In this week’s Bulwell and Hucknall Dispatch column, Hucknall MP Mark Spencer writes: I’ve been working hard for Hucknall and have had some real successes recently. Firstly, the Education Secretary Michael Gove accepted my invitation to visit the fantastic Edgewood School, which has been turned around by a brilliant leadership team, and helped to spread the word about this success around the whole region.
Communities minister Eric Pickles came to see the flooding problems at Thoresby Dale and will take our views back to his department.
He’ll be able to pressure the authorities to try to put this long-term issue to bed.
The Conservative council groups have managed to push through changes from the Planning Inspector, who will halve the number of new houses to be built north of Papplewick Lane.
While this is still not a perfect solution, it is at least a step in the right direction when our infrastructure is already so stretched, and will reduce the potential levels of traffic cutting through from Hayden Lane.
Those on the Vaughan Estate who filled in my survey at the end of last year will also have noticed some improvements to the road surfaces there since that time, so do keep getting in touch with me about these local issues.
Finally, I’d like to highlight some aspects of the budget yesterday.
As well as reducing tax on income and savings for individuals, the Chancellor laid out plans to reduce the cost of energy and make investment easier for businesses.
This will reduce their costs and help local businesses in Hucknall to flourish and take on more staff from the local area.
It’s great to see new shops starting to spring up on High Street and these measures should help that trend to continue.
And, if you want to find out exactly how the Budget will help you, go on the internent and visit www.your2014budget.com