Staffordshire County Council civic spending lambasted by independent

Lichfield Live has reported that Staffordshire County Council in cooperation with Veolia are offering cash grants of up to £750 for not-for-profit organisations, voluntary and community groups, schools, societies and charities to fund projects aimed at improving the local environment. Considering the growing number of lost jobs, failed and failing businesses, liquidity problems, mental healthContinue reading “Staffordshire County Council civic spending lambasted by independent”

Closed door council meetings come under fire from independent

Absolutely typical. We saw the same thing with the Friarsgate fiasco last year. Wherever Lichfield District Council’s financial matters are concerned, you can be sure that doors will start closing and lips will start tightening. Public trust in our representatives has been shattered by a variety of conflicts of interest, back room deals and financialContinue reading “Closed door council meetings come under fire from independent”

Christopher J. Wilkinson marks Remembrance Sunday 2020

Today is Remembrance Sunday. Perhaps more than any other year in my life, I consider this to be a very important day. We live in times when our way of life is under serious threat from within. The security and freedom we have enjoyed for so long, and that so many fought and died toContinue reading “Christopher J. Wilkinson marks Remembrance Sunday 2020”

Christopher J. Wilkinson offers views on Lichfield District Council spending consultation

I shall certainly be contributing my views to this budget consultation, though I note that there is only an option to spend taxpayer’s money and not to save it. Like so many other years I guarantee that, regardless of the consultation process, this budget will not forge a path to surplus. It will increase theContinue reading “Christopher J. Wilkinson offers views on Lichfield District Council spending consultation”

Independent criticises government’s broken promises on COVID restrictions

Today is 225th day of the ‘temporary’ coronavirus restrictions. The initial lockdown in March was said to last for three weeks. It ended up being three months, and several local lockdowns have followed since. The government promised Christmas as usual with a return to normality by the end of the year. Now, should they keepContinue reading “Independent criticises government’s broken promises on COVID restrictions”

Independent comments on ‘free’ school meals for children

There’s no such thing as a free lunch. Instead of reducing the tax burden on poorer families so that they can afford to feed themselves, through lower business taxes enabling employers to pay them higher wages and lower personal taxes so people keep more of their own money, people assume that the state should interveneContinue reading “Independent comments on ‘free’ school meals for children”

Independent raises doubts over new location for Friary Grange Leisure Centre

The decision on whether Stychbrook Park should be selected as the proposed site of the new Leisure Centre has been hurried through without much time for public scrutiny. This is clearly unacceptable. As with the new housing developments proposed for Netherstowe and Leyfields, the environment should not be compromised for the sake of generating additionalContinue reading “Independent raises doubts over new location for Friary Grange Leisure Centre”