Chalk welcomes Eagle Tower U-turn

Cheltenham's new MP has welcomed a decision by the prospective owners of Eagle Tower to withdraw their controversial application to convert the building into flats.

Chalk warns of ''hammer blow'' to town if Eagle Star Tower conversion goes ahead

Cheltenham's newly elected MP, Alex Chalk, has warned of a ''hammer blow'' to the town if the proposed Eagle Star Tower conversion goes ahead.The Eagle Tower is Cheltenham's only major tower block, providing around 1.3 hectares of high quality office space. It is currently home to some of the town's most important employers, including key creative firms such as Room 58 and Camargue, as well as a number of financial and tech companies. However, an application to convert the offices into 96 flats has been submitted by the buildings owners, with a decision on the proposal likely to be made in mid June. 

An EU army? The idea is utterly barmy

In his latest salvo, Brussels chief, Jean-Claude Juncker, has called for the creation of an EU army to face down the Russians.The idea is utterly barmy.