Conservative North Lincolnshire Council is upsetting a lot of people at the moment. I know this because of the uprush in people complaining to me being ridden roughshod over, without any proper consultation The Tories are doing things to people and communities instead of with them.
We have already had the attack on the mental health community demonstrated by the way they are closing Sandfield House with no proper consultation with service users or partners. You can sign the petition at: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/save-stanfield-house
Then this week they attacked unpaid volunteer Town councillors with a high handed decision to cut their numbers against the will of local communities. This will result in the daft situation of the 9,000 residents of Bottesford having a Town Council of just 12 unpaid councillors while the 3,000 residents of Messingham have a parish council of 15 councillors. Kirton in Lindsey is reduced to 9 councillors whilst much smaller Scawby continues to have 13 councillors. This is all because BIG BROTHER TORY NORTH LINCOLNSHIRE knows what is best for local people. The most frustrating thing about this attack on Town Councils is that no reason has been given for it! It's just a gratuitous attack on the little people by BIG BROTHER as far as I can see. If you would like stop this please sign the petition at: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/…/support-your-volunteer-counc…
The Conservative Council is also threatening to close Scunthorpe Market Save Scunthorpe Market With no proper consultation with market traders who provide 250 local jobs directly through their activity and far more indirectly. They picked up that something was going on through the Scunthorpe Telegraph and Facebook, hardly the best way to find out their livelihoods were under attack. Anyway, after walking round a very busy Scunthorpe Market talking to traders and customers about how important it is to them, I wasn't surprised to learn that 9,000 people signed their petition to Save Scunthorpe Market in the first 2 days. If you want to add your name go to: https://www.change.org/p/north-lincolnshire-council-save-sc…
I joined Kirton in Lindsey super civic service. The Scunthorpe Town Team also does some useful work championing Scunthorpe so I was pleased to catch up with them this week and learn more about their current priorities.
Other matters Scunthorpe for me this week were dropping in to the ever busy Central Community Centre to marvel at the great work the team there do. I visited the Humber UTC, one of the newer buildings in the Town Centre, to be updated on how the new term has begun. And I joined a well-attended meeting of the Bangladesh Welfare Association to hear their concerns about the treatment of the Rohingya Muslims by the Myanmar Government and to receive a massive petition to present in parliament on their behalf. I was pleased that the UK Government responded to a joint letter from 175 MPs including myself calling on them to stop UK troops being involved in the training of the Myanmar Army. This is a good first step but I will be looking for the Government to follow this up with further pressure.
I was delighted to visit one of the oldest foundries in the UK and certainly one of the best - former Firth Brown now Bonds Heavy Castings on Dawes Lane celebrates its centenary this year. It is a truly impressive business making hugely impressive things. We should all be very proud to have it in our town. Another impressive operation is Cat Zero a charity focused on transforming the lives of young people who have seriously lost their way. This innovative project achieves amazing results. At its heart is 8 days on a yacht; so the opportunity to spend a few hours on the same yacht sailing from Grimsby gave a real insight into the way the project works. Finally I continued my quest for a better understanding of how to turn round our health service with a visit to the largest GP practice in the constituency - Ancora