The commissioning phase of the Brigg Renewable Energy Plant at Scawby Brook has recently been completed and the renewable energy plant has been handed over to the owners for the operational phase to commence 3 months ahead of schedule and within the agreed construction budget of £162m.
The plant has been developed, built and will be run by BWSC North Lincs Ltd (BNLL)
Colin Jones, Project Director for BNLL, tells me that they are delighted that the power plant has successfully passed through the commissioning process and is now fully operational and currently generating enough electricity to supply 75,000 homes and save over 250,000 tons of CO2 every year.
The process is virtually carbon neutral; the combustion of the straw only releases the carbon dioxide that the straw absorbed from the atmosphere during its growth. This saves the CO2 emissions which otherwise would have been released from burning fossil fuels to generate the same amount of electricity.
He expressed his thanks to the local residents of Scawby and Scawby Brook for their support during the construction phase and is looking forward to continuing to work with them now the plant is up and running.
The commissioning phase of the Brigg Renewable Energy Plant at Scawby Brook has recently been completed and the renewable energy plant has been handed over to the owners for the...
This is a Conservative Government, but to have a strike of this kind on any Government’s watch is a disgrace and a failure. I quite like the Minister actually, but he has only ever laid the blame for this elsewhere.
Surely, the Government should be evaluating their own performance and saying, “We can do better than this and we should ensure that this does not happen,” even at the eleventh hour.
This is a Conservative Government, but to have a strike of this kind on any Government’s watch is a disgrace and a failure. I quite like the Minister actually, but...
Dissatisfaction with NHS has seen the biggest rise in 30 years amid growing concern about GP and hospital waiting times, a major survey has found. The British Social Attitudes survey shows that dissatisfaction with the NHS rose by 8 per cent to 23 per cent in one year, the largest single-year increase since 1986. The survey published by the King’s Fund found that GPs had the worst rating since the survey was first carried out in 1983. The poll found that waiting times for GP and hospital appointments were the greatest drivers of dissatisfaction, with lack of staff and under-funding cited as other factors.
Heidi Alexander, the Labour Shadow Health Secretary, has responded by saying - ” The reality is that five years of a Tory government have left the NHS understaffed, underfunded and unable to cope”.
Meanwhile reports in the press accuse Jeremy Hunt of vetoing a deal that could have ended the junior doctor dispute. The proposal, it is claimed, was supported by the NHS’ and the Department of Health’s own negotiators. The reports claim that the deal, which is said to have addressed pay for working evenings and Saturdays and was cost neutral for the government, was unilaterally blocked by Mr Hunt despite negotiators from the NHS Employers organisation viewing it as an opportunity to resolve the dispute.
Dissatisfaction with NHS has seen the biggest rise in 30 years amid growing concern about GP and hospital waiting times, a major survey has found. The British Social Attitudes survey...
On Valentine’s Day this year The Climate Coalition, which includes Oxfam, is working to highlight the need to tackle climate change for the sake of all the things we love and hold dear; for the love of people’s livelihoods here in the UK, for the love of the world’s poorest people and for the love of our stunning wildlife and nature.
Please make and wear a green heart on Valentine’s Day to show your support.
Read more at: http://fortheloveof.org.uk/
On Valentine’s Day this year The Climate Coalition, which includes Oxfam, is working to highlight the need to tackle climate change for the sake of all the things we love...
My article in House Magazine.
Let me declare my interest as former Principal of John Leggott College in Scunthorpe. In the 1960s inspirational local leaders established it as one of the first sixth form colleges in the country. This demonstrated the power of local decision makers to make the best decisions for their community and young people.
Like sixth form colleges elsewhere John Leggott has been a successful part of the educational landscape ever since. Indeed sixth form colleges are consistently amongst the highest performing institutions nationally. So why has a Conservative government made life so difficult for them?
With 11-16 funding per student in schools at £5553 and in academies at £5969, why are sixth form college students funded at just £4,560 per student? Whilst the Chancellor’s last minute decision not to further cut the core post-16 funding was welcome sixth form colleges remain funded 20% less than schools and academies. And there’s no guarantee that other aspects of their funding, such as that for disadvantage or free school meals, will not yet be attacked by a Treasury hungry for further cuts.
For a long while now MPs have championed their sixth form colleges drawing attention to various funding injustices including the unequal treatment of schools and SFCs in relation to VAT. So I welcome the government’s willingness to allow SFCs the opportunity to become academies if they meet the criteria and wish to.
But what does it mean? Is it just another structural fix of a symptom rather than a willingness to address the core problem that these Cinderellas who serially over deliver, should no longer be short changed when it comes to State funding? When the Conservative Government should be tackling their self-created crisis in teacher recruitment and supply they typically prefer to fiddle around with structures! But if structures are their answer why restrict the freedoms of SFCs who wish to convert to academies?
SFCs enjoy a small number of freedoms that schools/academies do not, including charging fees to international students and receiving direct funding to deliver some higher education programmes. At John Leggott the successful International Department was essentially an export business selling our high quality education to students drawn mainly from Asia. It brings income to the college and the community and establishes future UK influence across the globe as alumni prosper. Wouldn’t it be more free thinking and entrepreneurial to extend these freedoms to academies where they wished to explore them rather than say SFCs converting to academies should cease this activity?
What college governors and Principals want more than anything else is some certainty about the future of funding to their successful colleges! Then they can plan their future activities and curriculum with the sort of confidence their present and future students deserve. In the end with the option to convert to academies available SFCs, as autonomous, independent institutions will make the best decisions for their learners and their communities as the foresighted local leaders who created them did in their time.
Trusting local people is a far better way of determining the future than any top down, government imposed area review!!!
My article in House Magazine. Let me declare my interest as former Principal of John Leggott College in Scunthorpe. In the 1960s inspirational local leaders established it as one...