Nic Dakin MP

Standing up for Local People

My Diary Week Ending 25th March 2018

I am still getting complaints about Thames Ambulance who provide our patient transport service locally. So it was good to meet with the Health Minister and other northern Lincolnshire Members of Parliament to air our concerns. We are meeting with Thames themselves today so hopefully they will start to give us some answers.

I chaired a meeting of the All Party Group on Pancreatic Cancer Action to consider implications of the very first NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) guidelines for this disease. A significant, welcome milestone. Continuing the health theme it was good to mark World TB Day with increased global pressure to up our game on fighting the world's biggest infectious killer.

I was delighted to meet up with the extremely brave local woman, Lisa Beardsley, campaigning to make people more aware of the devastating impact of facial palsy.

Scunthorpe Market is a thriving community of shoppers and traders. It is good that North Lincolnshire Council have finally shared their ideas about where the market might be in the future - the old British Home Stores (BHS) site. The question is whether this will work for traders and customers. So I went round the market to get feedback. People are not against change but they are wary of it. They need the Council to act in a way that builds trust. Not in a way that says they know how to run these small businesses. I will continue to campaign for the voices of customers and traders to shape the Market's future.

Another area where the Council are playing catch up is sorting out our roads and pavements. But it's good to see them finally responding positively to my campaign to fix their potholes. Let's hope they do a good job!

It was good to celebrate the excellent work being done nationally on Higher Education Access by hosting the 7th Keith Fletcher Memorial Awards in Parliament. Continuing the education theme I had a fantastic visit to Bottesford Infant School to learn about the amazing work they have been doing learning about London, United Kingdom. Great stuff!

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Someone else who has been doing great stuff is the team at Ongo UK. I was delighted to join the outgoing Chief Executive Andy Orrey and his successor to look at the fantastic job their team have done installing sprinkler systems into the high rise flats and redeveloping Westcliff Precinct (pictured below centre). Wonderful work.

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I was delighted to open Sycamore Tree - the bar at Sycamore Lodge Care Home - with Peter (pictured below left).

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Finally I visited UKPowerReserve site in Immingham (pictured below right) to see the state of the art generators at work as they cranked up in almost no time to supply power to the grid.

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