Campaigns

The Longlands Site

Over the last few years, an area of empty buildings and land in Stourbridge’s Old Quarter has fallen into disrepair, marring the otherwise pleasant residential environment. The land and buildings, known as the Longlands Site, are owned by Birmingham Metropolitan College (BMET) and Dudley Council. After concerned residents contacted Margot about the vandalism and arson attacks that had been afflicting ...

Cradley Regeneration

Margot has been working with local residents to secure the development of the run-down and derelict area around Colley Gate in Cradley. After visiting the area with local residents, and seeing first-hand the number of properties that have fallen into disrepair, Margot has been lobbying the Council to use its existing legal powers to help regenerate the area. The Cradley ...

Supporting Guide Dog Owners

Margot is working with the charity Guide Dogs to raise awareness of the problems that arise when car owners park on pavements. Although illegal, some drivers park on pavements, which drastically reduces the ability of those in wheelchairs, those with pushchairs or those who are blind or partially sighted to be able to safely use pavements. Guide dog users in ...

Preventing Forced Marriage

Margot strongly believes that preventing violence against women, forced marriage and honour-based violence should be high on the agenda for local schools, police and Dudley Council. She has also contributed evidence to the Sharia law review, started by the then Home Secretary, Theresa May. Following a particularly difficult case in Stourbridge, Margot met Mrs May in November 2014 to talk ...

Clockfields Estate Roads

Margot has long been aware of the difficulties faced by the residents of the Clockfields Estate in Brierley Hill, who have had to deal with poorly maintained roads due to a complicated legal dispute. The Estate’s roads have remained under private control since the site was built, after the original owners went into receivership. The many parties involved, which include ...

Aspiration Stourbridge

For a number of years, Margot has been organising events as part of her Aspirations programme, which gives local young people the chance to participate in a series of workshops, seminars and networking fairs – all designed to inspire them to fulfil their potential. Every year, events are organised relating to further education, apprenticeships and careers.

Blood Testing Services in Wollaston

Over the last few years, an area of empty buildings and land in Stourbridge’s Old Quarter has fallen into disrepair, marring the otherwise pleasant residential environment. The land and buildings, known as the Longlands Site, are owned by Birmingham Metropolitan College (BMET) and Dudley Council. After concerned residents contacted Margot about the vandalism and arson attacks that had been afflicting ...

Business Rates

Business rates are a compulsory tax that any company occupying a non-domestic property has to pay. Business rates are based on a property’s size, and so small companies that need a large space, like manufacturing companies, are often penalised with a large business rate bill. On the other hand, large companies with small office spaces, such as those which mainly ...

Chiltern Railways

Over the last few years, Margot has worked closely with a local residents’ group to reduce noise problems at Stourbridge Junction railway station. After receiving numerous complaints about the late night maintenance work and noisy trains which were plaguing local residents who live nearby, Margot pressed Chiltern Railways to improve the situation. Margot launched a petition, calling for the nightly ...

Inhalers in Schools

Margot has spearheaded a national campaign to improve emergency asthma care in schools. Asthma is the most common health condition amongst children; 1.1 million suffer from it, which is two children in every classroom. It is estimated that 62% of children with asthma have had an attack at school, and 64% have been without an inhaler in school having lost, ...

Parking at Mary Stevens Park

Being a regular at Mary Stevens Park herself, Margot knows how important the area is to local residents. However, after 100 staff were relocated from the Children’s Services Department at Dudley Council to a building in the park, there has been a huge strain on car parking in the area. The move has also impacted the surrounding residential area, as ...

Stourbridge Skate Park

After local skate park ‘Ramparts’ closed in 2007, there was a great sense of loss among young people in Stourbridge. Former championship cyclist Gavin Pardoe has led a team of BMX and skateboard enthusiasts to build a new state-of-the-art skate facility, known as Unit3Sixty. The design of the indoor park, which covers an area of 22,000 sq.ft, had input from ...