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Supporting Cheltenham’s Trees

Alex Chalk is supporting a new initiative in which primary schools in Cheltenham are being offered the chance to plant free trees with help from the Woodland Trust. Schools across Cheltenham are being offered the chance to connect with nature and improve their local area by planting trees – for free.

Chalk opposes latest Eagle Tower flats plan

Cheltenham’s MP, Alex Chalk, has voiced his opposition to the latest plan to convert parts of the Eagle Tower into luxury flats, calling it ’a backwards step for jobs and opportunity in Cheltenham’. The tower, which is home to a wide variety of local businesses and provides 1.3ha of commercial space, is subject to a planning application from the building’s owners, who want to convert the top three floors into flats. This application follows another application earlier this year aimed at converting the lower floors into residential accommodation.

Chalk welcomes continued fall in Cheltenham unemployment

Cheltenham's MP, Alex Chalk, has today welcomed the latest ONS jobs figures, showing that unemployment in the town is continuing to fall. There were 105 fewer people without work in the town in November 2015 when compared to a year ago, leaving the total unemployment rate at just 1.3%.

Grot Spot Progress

Cheltenham's MP, Alex Chalk, has hailed as a ‘really positive win for Cheltenham’ work done by the County Council to fix broken and bent railings across town. 

Chalk presses Chancellor on Cheltenham cyber investment plan

Following George Osborne’s announcement last week that the Government will launch a new Cyber Innovation Centre in Cheltenham as well as giving intelligence agencies increased funding, Cheltenham's MP, Alex Chalk, made clear that he wants this extra funding to benefit Cheltenham businesses as well as national security.

Chalk hails courts charge climbdown

Alex Chalk MP has welcomed the decision of the Justice Secretary, Michael Gove, to scrap the criminal courts charge.  The controversial charge, launched by the then Justice Secretary Chris Grayling, requires convicted criminals in England and Wales to pay a charge of between £150 and £1,200 towards the cost of their case. 

Chalk presents fair funding petition to Parliament

Cheltenham's MP, Alex Chalk, has this week presented his petition calling on the Government to introduce a fairer funding formula for Cheltenham's schools. The petition, which was signed by over one thousand local teachers, parents and governors, increases the pressure on the Government to take swift action to end the historic funding shortfall affecting Cheltenham pupils. 

Chalk becomes a Meningitis Now Futures Builder

Cheltenham’s MP, Alex Chalk, has this week signed up to support the fight against meningitis by becoming a Meningitis Now Futures Builder. In becoming a Futures Builder, Mr Chalk joins parliamentary colleagues across the UK in a bid to rid the country of this devastating disease. He has committed to supporting Meningitis Now in its drive to raise awareness and support local people and their communities where there have been cases of meningitis.

Chalk welcomes schools funding breakthrough in Comprehensive Spending Review

Cheltenham’s MP, Alex Chalk, has welcomed the Chancellor’s commitment to introduce fair school funding as part of today’s Comprehensive Spending Review.  A new funding formula will set a national rate that every school will receive for each pupil, with additional funding for those with extra needs.