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Banbury Labour Party – Special showing of the award winning film GENERATION RIGHT – Thatcher’s Legacy

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Thatcher

 

Followed by Q & A session with Professor Emily Gray who commissioned the film & lead the research on which is it based.

Friday 14 September. Doors: 7pm Film: 7.30pm

The Cornhill Centre, Castle Street, Banbury

Entrance £5 includes nibbles. Payment on the door.

Cash bar, tea & coffee

Non-members very welcome

Places limited. Please let Mary know you are coming – mlevansyoung@aol.com

Bicester West (Cherwell) result – 21 June 2018

Labour’s Stuart Moss increased vote by 8% but we still have some way to go to break the Independent/Conservative dominance in this ward.

IND: 40.5% (+40.5) BROAD John 877 votes

CON: 33.0% (+16.0) LYDIAT David 716 votes

LAB: 20.2% (+8.3) MOSS Stuart 439 votes

GRN: 3.3% (-1.7) NIXON Robert 72 votes

LDEM: 3.0% (+3.0) CHIVERS Mark 64 votes

Independent GAIN from Conservative.

No UKIP (-11.7) and other Ind(s) (-54.2) as prev.

Turnout 33%

Helen Pankhurst is Guest Speaker at Banbury & Bicester Labour Party Supper Club

Women’s Rights activist Helen Pankhurst was our guest speaker at a recent Banbury & Bicester CLP supper club (9 June 2018).

She happens to be the great-granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst and the granddaughter of Sylvia Pankhurst, leaders of the British Suffragette movement, and continues the fight for Women’s equality.

Her new book, “Deeds not Words – The Story of Women’s Rights, Then and Now” is published by Sceptre, and to quote Helen she discusses “How far women have come since the Suffragettes, how far we still have to go, and how we might get there”.

She told her audience, “I can’t be too late home tonight I am going on the Women’s Procession in London tomorrow”. (An event held in various locations across the UK to mark 100 years since votes for women).

 

 

 

Simple solution gives residents living around the Windrush Play Area in Banbury some peace and quiet

L to r: Maria Harding, Cllr Surinder Dhesi, Sheila Snooks and Paul Clare.

With the help Surinder Dhesi, our local Labour Councillor, and Banbury Town Council, residents living around the Windrush Play Area in Neithrop believe their problems with anti-social behaviour might be a thing of the past.

Two park benches situated only fifteen feet from residents’ front doors became a social gathering spot for young people. Danesmoor resident Paul Clare said, “During the heat of the summer months I had to close all my windows because of the noise, and this has been going on for as long as I’ve lived here, that’s over thirty years.

My neighbour took some photos and passed them to our local Councillor Surinder Dhesi who raised the issue with Banbury Town Council and they agreed to move the benches to the far end of the park away from any houses.

Resident Sheila Snooks said, “This was done last year but again the siting of the benches directly facing the footpath meant that many of us walking our dogs suffered abuse as we passed in front of the people hanging around the newly sited benches.”

Surinder Dhesi, Labour Councillor for Neithrop, said, “I approached the Town Council again and a couple of weeks ago they moved the benches so that they faced inwards to the park with the footpath behind. This simple manoeuvre meant that people using the footpath could now do so unhindered.

Fingers crossed, we seemed to have sorted the problem. Nobody is against young people having fun but they have to be considerate of their neighbours.

If anyone has any problems of this nature they should always ring the non-emergency police number – 101. Calls are logged and if a pattern develops the local police will take action. In addition we have a three-monthly liaison meeting with the police at a local Community Forum which any resident is welcome to attend.”

Not a pothole in sight as local Banbury councillor surveys newly resurfaced road

Mark Cherry on Stratford Road

Despite Oxfordshire County Council having little money to eliminate Banbury’s potholes and invest in road improvements, Mark Cherry, Labour councillor for Banbury Ruscote, is doing his almighty best to improve the situation in his ward.

He has just overseen a 200-metre stretch of complete resurfacing on the A422 Stratford Road between the entrance to the North Oxfordshire Academy and the junction with Warwick Road.

Mark Cherry said, “We all know the roads in Banbury are appalling but I’ve had some local success, which I put down to persistence, four years experience as a councillor and good liaison with County Council Highways’ officers and local developers.

That stretch of road cost £90,000, but the cost has been partly covered by the Bloor Homes Development on the Banbury Rise estate. Developers are required as part of their contract to contribute to basic infrastructure and facilities in the area they are building in.”

In the pipeline is topcoat resurfacing of Trinity Close, Caernarvon Way roads off Edinburgh Way, the end of Edmonds Road meeting Woodgreen Avenue and the end of the Fairway meeting Orchard Way Roundabout.

But despite the efforts of Mark Cherry and other councillors, the countywide pothole problem is still growing because of the continuing effects of cuts to local authorities by central government, and there just aren’t enough out-sourced road gangs to do the work.

Mark Cherry said, “Oxford County council estimate they need up to an additional £300 million to sort the problem but the Conservative government only gave us an extra £1.8 million this year.”

Banbury & Bicester Labour Party – Local Election Results 2018

Cassi Perry

Headlines … Cassi Perry wins Banbury Cross and Neithrop, Shaida Hussain (Banbury Grimsbury and Hightown) and Barry Richards (Banbury Ruscote) are re-elected, Perran Moon (Banbury Hardwick) 140 votes short of victory. Suzette Watson doubles our vote in Adderbury, Bloxham and Bodicote.

Candidate Party Votes Elected
DOD, Bernard Geoffrey Green 155
MELLING, Bette Liberal Democrat 152
MILNE-HOME, Alastair John Conservative 883
PERRY, Cassi Labour and Co-Operative 1225 Elected

Electorate: 5,919

Ballot papers Issued: 2,424

Turnout: 35.5%

Candidate Party Votes Elected
BEVERLY, David Frederick Conservative 849
HUSSAIN, Shaida Labour and Co-Operative 1098 Elected
VERE, Liz Green 153
WILES, David Brian Liberal Democrat 114

Electorate: 6,119

Ballot papers Issued: 2,232

Turnout: 32.57%

Candidate Party Votes Elected
CUMBERBATCH, Simmi Green 182
ILOTT, Tony Conservative 918 Elected
MOON, Perran Henry Rupert Labour and Co-Operative 778

Electorate: 5,335

Ballot papers Issued: 1,883

Turnout: 30.88%

Candidate Party Votes Elected
PHILLIPS, Chris Conservative 580
RICHARDS, Barry Keir Labour and Co-Operative 1033 Elected
WHITE, Rita Rosa Victoria Green 107

Electorate: 5,369

Ballot papers Issued: 1,728

Turnout: 27.87%

Candidate Party Votes Elected
FERRARA, Antonio Oliver Joseph Labour 758
HAMEL, Jane Beatrix Green 169
JACKSON, Brent Liberal Democrat 158
MEPHAM, Tony Conservative 1447

Electorate: 6,319

Ballot papers Issued: 2,544

Turnout: 33.8%

Candidate Party Votes Elected
COTTER, Nick Independent 796
ENGLISH, Marcus Labour 421
NIXON, Roger David Green 126
WING, Lucinda Elizabeth-Anne Louise Conservative 824 Elected

Electorate: 6,349

Ballot papers Issued: 2,168

Turnout: 30.10%

Candidate Party Votes Elected
BOON, Francis Patrick Green 137
LYON, Margaret Elizabeth Labour 457
MAWER, Nick Conservative 908 Elected
MURPHY, Daniel Morgan Liberal Democrat 192

Electorate: 5,348

Ballot papers Issued: 1,700

Turnout: 28.0%

Candidate Party Votes Elected
KAVUMA, Celia Helen Labour and Co-Operative 653
NIXON, Robert Joseph Green 235
WALLIS, Tom Conservative 1018 Elected

Electorate: 5,328

Ballot papers Issued: 1,914

Turnout: 31.38%

Candidate Party Votes Elected
ARIS, Andy Green 207
DAVIS, Peter Liberal Democrat 284
MCHUGH, Andrew John Conservative 1457 Elected
WATSON, Suzette Elizabeth Labour and Co-Operative 540

Electorate: 5,939

Ballot papers Issued: 2,496

Turnout: 35.82%

Candidate Party Votes Elected
CHAPMAN, Phil Conservative 1677 Elected
CULLEN, Anne Felicia Labour 512
GREENSLADE-HIBBERT, Shaun Edward Green 433
MOON, Sue Labour 503
WEBB, Douglas George Conservative 1618 Elected
WOODWARD, Julian Liberal Democrat 448

Electorate: 5,644

Ballot papers Issued: 2,796

Turnout: 43.25%

Candidate Party Votes Elected
BLISS, Aaron James Green 317
DAVIS, Nigel Geoffrey Liberal Democrat 350
KERFORD-BYRNES, Mike Conservative 1637 Elected
MURPHY, Annette Labour 597

Electorate: 6,340

Ballot papers Issued: 2,910

Turnout: 39.78%

Candidate Party Votes Elected
GRIFFITHS, Carmen Conservative 1153 Elected
HORNSBY-SMITH, Andrew Labour 664
MIDDLETON, Ian Michael Green 776

Electorate: 6,293

Ballot papers Issued: 2,608

Turnout: 36.29%

Candidate Party Votes Elected
ROSE, Alaric David Hammond Liberal Democrat 1793 Elected
SIMPSON, Nigel Jason Conservative 1045
STANSBY, John Labour 299

Electorate: 5,884

Ballot papers Issued: 3,152

Turnout: 45.85%

Candidate Party Votes Elected
EMPTAGE, Timothy Martin Liberal Democrat 413
HUGHES, David Leonard Conservative 1386 Elected
NIXON, Michael Labour 567

Electorate: 5,451

Ballot papers Issued: 2,386

Turnout: 39.03%

Use it or lose it – Trial period for reinstated Grimsbury Bus Service in Banbury

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Hannah Banfield, Cllr Grimsbury & Castle

Local Labour councillor Hannah Banfield has just fulfilled her main election promise to get a bus service started again for Grimsbury after the B7 bus service was discontinued due to funding cuts of 49% to Oxfordshire County Council’s budget from the Conservative government.

Hannah Banfield said, “I have secured funding for a 12 week trial period starting 30th April to see if a Grimsbury bus service, the B7a, is viable, so I am urging all Grimsbury residents to play their part in securing this vital community service. Banbury Labour Party will leaflet details of the new service.

The trial is on weekdays only and the bus will run through the heart of old Grimsbury starting and finishing at Bridge Street, the first bus leaving at 9.15am and the last ending at Bridge Street at 4.40pm. People can use their free bus passes as usual.

Hannah Banfield continued, “The loss of the B7 Grimsbury bus was most frequent complaint on the doorstep when I was canvassing last year during the county council elections.

Many of the residents were upset and felt they had become isolated. Not everyone could afford a taxi or walk back from Town with shopping bags, and it became difficult or impossible for many people to visit their doctor or just meet up with a friend for a coffee and a chat.

When I was elected in May 2017 I asked all county councillors to work together for the good of Banbury residents. I suggested we pool our individual Locality Fund allowances to run a pilot. Councillors Mark Cherry, Keiran Mallon and Tony Ilott came on board and together we raised £12,000.

Kevyn Powell, whose company is currently operating a community bus service in Easington, will run the Grimsbury trial, but he does not receive any council subsidy.

The one big factor that might make this work is that the Community Bus Service is reimbursed 100% of concessionary bus travel by OCC, whereas Stagecoach, who originally ran the service, only received 40%. But at the end of the day people need to use it, otherwise it may be lost for ever.”

Banbury & Bicester Labour Party launches manifesto for May local elections to change the face of Cherwell

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In the run up to local elections on Thursday 3 May 2018, Banbury and Bicester Labour Party have today launched their manifesto – a series of commitments to provide decent, affordable homes, thriving towns and villages, a cleaner, greener environment and a more caring and responsible way of running the council.

Labour group leader Sean Woodcock said, “This manifesto promises real change to our area with a cast-iron commitment to protect the public purse.

The Conservatives have run Cherwell for nearly 20 years and they have no plan to solve the very real problems facing the district. Labour has here a set of practical policies that will address them.”

KEY POINTS FROM THE MANIFESTO:

Housing

  • To increase the requirement for affordable housing in all new developments to 50%
  • To create a register of private landlords to raise standards
  • Start-up a local housing co-operative to provide more homes for social rent.
  • On all housing developments which receive public funding, we will prioritise sale to local, first-time buyers.

Sean Woodcock said, “We are seeing many new housing developments in Banbury and Bicester but the reality is there is not enough affordable housing, and with home ownership out of reach for many, people have no option but to rent from a private landlord at often inflated rents levels. We want to tackle that.”

Thriving towns and villages

Sean Woodcock said, “The Labour Party believes in proper planning for growth. Poor planning has led to Banbury, Bicester and Kidlington falling behind similar towns in neighbouring districts. Meanwhile many villages have found themselves victim to speculative housing development.”

  • The manifesto promises a new Masterplan for Banbury, which will harness the unfulfilled potential of the canal area and the old town.
  • A new Masterplan for Bicester to make its garden town status mean something, with more green spaces, a thriving town centre around Sheep Street and new infrastructure to underpin it all.
  • To Protect the Green Belt around Kidlington by properly exploring alternatives sites around the village for meeting Oxford’s Unmet Housing Need.
  • And a genuine devolvement of decision making to villages to ensure any rural development is based on neighbourhood plans.

A cleaner, greener environment

  • Ensuring a renewed focus on sustainability when considering planning and development.

Sean Woodcock said, “We want to improve air quality by reducing nitrogen dioxide levels. Two ways we can start is by installing electric charging points in council car parks and changing the requirements for licensed taxis in favour of cleaner cars.

We also want to be at the leading edge of reducing plastic waste in our environment. We will cut the use of plastic by our council, and install drinking water fountains in all our urban centres.

A more caring and responsible way of running the council

Sean Woodcock said, “We want to address the affects of damaging government policies on our communities by improving and protecting public services whilst also protecting taxpayers’ money.”

  • Develop a new financial strategy to maximise income available for the council to spend on services. To borrow only for growth.
  • A start-up fund for community groups & co-operatives that wish to run public services facing cuts.
  • Provide better support and infrastructure for those with disabilities, and those who care for them, in order that they can better access services
  • Maintain the maximum level of support for low-income families available on the local Council Tax Reduction Scheme.

Banbury & Bicester Labour Party – Legal challenge over Horton downgrading consultation dismissed

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The legal challenge over the consultation on the downgrading of the Horton General Hospital was dismissed by the High Court on Thursday, 21 December 2017.

Sue Edgar, Chair, Labour Health Matters, responds:

Sue Edgar

Like everyone else in Banburyshire, we read with horror your report of 28th Dec outlining the terrible news from the High Court that came just before Christmas. The judicial review found that the ‘consultation process’ (or fait accompli) on the removal of consultant obstetric services from the Horton was lawful, and the Clinical Commissioning Group can now go on to attempt the removal of other vital core services such as paediatrics and A&E.

We offer our gratitude and our condolences to all those who worked so hard and gave so much to bring these utterly disgraceful plans for the Horton before a judge, and we pledge our support in the continuing battle to prevent irreparable harm being done to our local communities through the loss of a fully functioning hospital. We very much hope that an appeal to the Secretary of State might lead to an in-depth consideration of the Horton’s case and a measured discussion with an expert Independent Reconfiguration Panel. They will, they must, have before them all the information they need to assess the likely effect of removing such a huge tranche of NHS acute services from a growing town.

A process of destruction is underway. All around us in the NHS we all support, we are looking at chaos, bad faith, privatisation and destructive underfunding – across every area of health and social care. It is inconceivable that just as our hospital services are attacked and removed to Oxford, our GP services go into meltdown due to underfunding and low morale. We are left with dangerous under-provision and increased misery for thousands of patients.

Labour Health Matters is a working group of the Banbury and Bicester Constituency Labour Party. Our brief is to campaign for NHS services, to gather information and to formulate ideas to protect the future of our NHS.