Neil Darby

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Archive for the ‘Local Services’ Category

Brickworks Development Moving Forward

by neildarby on 6 January, 2015

Cottam Hall Properties, the developer behind the £80 million site at Cottam Brickworks is to unveil new plans for the scheme, responding to Preston’s emerging Local Plan, at a public consultation event on January 15, 2015. The public consultation will be held at St Margaret’s Church, off Tag Lane, 1A St Margaret’s Close, Ingol. The plans […]

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“My speech today is going to be shorter than in the previous two years mainly because you are finally doing what we said back in 2012. “We will hear a lot of blame being dished out today but if you had implemented what we said two years ago the city finances would be over 1 […]

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£91m to restore empty homes

by neildarby on 24 June, 2013

Towns across England will receive £91m to help bring empty homes back into use, Liberal Democrat Communities Minister and Bath MP Don Foster announced yesterday. Over 6,000 disused homes and commercial premises will benefit from the scheme. The funding will be spent on refurbishment in areas where empty properties have commonly led to problems such as squatting, […]

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The Tory cut in council tax of 2% for Lancashire County Council is not only irresponsible, but extremely foolish. The cut will remove almost £7.5m per year from the county’s budget and that will accumulate year on year so that within the four year life of the next administration there will be almost £30m less […]

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Thanks to Liberal Democrats 2,628 of the poorest toddlers in Lancashire will benefit from 15 hours free childcare a week from this September, an investment of £2,762 per child. This is in addition to the £100m investment in capital spending for additional nursery places announced by Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minster, Nick Clegg, […]

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The Lib Dem campaign for the County Council elections was given an extra boost yesterday. Jo Swinson, the MP for East Dunbartonshire and Minister for Employment Relations, Consumer and Postal Affairs wished the Preston Lib Dems all the best in their campaign. Leader of the Lib Dem group, Cllr Bill Winlow and Group Whip, Cllr […]

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“It’s very sad to have to say this, but I believe Preston City Council is not sustainable as an independent authority in the long term. In the ten years I have been a Councillor, the number of employees has reduced by well over half, and we cannot sustain any more cuts  without front line services – like emptying the bins – […]

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Development of the grandly titled Fishergate Central Gateway will be carried out with the aid of funding from European Regional Development Fund and will be done in three phases as follows: Phase 1 – 1st March to approx Mid July 2013 (approx 20 weeks) – Work will begin on the junction of Corporation Street and Ringway. The work will extend along […]

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The  West Coast Main Line franchise fiasco is likely to cost taxpayers at least  £50m , the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee has warned (BBC News today). “It will also have effects in Preston” says County Cllr Bill Winlow, “because all plans to refurbish Preston station and to improve links with bus services are now on hold.  All these changes […]

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“It is planned that most people in Lancashire should be able to receive superfast broadband in the next few years but there are serious planning concerns” says County Cllr Bill Winlow, who strongly supports the need for superfast broadband. According to todays Daily Telegraph, MPs will debate proposals this week that will make it easier for […]

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