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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.

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Watch: Darren calls for new powers to tackle fly epidemic

It’s simply unacceptable that people living near industry in Avonmouth have to put up with a huge increase in flies whenever it warms up. In spite of attempts to tackle the problem at source, for instance by eliminating open-air waste facilities, it’s manifestly not enough. We have to give regulators like the Environment Agency real powers to take decisive action, as Darren argued on Points West this afternoon.

 

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Darren makes clean oceans pledge

Darren Jones MP is proudly supporting a Clean Oceans campaign led by Surfers Against Sewage.

Darren said:

” We must act fast to protect our oceans, I pledge my support to the new Surfers Against Sewage #GenerationSea campaign. I pledge my support, through my work as your MP, to stopping plastic pollution, acting fast to tackle the climate crisis, not letting sewage back in the sea and fully protecting areas for sea life to flourish”.

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

 

 

 

 

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Darren calls for end to illegal tiger trade

Darren Jones MP is proudly supporting a cross-party campaign to bring an end to the trade in tigers and big cats.

Darren said:

“Back in April, I signed a joint letter to Michael Gove calling on him, as Environment Secretary, to try and combat the trade in tigers and other big cats at the May Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.

Fewer than 4000 tigers survive in the wild worldwide – their numbers remain under threat due to the illegal trade in their body parts, which are primarily used in Chinese Medicine. Brutal, and horrifically cruel, tiger farms still operate in South East Asian Counties and we must call upon these nations in the strongest terms to end this totally unnecessary trade alongside the commercial breeding of tigers. We asked that the UK provide a clear and loud voice for big cats and support the adoption of India’s draft decisions to protect wild big cats.

Sadly, due to the terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka, the May conference was postponed. However, I will continue to raise this matter and ensure it does not fall off the Government’s radar”.

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