What can be done to regenerate the rural economy?
The rural economy in Eddisbury needs proper access to broadband and to a good mobile signal, these services are vital infrastructure for rural businesses and it is clear that Eddisbury needs much better service.
The huge investment in superfast broadband has not reached many of the local villages, and more remote businesses a Conservative-run Cheshire West Council has committed to 99% coverage by 2017.
Our farmers and rural businesses need a strong voice in Westminster I have the experience to be that voice and to speak up for our rural communities so their voice is heard nationally.
How can the character of existing villages be preserved in light of the recent influx of housing developments?
Strong local Neighbourhood Plans are needed in order to resist inappropriate development in villages and to ensure that school and GP places are in place to support small scale development.
Problems are caused by speculative development applications where developers are applying for large numbers of new houses when they don’t own the land they are applying for.
This causes huge concern locally. We need to change the rules so that this cannot happen.
The Localism Act, passed by the Conservatives, gives local communities the powers to preserve the character of their villages against applications of this type through neighbourhood plans.
How can oversubscription to schools in the rural areas be resolved?
Delivering a good education is vital to make sure young people can get a good job.
A Conservative run Cheshire West and Chester Council would deliver increasing investment in local rural schools as shown by the investment in the Bishop Heber school which will create 200 more places in 2015/16.
There are plans for more investment in primary schools too like the planned investment in Tarporley Primary School of nearly £2m. Strong neighbourhood plans mean working with the council to ensure that there is appropriate provision for places in rural schools to match housing development.
What would you do to improve access to hospital services for people living in remote rural areas?
Cheshire and Weaver Vale have had a successful bid to the Challenge Fund set up by David Cameron, which means they will get extra resources to invest in delivering healthcare locally through GP practices.
This means an extra £5m under Conservative plans supporting over 60 medical practices in West and South Cheshire and Vale Royal.
Recent investments in the Countess of Chester and Leighton Hospitals means that patients can receive expert care closer to home.
The £5.3bn in the Better Care fund will support the integration of social care and hospital care.
How would you improve transport issues for people living in rural communities?
There has already been huge investment locally in our roads by the Government and the Conservative run council, tackling the backlog in repairs left by the previous administration.
The council is campaigning to have stations reopened concurrent with the electrification of the rail network across Eddisbury such as Newton by Tattenhall.
Bus services are key and the Green Light for Better Buses encourages councils to look at supporting dial a ride schemes and supporting community buses.
The £25m fund for minibuses for voluntary transport has seen a new minibus for the Neuro Muscular Centre in Winsford.
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