IT is with great pride that just last week, shortly after attending the Stone Civic Sunday service and parade and the laying of the wreaths at the War Memorial in Stone, I travelled to Normandy on the remembrance of the 70th Anniversary of Operation Jupiter and the battle of Hill 112 – the holding of which was described by Rommel as the key to the whole of Normandy – as part of the Allied victory, which was successfully conducted through the courage and bravery of the 43rd Wessex Division. I visited City Hall Fontaine Etoupefour in Normandy as the mayor of the town held the inauguration of a monument and naming of a community centre, dedicated to the memory of my father, Captain Cash.
Paul and his comrades of the 43rd Wessex Division. During the Second World War, my father was killed on July 13, 1944 next to Hill 112, South West of Caen, in Normandy while fighting the SS Panzer . He earned the Military Cross on July 10, 1944 in the village of Maltot in his role as Captain with the 43rd Wessex Division. During my visit, I took several photographs of the graves of soldiers from the North and South Staffordshire regiments in the same cemetery at Manvieu in which he is buried.
On the economy, I welcome the new Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Growth Deal in which Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership has secured £82.3m from the Government’s Local Growth fund to support economic growth in the area. This substantial investment will bring forward at least £19m of additional investment from local partners and the private sector. Taken together this deal will create a total new investment package of £101.3m for the area. Each new job the Growth Deal supports means another family with the security of a regular pay packet.
As for sports, I was extremely glad to visit Little Stoke Cricket Club over the weekend shortly after they had been awarded £41,015 of funding from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities Fund.
I previously objected to the application for the proposed development on land south of Nicholls Lane, which led to Stafford Borough Council’s refusal. The proposals would destroy the views adjacent to the beautiful Moddershall Valley. Following the appeal, my objection is being passed on to the Planning Inspectorate.