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Leader of Burntwood Town Council accuses Labour of pre-election “desperation” after Green Belt row

The leader of Burntwood Town Council has accused Labour councillors of pre-election “desperation”.

The controlling Conservative group had been criticised by the opposition for failing to stand up to plans to build new homes on Green Belt land in the town.

Labour group leader Cllr Diane Evans said the Tories were merely shedding “crocodile tears” rather than fully fighting the proposals.

Cllr Helen Fisher

Cllr Helen Fisher

But Cllr Helen Fisher, leader of the Conservative controlling group, accused Labour of trying to play politics over the issue ahead of Staffordshire County Council elections.

She said: “Anyone who attended the recent Cabinet meeting at Lichfield District Council will have seen how vociferously I have defended the Green Belt, particularly around Burntwood, and I have since been thanked publicly by Burntwood Action Group for my efforts.

“Unfortunately this politicised attack by Labour looks like nothing more than desperation prior to some important local elections.”

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  1. The Trump of Burntwood

    21st March, 2017 at 11:30 am

    Waoh, 2 articles, 2 sides of the same story? But still about 1 issue? What is up with these people? sad!

    Either agree as a whole council to support the Greenlands/belt, or let the Cons agree with their Lichfield, Staffordshire and National friends in power and get building!

    It’s really pathetic, on both sides, but more for the Cons here. Most of the Bwood Cons sit at the Lichfield level and still they hold-up the banner of “fighting the good fight”. Open your eyes people. They lie to you, stage a fake argument and then agree with their tory friends. When you sit on Burntwood Council and Lichfield Council, where do you think their allegiance falls to? Especially those who are trying to get on Staffordshire Council !!

    This issue is pathetic. Labour says “No!” without offering an alternative option for future builds. Tories say “we Agree”, without stating who they exactly agree with. The people of Burntwood want a nice greenbelt, whilst also wanting their town to exceed.

    Do you really think if they get on the Staffs council, that they’d care about Burntwood? No, they will use keep to the party lines, and enjoying their political careers and not the members of this semi-great town.

  2. Ken

    21st March, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    The key phrase here is “trying to play politics”. That’s what this all feels like – two groups of stroppy kids playing at being politicians complete with name-calling and infantile finger-pointing. And they wonder why voters feels alienated?

    Enough. Get rid of the lot of them and start again, please.

  3. The Teach

    21st March, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    I attended the Cabinet meeting and witnessed the pantomime. 2 members spoke against the proposals, secure in the knowledge that their colleagues would carry the day! You only have to look at the election leaflets put out by the Tory candidates to realise their priorities, or rather, lack of them! No mention of the Green Belt, no mention of the crisis in Social Care, no mention of the cuts in School spending.

  4. Adam Elsdon

    21st March, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    If you want your green spaces saved and protected then Vote for the Green Party.

  5. Sj

    22nd March, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    It’s all about adhering to party lines ,councillors have become political zombies no thought for the people they represent .

  6. Steve Norman

    22nd March, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    The reality is – and always has been – that the Government of the day sets the planning agenda. At national level this is party political. When John Gummer was responsible the guidance was changed to encourage “Out of Town” shopping developments just as “sustainable housing ” is now.

    Under Labour Opencast mining was discouraged.

    Then, as now, the local Planning Authorities have to follow these national guidelines. In the case of the National Planning Policy Framework paragraph 14 states: “At the heart of the National Planning Policy Framework is a presumption in favour of sustainable development, which should be seen as a golden thread running through both plan-making and decision-taking.”

    I didn’t help to get this government elected. Why do you think the MP has kept a very low profile on this? Perhaps Lichfield Live could find out if BAG have invited Mr Fabricant to attend a public meeting as they were going to do. In fact BAG are very unhappy with the Town Council’s Neighbourhood Plan and as Helen Fisher is the Leader of the Town Council I am sure she will be able help BAG with their concerns.