Save Crewe high street

To: Crewe newspapers

Dear Editor,

Once upon a time and not so long ago, Crewe town centre was home to a bustling high-street with the biggest household names, all with their doors open ready for shoppers to spend their hard earned cash.crewewelcome

Sadly, the Crewe high street of 2016 is nothing more than a ghostly shell of its former self as store after store either relocates to Grand Junction or more sadly, disappears from the town altogether.

In the last couple of years we have lost, amongst others, The Body Shop, Mothercare and BHS. Marks and Spencer will be merging its operations at Grand Junction next spring leaving yet another large vacant unit.

Tory dominated Cheshire East say they have plans to save the high street but unless these plans bear fruit soon, there won’t be much of a town centre left to save. Meanwhile, the opposition-less Labour Town Council has neither the teeth nor gumption to do anything to save the town.

Unless we see plans soon for a new department store or a raft of popular and upscale bars and restaurants soon, we may as well just pack up shop and turn the lot into new, quality flats.

Yours faithfully,

Louise Bours MEP

Serious punishments needed for animal cruelty

Dear Editor,

The tragic case of a five month old kitten who was dumped and left to die in a sealed box with no food or water outside the entrance to Blackpool Zoo, highlights the urgent need to give the RSPCA the sharper teeth they need to catch and prosecute cases of animal cruelty. Sadly, these cases are happening all too often and not enough criminals are being brought to book.

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We are famously known as a ‘nation of animal lovers’ largely due to pioneering legislation to safeguard animal welfare and the establishment of the RSCPA by William Wilberforce and other great social reformers of the time. However, with every case of animal neglect and cruelty that goes unpunished, we lose that title. 

I would very much like to see animal welfare legislation toughened up so that anyone who is convicted of animal cruelty receives a full life-time ban on keeping or looking after animals in the future whilst tripling the maximum jail term for serious offenders.

Yours faithfully,

Louise Bours MEP

New sports facilities welcomed

Dear Editor,

The opening of a brand new £11.3 million state-of-the-art leisure centre and 25 metre swimming pool complete with outdoor 3G football pitches is good news for Workington as it ensures local residents will have somewhere modern to exercise.

One of the main objectives of the London 2012 Olympics legacy was to get more young people into sport and regular exercise. However, last year a damning report found that even with the backdrop of a growing population, a further 1.5 million adults were not participating in any sport whatsoever since 2010. 

The largest decrease in sport participation was in swimming which saw a decline of 264,000 people or 9.4%. Football, the nation’s most popular game, has lost a staggering 11.1% of its participants in the same period.

We need to get people back into sport for the obvious benefits it provides to both physical and mental well-being.

The recent Olympic and Paralympic games in Rio De Janeiro have been a high water mark for elite sport for Team GB. Unless we have the facilities in place to nurture those inspired by the likes of Adam Peaty and Ellie Simmonds in the pool, the success of our elite athletes will always be bittersweet.

Yours faithfully,

Louise Bours MEP

Soft-touch judges slammed

Dear Editor,

In most walks of life, people make mistakes on more than one occasion and we are happy and ready to forgive and forget. However, the same most certainly should not be the case for violent thugs such as Jason Bamford who has been spared from going to prison despite throttling his girlfriend whilst serving an 18 month suspended sentence for a previous assault. cell

I am sick to death hearing of soft-touch judges who seem too petrified to send a violent man to prison.

How many more times must a violent offender be found guilty before this judge passes a custodial sentence?

For the sake of public safety, convicted violent thugs should be removed from society and put in prison where they belong.

Yours faithfully,

Louise Bours MEP

Heart failure test concerns

HEART FAILURE TEST CONCERNS BY LOCAL MEP

Concerns over failure by some health authorities to provide a simple heart failure test which could save the NHS £3.8 million have been raised by local MEP Louise Bours.

Early diagnosis of heart failure greatly improves outcomes for patients and saves the health service money with reduced hospital referrals, admissions and procedures.

In the wake of a report by the All Parliamentary Group on Heart Disease, which has highlighted the problem,  Ms Bours is writing to all the Clinical Commissioning Groups and hospital trusts in the North West. NHS

“I want to know if they provide this test, which measures natriuretic peptide, and if they do not I want to know why not and if the situation is to be reviewed and the test introduced,” said Ms Bours, MEP for the North West..  Continue reading Heart failure test concerns

Perpetrator must pay for crime

Dear Editor,

The UK has for many years provided a safe refuge for those escaping persecution, particularly in the twentieth century. Jews in Europe in the 1930’s and Asians in Uganda in the 1970’s faced almost certain death and I am particularly proud that we as a nation were ready to accept those fleeing for their lives.

However, the recent case of Oldham resident Arshad Kharajan, now serving a 20 month sentence for taking sexual advantage of a vulnerable underage girl should bring in to question whether his continued refugee status should remain intact.

Whilst we have stepped up and taken responsibility for Mr Kharajan, he too should step up and take responsibility for his own actions.

I am of the firm belief that refugees and those seeking asylum who commit serious crimes, particularly those of a sexual nature should be stripped of any protected status and returned to their country of origin once their sentence has been served.

Surely we should prioritise protecting the safety of our own citizens above the protection of others.

Yours faithfully

Louise Bours MEP