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Elections – Ravenscliffe

Sarah Pickup Head ShotDear Resident,

NEWCASTLE BOROUGH COUNCIL ELECTIONS 2015 

My name is Sarah Pickup and I am writing to ask for your support.  I am standing as the Labour candidate in the Newcastle Borough Elections for the Ravenscliffe ward.  I need your vote on Thursday 7th may.

I have lived in Kidsgrove most of my life and I am proud of my home town.  I have served as a local school governor for over 20 years and learnt a great deal about our education system.  I am also a college lecturer at Staffordshire University.

I would like the opportunity to serve as your Councillor to fight for local residents, young and old.  I will focus on keeping council tax low, tackling anti-social behaviour, protecting our green spaces, help to boost apprenticeships and improve housing conditions.

Since Conservative controlled Staffordshire County Council closed down all of Kidsgrove’s youth clubs, young people have complained they have nowhere to go.  Youth clubs are a vital intervention in young lives.  This service gave young people the chance to socialise in a safe environment as well as get advice on health and well-being issues.  I will help lead the fight to obtain funding for a new local youth service.  This will ensure young people are safe in the evenings and not hanging around on our streets.  Young people are our future.

I have been angry and frustrated with the Tory County Council refusing to invest much needed funds into Kidsgrove Sports Centre.  The building has been left to rot and I want to be a key player, scrutinising the council and I will fight for every single penny that Kidsgrove deserves.  I wont be a sitting duck if elected.  I will be a thorn in the side of the local authority and hold decision makers to account.  Kidsgrove deserves a state of the art sports centre.

I have always had a strong belief that we should give something back in life and I would like the opportunity to serve you.  A vote for me will be the PICKUP this ward needs.

As the local candidate, I know some of the main issues affecting the area include dog fouling, litter, speeding traffic, parking and the cost of living.  As your Labour Councillor, I will be the problem solver this area so desperately needs.  You can trust me to speak up for the area and never remain silent when local people need me.

You can help by voting Pickup on Thursday 7th May.  Please use your vote for Labour.

Thank you,

Sarah Pickup

Town Councillor

07437 467221 | sarahpickup66@gmail.com

Sarah Pickup for Ravenscliffe

Only Labour Councillors will put Ravenscliffe first.

Published and promoted by Kyle robinson of 88 Newchapel Rd, Kidsgrove, ST7 4RT on behalf of Labour’s Sarah Pickup.

Pothole Patrol Takes Action!

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Labours County Council candidate, John Taylor, is fed up with Potholes and decaying roads and is calling for more action.

Labours County Council candidate for the Talke and Red Street ward has pledged more action to tackle potholes that blight local roads.  Councillor John Taylor has this week set up a Pothole Patrol for Butt Lane, Talke and Red Street to ensure more people are reporting problems with local roads. 

John said: “Our roads are in a shocking state of disrepair and we need some action to improve the situation.  The local Pothole Patrol has been set up to make it easier for residents to report bad road surfaces to the council or their councillors”. 

“It’s important that your representatives are taking the fight to Staffordshire County Council and demanding that more cash is spent on road maintenance.  We are regularly promised more will be spent each year to sort out our decaying roads but so far we aren’t seeing any difference.  I will push the County Council to spend your money better and look at the whole way in which maintenance is carried out”. 

Using www.fixmystreet.com you can report potholes anonymously using an online map.  This facility then notifies the local council and informs them that a complaint has been made.  The council responsible then has a period of time to fix the pothole before the complainant is given another opportunity via email to update whether the council has fixed the problem.  Fix My Street has been very successful and local councillors encourage the public to use this online tool. 

Labour Councillors are also encouraging people to contact them to report potholes and road maintenance issues.  The Pothole Patrol structure will ensure everything reported will be logged and followed up if repairs are not carried out. 

You can call:

Butt Lane, Talke and Chesterton – John Taylor 01782 786227
Butt Lane – Kyle Robinson 07837905443 (or send a text)
Butt Lane – Sylvia Burgess 07906 337215 (or send a text)
Talke and Talke Pits – Dave Allport 07870 650248 (or send a text)
Talke and Talke Pits – Mike Stubbs 07500 091504 (or send a text)
Chesterton – Eddie Boden 01782 722248
Chesterton – Hilda Johnson 07598 118208 (or send a text)
Chesterton – Sandra Simpson 01782 564483

To contact Staffordshire Highways direct you can contact them using the methods listed below:

Phone: 0300 111 8000
Email:  highways@staffordshire.gov.uk
Online:  http://tinyurl.com/bjk2ckj

By working together we can ensure our roads are maintained to a high standard and at a standard we deserve!

MP Joan Walley warns of Bedroom Tax

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Butt Lane Councillor Kyle Robinson and MP Joan Walley angered by the unfair bedroom tax.

Joan Walley MP has today revealed National Housing Federation figures which show 1295 Stoke north and Kidsgrove residents will be hit by the government’s ‘Bedroom Tax’ losing on average £728 per year.The Bedroom Tax will hit 660,000 households, two thirds of them home to someone with a disability, at exactly the same time as the Government gives a massive £100,000 tax cut to 13,000 millionaires.

Joan said:

“David Cameron’s Bedroom Tax will hammer families in Stoke-on-Trent and Kidsgrove already struggling to make ends meet, and could actually risk costing tax-payers a fortune in higher private rents.  These ill thought out plans will hit hardest in the areas with the greatest need and show a blatant disregard for the most vulnerable people.

“The majority of the households hit are home to someone with a disability, and the families of soldiers and foster parents will also be hit. Yet at the same time prisoners get off and millionaires are getting a massive tax cut. How can that be right?”

Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Liam Byrne said:

“David Cameron’s April tax plan is simply not fair. From next month, 13,000 millionaires are getting a tax cut worth £100,000 a year on average while over 600,000 armed forces families, disabled people and foster carers have to find £728 a year to pay a new bedroom tax.

“Yet the plan is such a shambles that someone who’s been to prison on a short sentence won’t have to pay. How unfair is that? Millionaires and prisoners are looked after but vulnerable people, carers and armed forces families get hit.

“Labour plan relentless pressure on this out of touch government until Ministers see sense, admit this policy is totally unfair and think again.”