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Watch: Darren seeks assurances on Bristol air quality

In the House of Commons this evening, Bristol North West MP Darren Jones pressed Ministers for a guarantee that the Department for Transport will continue to provide support to Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees in his work to ensure the city meets its air pollution targets.

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Darren pushes for action on Avonmouth flies

The scourge of flies in and around Avonmouth is making life intolerable for residents — as last night’s Inside Out West made clear, their prevalence gets in the way of eating, sleeping and everyday life. Although it gets worse during sunny spells, this is now a year-round problem, and people feel trapped. As Darrenargued on BBC Radio Bristol yesterday, we urgently need a joined-up approach which cracks down on the waste companies at fault, and is doing all he can to bring it about.

 

 

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Watch: Darren hails Science Committee blueprint for clean growth

Tackling climate change means every element of Government and the wider economy pulling in the same direction: this was the key finding from the cross-party Science and Technology Committee’s recent ‘Clean Growth’ report, which lays out a roadmap for decarbonising our economy on or ahead of the Government’s 2050 net-zero target. Darren had the privilege of leading the Committee’s work, and spoke in the Commons debate on the report’s findings this morning:

 

 

 

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Darren welcomes call for climate action

The climate crisis demands urgent action across Government — and we’re not doing nearly enough. That’s the central message in today’s Clean Growth report from the cross-party Science and Technology Committee, on which Darren sits. The science leaves no doubt that our economies must be decarbonised at speed, and the report concludes an exhaustive enquiry into how the UK can do its bit, by meeting and exceeding the Government’s stated target of net-zero emissions by 2050. And as it makes clear, the policy reality often falls a long way short of what’s required, and of what even the Tories have promised. We’ve seen renewable energy subsidies pared down and held back, investment opportunities missed, and a zero-carbon homes strategy shelved altogether. This kind of short-term thinking leaves us sleepwalking into catastrophe, but the Committee’s recommendations — for instance on decarbonising heat, making our existing and future housing stock more energy-efficient, moving away from petrol- and diesel-powered vehicles, facilitating investment in mature renewable technologies like onshore wind and solar, better regulating the energy market, and pursuing carbon capture — should form a blueprint for consensus around what we can and should do right now. The cross-party political will exists to take action in the limited time we have, and the costs of failure are too high to contemplate.

 

The report can be read in full at the link here.

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Darren to host Climate Emergency Conversation Event

In October 2018, a United Nation’s IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) report provided evidence that we have twelve years to save the planet from catastrophic climate breakdown consequences. Additionally, Parliament and local governments across the UK, including Bristol City Council, have declared a climate emergency. All of the warning lights are on and it must be brought to the top of the agenda both nationally and globally.

Join Darren Jones MP on Saturday 14th September 2019, for a discussion and Q&A’s on the biggest threat facing the environment and humanity, and why urgent action is needed now more than ever to create a sustainable, green future.

Please reserve your free ticket here.

Venue details available on ticket registration website.

Darren hosted Parliament’s first debate on climate change since the launch of the UN’s report, you can watch his full speech calling for increased attention and action on climate change, here.

You can keep up to date with Darren’s work on the environment and animal welfare here.

 

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MP investigates sewage smell in Avonmouth area

MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones received a number of complaints about a strong sewage smell in the Avonmouth, Lawrence Weston and Shirehampton area in early August. These complaints were also shared with the council and Environment Agency.

Darren wrote to the operators of the nearby sewage treatment works – Wessex Water – to ask if the issues were coming from their site, and if so, what actions were being taken to mitigate this problem in future. The smell appeared to have flared up during a period of particularly warm weather.

Darren has now received a reply from Wessex Water:

 

 

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MP writes to Avonmouth, Shire and Lawrence Weston residents

6000 letters from Darren Jones MP will be delivered to residents across Avonmouth, Lawrence Weston, Shirehampton and parts of Sea Mills and Coombe Dingle. The letter updates constituents on Darren’s work in the area including tackling flies as well as his North Bristol Transport Plan and Brexit. A significant number of constituents in the area have contacted Darren with concerns about increasing numbers of flies, noise, dust and fly tipping.

Darren Jones MP said:

“In the course of supporting local residents and understanding the concerns raised with me, I have previously met on-site with many Avonmouth-based businesses (including those that process refuse-derived fuel), Bristol City Council, Environment Agency, Wessex Water, SIMs Metal and the Port. I have recently met with the Environment Agency again, to discuss the on-going fly outbreaks which have affected the Avonmouth area during periods of warm weather as well as the recent fire, and on-going noise and dust, at SIMs Metal. I’m therefore pleased that SIMs have just advised the EA they hope to complete key improvement works, including better acoustic attenuation by Christmas. Additionally, if their permit for a new shredder is approved, these works should be completed in early 2020 and will significantly reduce noise and dust from the site.

To keep up discussion with residents, I have held a number of street stalls in the ward, with my office also attending  several ward meetings to hear the concerns of residents in the area. I wholly understand and share resident’s frustrations at this situation.

My letter also details updates on Brexit and my work to improve public transport and tackle climate change through my North Bristol Transport Plan. You can read more about my work on transport here“.

 

 

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Darren meets XR and signs Green Deal Pledge

Darren Jones MP for Bristol North West has pledged to support Labour’s Green Deal and also met with local members of the environmental campaign group Extinction Rebellion.

 Labour for a Green Deal envisions a zero-carbon society. A Green New Deal aims to transform the economy through unprecedented investment in technology, infrastructure and people. This includes:

  • Commitment to zero carbon emissions by 2030;
  • Rapidly phasing-out all fossil fuels;
  • Large-scale investment in renewables;
  • A just transition to well-paid, unionised, green jobs available for all;
  • A green industrial revolution expanding public, democratic ownership as far as necessary for the transformation;
  • Green public integrated transport that connects Britain;
  • Supporting developing countries’ climate transitions by increasing transfers of finance, technology and capacity;
  • Assuring everyone’s basic rights through the provision of universal services;
  • Welcoming climate refugees while taking measures against the displacement of peoples from their homes.

Darren said:

“‪I’ve long been a champion for tackling climate change, so it was ‪lovely to bump into Extinction Rebellion Bristol recently in Shirehampton. We discussed clean air zones, airport expansion and the need for more radical action from government.

It’s also great to see so many Labour Party members getting involved in the grassroots movement and calling for a Green New Deal. I was delighted to pledge my personal support”.

You can follow Darren’s work on the environment and animal welfare here.

 

 

 

 

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Darren joins Horfield litter pick

Darren Jones, the MP for Bristol North West, had another packed constituency diary and joined a litter pick in Horfield on Saturday 27th July.

Darren said:

“It was great to join so many volunteers in Horfield, with the Love Horfield group, for one of their many litter picks today. I wish there was no litter on the streets for others to have to pick-up, but it always inspires me how many of my constituents – of all ages – are willing to get involved and take pride in the place they live”.

You can find out more about the Love Horfield group by visiting their Facebook group.

 

 

 

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Information on WECA’s Green Business Grants

West of England Combined Authority (WECA) has recently opened a £1million fund to applications from small and medium-sized businesses across Bristol, Bath, North East Somerset, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire, to help improve their energy efficiency.

Grants of between £1,000 and £15,000 are available for improvements to the energy efficiency of buildings, including insulation, heating and lighting and/or purchases to improve business operations, such as election vehicles and more efficient production equipment.

Darren said:

“It’s great to see new funding from WECA for small and medium-sized businesses which will help to create greener, more energy efficient businesses. At a time when urgent action on climate change is needed more than ever, and with Parliament, Bristol City Council and other councils across the UK declaring a climate emergency, I encourage all business owners in Bristol North West to apply for WECA’s funding to work towards a greener future.”

If you need more information on the West of England Green Business Grants, including eligibility criteria, grant guidance and application forms, visit www.westofengland-ca.gov.uk/green-business-grants.

You can keep up to date on my environmental work here.