Nic Dakin MP

Standing up for Local People

My diary w/e 17th January

Westcliffe.jpgI was really pleased to be updated on the positive plans for developing Westcliffe with new housing and a community hub where the precinct once was.  This is something I've been working with North Lincolnshire Homes and the Council on since I was elected in 2010 so, like local people, I'll be pleased to see something finally coming together to improve the area.  

As Shadow Schools Minister spending time in local schools is doubly beneficial!  It was really good to meet up with the leadership of the Outwood Academy Trust at Foxhills and learn more about the challenges they face and the successes they are having.  Certainly both Foxhills and Brumby School communities students' performance is much improved as a result of Outwood's work. 

Another school that is enjoying better times is Priory Lane, now in a federation with Westcliffe that is bringing benefits to children across both schools and is proof positive that schools don't have to be turned into academies to be turned round.  As I always say, it's simple stuff - concentrate on the quality of teaching and learning and leadership and you can't go too far wrong! 

I dropped into Enderby Road Infants' Democracy Day which showed how excited children can be about voting and elections at a very young age when it is made relevant to them.  Getting a school place is pretty important though.  And as the deadline passed for parents to express their school preferences for their children it is shocking that so many primary children are being taught in super-sized classes because the Conservative government hasn't made sure there are enough school places where they are needed.  Instead they have wasted over £240 million on new free schools where there are already enough school places which is complete madness! 

At the Scunthorpe Town Team meeting I heard from residents of their concern that the green open space at the former Brumby Resource Centre site, enjoyed by local people, might be taken away as North Lincolnshire Council looks to develop the site for housing.  Houses are good for the brownfield site but there shouldn't be further reduction of green open space.  I am supporting petitioners and local councillors in trying to get the Council to see sense and act in the interests of local people. 

How to get the best for the area was the focus for the meeting I attended at Hull University considering the best devolution settlement for the area.  What's clear to me is that currently local people and local businesses are not as involved as they should be in shaping future arrangements.  I take my lead from business led organisations - the Hull and Humber Chamber and the Humber LEP - both of whom are saying that any future arrangement should recognise the huge potential and relationships around our biggest asset, the estuary. 

Sharing and supporting each other was the name of the game at the inaugural North Lincolnshire Veterans' Breakfast Club held at Frankie and Bennies - a very positive event. 

Back in Westminster I spoke in a debate about ensuring that the Global Fund to fight Malaria, TB and HIV is properly replenished.  And I took part in discussions on how to ensure that the Labour brand is properly reinvigorated as part of Labour's fight back with the general public.

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