Posts Tagged ‘Eric Pickles’



By Tom Moseley, Parliamentary Correspondent


HARD-up council taxpayers are set to see their support scaled back to cope with multi-million pound cuts.

Almost 90,000 people in the Bristol region receive council tax benefit, to help them cover the cost of their bills.


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By Ian Onions, Political Editor


A PUBLIC inquiry will not be held into a decision to give planning permission for a Sainsbury’s superstore at Ashton Gate.

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has the power to review decisions on major planning applications.

But he has decided a review of this scheme – which would likely have led to a public inquiry – is not necessary.

The decision means another hurdle has been cleared towards a £92-million stadium at Ashton Vale.

If there had been an inquiry, it would have held up the scheme for months. (more…)

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BRISTOL East MP Kerry McCarthy has called on the Government to abandon new plans for allotments.

Ms McCarthy says the coalition is putting the future of allotments at risk by threatening to abolish legal protection for local growers.


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