A 31 year old man has been arrested on suspicion of an attempted child abduction in Brookside yesterday.The man reportedly tried to get two young boys to follow him from the shops but police say they were unharmed and no attempt was made to touch them. The suspect has been interviewed and released on bail pending further investigations.If you have concerns about the safety of a child you can report your concerns on the Telford & Wrekin Safeguarding website.
At last night's parish council meeting I opposed an application to build a three storey extension to the shop on Calcott in Stirchley to provide six 1 and 2 bed apartments.The apartments would overlook the neighbours, the development would be out of character for the area, it would be an over-development in my opinion, the smaller proposed service yard would not be big enough for delivery vehicles and it would exacerbate the traffic and parking issues that already blight that area.I am pleased to say that the council voted to oppose the application but unfortunately it will be Telford & Wrekin Council that make the decision. Hopefully they will take into account the objections of nearby residents and the parish council when making their decision and come to the sensible conclusion that this development should not be allowed.A number of neighbours have been approached by the council for comments on the application as they are required to be consulted by law. However, you do not need to be asked for an opinion to provide one. Simply follow this link and click on the "Comment on this application" link to have your say. Before commenting, please read the other comments as a consistent message is more effective and simply commenting that you don't want more houses or similar is not a material consideration and won't count for anything.It is worth remembering that the Tories have introduced presumed consent for planning applications in England which means that the council needs a very good reason to refuse planning consent or it can be dragged through expensive tribunals and landed with the bill for both sides' costs. Good reasons for refusing planning consent include the development not being in accordance with the council's local development plan and safety concerns.It is also worth remembering that the decision for this planning application has been delegated to officers so your elected councillors won't be the ones who make the decision unless it is called in to the planning committee. You may therefore wish to contact Cllr Chris Turley who is both a borough councillor for the Nedge and a member of the planning committee to ask him to ensure the application gets proper scrutiny at the next planning committee meeting.
Fly tipped mattress at the end of Bembridge near the community centre reported.
A year ago today I had already been out for over an hour putting leaflets through doors encouraging people to go out and vote in the EU referendum. This was the culmination of months of campaigning - delivering thousands of leaflets, manning street stalls and talking to voters.I was confident that Telford & Wrekin would vote to Leave the EU by a big margin but I was less sure about the national result. I expected a narrow win for Project Fear given that the entire machinery of the state was geared up to promote the EU.I remember travelling round Telford picking up telling cards from the polling stations to get a feel for the turnout and hearing that every person who had pledged to vote Leave during canvassing had been out and voted. And of course I remember going to cast my own vote to Leave the EU - probably the most important vote I will ever take part in.On the night of the 23rd I was at the referendum count in Wellington where we got to see the margin by which Telford & Wrekin voted to Leave - a massive majority on an exceptionally high turnout. It was at the count that my fellow Leave campaigners dared suggest that we might be successful. The Remain vote in English cities and in Scotland wasn't as big as expected, allowing the Leave vote to edge ahead.It was while I was driving from Telford to Shrewsbury for the Shropshire Council count that the BBC called it for Leave and I knew that we had won. I called my wife (who was too excited to go to sleep and was watching the results) to tell her and she just said she knew we'd win, even when everyone was saying we wouldn't.I was in the sports village at Shrewsbury when the result came in that tipped Leave over the 50% mark and meant the referendum was won. The Chairman of Shrewsbury & Atcham Conservatives verbally abused me for campaigning for Leave and I was in such a good mood I just laughed at him as I briefly explained my opinion of him.A year on I still have vivid memories of that day and I don't think they will ever leave me. As a naive youngster I thought the EU was a good idea and then as I got older I came to see it for what it was. Completing that journey and helping to end our membership of the EU was a proud moment.It's a shame UKIP failed to capitalise on the referendum result because it has allowed Theresa May to backslide on Brexit, The government have already caved in on the EU's outrageous demands for more money before they'll start negotiations and they are ready to accept unlimited EU immigration and the jurisdiction of the EU courts to be tied into the protectionist single market.
Telford & Wrekin Council are claiming that their NuPlace social landlord company made a pre-tax profit of £274k last year which has been put into front line services. They must have got Diane Abbott in to do the books because the numbers just don't add up.NuPlace spent millions on building work last year and has just 136 properties rented out and generating an income. Their gross "profit" is a claimed £438k which is £3,220 per house. The average rent is about £630 per month ("affordable" rent) which means the council are claiming a gross profit margin of about 42.5%!After paying interest on the council's loans they claim to have made a £274k pre-tax profit which the council says has been put into front line services. But that leaves an unspecified tax bill to pay so there isn't £274k "profit" to put into services. How much is the tax bill? They don't say but corporation tax is 19% and if there's a VAT bill to pay as well that's 5% for energy efficiency materials and 20% for everything else. A good £100k of that £274k could end up being spent on tax.NuPlace are only paying the interest on loans that Telford & Wrekin Council took out for them so the "profit" doesn't exist. If they were paying their loans they would make a huge loss. But they aren't paying their loans off, they and the council are gambling on being able to make enough money by selling off all their houses to pay off the loans when the banks want their money back.No matter how creative they get with their accounting, NuPlace is a loss-making operation which exposes the council to tens of millions of pounds of risk. The money that is being siphoned off and branded "profit" is money that should be paying down debts to reduce the risk to taxpayers.