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North Staffordshire misses out on Enterprise Zone status

The Government’s decision to overlook North Staffordshire’s bid to become an Enterprise Zone has dealt a serious blow to hopes of generating new jobs and kick-starting economic recovery in the area, Newcastle MP Paul Farrelly said today.

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Council blunders prompt renewed call for sale of green spaces to be scrapped

Damning evidence of secrecy and misjudgment over proposals to sell off public open spaces across Newcastle have provoked fresh demands by the town’s Labour MP Paul Farrelly for the plans to be scrapped.

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MP warns of toxic waste risk at Bradwell housing site

Council plans to sell off green spaces across Newcastle Borough were embroiled in fresh controversy today after the town’s MP, Paul Farrelly, disclosed evidence linking one of the sites earmarked for development with a source of toxic waste.

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Newcastle’s MP slams Council over secret business rate write-offs – for the fifth year in a row…

Newcastle’s Labour MP has criticised the Borough Council and its outgoing leader Simon Tagg over secretly writing off business rates, yet again, of pub owners whose companies serially collapse year after year, leaving creditors in the lurch.

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Newcastle’s MP challenges Council ‘concealment’ over green spaces sell-off

Newcastle’s Labour MP Farrelly has issued a formal complaint to the Borough Council over its insistence on withholding key details of the scope of its controversial plans to sell off green spaces and playing fields.

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Care home ‘closure by stealth’ angers Newcastle MP

Social services chiefs have been accused by Newcastle MP Paul Farrelly of planning the closure of an award-winning elderly care home by stealth.

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Council climb-down prompts fresh demand for sale of open spaces to be scrapped

Council leaders in Newcastle have withdrawn two controversial planning applications for housing development on public open spaces amid growing opposition from residents and fierce criticism by the town’s MP Paul Farrelly.

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Council urged to ditch ‘shameful’ sell-off of public open spaces

Newcastle’s Labour MP Paul Farrelly has demanded that the Borough council withdraw the first two planning applications for housing on public ‘green spaces’, pending proper public examination of secret Council decision-making.

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Brick-maker responds to quarry concerns, and now consults on new plans

Brick-maker Ibstock has submitted radically changed plans for the development of its Knutton quarry in Newcastle-under-Lyme, ditching proposals to leave a vast lake afterwards in response to local concerns about safety and flooding.

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Council Cabinet urged to suspend proposed sell off of public open spaces

Newcastle MP Paul Farrelly has urged members of Newcastle’s controlling Cabinet to suspend the proposed sell-off of public open spaces amid mounting criticism from residents across the Borough.

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