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Labour’s Caitlin Bisknell has attacked comments by Chancellor George Osborne about High Peak’s Local Plan.

Caitlin said: “Before criticising Labour led High Peak’s Local Plan – he should take a look in his backyard and at the record of the former Tory administration in High Peak who spent four fruitless years trying to develop a joint plan with Derbyshire Dales.

“Three years ago Labour High Peak decided go it alone and to produce its own Local Plan which is now being considered by the Planning Inspectorate following the public enquiry.  

“Meanwhile Mr Osborne’s own Cheshire East Council and Derbyshire Dales, the local authority of his cabinet colleague Patrick McLoughlin have been sent away to do more work and had their plans suspended by the Planning Inspectorate. In Derbyshire Dales case they need to find sites for 2,000 more homes.” she said.

“Here in High Peak despite the confusion caused by the ever changing NPPF (National Planning Policy Framework) rules imposed by the Government we have delivered not only a Local Plan, but a neighbourhood plan for Chapel-en-le-Frith too.

“These plans will help to provide much needed housing for local families and halt the sharp decline in house building which under this government has seen housing starts falls to levels not seen since the 1920s.”

Tories wrong about High Peak Local Plan

Labour’s Caitlin Bisknell has attacked comments by Chancellor George Osborne about High Peak’s Local Plan. Caitlin said: “Before criticising Labour led High Peak’s Local Plan – he should take a...

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High Peak Labour's Caitlin Bisknell was joined by the Shadow Rail Minister Lilian Greenwood MP in Buxton on Thursday 19th March.

Local residents and Labour councillors attended a lively meeting in Buxton to discuss HS2 and the impact of the increase in rail fares which have had a major impact on commuters budgets.

Residents told Caitlin and Lilian that they were concerned that HS2 would have no economic benefits for local communities and that investments to local transport should take priority.  The recent hike in rail fares was also an area of great concern.

Labour's Shadow Rail Minister Lilian Greenwood MP said: ‎"It's clear that Buxton needs high quality rail services, and it was really useful to discuss some of the challenges the area faces with Caitlin Bisknell.

“Under the Conservatives season tickets have gone up by over 20% since 2010, and last year the Government raised the cost of an evening return to Manchester by more than 60% - making life even more difficult for commuters, and damaging Buxton's tourism industry.

“High Peak deserves a better deal and Caitlin is a passionate and effective advocate on behalf of passengers."

Caitlin Bisknell said "A Labour government would reform the railways, simplify the ticketing system and enforce a strict cap on fares on every route.

“It would also give passengers a voice in how the railways are run and stop them getting fleeced at ticket machines by making it a legal right for passengers to be sold the cheapest available ticket for their journey.

“The Coalition government talks about 'fair fares for comfortable commuting' but this is a world away from the reality of using trains to travel in and out of the High Peak"

 

Labour's Shadow Rail Minister visits Buxton

  High Peak Labour's Caitlin Bisknell was joined by the Shadow Rail Minister Lilian Greenwood MP in Buxton on Thursday 19th March. Local residents and Labour councillors attended a lively...


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High Peak Labour's Caitlin Bisknell was joined by the Shadow Secretary of State for Transport Michael Dugher MP in Glossopdale on Friday 20th February.

Local residents and Labour councillors attended a meeting in Tintwistle to discuss the recently announced proposals for the A57 and A628 trans-Pennine route, which exclude Tintwistle and Hollingworth.

Residents told Caitlin and Michael that the proposals would move the congestion and traffic jams a few miles down the road into the village, making the traffic and its associated problems far worse for the Tintwistle residents.

Labour's Shadow Transport Secretary Michael Dugher MP said: “It was great to be able visit Glossopdale, in order to meet Labour’s fantastic PPC Caitlin Bisknell and local residents. Caitlin and residents made it clear to me the problems they face in terms of congestion in this area, they are doing a great job in making their voice heard.”

Caitlin Bisknell said: "This is one of the busiest roads in the country, with huge lorries thundering past people’s front doors every few minutes before traffic comes to a halt on Mottram Moor leading to long delays.  The current proposals are only a partial solution to these problems and could put even more pressure on the village. It does nothing for Tintwistle residents.  I will continue to support local residents to get their voice heard and have Tintwistle included in any planned bypass".

 

 

Labour's Shadow Secretary of State for Transport visits Glossopdale

High Peak Labour's Caitlin Bisknell was joined by the Shadow Secretary of State for Transport Michael Dugher MP in Glossopdale on Friday 20th February. Local residents and Labour councillors attended...

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