I HAVE some serious concerns about the current transition process at Stafford Hospital, and I – along with the Member for Stafford, Jeremy Lefroy – have made them very clear.
It remains vital to ensure that Stafford Hospital keeps all of the services that it was promised in the Trust Special Administrator’s (TSA) proposals.
The Secretary of State for Health has made it completely clear that he expected the TSA’s proposals to be implemented at the very least – and certainly nothing less.
He has also said that it was clear that communication with patients, staff and the public in general about the plans for Stafford Hospital needed to be much clearer.
My position is to ensure that we retain a 24/7 A&E at Stafford with a 24/7 paediatric service alongside – and along with Jeremy Lefroy, I will continue to push for this.
This week, I have strongly objected to the proposals for the wind farm up at Knightley Hall Farm.
The proposals will be a blight on the local area and I support the objections of my constituents in Gnosall, Knightley and the surrounding villages, including Gnosall Resists Against Indiscriminate Development (GRID), opposing this application.
Those residents living in the vicinity will have their view blighted every day by three turbines 130 metres high. They will be completely out of character with the area. It is clear that the erection of the turbines in an area of great natural beauty will have a significant impact on the landscape.
There is an Ancient Scheduled Monument site one kilometre from the turbines – this is Norbury Manor Moat.
The main view from the site is south east towards the turbines which would have a major visual impact.
Norbury Manor Moat is a short walk from the conservation area of Norbury Junction, a substantial tourist attraction.
The turbines would have a detrimental effect on tourism and therefore the local economy.
On ecological impact, given that we have a number of sites of natural interest in the area, namely Aqualate Mere and Loynton Moss.
I urged the council that the potential impact upon these sites should be a major consideration in making a decision.