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Darren welcomes Gainsborough Pub progress

MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones has welcomed news that Bristol City Council are progressing plans to purchase, demolish and regenerate the former Gainsborough pub in Lockleaze. The pub has been empty since 2010 and was recently significantly damaged in a fire. The council will make a decision on the recommendation to progress the project on 3rd September 2019.

Darren said:

“It is very welcome news the council are proposing to have the old Gainsborough pub – which is privately owned – redeveloped in Lockleaze. I hope negotiations with the owner, or the compulsory purchase of the site if that’s necessary, can unlock further investment as – particularly after the June fire – the pub really is an eyesore now. Residents have shared their concerns with me, so I am pleased to see the council have heeded those concerns and are doing what they can to get things moving.

The regeneration of Gainsborough Square has been fantastic for the local area, so we now need to see this final piece of the puzzle come together.”

 

 

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Darren backs Westbury defib campaign

Darren Jones, MP for Bristol North West, is backing a resident’s campaign for a new defibrillator in Westbury on Trym village.

The village previously had a defibrillator at a local pub but because of changes in ownership, that’s been moved to Kings Weston House. It is hoped a life-saving defibrillator will be placed at The White Lion pub, but residents are taking no chances by fundraising to ensure a new home is found for a defibrillator.

Darren also is also aware of fundraising being undertaken by the local church and hopes both groups can combine their efforts to secure this much-needed piece of equipment.

You can find out more about the fundraising efforts and donate here.

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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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Video: Darren comments on threat of no deal

Darren Jones, the MP for Bristol North West, commented on the government’s continued move towards a no deal Brexit following concerns from the former Chancellor Phillip Hammond.

Darren said:

” I agree with the former Chancellor when he says Boris (and Dominic!) are sabotaging any negotiations with the EU to further a hardline ideology. Crucially, this reckless ‘do or die’ ideology doesn’t have the support of Parliament and wasn’t on the ballot in 2016. As recently as March this year, Gove admitted that most leave voters hadn’t backed Brexit with a no deal in mind. Raab repeatedly said at the time no deal wasn’t an option.

No deal is a disaster for the country and for my constituency – with circa 1400 jobs predicted to be lost. As I said again on Sunday Politics back in July, the only way to resolve this is to go back to the British people and ask – now there is detail of what’s realistically on offer and the consequences – how they want to proceed, and then get on with it.

Boris has made several spending pledges since becoming PM, I’m keen to understand where all this ‘new’ money is coming from. Quite rightly, Labour has been asked these questions when they’ve made pledges – yet time and again there’s no detail from Boris (and much of the money seems to be recycled from existing budgets).

At some point, whoever is in government will need to face the reality that any form of Brexit will make the UK poorer and a no deal will be catastrophic for our country’s prosperity – false promises and empty spending pledges won’t be enough to save this country from job losses and an increasingly-likely recession.

Boris needs to stop channeling his time in the playground at Eton and remember he has the country’s future in his hands”.

 

 

 

 

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Darren continues to support Bristol’s Cystic Fibrosis patients

MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones has continued to fight for access to Orkambi for the 10,400 people with Cystic Fibrosis in the UK.

Following multiple communications supported by Darren last year, the MP has co-signed new letters to Vertex Pharmaceuticals and the Secretary of State for Health and Social, Matt Hancock,  requesting both parties urgently sit down together and resolve the negotiations regards Orkambi so those with cystic fibrosis can have access to this revolutionary drug.

Darren said:

“After many, many months of meetings and letters,  it is unacceptable this drug – Orkambi – has been licensed for over four years yet it is still not available for the people in the UK that sorely need it. Median life expectancy for someone with CF is just 47 – in the context of that stark figure four years is harrowingly long to wait. People with Cystic Fibrosis must not have to keep waiting for this treatment to be available.

NHS England and Vertex need to sit down as a matter of the strongest urgency and sort this out and the government should be facilitating that discussion. These delays are causing unnecessary suffering to my constituents and thousands across the country”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can find out more about Cystic Fibrosis and the support available here.

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Darren to monitor sewer disruption in Lawrence Weston

Following meeting Wessex Water to discuss their sewer relief project in June, MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones has shared a copy of a letter being sent to local residents to keep them informed of the works and offer assurance he will be monitoring the disruption to residents.

Darren said:

“Wessex Water will be completing essential works to construct a new relief sewer over the next couple of years – this will increase the number of vehicle movements in Lawrence Weston, the edge of Avonmouth and lower Shirehampton. Copies of this letter are being sent to residents of Lawrence Weston by Wessex Water in advance of the start of the works. However, if you visit or work in Lawrence Weston, you’ll also notice an impact.

     Whilst these works are unavoidable, and some level of disruption has to be expected, I’ll be keeping a close eye on any unanticipated impact.”

 

 

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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 comments on drop in GDP

Darren Jones, the MP for Bristol North West, comments on the drop in UK GDP announced on 9th August 2019.

Darren said:

“Boris has no mandate from Parliament or the British public to crash out with a chaotic no deal Brexit, but if he does, we’ll be seeing a whole lot more headlines about economic contraction as we slide closer to recession.

Let’s not pretend otherwise – stats like this ultimately equal job losses and a drop in our prosperity. If we leave with no deal, food prices will rise sharply, the pound will slump (even further that it has) and we will see formerly strong businesses go bust – sadly some of them will be here in Bristol. There will be significant knock-on impacts in whole supply chains and the service and retail industry.

No deal means playing Russian roulette with the UK – any MP who is happy to do that, is clearly putting ideology before their constituents, the very future of our United Kingdom and the country’s economic prosperity”.

 

 

 

 

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Darren highlights learning disadvantage gap

MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones, had shared his concerns about the above-average disadvantage gap in Bristol North West.

The Education Policy Institute (EPI)  published its flagship Annual Report on the state of education in England and how well the government are doing in closing the ‘disadvantage gap’ on 30th July 2019.

The EPI found in Bristol North West, disadvantaged pupils are 23 months of learning behind their non-disadvantaged peers by the end of secondary school (much higher than the national average); 8 months of learning behind at primary; and 5.9 months of learning behind in the early years.

In terms of the national picture, for the first time since 2011, progress in closing the GCSE attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers has come to a standstill.

Darren said:

The disadvantage gap is frankly beyond belief in a country as rich as the UK, and I will be raising my on-going horror at these stats after recess. I grew-up in council homes in Lawrence Weston and Shire, went to University before training as a lawyer and becoming your MP, I had those opportunities because of investment in education and policies that supported my family. Nobody should face educational disadvantage because of their family’s income.

I truly hope this report illustrates the impact austerity politics has had on the future of this country.

Those who supported cuts to education and youth services budgets should hang their heads in shame”.

You can read the full report here.

You can follow Darren’s work on Education here.

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Darren shares progress on Stoke Bishop Parking

MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones has updated constituents on the council’s plans to implement new parking restrictions in the Elmlea and Parrys Lane area of Stoke Bishop.

Darren said:

“Constituents who live near the University of Bristol halls of residence in Stoke Bishop have long been contacting my office regarding escalating parking problems.

I first raised these concerns with the university back in July 2018, and in September was assured steps would be taken to reduce the number of cars being brought into Bristol by students as well as the impact of the remaining cars on local residents.

Residents have made it clear the situation had not improved since those interventions, so back in December 2018, I wrote to the council and university asking that they urgently consider what action could be taken to alleviate this dangerous and inconsiderate situation. I’ve since been in touch with the council’s transport team to discuss their plans for implementing parking restrictions. Back in May 2019, I was advised:

The council will look to informally meet with residents in the coming weeks before they draft a scheme and prepare drawings. It is hoped an initial design can be progressed by August. The council have then pledged to undertake informal consultation with residents, and re-design as required, before drafting the relevant Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) and advertising the proposed scheme. The TRO is a statutory process and there will be routes to object, although multiple objections would cause delay to the broader project, and the council hope by informally consulting first, the scheme will have the support of most residents. If the TRO is agreed and signed-off, it would then be issued to a contractor, with construction starting in late Spring 2020.

I am therefore pleased the council is sticking with this timetable, and has now published its consultation on the proposed parking restrictions. The scheme aims to improve access to residential streets and properties, reduce queues of traffic which disrupt the bus route on Parry’s Lane, and to make the area safer for pedestrians and cyclists. You can view the proposals and submit your comments before the 1st September here“.

You can view Darren’s work on Transport here.