Nothing brings communities together like a local issue. And there can be no better example of this in Tamworth than the uncertain future for the former Moorgate Primary School buildings on Hospital Street, The Leys.
The now vacant Victorian school premises, which form a key part of the Hospital Street Local Conservation Area, are under threat of disposal by their owners Staffordshire County Council (SCC).
Having been provided with a brand new two-storey school, built at the back of the existing school site – accessed via Moorgate and funded directly by the government during the school’s conversion to academy status – the school moved out of the Victorian buildings in 2015, leaving SCC with a headache; what to do with the old site?
Clearly, SCC doesn’t want to maintain empty buildings when they are short of funding in these times of Tory austerity, so are seeking to dispose of the site. But how should this be done?
Enter Moorgate Action Group (MAG) who think the buildings need to stay intact (certainly externally unchanged) and reused, preferably for the good of the whole of Tamworth as much-needed community spaces.
As MAG state on their website, Tamworth has lost many local community venues due to redevelopment and sale leaving the town short of appropriate and affordable places to deliver community-led services.
Tamworth Greens are proud to support MAG and their initiative to have the site reused for the benefit of the people of Tamworth and have now included a link to their campaign from our ‘Issues’ list (see main menu).
We hope that you support them too!
Tamworth Greens were in Bristol at the weekend (Saturday, May 27, 2017) to help boost Molly Scott Cato’s drive to become MP.
Molly is in a neck-and-neck race with Labour to win the Bristol West constituency where the Green vote surged by 23 per cent at the last election.
Currently MEP for Bristol and South West England, Molly was boosted by hundreds of Green Party members who descended on the city for a weekend canvassing effort. The new arrivals had travelled to Bristol from across the U.K. and among them were Tamworth Greens who pounded the pavements, knocked on doors and spoke to voters in the Redland area of the constituency, promoting Molly and the Green Party message.
Also among the volunteers at Molly’s side were Green Party co-leaders Caroline Lucas and Jon Bartley as well as Sir Jonathon Porritt who told supporters: “We have absolutely the right combination to win”.
And Molly said: “We’re working to make sure that on June the 8th, Bristol will elect our second Green MP.
“For the people of Bristol West it’s time. We truly are at a crossroads but the Green Party’s campaign for a bold, positive future for our country is in wholehearted opposition to the extreme Brexit and far-right agenda threatened by another five years of Tory government.”
Jon said: “Bristol West could have just another Labour MP or it could elect a Green MP with a strong vision. Molly is a formidable candidate who would give Bristol a distinctive voice in Parliament, just as Caroline has done for Brighton.”
Said Caroline: “We’ve got an incredibly strong chance of winning our second Green MP here in Bristol West. Molly is incredibly well known and respected and in Bristol in 2015 we went from 4 per cent of the vote to 27 per cent – that is almost unprecedented in electoral history in this country.”
“So with a swing like that, we’re very confident we can get another MP here in Bristol West.”