Conservatives Welcome Green Light For Ricoh Rail Station

Coventry Conservative Leader, Cllr Kevin Foster, has welcomed the announcement by the Transport Secretary, Justine Greening, that the Coventry to Nuneaton rail upgrade will go ahead.The rail upgrade scheme represents an £18,800,000 investment that will not only see two new stations built, including one at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena, but major improvements to passenger services on the line. A new bay platform will be created at Coventry Railway Station so that trains to Nuneaton will no longer need to depart from the same platform as express services to London.

Gary Set to Stand Down in May

Sherbourne Ward Councillor Gary Ridley has announced that he will not seek re-election when his current term expires in May 2012. Gary has served Sherbourne Ward as a Conservative councillor since May 2002 when he became the City’s youngest councillor at the age of 21.

Residents Get Sneak Preview of New Coundon Reservoir

City Councillors and local residents have been given a sneak preview of the new reservoir being constructed on Scots Lane in Coventry. They were shown around the development site on Saturday 26th November by construction engineers Costain Ltd.

Coventry Councillor takes HIV test to raise awareness for World AIDS Day

A Coventry Councillor is to take a public HIV test in an effort to encourage more local people to test for the virus. Cllr Kevin Foster, Councillor for Cheylesmore Ward and Leader of the local Conservative Group, will attend the Manor Road branch of HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) on Monday 14 November for a simple finger-prick blood test. His result will be delivered within 20 minutes.

Councillors Pledge To Fight Children’s Centre Closure Plans

Leading Conservative Councillors have this week pledged to fight proposals by the Labour controlled City Council to close 6 Children’s Centres across Coventry.

The plans, which were discussed behind closed doors by Labour Councillors, would see Children’s Centres in Cheylesmore, Coundon, Earlsdon, Finham, Whoberley & Wyken closed as part of a plan to save £200k from the Council Budget.

Conservatives Welcome Cycle Lane Review

Conservative spokesman Councillor Allan Andrews has welcomed the decision of the Council to conduct a review of cycle lanes in the city, following a request he made at the Cabinet Member (City Services) meeting on Tuesday 11 October. In June, Allan spent a morning with the Earlsdon Cycling Group to look at the problems experienced by cyclists on some of Coventry’s busiest roads. Following the morning spent cycling, Allan met with senior Council Officers to discuss the problems in more detail and has now formally called for a review to take place.

Local Conservatives Welcome Council Tax Freeze to Help Families & Pensioners

Council Tax is set to be frozen again by the Coalition Government following an announcement by the Chancellor, George Osborne. The Government is making funding available for local Councils to help them freeze Council Tax bills, meaning the average family’s bill will be up to £72 lower next year than it otherwise would have been, on top of money saved by families from this year’s freeze.