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Councillors Davies, Moore and Sandars (pictured) were out delivering their latest copy of the West Bromwich Rose on the Tantany Estate in West Bromwich on Sunday.

The three ward councillors, who were joined by community campaigners, deliver the leaflet in order to update residents on the work they have been doing in conjunction with local MP Tom Watson.

Councillor Sandars said: "We think it’s important to report back to residents to let them know what we have been doing on their behalf and for the community."

Campaigning on the Tantany

  Councillors Davies, Moore and Sandars (pictured) were out delivering their latest copy of the West Bromwich Rose on the Tantany Estate in West Bromwich on Sunday.The three ward councillors,...

English Heritage reserves its position on a controversial planning application that could see the Great Barr Hall site transformed into a conference venue and 57 homes, Tom Watson MP has revealed.

Owners consortium BCG Lakes have recently submitted plans to revamp the hall, which has stood empty on the border of Walsall and Sandwell since 1978, and is grade II listed.

Great Barr MP Tom Watson recently contacted the chief executive of English Heritage, Simon Thurley, to seek clarity over the organisation's position after literature suggested the application commanded its support. 

Mr Thurley confirmed that the organisation had been consulted on the matter but would be reserving their position on the application, in which they are a consultee solely on heritage matters, until they have been able to review all of the relevant information in the submission.

Mr Watson said: "I am pleased to hear that English Heritage has not made a final decision on the application but will be looking to submit their views soon. There has been a great deal of misinformation circulating that they had formed a view in support of the application."

Mr Thurley also revealed to the MP that the deteriorating condition of both the grade II listed hall and its grade II registered park had long been a cause of concern to English Heritage.

Both are included in the organisation's Heritage At Risk Register in the most serious category and Great Barr Hall is listed as one of their priority sites in the West Midlands.

English Heritage Yet to Finalise its Position OVer Restoration of Great Barr Hall

English Heritage reserves its position on a controversial planning application that could see the Great Barr Hall site transformed into a conference venue and 57 homes, Tom Watson MP has...

Labour Party candidate Sue Phillips was out on Sunday in Charlemont with Grove vale ward listening to local people's concerns. The team, which included Cllr Liam Preece, knocked doors on Arlen Drive, Dale Close, Elm Drive, Monksfield Avenue and Woburn Crescent. Sue, who has lived in Charlemont ward for over 30 years, is standing for election on Thursday 22nd May.

Sue Phillips out with the Team in Charlemont & Grove Vale

Labour Party candidate Sue Phillips was out on Sunday in Charlemont with Grove vale ward listening to local people's concerns. The team, which included Cllr Liam Preece, knocked doors on...

photo.JPGCouncillors Steve Melia and Shirley Hosell were out yesterday (Sunday) knocking doors on Lupin Grove, Thorncroft Way, Orchard Road and Edelweiss Close.

The two councillors, who represent the Great Barr with Yew Tree ward, were joined by fellow Labour activists.

The Action Team listened to residents' concerns in the area and will be dealing with casework issues that were picked up.

Great Barr with Yew Tree Action Team

Councillors Steve Melia and Shirley Hosell were out yesterday (Sunday) knocking doors on Lupin Grove, Thorncroft Way, Orchard Road and Edelweiss Close.The two councillors, who represent the Great Barr with...

Sandwell's Tom Watson will be raising the issue of illegal part-worn tyres at a national level following a shock survey carried out by the council's trading standards officers.

The West Bromwich East MP will be contacting the Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin, to raise his concerns about what he fears is a nationwide problem putting people's safety at risk.

Nearly half of the part-worn tyres bought in Sandwell by trading standards officers in a recent random check were found to be illegal.

The survey of 15 tyres bought at random from suppliers in the borough last month revealed seven were considered potentially dangerous by an independent expert. The check was to make sure dealers were complying with the law.

Regulations state that part-worn tyres need to be clearly marked as being ‘part-worn’, bear certain other markings, be free of major defects and still have at least 2mm of tread depth remaining.

None of the tyres tested complied with legislation requiring them to be clearly marked as ‘part-worn’.

Tom Watson said: “This problem is not unique to Sandwell and I will be contacting the Department for Transport to raise my concerns about the sale of illegal tyres, which potentially put drivers, passengers and other road users at serious risk.

“People may be particularly tempted to buy part-worn tyres in the current economic climate as a cheap option. But this shock survey shows how drivers need to be extra careful when buying them and always check the tyres are properly marked.”

Sandwell Council's cabinet member for trading standards Councillor Paul Moore said: “I am pleased that the work of our officers will be highlighted at a national level, to help raise greater awareness of this issue.

“Consumers need to be confident that the tyres they are buying are suitable and safe.

"It is a criminal offence for traders to supply tyres that do not conform to the regulations and any trader found doing so in Sandwell will face the appropriate action, which may include prosecution.”

Investigations are being carried out into the circumstances surrounding the sale of the tyres in the survey, which was carried out during the Safer 6 campaign, and a decision will subsequently be made about the appropriate action that should be taken.

The maximum penalty for selling dangerous tyres is a £5,000 fine, and/or six months imprisonment. In addition, the illegal tyres could be seized and destroyed.

Customers wishing to report a concern, or any trader looking for advice, can call 08454 04 05 06.

Part-worn tyres concerns to be raised nationally by MP

Sandwell's Tom Watson will be raising the issue of illegal part-worn tyres at a national level following a shock survey carried out by the council's trading standards officers.The West Bromwich...

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It was a glorious January day as the team continued their listening canvass in Charlemont ward today. They're going to busy dealing with all the local issues raised. One thing came over loud and clear - local people are want help with the cost of living crisis.

Labour members and supporters were out on Beaconview Road in West Bromwich yesterday with Sue Phillips, Labour's candidate for the 2014 local elections in Charlemont with Grove Vale.

Sue, who is pictured in the centre, has lived on Charlemont for over 30 years and is hoping to gain the seat for Labour. The seat is currently held by an independent.

She was joined by Councillor Liam Preece as a team of seven members knocked doors on the estate to listen to the concerns of residents. The cost of living was again a big issue on the doorsteps.

The local elections will be held on Thursday 22 May.

 

 

 

Campaign Sunday

It was a glorious January day as the team continued their listening canvass in Charlemont ward today. They're going to busy dealing with all the local issues raised. One thing...

scafell-way-campaigning-2.jpegThe local team were out campaigning on Scafell Way on Sunday meeting lots of Labour supporters.

Cllr. Paul Moore said:

"We're picking up real concerns on the doorstep about the rising cost of energy bills as the cold weather begins to bite this Winter.

It's clear the Tories are out of touch with the cost of living crisis ordinary people are facing."

 

Local Team out on Scafell Way

The local team were out campaigning on Scafell Way on Sunday meeting lots of Labour supporters. Cllr. Paul Moore said: "We're picking up real concerns on the doorstep about the...

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