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Councillors Pat Davies, Paul Sandars and Paul Moore visited Kynaston House on Rydding Lane earlier to meet Keepmoat Construction who will be refurbishing the block with works due to start before Christmas.

£2.5 million will be spent on internal and external improvements, making a real difference to this area of West Bromwich.

Improvements at Kynaston House

Councillors Pat Davies, Paul Sandars and Paul Moore visited Kynaston House on Rydding Lane earlier to meet Keepmoat Construction who will be refurbishing the block with works due to start...

image1.jpegCouncillor Chris Worsey was out with local members knocking doors around the Orchard Road area gathering information about local issues from residents.

Cllr Worsey said "It's important that we speak to people all year round and not just when we are campaigning for an election."

One local resident said "it's good to know our councillors are taking an interest. I'd never go to a surgery so this is a great idea."

Engaging on Tamebridge

Councillor Chris Worsey was out with local members knocking doors around the Orchard Road area gathering information about local issues from residents. Cllr Worsey said "It's important that we speak...

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Councillor Simon Hackett and several local party members travelled to Manchester on Sunday morning to take part in the national demonstration against austerity at the Conservative Party Conference.

They are there to protest against the horrendous austerity measures and stripping of workers rights that will have a huge impact on many people across West Bromwich East and beyond.

No To Austerity

Councillor Simon Hackett and several local party members travelled to Manchester on Sunday morning to take part in the national demonstration against austerity at the Conservative Party Conference. They are...

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Tenants in Beaconview, Broome, Stanton and Sheapecote Houses on Charlemont Farm have seen their homes transformed over a two-year period.

External improvements including new roofs, insulated cladding, windows and balcony doors have given the blocks a new lease of life. Internally, each flat has new electrical rewiring, heating and ventilation systems and a new front door.

Councillor Paul Moore, cabinet member for regeneration, said "These improvements have made a massive impact on both the external and internal appearances of the blocks.

The much-improved insulation provided by the eye-catching external cladding and the new enegy-efficient windows will help tenants in lowering their fuel bills.

The landscaping around the blocks has given the area a real boost."

£8 million pound facelift to four high-rise blocks is now complete

Tenants in Beaconview, Broome, Stanton and Sheapecote Houses on Charlemont Farm have seen their homes transformed over a two-year period. External improvements including new roofs, insulated cladding, windows and balcony...

West Bromwich East MP Tom Watson has criticised the government’s plan to close Sandwell Magistrates’ Court and leave it as the only Black Country local authority area without a court.
 
The government recently announced it would consult on plans to close 91 courts and tribunals in England and Wales. Under the proposals, Sandwell Magistrates’ Court would close, with its workload transferring to Walsall Magistrates’ Court.
 
More than 21 jobs would also be affected by the closure.
 
Tom Watson MP said: “These plans are completely illogical. We’ve gone full circle from a new court being proposed on Spon Lane in West Bromwich - which the government axed in the last Parliament - to a proposal to close the only court in Sandwell.
 
“The Government state that Sandwell Magistrates’ Court is underutilised, yet at the same time work is being transferred to other courts. More cases could be referred to Sandwell but the government seem intent on implementing a policy to ensure its decline.”
 
Mr Watson also hit out at the government’s lack of joined-up thinking with the Home Office and West Midlands Police over the proposed closure. He added: “A new custody suite has been opened by West Midlands Police less than a mile away from the court to house detainees and now the government wants to close the nearby court. You really couldn’t make this up.”
 
The government’s consultation will run until the 8 October and a final decision on the future of the court is expected soon thereafter. 

MP HITS OUT OVER COURT CLOSURE

West Bromwich East MP Tom Watson has criticised the government’s plan to close Sandwell Magistrates’ Court and leave it as the only Black Country local authority area without a court....

Your Labour Team have received a petition in favour of traffic calming on Rydding Lane in West Bromwich.

This follows two accidents on this stretch of road in as many months, and a history of other incidents over many years.

The petition, which has also been endorsed by West Midlands Police, has been signed by the overwhelming majority of residents on Rydding Lane.

Pat Davies, councillor for Hateley Heath, who has presented the petition to Sandwell Council, said:

“I hope Sandwell Council will look favourably upon the petition. Speeding has been a problem on this road for far too long and something now needs to be done.”

Traffic Calming on Rydding Lane

Your Labour Team have received a petition in favour of traffic calming on Rydding Lane in West Bromwich. This follows two accidents on this stretch of road in as many...

A new post box will be installed near the West Bromwich Post Office in New Square Shopping Centre.
 
The move follows the intervention from local MP Tom Watson.
 
A 400 signature petition was presented to Mr Watson in October and he immediately opened up discussions with the chief executive of Royal Mail, Moya Greene. 
 
Tom Watson MP said:
 
"Royal Mail refused to install a new post box outside of the West Bromwich Post Office but the decision made absolutely no sense, which is why residents started the petition.
 
"We have a brand new Post Office in New Square. I see many people queuing up for stamps in order to send cards and letters to their loved ones. Given that we now get many thousands more people regularly shopping in West Bromwich, it seemed silly not to allow people to post the cards and letters in a convenient place.” 
 
He added: "After maintaining pressure on the company, I'm pleased to say they have listened to the views of local people. A new post box will now be installed, which I know will be welcomed by many shoppers."
 
In a letter to Mr Watson, Royal Mail said they would install the post box as quickly as possible. 
 
Steve Burr, centre manager for New Square, said: "We look forward to having the new post box on our site to support the Post Office, New Square and our customers."

MP TOM WINS CAMPAIGN FOR A NEW POST BOX IN NEW SQUARE, WEST BROMWICH

A new post box will be installed near the West Bromwich Post Office in New Square Shopping Centre.   The move follows the intervention from local MP Tom Watson.  ...

West Bromwich East MP Tom Watson has backed a parliamentary motion calling on the Government to bring forward legislation for the installation of closed circuit television (CCTV) in UK slaughterhouses.
 
Animal rights group Animal Aid is leading the campaign in favour of cameras after carrying out an undercover investigation inside UK slaughterhouses.
 
The pressure group recently obtained footage of animals being beaten and burned with cigarettes, as well as other animals being improperly stunned and treated badly.
 
Some were picked up by their fleeces and ears and thrown into stunning pens, while there was also evidence of animals being electrocuted.
 
Mr Watson said: "I believe the introduction of compulsory CCTV in UK slaughterhouses will increase animal protection and allow those caught on film breaking the law to be prosecuted."
 
He added: "A number of supermarkets are already insisting on CCTV in their slaughterhouse suppliers and it is supported by the Food Standards Agency. I hope the Government will consider a change to the law."

MP BACKS CALLS FOR CCTV IN UK SLAUGHTERHOUSES

West Bromwich East MP Tom Watson has backed a parliamentary motion calling on the Government to bring forward legislation for the installation of closed circuit television (CCTV) in UK slaughterhouses....

Great Barr Observer – 13th February

 

When will the wealthy bank bosses ever learn to play by the rules? The recent revelations that HSBC helped wealthy clients across the world, including in the UK, dodge hundreds of millions worth of tax are scandalous.

 

It’s money that could have been used to pay for new schools, hospitals and improvements across the country – yet bank bosses have been at it again.

 

Worse still, MPs have been told that the Government was handed information about malpractice at HSBC in 2010 and took no action. It simply brushed the evidence under the carpet.

 

Richard Brooks, former HMRC tax inspector and BBC reporter, has said that the Treasury and HMRC “knew that there was a mass of evidence of tax evasion at the heart of HSBC”, but that the Government “simply washed their hands of it”.

 

In addition, a senior HMRC official has confirmed that the Government adopted “a selective prosecution policy” towards cases related to HSBC.

 

I am outraged that it appears HMRC took a deliberate strategy to minimise rather than pursue prosecutions, which would explain why just £135m has been recouped.

 

After an Urgent Question was granted in the House of Commons on Tuesday, we are still no further forward on uncovering the truth about the Government’s role in the affair.

 

What we do know is that the Government was made aware of allegations of wrongdoing against HSBC in May 2010, eight months before the Chairman of HSBC, Stephen Green, was made a Minister.

 

As Chairman of the Bank, Mr Green would either have been aware of malpractice or, if not, surely questions would arise as to why not and his fitness for such a senior government post of Trade Minister.

 

Ministers need to come before Parliament to explain what due diligence was carried out by the Government in advance of Lord Green’s appointment concerning allegations against HSBC and Lord Green’s role in relation to them.

 

It’s also essential that we hear from Lord Green himself.

 

When the French authorities passed the HSBC files to HMRC in May 2010 the Government should have taken swift action. Ministers need to explain when they were made aware of its existence, when the Prime Minister personally found out, and what action was then taken.

Unless the public and Parliament has answers on these matters, people will simply conclude that the Government has failed to act over the deeply serious matter of tackling tax avoidance and evasion.

 

HSBC Banking Scandal

Great Barr Observer – 13th February   When will the wealthy bank bosses ever learn to play by the rules? The recent revelations that HSBC helped wealthy clients across the...

West Bromwich MP Tom Watson has called for bus operators to cut their fares in light of falling fuel prices.

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Earlier this month, National Express hiked the price of an adult single ticket by 10p to £2.20 for passengers.

 

In response, the West Bromwich East MP started a petition and gathered hundreds of signatures from disgruntled passengers in West Bromwich town centre on Saturday.

 

The cost of oil has dropped from around $110 a barrel in mid-2014 to below $50 in recent weeks, but there has been no sign of any reductions in ticket prices.

 

Mr Watson said: “Fuel prices have been dropping consistently for months, yet bus operators continue to make excuses to avoid passing on their savings to passengers through lower fares.

 

He added: “Bus companies are quick enough to raise fares when fuel prices go up. People in Sandwell rely on the buses and it’s shameful that there has been no reduction in fares.”

 

Mr Watson, who has already gathered 500 signatures on his petition, intends to write to the Department for Transport as well as local bus operators to request that they reduce their fares.

 

Anyone wishing to sign the petition can email tom.watson.mp@parliament.uk, or telephone Mr Watson’s office on 0121 569 1904.

WEST BROMWICH MP CALLS ON BUS OPERATORS TO PASS ON FUEL SAVINGS

West Bromwich MP Tom Watson has called for bus operators to cut their fares in light of falling fuel prices. Earlier this month, National Express hiked the price of an...

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