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  • PPC Cllr Ryan Bate (Warrington Liberal Democrats)
    Article: Sep 10, 2019
    By Cllr Ryan Bate, PPC for Warrington South

    The normal rules for running the country have been thrown overboard as the Government descends from one crisis to another.

    Cllr Ryan Bate, the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Warrington South says, "Our Prime Minister is hell-bent on taking us out of Europe, with or without a deal. The independent Office for Budget Responsibility has warned that no-deal' would cost the public purse £30 billion every year for the next four years.

  • Letter to the PCU p1
    Article: Jul 28, 2019

    Following the incredibly disappointing outcome of last Wednesday's planning committee, I have written to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government to ask him to 'call in' the Stobarts application and make it the subject of an independent public inquiry. It is really important that this complex application is reviewed by somebody in a neutral position who considers the full body of evidence before them, as I do not believe that this was the case at last Wednesday's planning meeting.

  • Survey: Jul 4, 2019
    11 questions

    I'm from Warrington and have lived here almost all of my life. I work in the town and am a local councillor. This gives me a reasonably good idea of the issues people are facing. That said, I believe an important part of being a Member of Parliament is listening to people, so I want to know what you think.

  • Presenting a Local Plan meeting with South Warrington Parish Councils ()
    Article: Jul 4, 2019

    Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for Warrington South, Councillor Ryan Bate, has described Warrington Council's planning department as currently unfit for purpose due to a 'perfect storm' of cutbacks, IT failings and a number of high-profile applications.

    'Together with the substantial work around the Local Plan, the Council's planning department has also faced an increasing number of major applications. It is trying to cope with a smaller workforce and a creaking IT system resulting from financial cutbacks,' explains Ryan Bate, 'It is vital that Warrington gets planning right. Not just for legal reasons, but also for the long-term benefit of people and the environment. Unfortunately, the situation has resulted in the public completely losing confidence in a planning system in which they do not feel they can properly participate. Despite the hard work of the remaining planning officers, the service is simply unfit for purpose.'

  • Document: Jun 24, 2019
    2 MiB drawing or desktop publishing document

    Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate, Cllr Ryan Bate, has submitted his response calling on Warrington Borough Council to reject Langtree's application for a major logistics site at the M6-56 junction:

    'Having stated my objection to the Stobarts application on the grounds of a failure to meet very special circumstances for Green Belt release and prematurity to the Local Plan process, I wish to state the same objections to the Langtree application. The significantly larger scale of the Langtree application makes these objections even stronger. To approve this application before the Local Plan is adopted would completely predetermine the outcome of that process and therefore undermine the integrity of the process and the opportunity for the public to make their voices heard on the strategic direction for Warrington.I appreciate that planning authorities are required to determine major planning applications within a certain timeframe, however when that decision will have such significant bearing on an ongoing Local Plan, I would have thought it entirely justifiable to delay such a decision.'

    'The protection of Green Belt has rightly been enhanced in the new National Planning Policy Framework. In addition to fulfilling the designated purposes of Green Belt, the land in question also has significant landscape value and contributes to the wider health of both the environment and the public. At a time when environmental issues such as climate change and public health problems such as air quality are swiftly rising up the national (and international) agenda, it seems foolish to contemplate building a large logistics site in this location.

    'In addition to these two serious concerns, I am deeply concerned by the unacceptable scale and location for a facility of this nature which will damage the character of the area beyond recognition. Given the location's rurality I am also concerned about highways, both in terms of local roads and the cumulative impact on the motorway network. This is despite assurances from highways experts who claim that local roads and the motorways can cope with this development. Frankly such assurances fly in the face of the daily lived experience of the people I represent and myself, who on a day-to-day basis see Grappenhall Lane and the M6 reduced to a crawl of queuing traffic. The cumulative impact may be negligible in traffic modelling terms, but in reality, people will face more, longer queues and suffer the economic and social consequences of sitting in this traffic for longer.

    'Whilst considering any economic gains which an application such as this may offer, we also need to take into consideration the social and environmental costs involved. Wellbeing must trump economic growth as we consider Warrington's future. This application should be judged alongside the Stobarts application and both should be rejected.'

    You can download this response by clicking below.

  • Document: Jun 24, 2019
    1.83 MiB drawing or desktop publishing document

    Please find attached my response to the draft Local Plan.

  • Ryan Bate
    Article: Jun 13, 2019

    Following the Council's latest admission that the Western Link may not be enough to solve congestion and improve connectivity across the borough, Lib Dem PPC Cllr Ryan Bate commented:

    'I have long had my doubts about the case for the Western Link, all it does is shuffle congestion from one point to another. It is a flawed solution to a serious problem.'

  • Ryan Bate
    Article: Jun 11, 2019

    Ahead of the Local Plan and LTP4 consultation deadline on 17th June, Liberal Democrat Prospective Parliamentary Candidate Councillor Ryan Bate has issued a final call for residents to make their voices heard about the future of Warrington.

    "Ever since the Council released their plans in March, I have campaigned tirelessly alongside local residents to make sure that the people of South Warrington have their voices heard,' says Ryan. 'The 7000 houses and new logistics sites in South Warrington will transform our area for the worst. The plan will result in more traffic congestion, declining air quality and a loss of both our green spaces and the unique character of our villages. There is no appetite for this level of development. We must have a plan for Warrington which balances our aspirations for tomorrow with the needs of people today. If you too want a better plan for Warrington's future then it is essential that you respond to the Local Plan consultation before 5pm on 17th June."