Hello again, I was delighted to welcome Bill Grimsey to Stapleford this afternoon. Bill is a highly experienced retail guru who wrote a great review of the future of Britain’s High Streets. Bill gave an inspiring talk to traders and councillors organised by Stapleford Town team led by the excellent Amy Davis of Tailored To You. As a result I have undertaken to concentrate on getting wi-fi throughout the town and a Stapleford App.
I began today with a meeting with Ikea and Kimberley Town Councils Chair and Deputy Chair, Roy Plumb and Shane Easom. Ikea have agreed to work with the Town Council with a view to promoting Kimberley and supporting events in the town. This is something I have been keen to encourage.
On an equally positive note I am delighted that Broxtowe Borough Council is in the process of putting forward plans for the total re-development of Beeston Town Centre. Councillors and officers now have the sort of scale of vision and imagination Beeston desperately needs.
I have already met the new owners of Beeston Business Park and discussed their plans for the Rylands. I sense a real optimism about the future of our three towns and am pleased that old disputes and differences are being put to one side.
Please read on for more details of my work as your MP.
As ever, Anna
Small Business Saturday success Thank you to everyone who supported last week’s Small Business Saturday and shopped locally. It was a great day and I thoroughly enjoyed getting and about. it was fitting that Kimberley saw the opening of a new shop on James Street – the Hidden Bakery. I wish them all success. Find out more about the Hidden Bakery here >>
WHP Federation is leading the way having launched its first Business Club. Last Friday’s event included presentations on apprenticeships and from a great social enterprise.
Christmas card winner Congratulations and a huge thanks to 9 year old Isobel Shaw from St John’s C of E Primary School in Stapleford who has won this year’s Christmas Card competition. Isobel’s winning design is on the 12,000 Christmas cards I am sending out in the post and by email. I was delighted to present Isobel with her prizes, a large print of her great design and some early Christmas presents. Runner ups include Ciara Donnelly of Fairfield Primary, Amy Cook of Greasley Beauvale Primary, Marianne Kockenberger of Bramcote Hills School, Harvey Glover of Awsworth Primary and Nursery, Matthew Winson of Mornington Primary and Albie Clifford, also of St John’s C of E Primary. The standard of entries this year was very high and I would like to thank everyone who took part.
OXJAM 2015 smashes fundraising record Oxjam has won the ‘UK Fundraiser of the Year Award’ from Oxfam after raising £17,020, smashing the previous record of £12,600. Congratulations to everyone who helps organise the annual event; making Beeston a town which enjoys and celebrates live music will do much to regenerate it.
Borough Councillor Jan Goold has secured 5,000 spring bulbs to be planted on Bramcote Island next week. Jan continues to work with Highways England on a long term solution to the roundabout and designs for the final work are being discussed. More details as they emerge.
Central College Horizons collage – A huge thank you to Horizons students at Central College opposite my constituency office. They invited me back today to present me with a stunning collage taken from a photography project which I saw in its early stages a few weeks ago. the picture will take pride of place in my Westminster office which I use for many high level Ministerial meetings.
TTIP debate We held a three hour debate yesterday in Parliament about a new free trade agreement being negotiated between the European Union and the USA. It’s known as TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) and has provoked some totally unfounded fears and a large amount of misinformation.
I have Ministerial responsibility in the Commons for TTIP so responded to the debate on behalf of the Government. I particularly ask you to read the speeches of Labour’s John Spellar (12.34) Guto Bebb (12.45), Robert Jenrick (1.06) and Andrew Percy (1.27) all of whom, you may think, put the case for TTIP better than me!
NHS Catch up’s
So far we have had a mild winter though colder weather is on the way, and so we can expect pressure on our NHS to increase. I met local GP Guy Mansford who heads up our local Clinical Commissioning Group and Peter Homa, the Chief Executive of Nottingham University Hospital Trust which run the QMC and City Hospitals.
A number of GP’s (including Guy) are now also working at the QMC’s Emergency Department to improve the triage system. There is also better working between Care Homes and our GP surgeries to reduce the number of admissions to hospital.
The QMC continues to run a deficit of many millions of pounds despite record spending on the NHS. The Government has pledged an additional £8 billion to the NHS. Next year the NHS will receive £106.5 billion, a rise of 3.7% and £119.6 billion by 2020-21.
Welcome to Westminster! Everyone had a wonderful time on Monday when over 50 constituents endured a long coach trip to London to visit Parliament! Unfortunately, an accident on the M1 caused a delay but I am assured it was worth it. I am looking forward to another coach load coming down this Monday and hope their journey is shorter! We will be organising more trips in the summer so please let me know if you would like to visit Parliament.
And finally ……. Council’s missing minutes
Kimberley Town Council Chairman, the indomitable Roy Plumb is indeed a man with a mission. Having been re-elected to the Council in May, Roy was surprised to discover that 12 months of previous council meetings have gone missing. Members of the old regime have been contacted but can offer no assistance and so Roy has called in the police. If you know where Kimberley’s missing minutes are please don’t call CrimeStoppers instead drop me an email or better still pop into Roy’s shop on James Street, Kimberley.