Affordable homes scheme wins approval

John Hoyles and Steve Barclay

Picture: with Newton Parish Council chairman John Hoyles at Poppy Close A new affordable houses scheme in a Fenland village aimed at providing homes for local people has my full support. I was given a tour of the new homes at Poppy Close, Newton by parish council chairman John Hoyles who helped bring the scheme …

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Operation Pheasant from the frontline

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When the Operation Pheasant task-force made visits to properties and a makeshift camp in the Wisbech area as part of a fact-finding mission on Friday I was invited to see first-hand the work of the task-force I helped set up in January last year. The Operation Pheasant Task-force brought together the existing partnership of the …

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Backing council over road safety


I am backing a parish council’s calls for road safety improvements along a major Fen road following three accidents in just one week. Witcham Parish Council’s clerk Susan Bell wrote to me following a recent council meeting to enlist my support to secure safety measures along the A142 Chatteris to Mepal straight. She said councillors …

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New Prezzo to open in Wisbech before Christmas

It is welcome news that Prezzo are opening a new restaurant in Wisbech this side of Christmas. The restaurant is set to be opened on 16 December in Cromwell Retail Park, creating 15 to 20 new jobs in the community and I will be visiting on the 12th ahead of the opening to meet the …

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Joining forces with Councillor in fight for cycleway

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I have joined forces with Chatteris Councillor Florence Newell to ensure the town has a new cycleway if proposals for a new gas pipeline get the go-ahead. Pretoria Energy Ltd have submitted an application to lay the pipeline from its anaerobic digester at Mepal to Chatteris and both myself and Florence are keen to see …

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Have your say on King’s Dyke bridge scheme

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Click above letter to read in full There is still time for Whittlesey residents to have their say on proposals to build a road bridge over the King’s Dyke level crossing. Everyone who is interested in proposals to cut traffic congestion at the bottleneck railway crossing on the A605 should have their say during the …

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Local book and art exhibition commemorates World War One

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It was a pleasure to join local artists Richard Savage and Marian Savill for a preview of their World War One exhibition At the Going Down of the Sun, hosted at Savage Studios in Chatteris. The book contains original art work, contemporary posters, photographs, songs and poems set in the context of the Great War. …

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Speaking out about the need for cancer prevention

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Each year nearly 300,000 people are diagnosed with cancer in the UK. I was therefore pleased to join the battle against this terrible disease by hosting an afternoon tea in the House of Commons in conjunction with a leading charity. I hosted World Cancer Research Fund’s afternoon tea in the Houses of Parliament last week, …

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Land drainage is main topic at farming dinner

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Above: with John Hebditch MBE, (farmer from Somerset), Trevor Edgley (Group NFU Chairman), Chris Gowler (Group NFU Vice Chairman) and Andrew Ward MBE (Lincolnshire Farmer and Forage Aid Founder) The importance of land drainage in the fight against flooding was the main topic of discussion when I joined members of the farming community for the …

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