Graham visits new Withernsea Boat Compound

Graham (3rd from left) with East Riding of Yorkshire Councillors and Officers and Withernsea Town CouncillorsLast Friday, Member of Parliament for Beverley and Holderness, Graham Stuart visited a project to re-develop the fishermen’s boat compound on Withernsea’s seafront.

The £960,000 project is being led by the Withernsea and South East Holderness Regeneration Partnership and forms a key part of the seafront improvement project in the Withernsea Renaissance Plan.

Commenting on the visit Mr Stuart said, “Commercial fishing plays a large part in the history, heritage and present day economy of Withernsea and I am pleased to see this development as a priority in the regeneration of the town.

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MP Celebrates the arrival of new defibrillator at Withernsea High School

Graham Stuart Withernsea High School DefibrillatorMember of Parliament for Beverley and Holderness, Graham Stuart has today visited Withernsea High School to join staff and pupils to celebrate the arrival of a defibrillation machine at the school.

Commenting Graham said, “It is remarkable that in just a few months the staff and pupils have raised £1,600 to purchase this defibrillation machine and 12 members of staff have been trained in how to use it.

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Beverley and Holderness MP welcomes funding for rail electrification

Graham Stuart MP with Patrick McLoughlin MP

Graham Stuart MP with Patrick McLoughlin MP

This morning, the Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin, announced the Government has allocated £2.5 million towards electrifying the 70 miles of railway line between Selby and Hull. This is a major step forward for the First Hull Trains-led £94 million proposal, which has a goal of completion of 2017, the year when Hull will be the City of Culture.

Member of Parliament for Beverley and Holderness, Graham Stuart, commented:

“After numerous meetings with the Secretary of State for Transport and months of lobbying the Government to support this important scheme, I am pleased to hear that £2.5 million has been allocated to enable rail electrification, faster journey times and improved rolling stock.

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Beverley and Holderness MP welcomes help for local fishermen

Graham Stuart MP

Graham Stuart MP

Earlier this month the Government announced additional measures to help fishermen who have been affected by recent adverse weather events. The new schemes include exempting all English fishing vessels from lighthouse dues for 2014 and making European Fisheries Fund money available to reimburse up to 60 percent of the cost of replacing lost or damaged equipment. 

Graham Stuart MP commented:

“The fishing industry in Holderness is vital to our local economy, and it is good news that help is being made available to those who were disadvantaged by the storms in December and January.  This Government is committed to ensuring the UK fishing industry fully recovers from the effects of the bad weather this winter, and these new schemes will bring that prospect closer to reality.” 

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Extra help with childcare costs is great news for parents in Beverley and Holderness

Headshot 2013Graham Stuart MP has welcomed a major new childcare package unveiled by the Prime Minister today which will help 270,000 families in Yorkshire and Humber.  

The Government’s new Tax-Free Childcare scheme will provide 20 per cent support on childcare costs up to £10,000 per year for each child via a new simple online system. The limit had previously been set at £6,000. This now means support of up to £2,000 per child per year.

In addition, to help more families move off benefits and into employment, the Government also announced that it will cover the 85 per cent of childcare costs for around 300,000 families receiving Universal Credit, making sure work always pays.

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Beverley and Holderness MP welcomes additional funding for broadband

laptop on strawThe government has announced an additional £250 million is to be allocated on a match-funding basis with local authorities towards expanding access to superfast broadband. The funding has been allocated to local authorities to ensure 95 percent superfast broadband coverage across the UK bringing coverage to harder-to-reach rural areas.

£5 million has been allocated to East Riding of Yorkshire through this latest round.

Member of Parliament for Beverley and Holderness, Graham Stuart, commented:

“I welcome this additional funding to get broadband deeper into rural communities and hope that this will be utilised effectively to connect more properties in rural Holderness to superfast broadband services as soon as possible.  Superfast broadband coverage is already higher in the UK than in Germany, Italy, Spain and France, and this additional investment will see over a million more premises across the country connected to high speed broadband services.

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Graham goes out and about in Withernsea to hear about the Din from Dong

Graham with Withernsea resident Ann Nuttall and Cllr Kevan Hough

Graham with Withernsea resident Ann Nuttall and Cllr Kevan Hough

On Saturday 8th March, Member of Parliament for Beverley and Holderness, Graham Stuart went out and about in Withernsea, knocking on doors with local councillors to hear how residents have been affected by the Din from Dong.  The noise, which is thought to be caused by vibrations from off-shore pile drilling, is causing distress to residents that have been kept awake during the night by the strange sounds in their homes.

Commenting Graham said, “A number of residents have contacted me about the problem and last week I contacted the programme director from Dong as well as the Marine Management Organisation that issued the licences for the work to be carried out. 

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Graham welcomes new criteria in 2014 Coastal Communities Fund

Kilnsea 8th March with Jean Bunker - LandladyMember of Parliament for Beverley and Holderness, Graham Stuart has welcomed additional criteria for the management of coastal flooding and erosion risk in the Coastal Communities Fund as it opens for the 2014 round of applications.

Commenting Graham said, “This is the third year the Government has given this funding to support coastal communities yet the previous rounds saw no applications from Holderness as the criteria did not fit the needs of our communities.

“In September last year I wrote to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles to ask him to broaden the criteria so that investment could be made in protecting businesses from coastal erosion and flooding and not just a focus on economic regeneration.  It is impossible to have effective regeneration if communities are living under the threat of flooding or coastal erosion and livelihoods are at risk from the sea.

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The Din from Dong

The InnovationIf you live on the Holderness coastline and have heard strange noises in your home during the night that you believe could be caused by offshore drilling, please report the disturbance to the Marine Management Organisation on 0191 376 2719 and Dong Energy on 0800 111 4478.

Please also join the Din from Dong  facebook page to leave your comments. www.facebook.com/dinfromdong

Graham continues to call for Royal Mail to drop “Humberside”

Graham Stuart MP with Ian BeesleyLast week, Graham Stuart MP met with Ian Beesley, Chairman of the Postcode Address File (PAF) Advisory Board, to press the Royal Mail to drop the former county of Humberside as an acceptable county in its database. Graham has been leading the “Humberside Must Go” campaign, urging residents to return all unsolicited mail sent to an address in Humberside or North Humberside.

During the meeting, Mr. Beesley said:

“The board recognises that counties have a deep resonance with the population and they feel that resonance should be reflected in the way that people address correspondence”.

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