North Norfolk Labour Party has expressed disappointment that Holt residents have been hit harder by increased car park fees.
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North Norfolk Labour Party has expressed disappointment that Holt residents have been hit harder by increased car park fees.
Denise Burke, North Norfolk Labour Party’s candidate for the Waterside by-election, has branded the election so far a “game of political musical chairs”. The saga began last year when a Liberal Democrat County Councillor in Waterside defected to the Conservatives – refusing to stand down for a by-election. He is now the Conservative candidate in the Waterside District Council by-election after the local Liberal Democrat District Councillor stood down. Since the election was called Norman Lamb’s Liberal Democrats have named two different people as their candidate. The official candidate has been nominated by the former councillor on official documents. If that wasn’t confusing enough, the wife of the former Lib Dem councillor (and a former Lib Dem candidate herself) is now running as an independent – even though her husband stepped down because he was busy with other commitments, suggesting it was nothing to do with national politics. Denise Burke, Labour’s candidate for the Waterside by-election, said: “This has turned into a game of political musical chairs for the coalition parties with nobody knowing where they stand. Unlike the other candidates, my priorities for Waterside are clear, and with Labour you know where we stand”. With four weeks to go until the Waterside by-election, who knows what twist this ConDems saga will take next. Are you from the media? All North Norfolk Labour enquiries should go to firstname.lastname@example.org.
North Norfolk District Council has confirmed that Denise Burke is the Labour candidate for the forthcoming District Council by-election in the Waterside ward. The paperwork was successfully submitted to North Norfolk District Council this morning, and now confirms that Denise Burke, from Happisburgh, is the local Labour candidate. Denise, who is the new chair of North Norfolk Labour Party, has already fought for improved access to local facilities and services through better public transport, reduced fares for young people, cheaper car parking in town centres and sustainable tourism. Speaking to Labour members at a selection meeting this month, Denise told Labour Party members: “This is a two horse race between Labour and the coalition parties, and I believe Labour can win in Waterside and make a real difference.” She added: “I believe in getting the best for North Norfolk’s rural and coastal communities for all those who live, work, and visit here. This will mean creating more local job opportunities for our younger and older residents, and committing to the continued protection of our local environment too.” She is no stranger to local politics having worked in local government in Peterborough and for the Mayor of London. She has led the development of many different childcare and youth schemes, and has been a chair of school governing bodies for 25 years. In her spare time she volunteers at the Happisburgh Lighthouse and sings in the Coastal Parishes Choir. Denise currently runs a social enterprise with her husband Stephen, United for…
The Government offers no alternative to rising youth unemployment figures in North Norfolk, North Norfolk Labour has claimed. Youth unemployment in North Norfolk rose by 92% over the last year, but last week’s budget did not address the dire situation for young people and jobs in the country. North Norfolk Labour Party has criticised the budget which put the emphasis on cutting corporation tax and giving a tax cut for the richest in Norfolk. The government has paid for these measures by effectively introducing a tax on pensioners – after freezing the tax-free allowance threshold that they can earn – squeezing their incomes at a time when they all face cuts to the winter fuel allowance. Denise Burke, Chair of North Norfolk Labour Party, commented: “The Government is giving a few thousand top rate taxpayers in Norfolk a tax cut at the same time as imposing a granny tax on pensioners. They have prioritised giving the richest a tax cut, but in just a few weeks hundreds of families in North Norfolk will lose out from cuts and broken promises on tax credits. On top of this, youth unemployment has risen by 92 per cent in North Norfolk. Now how can they say with a straight face ‘we are all in it together’?”
A rally was held in North Walsham today calling on North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb to rethink his stance on the government’s plans to overhaul the NHS. The event, organised by North Norfolk Labour Party, brought together opponents of the Health and Social Care Bill including health unions, health care professionals, and concerned patients in North Norfolk. Denise Burke, chair of North Norfolk Labour Party, said: “Nobody supports this bill. From the doctors, patients, or health care professionals. Even Norman Lamb’s own party failed to give their support to this bill, but our MP has continued to vote for it. We have used this rally to send a united voice to Mr Lamb”. Campaigners fear that this bill will have a huge effect on patient care as private companies are invited to takeover running services in the NHS, and believe it will create a privatised NHS. Lamb’s own party failed to give their support to this bill, but our MP has continued to vote for it. We have used this rally to send a united voice to Mr Lamb”. Between 400 and 600 postcards were signed by people in the towns of North Norfolk today – which were delivered to Norman Lamb’s office. A final vote on the Health Bill is expected on Monday.
North Norfolk Labour Party today has launched a new website calling for North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb to rethink his stance on the controversial Health Bill – which could become law in just ten days time. The concept of www.dropthenhsbill.co.uk is simple, allowing local people to send an email direct to Norman Lamb asking for him to support dropping the bill. The website also contains information regarding a rally planned for Saturday at 2pm in North Walsham, which will bring together a wide range of opponents to the bill. They include concerned local people and local doctors and health care professionals too, as well as unions and Labour party members. Over the last weekend more than 25,000 people have tweeted Lib Dem MPs, including Norman Lamb, urging them to reconsider their stance of support for the bill. This adds to the 170,000 who have signed a national ePetition calling for the bill to be dropped. Norman Lamb initially spoke out about the NHS bill last May telling the BBC: “The row over tuition fees will be nothing compared to this one if we get it wrong. The public won’t forgive us if we get it wrong.” He has, however, continued to vote for the bill claiming his concerns were no longer relevant – despite widespread opposition from health care professionals and now his own party activists. Additional information about Saturday’s ‘Drop the Bill’ rally in North Walsham market place will be made available shortly.
Dear Councillor, I am writing to you regarding Wednesday’s budget and more specifically the proposed hike in car park fees. Over the past six months the arguments against the proposed increase in car parking charges have become compelling. The increased costs all year round continue a stealth tax of the most regressive kind, and are therefore, an assault on the pockets of those that rely on parking in town centres – for example the elderly, young parents, and the disabled. The proposal has been condemned by the chamber of trades, town councils, and residents alike. Furthermore, plans to charge for car parking in the evenings have been criticised by community groups. Town councils have attacked plans to impose charges on the car parks which were previously free. Via a Freedom of Information request, North Norfolk Labour Party can now prove none of the aforementioned towns can be considered better off in the winter months. In fact of the nearly one and a half million pounds in revenue raised from the council’s car parks in 2010/11, nearly a quarter was made during the month of August alone and a negligible 3pc of revenue was taken in December. This data supports the case for a seasonal tariff, with a modest increase over part of the year offset by reductions in the quiet months. So for the local resident who parks just as frequently throughout the year, their annual parking bill could actually decrease, while the overall revenue would significantly increase. This would…
Data on revenue taken from North Norfolk car parks, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by North Norfolk Labour Party, strengthen the case against planned price increases, campaigners say. Labour are calling the planned parking fee increase a “regressive stealth tax” as figures reveal that North Norfolk car parks took in £1.451 million in the year 2010/11 but only cost £277,000 to maintain. The party is opposing plans to introduce charges at car parks in North Walsham and Fakenham and to introduce evening charges across the district which they say can be avoided by using a seasonal tariff that takes the revenue from summer tourism instead. They are writing to councillors urging them to support their alternative and plan to support campaigners outside the full council budget meeting on Wednesday. Tim Bartlett, chair of North Norfolk Labour says: “The Conservatives have made a big deal about freezing council tax, but are basically asking those who need to park closer to shops, typically the elderly and less mobile, to subsidise the council budget. These parking charges are a stealth tax, they are regressive and they are bad for local trade.” Labour’s 2011 election manifesto committed it to a council tax freeze and the party has acknowledged that the Conservatives were left a hole in the budget by the outgoing Liberal Democrats. However, it argues that its seasonal tariff plan can plug that hole without taking more from locals. The newly released figures back Labour’s argument by showing how significantly tourism…
North Norfolk Labour Party has invited the leader of North Norfolk District Council to discussions about proposed changes to car parking fees ahead of the budget at full council later this month. The local Labour group will use the meeting to push for the Tory group to adopt the ‘alternative parking plan’ which would see a seasonal tariff implemented on car parks across the district. At the very least the group will appeal to the council to look at other options on the table from the party, which includes using some of the £87,000 left over in the budget to scrap plans for an evening car parking charge. The invitation, sent by North Norfolk Labour Chairman Tim Bartlett, states: “There has been much constructive discussion between parties on the issues around your car parking proposals and we feel an opportunity to meet and review the suggestions we have put forward may well prove productive.” There is widespread opposition to the District Council’s proposals for increased parking charges in the district from local community groups to town councils and local businesses. Residents have also been logging on to the website at www.parkingplan.co.uk to send their comments straight to Helen Eales.
North Norfolk Labour Party is urging North Norfolk District Council to spend some of the £87,000 leftover in the budget to soften the blow for shoppers, motorists, and community groups. North Norfolk Labour Party is recommending that the council uses some of the money to alleviate the proposed charges for evening car parking in the district. The Conservative District Council has hinted that the money may be kept back in reserves for 2013 – something that the Tory-led government has previously spoken out against. Tim Bartlett, chair of North Norfolk Labour Party said: “Evening parking charges would squeeze the lifeblood out of our town centres. Local businesses and community groups are rightly concerned about the impact on the local economy and ‘the big society’. The district council should think again and scrap their plan for evening parking charges.” North Norfolk Labour is also encouraging the District Council to adopt its alternative parking fees plan. Support the plan by visiting www.parkingplan.co.uk