March 2017 Council Report

Transport Strategy

The Transport Strategy that was announced on 9th February is still out for consultation. That consultation period ends on the 23rd of March (next week).

I would encourage as many people as possible to make their thoughts known as this is a strategy that will shape Stratford and surrounding areas for the future.

The full plan and consultation process can be found here:

https://askwarks.wordpress.com/

 

Community Infrastructure Levy

We are still very much in the hands of the planning inspectorate. The CIL, which will essentially replace s.106 contributions on housing developments, was sent to the planning inspector for their final approval at the end of last year.

The council expected a response by the end of February but that is still outstanding. I will keep you updated as and when it arrives.

 

Village Store and Pub

Following the long delays during the repair work undertaken on the culvert last year, both the village shop and the village pub suffered a reduced footfall and therefore reduced income.

It has been agreed with Stratford District Council that we will write to the valuation office requesting a temporary reduction in the business rates paid by both businesses.

Council officers are also considering hardship relief on any council related taxes paid by both entities, I am expecting a positive outcome on that this week.

 

Heath End Farm – Enforcement

Earlier this year I was asked about the enforcement action being undertaken by the council at Heath End Farm.  Enforcement is a long process that can sometimes appear to not to be undertaken, but I am pleased to say that a notice of enforcement has been issued that requires the listed buildings to be restored to their original state within six months.

 

Portfolio

On a personal note, I am pleased to say that I was appointed to the District Council Cabinet last week.

The portfolio I am now responsible for is the Housing and Infrastructure portfolio.  With that has come two of the biggest projects the council is undertaking at the moment, one of which is the draft transport strategy.