The south-east of Wakefield has been without a public swimming baths now for over two years.The community campaigned hard to secure a replacement pool and I know from chatting to people that they are wondering what’s happening with the plans to build the baths on the site of Minsthorpe School.
Following a recent meeting that I requested with the Leader of Wakefield Council, Peter Box, I have received an assurance that the proposed plans are underway.I was told that a time table is in place for the planning application to be submitted and then the process of going out to tender for the building contract.The expected opening date will be around the beginning of January 2017.
I will continue to follow this issue closely to ensure that our community gets the public swimming pool that it needs and deserves.I will also monitor the proposed timetable.None of us want to see the opening date being pushed back.
The south-east of Wakefield has been without a public swimming baths now for over two years. The community campaigned hard to secure a replacement pool and I know from chatting...
I will not be the only person who feels anger at the government decision to allow Hatfield colliery to close. The pit has provided employment for near on 100 years. Whilst Britain will continue to burn coal for many years to come it will have been mined at the other side of the world!
In the last few days I have had a significant number of conversations with the Chair of the board of the colliery, Mr John Grogan. I have also spoken on a number of occasions with the MP who covers Hatfield, Ed Miliband.
Three key facts became clear: 1) the government caused the closure because they doubled the carbon tax which then led the power stations to buy huge stocks of coal before the tax was implemented with the consequence that the price of coal fell. 2) Nonetheless all the coal they could produce in the next year had customers who were prepared to buy it. 3) It was also clear that if the colliery had remained open, then the government would have continued to receive a large amount of tax paid by the miners and VAT paid by the company. Now the miners will have to receive benefits until they find other work.
The government decision is a disgrace and is yet another example of how they are destroying the Yorkshire economy.
I will not be the only person who feels anger at the government decision to allow Hatfield colliery to close. The pit has provided employment for near on 100 years....
The crisis last summer in Gaza was horrific and we must do all we can to prevent future conflicts.
Earlier this week I attended a lobby hosted by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC). The PSC is campaigning for peace and justice for the Palestinian people by calling for an end to the blockade on Gaza and a ban on arms imports in Israel. Bombs and bullets will not fix this problem; there must be a diplomatic, humanitarian solution.
I have received many letters and emails from my constituents raising the issue of Gaza and the terrible conflict last summer. This reflects the wider growing national support for Palestine, including hundreds of thousands of protesters that demonstrated across the UK last year. It is clear that politicians must act on this public support and put pressure on the Government to ensure that the fundamental human rights and lives of Palestinians are protected.