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.

The most important election in a generation

This was the week Labour arrived on Cheltenham’s electoral scene. In a bravura article in the Echo (Feb 23) the Labour candidate conceded he couldn’t win in May, but railed against the Lib Dem mantra of a ‘two-horse race’. He also savaged the Conservative-led coalition.

Chalk sets out stall for town’s businesses

Cheltenham’s Conservative MP hopeful has set out his stall for the town’s businesses. With less than 70 days until Cheltonians go to the polls, Alex Chalk has chosen to launch his own business manifesto, outlining what he would do differently from the Lib Dems to support local entrepreneurs.