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Labour MP for Redcar, Anna Turley, has slammed the decision by the national Planning Inspectorate to grant planning permission for 400 homes on land next to Flatts Lane Country Park.

The application was unanimously rejected by the local council's planning committee last year after a community campaign to protect Eston Hills from more development. The developer appealed and a public inquiry was held in April.

Responding to the news, Anna said:

“This decision flies in the face of all the promises the government have made to involve local people in decision making in their area. It makes a mockery of the whole ‘localism’ agenda.

“Local people came together to protect our hills against a development which adds more strain to local infrastructure and will concrete over valued green space on our hillside. We made our case through the proper process and made our voice heard.

“In the end it counted for nothing against a Tory government whose ‘developers’ charter’ planning policy is letting them build wherever they like.

“This is not a defeat for Nimbyism but a defeat for a community that has had enough of more and more development on Eston Hills. It is no wonder that people lose faith in the system and feel like they are constantly fighting a losing battle.

“I will now be working to make sure the developer is held to account by the local planning authority to deliver the improvements they have promised, especially the promise of a bus service.”

 

The Planning Inspectorate's decision can be read here

Flatts Lane housing approval ‘makes a mockery of Tory localism’

Labour MP for Redcar, Anna Turley, has slammed the decision by the national Planning Inspectorate to grant planning permission for 400 homes on land next to Flatts Lane Country Park....

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As Teesside gears up for major construction projects in the coming months and years, Anna Turley, Labour and Co-operative candidate for Redcar, has announced her commitment to making sure the local community benefits.

Anna has pledged that no new construction project on Teesside will get her support unless it:

1 - Pays the Rate (uses the nationally recognised Blue Book NAECI agreement)

2 - Hires at least 75% labour from the Tees Valley and prioritises local businesses in its supply chain

3 - Allows trade union access to the workplace

 

She also pledged that if re-elected as the MP for Redcar she would:

4 – Campaign to change the law to scrap umbrella companies

5 – Work to make Teesside an area of excellence for high quality skills training and apprenticeships

 

Anna said:

“We have lots of exciting projects in the pipeline on Teesside, including the MGT Power project at Teesport, Sirius Minerals’ potash mine and the future regeneration of the former SSI site.

“However, for too long companies have come to Teesside and built big construction projects without abiding by nationally agreed (Blue Book) terms and conditions. They have too often relied on labour from abroad and undermined British terms and conditions. It is not right that local people are not able to benefit from the new projects on their doorstep.

“I recently visited the MGT construction site, a huge investment in Teesside and a real statement of confidence in our area and our people. I am really pleased to see MGT have made a firm commitment to use local labour and local supply chain businesses and have signed an agreement with the trade unions to pay national Blue Book (NAECI) rates.

“I am absolutely clear that these are the kind of commitments to local people I want to see from all major projects in our area.”

 

Anna’s pledges have won the support of the GMB union, who said:

“The GMB welcomes the pledges by Anna Turley regarding new construction projects in the Redcar Constituency. The comments are positive from a prospective candidate seeking that the local community benefits from employment and business opportunities from new construction investments. Anna's initiative should be adopted by all prospective candidates as they incorporate concerns expressed by the British electorate emanating from the Brexit vote.”

Anna pledges to put Teesside construction workers first

As Teesside gears up for major construction projects in the coming months and years, Anna Turley, Labour and Co-operative candidate for Redcar, has announced her commitment to making sure the...

Anna Turley, MP for Redcar, today used Justice Questions in Parliament to demand a review of dangerous driving offences.

Anna’s question follows the tragic case of 29 year old Redcar father, Alex Everington, who has been left unable to walk or feed himself and without the use of all four limbs. Alex was a passenger in a speeding car being driven by serial dangerous driver Ian Maughan.

Alex’s father Ian came to Anna seeking support to toughen up driving offences.

Speaking in the Commons today, Anna said:

“My constituent 29 year old father Alex Everington was the victim of a road crash which left him paralysed from the neck down.

“His dad Ian said, ‘He can never take care of himself. He will never have a normal life. How do you explain this to his 10 year old child?’

“Ian Maughan was found guilty of causing serious injury by dangerous driving. He had taken cannabis at the time, and had 81 previous offences including a catalogue of motoring offences. At the time of the crash he was banned for careless driving.

“He received just 3 years and 4 months despite destroying Alex’s life.

“Can the minister pledge to look into the effectiveness of driving bans and crucially look again at the length of sentences for dangerous drivers?”

 

Responding, Justice Minister Sam Gyimah MP agreed there was a case for tougher sentences for dangerous driving and referenced a review currently being conducted by the Government.

 

Later Anna added:

“Dangerous driving destroys lives and in the worst cases takes it away entirely. In Alex’s case his quality of life has been changed immeasurably but the perpetrator has only received a few years in prison. The punishment certainly does not fit the crime and this must be reformed. I will continue to push the case for tougher sentences and await the results of the government’s review.”

Anna calls for review of dangerous driving sentences after Redcar man left paralysed

Anna Turley, MP for Redcar, today used Justice Questions in Parliament to demand a review of dangerous driving offences.

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Redcar MP Anna Turley has called a public meeting to address the vandalism which is destroying the Eston Hills and threatening the safety of local residents.

Fire fighters are being regularly called out to tackle fires started by arsonists on the hills. Rules preventing vehicle access are also being breached, further damaging the landscape.

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Anna has called a public meeting, inviting residents, community groups, the Police Commissioner, Cleveland Fire Brigade, the archaeological team, and the park ranger to start developing a plan to tackle this growing problem.

The meeting will be held at 530pm on Friday 28th April at Birkdale Drive Community Centre, Eston, TS6 9EB.

(Please note: the previously advertised venue, the Cleveland Inn, has been changed to the above due to a larger than expected attendance)

Anna said:

“Not a day seems to go by without another incident where our Eston Hills are damaged by mindless vandalism.

“Arsonists are scorching swathes of land, diverting the efforts of Cleveland Fire Brigade, and putting the safety of other hill users at risk. On top of that, the land is being used as a cheap practice track for rally driving which is churning up the land and putting historically significant archaeological evidence at risk.

“Earlier this month I went on a site visit with Eston Hills Archaeological Society and saw for myself the devastation being wreaked by these incidents.

“I held discussions with the park ranger who had a number of interesting proposals for preventing abuse of the land and enforcing rules about vehicle access. The meeting on Friday is a chance to bring others together to see what options we have to tackle this problem.

“Any residents with an interest in protecting our hillside are very welcome to come along. Ultimately the solution to this is going to be one that has the confidence and support of the local community.”

 

Photo: Anna with Ice & Fire Project Director Adam Mead and the Countryside Ranger Jonathan Green

Eston Hills vandalism top of agenda for public meeting

Redcar MP Anna Turley has called a public meeting to address the vandalism which is destroying the Eston Hills and threatening the safety of local residents.

Redcar MP Anna Turley has today challenged the Housing Minister on the number of struggling social housing tenants forced into arrears by welfare cuts.

The latest statistics show that for 2015/16 around 685,000 social housing tenants had been in arrears, which amounts to 25% of the social rented sector.

Responding to the statistics in the House of Commons, Anna said:

“That seems a huge amount – nearly a quarter of people in social housing in rent arrears.”

“In my constituency, in one ward alone however, we have nearly half of our social housing tenants – 46% - in rent arrears.

“One single mum, for example, has seen her rent jump from £8 to £70 a week because of the Benefit Cap, and the Bedroom Tax is still reaping devastation.

“Isn’t this a damning indictment of seven years of Tory assault on Britain’s struggling families?”

In reply, the Minister insisted the figures were falling.

The statistics Anna referenced relate to South Bank ward where 46% of tenants were in average arrears of £238.

Anna slams Conservative assault on ‘Britain’s struggling families’

Redcar MP Anna Turley has today challenged the Housing Minister on the number of struggling social housing tenants forced into arrears by welfare cuts.


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