also too low and should be increased to make it attractive to potential applicants.

The Conservatives have called a moratorium for filling vacancies under a spurious review of the service, which has been going on for two years and I am told will start again after the County Council elections in May this year!

In my opinion this is aimed at NOT FILLING the vacancies to save money and is a CUT to a public service.

It is NOT acceptable for parents pushing prams and escorting young children to have to stand in the middle of the road to stop traffic when they want to cross a busy road.

In 2016, with WCC’s permission I delivered 300 leaflets advertising the Habberley Road vacancy to surrounding areas. There is far more traffic on the roads and Conservatives should change their policy of “Vacancies are Acceptable” and do something positive to fill vacancies. We all have a vested interest in keeping our children safe and ensuring Road Safety is our Priority”.

Worcestershire School Crossing Patrol vacancies can be found here - https://www.wmjobs.co.uk/job/9817/school-crossing-patrol/

Further news here - http://www.worcesternews.co.uk/news/regional/worcestershire/kidderminster/15084265.Fears_over_lack_of_Wyre_Forest_lollipop_men_and_women/

 

Conservatives turning a blind eye to road safety for our children

Labour Councillor Nigel Knowles who represents Franche and Habberley North Ward is calling for Worcestershire County Council to fill the vacancies of School Crossing Patrols in Wyre Forest. A vacancy...

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Vote for Rod Stanczyszyn and Owen Raybould for Wribbenhall by-election this Thursday 23rd February

Rod and Owen will….

Make a firm commitment to regularly attend, and make positive contributions to, council meetings.

Fight to save the paddling pool at Riverside North Park, which the Conservative dominated District Council wants to be closed as part of their budget cuts. We will insist that it is put into a good state of repair before further talks are progressed.

Bring local services up to a better standard;  demand cleaner buses with services on Sundays, more services to help the elderly, and return provision for the very young at the Centre on Stourport Rd which has been  effectively closed - again by Conservative cuts.

Protect the Green Belt by opposing plans to build on the green fields which separate our three towns.

Campaign for pedestrian friendly, safe streets in Wribbenhall, putting people before cars.

Continue the battle to save the flood defences at Beale's Corner and demand that a long-term solution is essential to maintain access to the town for Wribbenhall residents.

Vote two Labour voices onto Bewdley Town Council

Vote for Rod Stanczyszyn and Owen Raybould for Wribbenhall by-election this Thursday 23rd February Rod and Owen will…. Make a firm commitment to regularly attend, and make positive contributions to,...

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