My Diary Week Ending 15th October 2017.
I discover something new about our area and the people who live and work here every week. That's the joy of this strange job I do! So, as I am about to launch my annual celebration of local Small Business Saturday UK, it was good to discover a small business that has been around for some time Crawford Metal Decectors (see picture) based on the Foxhills Industrial Estate.
A great little business that is doing very well in a niche market. While I was there a customer came in waxing lyrical about finding a Victorian penny on his first metal detecting outing and wondering about the person who lost it over 150 years ago. Stories and dreams! Excitement and wonder!
Leeds Bradford Airport is a business that creates stories and dreams for others but has probably been punching below its weight. So it was good to go across and meet the new Chief Executive to hear about how he hopes to develop the business. From our area's point of view more competition and choice can only be a good thing.
In Parliament I was able to speak up in support of Scunthorpe Market whiich now has over 18,000 signatures on a Save Scunthorpe Market petition. Surely Conservative North Lincolnshire Council will listen to the will of the people it is there to serve! And I presented a petition I'd received from the Bangladesh Welfare Association North Lincolnshire urging the Government to take action to support the Rohingya minority in Myanmar.
The All Party Steel Group met with the British Steel Pension Scheme trustees. Several things became very clear as a result. Firstly it is crucially important people make a positive choice between transferring to BSPS2 or falling into the Pension Protection Fund (which is what will happen if no choice is made) by 11th December 2017. There are roadshows being held at The Baths Hall during 24th October. If at all possible people affected should get along to one of these and ask the questions they have.
Health matters continue to be a major priority so I was pleased to catch up with regional and local members of the Royal College of Nursing. Getting our nursing numbers right is so important. It is positive news that the Government is lifting the cap on pay but this will only have the desired impact of improving recruitment, retention and morale if it is properly funded. And I followed up concerns about the reliability of the patient transport service by meeting with Thames Ambulance Group who recognised they have not been delivering the service patients have a right to expect and committed to get things right in future.
Hopefully that will be the case. I will be monitoring very carefully.
Finally it was good to see so many healthy youngsters when I gave out trophies and medals for the local six a side soccer competition held at Premier Pitch, Kettering Road.