Saturday, 13 October 2012

Rose and Crown update

This week I have been in contact with agents for the Cooperative regarding the progress of the redevelopment Rose and Crown site in Thringstone.

The developers had been planning to commence the redevelopment of the building in September but unfortunately in preparing for work to commence the presence of bats were found.

As you probably know bats are a protected species and as such mitigation measures have to be put in place which have to be agreed with Natural England, this clearly can take some weeks.

The developers are working hard to ensure that building work can commence soon and have assured me they hope to do so as soon as a bat licence is awarded.

Obviously I will keep you updated in the coming weeks.

Monday, 8 October 2012

The Rumble in the Air Conditioned Auditorium

As the US Presidential election draws nearer this weekend witnessed the big debate.

No, not Obama v Romney but the eagerly awaited meetup between Jon Stewart v Bill O'Reilly.

What you will see below (and I'm not sure how long the feed will stay up) is 92 minutes of humorous but still relevant debate between two of the most highly visible 'journalists' the US has to offer.

Enjoy:

Police and Crime Commissioner Elections

It doesn't matter who you vote for (although I hope it's Labour's fantastic candidate, Sarah Russell) but please vote:

Friday, 5 October 2012

Schlegel go into administration

Today many families in Coalville are shocked and scared at the news that major local employer, Schlegel, have gone into administration.

After losing high value contracts 218 workers (out of a workforce of 334) have been made redundant.

Those employees, retained to fulfil deals with existing customers whilst a new buyer is sought, remain uncertain whether they will be paid in coming weeks.

Many of those families who are left wondering tonight how they will make ends meet live here in Coalville.

These redundancies are a significant blow to hard working families and to the local economy.

As we hear this Tory-lead government telling us that the economy is getting better the people of North West Leicestershire know the truth.

In less than a year we have seen massive job losses in every corner of the district.

In Castle Donington at BMI Baby.

In Ashby at Standard Soap.

Now in Coalville.

Every one resulting in hundreds of redundancies.

And as families fear for their future what are the Tory administration at North West Leicestershire doing to help?

The answer is simple - cutting the council tax benefit of working age families who are already suffering.

Scared local families need help and a reason to hope for the future.

What they are getting is a worsening economy governed by a party giving ideological taxcuts to the super rich whilst ordinary people continue to struggle.