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Stuart Parr
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UKIP parish councillor, blogger, English nationalist
UKIP parish councillor, blogger, English nationalist

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Today I have reported a wheelie bin of rubbish tipped over the tennis courts at Stirchley Rec, a pothole in Beaconsfield and two dumped sofas in Beaconsfield.
Fly tipping, rubbish and pothole reported
Fly tipping, rubbish and pothole reported
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More than 10,000 large companies have been forced to publish figures on their gender pay gap and unsurprisingly more than three quarters of them have a higher median average salary for men than women.

But what does this mean? It's easy to say what it doesn't mean. It doesn't mean that companies are paying men more for the same job as women.
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I reported a few potholes this morning and let people know on Facebook to avoid duplication. There were quite a few comments about other potholes so I decided to do a tour of Brookside to see if there were any others. There were one or two ...
Reported a few potholes today ...
Reported a few potholes today ...
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Are you worried about losing free school meals? You probably don't need to be.

Labour are busy spreading the word that the evil Tories have voted to take food out of the mouths of a million poor children but actually that's not true. What they have done is vote to lower the amount you can earn and be able to claim free school meals in the future.

No child that currently gets free school meals is going to lose them under this change unless your circumstances change and you're no longer eligible under current rules. If you apply for a child at some point in the future (I'm not sure when the change comes into effect) then you will be assessed on the new rules.

So what can you earn in future? £7,400 per year. That doesn't sound like a lot but with the benefits you will be entitled to on that income that becomes about £24k a year which is about £2,300 more than the average salary in Telford.

Where did the million children figure come from? Well, not from research by the Labour Party. It is, in fact, an estimate by the Guardian newspaper!

The cost of providing free school meals to all primary school children in England is estimated at about £800m per year. On top of that the British government would have to give Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland an extra £150m between them because they get a share of any money spent in England (but not the other way round of course). So it would cost £950m a year in total to give all primary school children free school meals. Or to put that into perspective, the amount of foreign aid we give to Nigeria and Pakistan which are the 21st and 24th largest economies in the world according to the World Bank.

Cutting the number of children eligible for free school meals is a bit of a crappy thing to do when the cost of living is rising faster than wages but it isn't depriving anyone of what they get now and you need a pretty decent income by Telford's standards to hit the cap.

If you do find yourself struggling for food because of this rule change or for any other reason then you can contact Telford Crisis Network who can help you with the food bank and point you in the direction of people who can help you sort out your finances. If you have already been to the food bank and reached your self-referral limit and are still struggling then get in touch with me and I can make a referral.
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Yesterday I went to Birmingham for an extraordinary general meeting of UKIP where we voted on a motion of no confidence in the leader, Henry Bolton.

I didn't vote for Henry Bolton during the last leadership election, nor did I vote for any of the other candidates. Henry winning was the result I was most happy with even though I didn't actively support him.

I voted to keep Henry as leader yesterday because I believed he was the best UKIP had to offer in terms of a leader. The party cannot afford a leadership election, either politically or financially. Unfortunately, 63% of the people at the meeting disagreed and voted him out.

I respect the outcome of the vote as much as I disagree with it but it has put me in a difficult situation. The National Executive Committee (NEC) has added to the long list of extremely poor decisions it has made recently by appointing Gerard batten MEP as interim leader of the party. Gerard recently described Islam as a "death cult" and gay marriage "a nightmare". It is rumoured that he will appoint as party chairman a man who believes being gay is a mental illness that can be cured. That's not acceptable for me.

I cannot, in all conscience, represent UKIP when it is led by people who hold so many views that I disagree with and who have behaved in such an unprofessional and incompetent manner in the last few weeks. I therefore resigned the whip last night and am no longer a UKIP councillor. Whether I remain a member of the party depends on what happens in the next few days.
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I have just been and delivered a bag of rock salt to Beckbury Drive as the grit bin had been emptied this morning getting a delivery van up the road and a resident clearing their drive.

It should go without saying that the grit in grit bins is for the road, not for private drives but every time we get a cold spell there's always one nice clear drive near the bin and the road is untreated. The parish council spent quite a lot of money last year having the grit bins filled as Telford & Wrekin Council decided they were no longer going to pay for it to save money. It's your money we're spending so please don't empty the grit bins for your drives.

Unfortunately, I didn't realise there were two grit bins on Beckbury Drive so thanks to local resident Helen who is going up the road to fetch the bag of rock salt and put it in the right bin!

Finally, to preempt the inevitable question: no, I don't have any more rock salt for other bins. The parish council's environmental team don't work on Friday's during the winter months to make up for the long hours they work in the summer so there is no way of getting the salt out of storage or to the bins. This bag was liberated from the parish council office which has been closed early so staff can get home safely. If you would like to comment on the borough council's decision not to fill our grit bins any more then borough councillors' contact details can be found on the Telford & Wrekin Council website. :)
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Tonight's meeting of the parish council's Policy & Resources Committee was an odd one. It seemed to veer off topic every few minutes which made it a long night!

Some parents came with a couple of young children to talk about the park at Beckbury Drive in public open session. Telford & Wrekin Council said they were going to close the park unless the parish council took it on and they were keen to prevent that happening. The stars of public open session were the children who made it very clear how much they valued the park, the freedom it gives them and how well used it is by children from all over the parish. They were very well spoken and not at all nervous.

We of course agreed to take over the park to make sure it stays open and some parents have agreed to help maintain it. The borough council is going to pay the parish council for three years of running costs. This makes me slightly suspicious about the borough council's motives if they can afford to continue paying the running costs for three years but I am naturally cynical about such things.

I made my concerns known about the amount of things the parish council are taking over from the borough council. We took over responsibility for Brindleyford park because the borough council was going to close it. We took over the Sambrook Centre because the borough council was going to knock it down. We took over the library because the borough council was going to close it and we took over Brookside Central because the borough council was going to close that less than two years after spending millions practically rebuilding it. Now we're taking over Beckbury Drive park because the borough council is going to close it. If the borough council decides to drastically cut the grant the parish council gets - or worse, stop it altogether as many other local authorities have done - then the parish council will have to cut services whilst the borough council can pretend it was nothing to do with them.

A draft policy on Trans Inclusion was tabled for consideration. I'm not sure anyone else had read it before the meeting but I did and I took some expert advice from the UKIP LGBT* group. The draft policy was written for schools (it still had references to school uniforms in it) and can be summed up as "we won't break the law". The parish council already has an equality & diversity policy which specifically mentions transgender and says we won't break the law. I suggested that the policy was unnecessary and added no value as it just repeated what our equality & diversity policy says and this was unanimously agreed. It also claimed that the Equalities Act requires gender neutral toilets to be made available in any public service but this is not true.

We agreed to replace the doors inside the Sambrook Centre with disabled-friendly doors that can be opened with the push of a button. I have asked that a hearing loop is installed in the main part of the building if there is enough money left in the budget. The Little Theatre in Donnington has a fantastic loop that covers the whole auditorium, the lobby and the stage and it would be nice to have a similar facility for users of the Sambrook Centre.
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Theresa May has finally put hopes of a clean break from the EU to bed, confirming what we have known all along: the Conservatives are not going to deliver the Brexit we voted for.

The Prime Minister has committed to keeping the UK in the EU for at least two years after we are supposed to leave in 2019. She has agreed to pay £18bn a year into the EU budget, to continue allowing unlimited number of EU immigrants to live and work here, agreed to adopt every EU directive and regulation and accepted the continued jurisdiction of the EU courts. At the same time, we will lose all our MEPs (not that they were ever successful in limiting the damage the EU causes to the UK) and the handful of vetoes we still retained.

This is a complete betrayal by a weak and treacherous Prime Minister who campaigned to keep us in the EU during the referendum.

The EU has already started excluding the UK from meetings and blocking companies and institutions from applying for funding (quite possibly illegally) well in advance of our now indefinitely-postponed independence day in 2019. Over the next four years we will be paying for little more than the privilege of subsidising access to UK markets for companies in the EU. Once all EU funding for the UK stops in 2019 we will be paying the EU £1 for every £12 worth of goods we export to EU countries. That's an 8% tariff on EU exports paid by us, the taxpayer so that companies in the EU to export £60bn more to us than we do to them without having to pay for access to our markets.

We voted to leave the EU and we should leave, not stay half in and half out. And when we do leave we should take our £14bn share of EU assets that we paid for and the £9bn we put into the EU Investment Bank, we don't owe them a penny.
Theresa May has betrayed us over Brexit
Theresa May has betrayed us over Brexit
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Work is starting today on reconstructing Castlefields Way in Aqueduct between the roundabout and Southall Road.

The work is expected to last 3 weeks and the diversion is via the Eastern Primary and round Brookside Avenue so expect an increase in traffic for a while.

The council found problems with the material under the road after I harassed them into sorting out the dip in the road at the traffic lights by Willow Bank a couple of years ago. There is a concrete slab under that section of the road which is obviously very heavy and prone to sinking over time. The rest of the road is prone to cracking caused by slippage of the substructure.
Castlefields Way road closure
Castlefields Way road closure
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