Barbara Keeley

FOR WORSLEY AND ECCLES SOUTH

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Barbara has welcomed the decision made by the Communities Secretary to dismiss a planning appeal against the development of 600 houses on land to the north and south of Worsley Road and land at Aviary Field in Worsley. This upholds Salford Council’s original decision to refuse planning permission to build on the land known as the Greenway, a mixture of woods, meadows and open land.

Barbara spoke out against the appeal at the Planning Inquiry in June. She has campaigned alongside local people against the proposals to develop the Broadoak area for housing and called for the green open land to be protected.

At the Inquiry there was strong opposition against the development from Barbara, Salford Council and local residents.

Barbara said:

“I am delighted by this decision to uphold Salford Council’s refusal to grant planning permission for 600 homes at Broadoak.

“Salford councillors voted against the original application and a large number of people locally objected to the proposed development. I am glad that the Communities Secretary listened to concerns raised by me, residents and local councillors at the Inquiry and upheld the decision to refuse planning permission to develop the land at Broadoak. This is a great victory for local people.”

“This land is part of the Worsley Greenway, an historically important area of green open space which is of great value to local people. Developing this land with such a large number of houses would have had a negative impact on the quality of life of people in this area.”

Barbara welcomes decision to protect land at Broadoak from development

Barbara has welcomed the decision made by the Communities Secretary to dismiss a planning appeal against the development of 600 houses on land to the north and south of Worsley...

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In less than six weeks, voters in Salford are faced with a choice. The recent Budget of the Conservative-led Government has made clear that choosing Conservatives will mean even deeper cuts to public spending for the next three years than we have seen over the last five years.

Salford City Council has already suffered £149 million of budget cuts from this Government since 2010. Yet Surrey County Council sees an increase in its spending power this year. There are wealthy London boroughs which have had cuts only a quarter of the size of those inflicted on Salford. This grossly unfair way of allocating more cash for public services to wealthy areas is similar to other policies of the Conservative government. While families in Salford are £1,600 worse off on average since 2010, Conservatives gave a tax cut to people earning £150,000 or more.

This choice matters because deeper cuts for Salford can only lead to a further deterioration in our local public services. We have already seen a damaging deterioration with cuts to police numbers and pressure on community health and other local services. Cuts to adult social care mean 1,000 people in Salford are losing their publicly-funded social care packages this year.

If Conservatives are given the chance to make even more extreme cuts over the next three years, this will hit Salford harder than other areas. I worry about what this will mean for policing, for children and young people’s services, for cleaning and maintaining our streets and for social care and the NHS. The next round of cuts will be cuts to the bone.

Labour has a plan for a better, fairer and more balanced way to run the economy. We will also protect our NHS and invest in it for the future. Our Time to Care plan will mean 20,000 more nurses, 8,000 more GPs and 5,000 more care workers. It will also mean guarantees of GP appointments within 48 hours and cancer tests within one week.

Labour will control government finances in a way which supports vital services such as social care and the NHS.

Barbara's Salford Advertiser Column 26th March 2015

In less than six weeks, voters in Salford are faced with a choice. The recent Budget of the Conservative-led Government has made clear that choosing Conservatives will mean even deeper...

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Barbara says the Government must do more to promote physical activity to improve the health of people in Salford. Barbara is a member of the Health Select Committee, which has just produced a report on the impact of physical activity and diet on health.

In their Inquiry on this, Barbara and MPs heard from experts that physical activity helped to prevent many chronic conditions including heart disease, stroke, Type 2 diabetes, and cancer. The report calls on Government to do more to tell people about the considerable health benefits of physical activity.

They also heard from the blogger, Julie Creffield, who Tweets the account Too Fat to Run? Julie Creffield aims to help plus-size women to take up running and helps them to overcome barriers and develop the confidence to take part.

Barbara said:

“Physical activity is really important for our health yet this is not well understood by most people, including GPs. We heard of a GP who told his patient she was too fat to run and it seems GPs do not give their patients the right advice about increasing levels of physical activity.”

“In Salford, 76% of women and 59% of men do not take part in sport or any other fitness activity once a week. The North West has one of the highest levels of inactivity in the UK, with 32% of the population doing less than 30 minutes of physical activity once a week. This has really serious consequences for our health.”

“Our report calls for physical activity to be recognised as a crucial health priority in its own right. We were told that physical activity should be seen as a medicine and that it could have dramatic positive impacts on health. Our report also makes clear that people can be fit even if they are overweight. We need to change policy nationally and to find ways to help people in Salford improve their health through increased levels of physical activity.”

Barbara says Government must do more to promote physical activity

Barbara says the Government must do more to promote physical activity to improve the health of people in Salford. Barbara is a member of the Health Select Committee, which has...


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