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County Council Election Thursday 4th May 2017

County Council Election Thursday 4th May 2017

With the County Council Elections to be held on Thursday 4th May 2017 I would like readers to know that Cheltenham Borough Councillor John Payne has my full support to become Pittville and Prestbury County Councillor. The PAB Group has held a seat on County Council for the past decade and, as a consequence, local residents have benefited from a realistic share of the road maintenance, education, library and social care budgets. Additionally, the allowance that each County Councillor has…

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Response to a letter by the Lib/Dem candidate by the Secretary

Response to a letter by the Lib/Dem candidate by the Secretary

Readers, It seems to me that the personal letter delivered to households in Prestbury by the Liberal Democrat councillor for the Pittville and Prestbury Division, is an act of desperation on his part. His claim that anyone representing another political party is wasting their time putting up against him is either ignorance or an act of crass stupidity. In a democracy, no-one knows until the votes are counted who is likely to be the successful candidate. In his desperation, he…

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The Importance of the Green Belt on the north side of Cheltenham

The Importance of the Green Belt on the north side of Cheltenham

A letter to the Gloucestershire Echo in February 2017. THE IMPORTANCE OF THE GREEN BELT ON THE NORTH SIDE OF CHELTENHAM To their credit, central government has been true to their word and re-emphasized the importance of the green belt in their recently published White Paper. Unlike developers and town planners, I do not believe that the sacrifice of the green belt is inevitable in the immediate future, nor do I believe that local authorities and central government have taken…

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Residents comment on increased traffic

Residents comment on increased traffic

Attached is a shocking letter sent to me about children feeling sick walking to school due to the increased traffic Pollution on Pittville Circus and All Saints rd in the last few weeks, When the works on Oriel Rd are completed, traffic here will not revert to how it was, as the road is being narrowed and the junction constricted, so the recent flow through Pittville is likely to be how it remains, or until the next phase, when further…

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Considerations for a Parish Council

Considerations for a Parish Council

The article regarding Pittville having a parish council (Echo Jan 7th), made interesting reading. Of course, as the article states, the people of Pittville should have the final say on whether they believe that a parish council is necessary, and whether an extra tier of bureaucracy is really going to give them better or more services than those currently being provided by Cheltenham Borough Council. There is also the matter of the precept (tax) that entitles an established parish council…

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Mill Lane Flood Alleviation Scheme

Mill Lane Flood Alleviation Scheme

Residents of Prestbury, particularly those living in the centre of the village are reliant on the Flood Alleviation Scheme to minimise the risk of local flooding. The Parish Council Flood Wardens keep a close eye on the scheme and forward information to the Environment Agency. Despite repeated requests from your PAB Councillors no action was planned to reduce the increasing levels of silt and gravel . Finally in December a request for action was requested from Floodline, the Environment Agency’s…

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Why did Martin Horwood request the resignation of Dennis Parsons from his role as chairman of the Cheltenham Liberal Democrats?

Why did Martin Horwood request the resignation of Dennis Parsons from his role as chairman of the Cheltenham Liberal Democrats?

It is clear that he believed that the speech made by your Lib Dem Councillor Dennis Parsons at their annual party conference suggesting prostitution as a career option offered to school children was dangerous and likely to damage the reputation of their Party. Tim Farron insisted the views of Dennis Parsons on this matter were not shared by him or it appears the rest of his party when listening to the reception it received in the conference. PAB have not…

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