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Sunday 11, December 2011
Welcome to this my 106th electronic news bulletin.
It is in our national interest for the countries with the euro to fix their problems. But we said we could only agree a new treaty if certain safeguards were obtained.
We couldn’t get those safeguards. A treaty within a treaty without safeguards wasn’t right for Britain, so we are saying no and exercising the veto. We’ve done what we said we were going to do, and Britain is stronger for having stuck to that. That means other countries now going ahead on their own.
In terms of fixing the problems of the euro, progress has been made and we wish our neighbours well with the euro. While there were disagreements in the discussions that David Cameron had the general mood was good natured and representatives of EU Nation States understood each others’ national interests. But at the end of the day, the Prime Minister's judgement was that what was on offer was not good enough for Britain, so better to have those countries in a treaty on their own.
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I have recently ...
- Held a drop-in advice surgery at the Nantwich Library
- Attended a reception in Parliament Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Macmillan Cancer Support to record a message of support
- Chaired a meeting of the All-Party Group on Adoption and Fostering to discuss long term fostering
- Chaired a meeting of the All-Party Group on Looked-After Children and Care Leavers to discuss the findings and implications of the recent Family Justice Review
- Opened The Community Learning Centre on Coronation Crescent, Crewe
- Met representatives of the Wynbunbury & Hough Action Group to discuss their concerns
- Held an On Your Street session in Crewe bringing my surgery to your doorstep
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Read my most recent Westminster Report as we approach the end of 2011
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Emergency response times improve in the Nantwich area
NEW figures show the number of lives being saved in and around Nantwich has continued to rise following the release of the latest response times to emergencies.
Statistics for the past seven months show the CW5 postcode has seen response times improve from well below to well above the national average and requirement.
The rate of Category A urgent calls being reached within the eight minute limit has risen from 55% just 18 months ago to 80% from April this year, better than the Department of Health’s 75% minimum level.
A campaign was led by Crewe and Nantwich MP Edward Timpson to get back the use of blue flashing lights for the town’s community first responder, Gavin Palin.
The pair have continued to meet with the North West Ambulance Service, the local Primary Care Trust and Nantwich Town Council on a regular basis over the past three years to keep pressing for a better service for local residents.
Mr Timpson said: “We fought long and hard for the blue light, so to have these statistics showing an upward trend is really pleasing.
“I hope we can continue to build on this in the future and I will be monitoring the situation with NWAS closely to ensure response times don’t begin to slip back.”
Mr Palin added: “I’m very pleased that response times to life threatening calls are the best I have ever known them to be.
“This shows the hard work and support Nantwich people put in was worth it.”
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Crewe Green Link Road gets Chancellor's backing
Crewe & Nantwich Guardian
THE Chancellor George Osborne has announced major funding for the ambitious Crewe Green Link road.
In his Autumn Statement he said the Government will contribute to the £30m required for the proposed link road.
The scheme is one of several priority projects outlined in the’ All Change for Crewe’ regeneration project.
If approved, the road will link the A500 Hough Shavington bypass roundabout with the A5020 Weston Gate roundabout and unlock the potential of two major employment sites at Basford.
Edward Timpson, MP for Crewe and Nantwich, said he was delighted with the news.
He added: "I have lobbied George Osborne and successive Secretaries of State for Transport hard - both Labour and Conservative - to build this key piece of highway, and it is this Government that has listened.
"The link road is crucial Crewe's for future economic and housing growth, and will unlock the potential of two major employment sites at Basford, bringing our area an extra £250 million a year through the creation of up 12,500 jobs over the next 20 years."
Euro-MP Chris Davies, said: “Investment in better transport links and jobs in our area shows that the coalition government are serious about helping the economy to grow outside of London.”
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Multi-million pound boost for Crewe Rail Station
PLANS to give Crewe Rail Station a massive overhaul and make it an iconic 21st century gateway to the town are back on track after a £6m windfall.
Cheshire East Council says its joint project with Network Rail has been successful in its bid for £6.177m from the Government’s £100m rail stations upgrade fund.
The scheme is central to the council scheme to regenerate and revitalise the town centre and surrounding area. This vision is called ‘All Change for Crewe’.
The new Government cash will fund the first phase of a comprehensive revamp of the station and the adjoining former Royal Mail site. Phase one will include:
a new surface-level car park of about 250 spaces;
improved facilities for taxis;
a new area for people to pick up and drop off their family and friends;
new ticket machines and passenger information displays;
reopening the pedestrian subway linking the new facility straight into platforms one to five and six to 11;
a new area for servicing vehicles to access the station;
a new commercial development site to provide a business opportunity for activities, which will be ancillary to the station.
Cllr Jamie Macrae, Cabinet member for prosperity, said: “This is wonderful news and a keystone of long-term regeneration not only of the town centre but also the wider 20-year All Change for Crewe project. The station is vital to our work to enhance the attractiveness of Crewe as a place to live, work and do business.
He added: “There is still a lot of hard work to be done but this funding announcement is a critical vote of confidence in the station, the town and wider regeneration scheme. A revitalised rail hub will be critical to boosting the town’s visitor economy and its attractiveness to business.”
Crewe and Nantwich MP Edward Timpson said: “I brought the Secretary of State for Transport to Crewe Station and made the case for long-needed improvements. I’m delighted it paid off, enabling the redevelopment to go ahead.”
Network Rail’s route managing director Jo Kaye said: “The station is used by three million people a year and it has long been recognised that there’s a need for additional car parking because more and more people are choosing to travel by train.
“The extra spaces created and the new retail outlets will bring even more people to the station for commuting, business and leisure travel – all of which will help grow the economy of Crewe.”
Chairman of All Change for Crewe Partnership Board John Lea said: “This is a brilliant step forwards for the regeneration of Crewe.”
Pop guru and rail enthusiast Pete Waterman, who is a board member of Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “This is fantastic news for Crewe. Improving the historic railway station is crucial to developing a modern, strategic transport hub in the town.”
Cheshire East hopes the £6.177m funding will be a springboard to attracting further investment from Government and the rail industry to achieve its ultimate ambition for the redevelopment of the station.
For further information about All Change for Crewe, visit the Council’s website at www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/allchangeforcrewe.
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