Karen Buck MP

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Karen Buck MP

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We wrote to all parties with an interest in the land requesting that the unauthorised use cease within 28 days. That timescale has now passed and the unauthorised use has not ceased. I have drafted an enforcement notice report which is currently being checked by our Legal Services department. Once agreed, Legal Services will be instructed to serve the notice requiring the unauthorised use to cease. It is not possible for the notice to require the public house use to re - open,  although that remains its lawful use, in my opinion. There will be a right of appeal against the notice, and I would expect the freeholder and/or tenant to challenge the notice.

An application for a certificate of lawfulness for an existing use has recently been received (ref: 15/05273/CLEUD), claiming that the current use of the site is lawful. Nathan Barrett is the Area Planning Officer dealing with the application in Claragh's absence - I have copied him in on this email should you need to contact him with any queries regarding that application. Again, the applicant will have a right of appeal if the application is refused. This application relies purely on legal arguments, and as such, comments are not normally invited from members of the public. That said, the application documents are publicly available on our website, where comments can also be submitted.

I believe the ACV status of the building will remain intact for 5 years from the date it was listed (February 2020). However, I am awaiting confirmation of this from Legal Services.

WCC response on the Star Pub

We wrote to all parties with an interest in the land requesting that the unauthorised use cease within 28 days. That timescale has now passed and the unauthorised use has...

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Thank you for contacting me recently regarding neonicotinoid pesticides and bees.

This is an issue with which I have been involved for several years and which concerns me greatly.

I appreciate the increased amount of correspondence from constituents which shows growing public awareness about declining bee numbers and the impact this could have on food production, the economy and our countryside. 

As I am sure you are aware, the EU Commission announced in April 2013 that it would restrict the use of neonicotinoid pesticides to crops that are not attractive to bees and other pollinators for two years after the European Food Safety Authority concluded that three commonly used neonicotinoid pesticides posed an unacceptable danger to bees. I support the current EU moratorium on the use of the three neonicotinoid pesticides.

The Coalition Government opposed the European ban on neonicotinoids but the decision to enforce the ban was taken by the Commission after a qualified majority could not be reached amongst member states. 

As you know, it has recently been reported that the National Farmers Union (NFU) has applied for the ban on neonicotinoids to be lifted this autumn to allow these chemicals to be sprayed on rapeseed in order to help prevent crop damage.

I believe the Government need to reject the calls from the NFU to lift the ban to allow for the effect to be properly analysed. It is important to take a science-led approach to the use of pesticides and to consider how best to support farmers, to protect wildlife and reverse the decline of pollinators.

I also believe that the Coalition Government's 10-year national pollinator strategy for bees and other pollinators, which was published in November 2014, did not go far enough. It does not, for example, tackle habitat destruction, damaging farming practices, bad planning decisions and neonicotinoid use, which are the primary causes of pollinator decline.

I hope the current Government listen to the concerns that have been raised about this issue and I can assure you that will continue to follow developments closely and fight for the protection of our natural environment.

Thank you once again for writing to me and for sharing your views. 

Kind regards,

Karen Buck MP

My response on the bees issue

Thank you for contacting me recently regarding neonicotinoid pesticides and bees. This is an issue with which I have been involved for several years and which concerns me greatly. I...

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I am extremely sorry that due to pressure of other Parliamentary business I was unable to take part in the rally/lobby but I can promise my continued support for this crucial campaign.

I agree that tackling climate change is an environmental and economic necessity and the most important thing we must do for our children, our grandchildren and future generations. I also appreciate that the effects of climate change hit the poorest hardest and that eradicating global poverty will only be possible if we tackle climate change.

We must, therefore, have a strong global agreement at the UN Climate Summit in Paris that sets ambitious targets to reduce carbon emissions and has a goal of net zero global emissions in the second half of this century.

Climate change should also be a key priority for the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will replace the Millennium Development Goals in September. It is very disappointing that the current Government does not support the inclusion of climate change as a standalone goal in the SDGs but I hope there is still time for the Government to reconsider this.

The previous Labour Government had a good record on international development and climate change and I believe the current Government should be doing more to support a low-carbon economy here in the UK and to push for more ambition internationally. The last Labour Government introduced the Climate Change Act, which enshrined the world's first legally binding emissions reduction targets. UK Carbon Budgets - enshrined under this Act - already require deeper cuts in emissions than those currently proposed by the European Union and I would like to see the Government work with other European governments to pursue more ambitious targets.

Domestically, I believe we need an additional legally binding target to take the carbon out of our electricity supply by 2030. I am also concerned that the Government's plans to end subsidies for new onshore wind farms shows a lack of commitment to tackling climate change at home and may lead to higher bills for consumers in future. The transition to a low carbon economy is a huge opportunity with the potential to create jobs and growth but I believe the Government's mixed messages and failing policies have led to the UK falling behind with investment in green growth.

I believe the UK Government must show leadership on clean energy at home and show international leadership, especially in Europe, to push for ambitious emissions targets for all countries, strengthened every five years on the basis of a scientific assessment of progress made towards limiting a global temperature rise to below 2°C. I therefore supported a House of Commons motion tabled by my Shadow Frontbench colleagues on 10 June which called on the Government to push for more action on climate change. The motion was passed without a vote.

I hope that the Government takes note of the lobby and will push for an ambitious deal in Paris and I can assure you I will continue to press the Government to support a low-carbon economy in the UK and to push for the best possible global deal on reducing emissions including steps to ensure richer countries provide support to poorer nations in combating climate change.

Kind regards

Karen Buck MP

My response to the Climate Change Lobby

  I am extremely sorry that due to pressure of other Parliamentary business I was unable to take part in the rally/lobby but I can promise my continued support for...


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