My Diary Week Ending 12th November 2017.
It was great to walk round Scunthorpe Market as it comes up to the 45th anniversary of its fantastic Food Hall. I was catching up with those businesses shortlisted for the Best Market Stall category in my Small Business Saturday awards. There are just so many brilliant local businesses that the shortlisting was really challenging. Tomorrow the shortlist will go public. I was busy visiting businesses to get photos to use on my website a...nd a description of their activities they are happy with. I met some really great people. All very exciting!
Excitement was the name of the game at the Humberside Engineering Training Association HETA apprenticeships awards where I presented awards to so many fantastic local engineering apprentices. I also caught up with more great young people at North Lindsey College (pictured left) where they talked to me about how the college is missing out on being funded properly compared to schools. I was able to tell them that I led the debate in parliament on this very issue earlier in the Autumn.
We all need to keep the pressure up on the Chancellor so that he takes action to fund 16-19 year old education properly before it's too late. The Budget next week represents a great opportunity for him to do just that! Buses are important for young people getting about locally so I was delighted to drop in to Stagecoach and learn about the investment they are making in the local bus fleet with over £1 million spent on new fast cats and double deckers (pictured left).
The underfunding of transport in our area was something I spoke about in the debate on Transport in the North emphasising the need to improve the railway line that serves our area and to improve the north-south road links, including looking at dualling the A15.
As the Conservative North Lincolnshire Council continues to sell off bits of our area I presented a petition to save Kingsway Golf Course in Parliament. I wrote an Open Letter to the leaders of both the Conservative and Labour Groups on the Council asking them to commit to looking after our green spaces and protecting our heritage, like the grade 2 listed Civic Centre. I got a very positive response from the Labour Leader of the Opposition promising to do everything possible to preserve our green spaces and our heritage. Sadly the Conservative Council Leader whilst recognising that local people 'value green spaces' gave no assurances that the Council under his leadership won't continue to sell off beautiful parts of our area for building. He also gave no assurance that our heritage will be defended and protected by the Council. All very disappointing.
Remembrance Sunday always provides a time to reflect on the sacrifice of men and women from our Ironstone Area. It is always an immense privilege to lay a wreath on behalf of local people in respect and remembrance.