£6 million to upgrade street lights in East Riding

Graham Stuart MP with Cllr Mike Bryan and Cllr John Dennis

Graham Stuart MP with Cllr Mike Bryan and Cllr John Dennis

East Riding of Yorkshire Council has been awarded £6 million from the Department for Transport to replace all 9,000 street lighting columns over 40 years old in East Riding, and will also upgrade the remaining 19,000 yellow/orange lamps to new LED light systems.

Commenting on the announcement today, Graham Stuart MP said, “I’m delighted the Department for Transport has given this money to East Riding to replace street lights and I congratulate the Council for putting forward a strong case for the funding. Read the rest of this entry »

Campaign goes on for better broadband in East Riding

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MPs and Councillors with Bill Murphy from BT in North Newbald

Broadband in East Riding is pretty slow, especially for people living in remote areas. To help improve the service, the Government has given East Riding of Yorkshire Council money to lay new cables so residents can connect to the internet much faster.

Last week, MPs from across East Riding met with top management from BT and the Council and to find out how the project is progressing and what the plans are to connect more properties to faster broadband in the future. Read the rest of this entry »

Transport Minister celebrates Hull Trains services

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Louise Mandham and Will Dunnett of Hull Trains with Robert Goodwill MP and Graham Stuart MP

Robert Goodwill MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport has personally endorsed Hull Trains efforts to expand its services within the region, as the company recently introduced a new direct service from Beverley to London for the very first time.

Mr Goodwill MP and Graham Stuart, campaigning Member of Parliament for Beverley and Holderness, met with Will Dunnett, Managing Director of Hull Trains and Louise Mendham, Performance and Planning Manager on Thursday 12th March.

The Minister had travelled to Beverley to open the new Beverley Southern Relief Road, but wanted to visit Hull Trains to personally congratulate the company for their work in ensuring that the East Riding benefits from the social and economical opportunities that being directly connected to the capital can bring.

Mr Stuart says: “Hull Trains have always provided an excellent service and so last month I was delighted when the service extended to Beverley, meaning residents no longer have to go to Brough or Hull to get a direct service into London.

“The new extended service also provides an excellent opportunity for a weekend away in Beverley, and for those based in London, this provides the perfect chance to escape to rural East Yorkshire and explore the delights of our beautiful Georgian town.”

Mr Dunnett explains: “The new service is a part of our expansion plans to ensure that this year, the East Riding is connected to the capital like never before. Plus it is one of many steps we are taking to support Hull City of Culture in 2017. The direct service will also play a key part in supporting local tourism and creating opportunities for future business success.”

First Hull Trains runs 90 direct services each week from Hull to London Kings Cross. This year, First Hull Trains marks its 15th anniversary as a successful Open-Access operator that has experienced record growth in passenger numbers.

Commenting on the firm’s growth and commitments to the region, Mr Goodwill MP says: “We are seeing new services like this up and down the country as a result of the innovation and expertise of the train operators, accompanied by huge investment in improved rail infrastructure. These new services are also a testament to the growing popularity and demand for rail travel in this country, which I am very pleased to see.”

The open-access operator also has the support of MPs across the region for its project to electrify the track between Hull and Selby. Mr Dunnett says: “Electrifying the railway will bring considerable benefits to Hull and the towns we serve.”

Hull Trains has also recently secured a three-year extension to its contract to allow it to continue to run its direct services to London Kings Cross until 2019.  The news came on the back of an unprecedented year in 2014 for the rail operator which has simultaneously announced strong growth in passenger numbers and exceptional satisfaction scores from its customers.

Dynamic New Day Care Centre in Hedon

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Graham Stuart MP with Cllr Mike Bryan and Cllr John Dennis with staff and members of Active Day Care in Hedon

A new day care centre in Hedon has opened recently to offer energetic and dynamic activities for young adults with learning difficulties.  Active Day Care recognises that younger adults can be bored at day care centres with older or less able members, and so is offering a wide-range of lively activities to inspire and encourage younger people.

On Friday, Graham Stuart, Member of Parliament for Beverley and Holderness called into the centre to hear more about how it’s transforming the lives of young adults with learning difficulties Read the rest of this entry »

Dairy Farmers struggling as milk prices fall below cost of production

Milking - Graham with Judith WaringThe cost of producing a litre of milk is around 30 pence, yet farmers are receiving as little as 20 pence per litre at the farm gate.  The reason for the falling price of milk is because supply is currently outstripping demand due to a lower than expected demand from China and Russia’s current ban on EU dairy imports. Intense competition from supermarket chains has also played its part.

Last week, Graham Stuart, Member of Parliament for Beverley and Holderness visited a dairy farmer in Cherry Burton to hear more about the issues the industry is facing. Read the rest of this entry »

Under-Secretary of State visits Beverley Westwood to meet local residents and hear more about the plans for a cycleway alongside the B1230

Beverley Westwood CyclewayThe Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport, Robert Goodwill MP, who is responsible for cycling, has met with local residents and school children on Beverley Westwood to hear more about plans to create a cycleway alongside the B1230.

Commenting on the visit, Robert Goodwill said, “This Government has invested record levels of funding into the promotion of cycling, and it’s a real pleasure to see the positive impact that can have in East Yorkshire. People are more likely to cycle along routes free of cars and other traffic, so I hope this route will become very popular” Read the rest of this entry »

Construction Industry opens its door to inspire new recruits

Flemingate Development with CouncillorsLast weekend, major construction sites across the UK opened their doors to the public to give people an in-depth look at developments in progress and an opportunity to meet some of the men and women who make it all happen.

On Friday 6th and Saturday 7th March, Willmott Dixon opened Beverley’s Flemingate Site to visitors and local MP, Graham Stuart joined local Councillors to take a closer look at the site. Read the rest of this entry »

MP VISIT AND TOP PARK AWARD FOR SAND LE MERE

Graham Stuart MP visits Sand Le Mere Holiday ParkBeverley and Holderness MP Graham Stuart saw the strides being taken at one of East Yorkshire’s leading holiday parks during a visit as part of English Tourism Week.

Sand le Mere Holiday Village (www.sand-le-mere.co.uk) near Withernsea welcomed Mr Stuart just a few days after being named among the UK’s top 100 holiday parks, one of only two in East Yorkshire to make the list. Read the rest of this entry »

Volunteering Builds Communities and Saves Lives

BHF Beverley. Karen Reynolds - Area Manager, Vanessa Emerson – Manager,  Lucy Prince   - VolunteerIt’s not always easy to spot the volunteers within our communities. It could be the pub landlord who is also running charity events and tourism initiatives in his area, the committee of the local village show or the staff in the charity shop who give endless hours to help raise funds for vital medical research and training. Read the rest of this entry »

Six new Defibrillators in Hornsea area thanks to Hornsea Cottage Hospital League of Friends

GS with DefibAt the end of 2014 six new Community Public Access Defibrillators were installed in and around Hornsea, providing vital lifesaving equipment if somebody suffers a cardiac arrest.

The new machines are at Hornsea School, The Golf Club, Town Hall, Floral Hall, The Black Horse Pub at Atwick and Aldbrough School.  The purchase of the Defibrillators has been funded jointly by Hornsea Cottage Hospital League of Friends and the Yorkshire Ambulance Service. Read the rest of this entry »