22 JUN 2016

EU Referedum Debate tonight

Jack Lopresti MP will be taking part in an EU Referendum debate tonight in Bradley Stoke. It is being organised by Churches Together and the Multi-Faith Forum. It begins at 7pm and will be held in the Holy Trinity Church, Broad Croft, Bradley Stoke, BS32 0BD. Speaking for the Leave side will be Jack Lopresti MP, Peter Bone MP and Tom Pursglove MP. For Remain will be Dr Razvan Constantinescu from UWE, Mandy Comack of Unilever and Tony Dyer from the Remain campaign.

 


10 JUN 2016

Winterbourne Medieval Barn

Jack today visited Winterbourne Barn to discuss their future plans after they received a Development Grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to help it prepare for its future as a Heritage Centre and community asset. The money will be spent on refurbishing the barn and outbuildings to pave the way for a further bid for support enabling the trustees to create a heritage education centre and a year round venue for community events.

Winterbourne Medieval Barn is Grade II* listed. It was built in 1342 having been commissioned by Thomas de Bradeston, who was Lord of the Manor of Winterbourne. It is one of the largest and earliest examples of raised-cruck construction in the country and was designated as a conservation area in 2005.

The long term plans would see a café, toilets and a meeting space established at the site so that events can be held that would see the Barn pay its way in future. At the moment there are restrictions on the type and number of events that can be held due to weather and limited facilities, but the aim is to provide enough scope for more to be held all year round.

'I am very excited about the plans for Winterbourne Barn,' commented Jack. 'It is a fantastic building with a fascinating history and I am delighted the trustees have plans to make it more financially sustainable.'

Sue Parsons, Chairman of Winterbourne Medieval Barn Trust, said 'Winterbourne Medieval Barn Trust is delighted with the award of the HLF Development Grant. It will help us to secure the future of this magnificent building. It will also help us to develop the complex into a valuable community asset.'


03 JUN 2016

Visit to SEA

Jack today paid a visit to SEA, an engineering and software design services company who are based in Bristol Business Park in his Filton and Bradley Stoke constituency. Whilst there, he met the companies Managing Director, Steve Hill, who talked him through the work that the company does and what their main markets are.

SEAs biggest market is in the maritime defence market and they also work in the transport and oil and gas industries. They work closely with other defence companies and the MoD as part of their business, and design and manufacture equipment that is sold all over the world. They are also working on technology that will enable better enforcement of traffic restrictions such as use of bus lanes and traffic lights.

'I was delighted to visit another thriving company in Filton and Bradley Stoke' commented Jack. 'Their work with the MoD and other defence companies is another sign of the importance of the defence industry to this part of the west country. I would like to thank them for offering me the opportunity to visit their offices in Bristol Business Park.'

Jack is pictured with SEA Managing Director, Steve Hill


26 MAY 2016

Concorde Museum breaking ground

Jack was present today at the ground breaking ceremony for the museum to house Concorde 216 in Filton. The ceremony was held to mark the start of work on the building that will house the Concorde that first took off from Filton in April 1979, and returned in November 2003.

The Aerospace Bristol Museum will house the Concorde and the Bristol Aero Collection from the summer of 2017. Listed Hangar 16S is already being renovated to form a visitor centre and part of the Aero Collection, with a new building being erected for the Concorde. The invited guests witnessed ground being broken for this new building.

The Bristol Aero Collection Trust have raised several million pounds for the renovation and building work, and were helped out by £2 million from the Libor fines announced by George Osborne in 2014, as well as funding from businesses and charities across Bristol and South Gloucestershire.

'Since my election as local Member of Parliament in 2010, I have been honoured and proud to have played a part in bringing this great project to fruition,' commented Jack. 'It is very important to pay tribute and to highlight the impact Filton has had historically on the global aerospace industry. But more vital is inspiring the next generation of engineers and scientists in the STEM learning centre which is part of this project so we can maintain the UKs place in the world aerospace industry, protect and improve our sovereign manufacturing capability and to increase further social mobility.'

'That we should find a fitting home for Concorde, here at Filton is a statement and testimony to the achievements of everyone involved in the development, the production and the support of Concorde, and to the citizens of Bristol who are so proud of our aeroplane,' said Iain Gray, Chairman of the Bristol Aero Collection Trust. 'Perhaps even more importantly, it is a symbol of what can be achieved and an inspiration for a new generation of engineers. The success of the Concorde must be the inspiration for today's youth to join our great industry and develop the new ideas of tomorrow.'


24 MAY 2016

Jack writes to schools about National Citizen Service

Jack has written to local schools in the Filton and Bradley Stoke constituency to encourage them to spread the word about National Citizen Service. Jack recently met Ben Pink from NCS who has told him about the difficulty they are having encouraging some educational providers to spread the word about the scheme.

NCS recruit young people from the age of 15 to take part in four weeks of social action and life skills projects. This involves them spending two weeks away from home initially picking up life skills and getting used to being away from home, and then taking part in a social action project that is set for them by NCS staff, before creating their own social action project.

Young people are recruited to NCS through their schools. Mr Pink told Jack about the difficulties he is experiencing encouraging secondary schools in Jack's constituency to welcome NCS staff into school, and enlisted Jack's help with opening doors to the scheme to enable more young people to hear about the benefits it brings.

'National Citizen Service is a great idea and I want to do everything I can to help young people enjoy the advantages it brings,' commented Jack. I think it is fantastic that they are encouraged to get away from home, learn life skills, gain confidence and take part in social action projects. UCAS encourages applicants to include NCS on their Personal Statements when applying for University. I have also written to Department for Education Ministers to ask how the Government can encourage schools to spread the word.'

More information can be found on the NCS website, http://www.ncsyes.co.uk/ Taking part in NCS costs only £50, and is free for anyone in receipt of free school meals.

Jack is pictured with Ben Pink from NCS.


16 MAY 2016

Cribbs Patchway MetroBus extension

Jack has written to the Chairman of the Planning, Transportation and Strategic Environment Committee to bring the concerns of some constituents about the proposed MetroBus extension along Hatchet Road in Stoke Gifford to his attention. Jack has been in contact with constituents for some time about the proposals, and is concerned to hear about their worries relating to the effects on their neighbourhood if the scheme is to go ahead in its proposed form.

Residents who have been in touch with Jack have described the loss of grass verges along Hatchet Road and that will result from the scheme and the possible loss to back gardens. There is also a belief among many that buses using this route will get caught up in the regular traffic jams that occur on this stretch of road at peak times. The consultation that South Gloucestershire Council has carried out has shown a large number of people to be against the scheme, the three Stoke Gifford District Councillors are against the proposals, and the Parish Council has also expressed concern.

At a recent meeting of the Planning Committee that was due to consider the plans, a decision was taken to defer a decision until the next meeting on 29th June. Jack has met constituents who have highlighted an alternative route along the B4057 Winterbourne Road. To ensure that residents views are considered when the decision is taken he has written to the Chairman of the committee that will make a decision ahead of their next meeting.

Jack said 'the planned extension of MetroBus along Hatchet Road has stirred up a lot of controversy in Stoke Gifford. I believe that the Planning, Transportation and Strategic Environment Committee should take notice of the views of these local residents and give proper consultation to alternatives. It is important that the residents are confident that their views have been considered by elected members when a decision is taken.'


13 MAY 2016

MP launches McCarthy & Stone development in Staple Hill

The MP for Filton and Bradley Stoke, Jack Lopresti, visited McCarthy and Stone's Staple Hill retirement development on Friday 13 May to mark its official opening.

The Conservative MP took a tour of William Page Court to find out more about the demand for purpose-built retirement housing in the region, following reports that show less than 3% of new homes registered in the UK last year were designed for over 60s. He helped mark the development's official opening with a ceremonial ribbon cutting, before taking the time to speak to the McCarthy and Stone team about the many benefits of Retirement Living including the security, privacy and companionship on offer, as well as the many positives of downsizing in later life.

Located on the site of the old Staple Hill Police Station on Broad Street, construction is now well underway at William Page Court, which will provide an attractive development of 43 one and two bedroom age-exclusive apartments aimed exclusively at those aged 60 and over. First homeowners are expected to move into their new homes in this summer.

Jack Lopresti MP commented: "It was a pleasure to visit William Page Court and formally mark its grand opening. Living independently and securely is so important and, with a growing number of people reaching retirement age, we must ensure developments like this are top of the list when it comes to local town planning."

Debby Pavitt, Sales and Marketing Director for McCarthy and Stone South West, added: "We are delighted that Jack Lopresti MP was able to take the time to visit our new William Page Court development and see for himself the benefits of purpose-built, low maintenance apartments retirees. With the number of people over the age of 65 due to increase by 50% to 17.2 million over the next 20 years, the latest figures show that the UK will run out of homes for this demographic unless another 90,000 retirement homes are built in the next five years. It is essential, therefore, that town planning at a local level includes provision for high-quality and well-located retirement housing."

With just a handful of apartments left for sale at William Page Court, McCarthy and Stone is urging anyone interested in securing one of these stunning homes for themselves to get in touch with their experienced sales team now to avoid disappointment.

Facilities at William Page Court will include a homeowners' lounge ideal for socialising with friends, beautifully landscaped gardens in which to relax and a convenient guest suite should homeowners have friends or relatives to stay. The development also benefits from its very own House Manager, who will ensure the smooth-running of the development, a security entrance system, plus 24-hour emergency call points for added peace of mind for both homeowners and their families.

With a stunning modern design and idyllic surroundings, William Page Court is surrounded by numerous historical places of interest as well a variety of local shops and amenities, making it an ideal choice for retirees.

Anyone interested in Retirement Living in Staple Hill should call 0800 201 4742 or visit www.mccarthyandstone.co.uk for more information.

 


29 APR 2016

Visit to HP

Jack today visited HP at their site in Stoke Gifford to meet their new Managing Director, George Brasher, and to discuss their business. HP have been established at their site in the Filton & Bradley Stoke constituency for several years now, and Mr Brasher has recently taken over the role as Managing Director for HP in the UK and Ireland. Jack also met Simon Shiu, Director of Security Labs at HP.

On the visit, Jack was told about the reasons for the split into two companies that HP made in November of last year, creating HP and Hewlett Packard Enterprise. He also talked about the links they are building with the University of the West of England next door, and the work they are doing with Multi Academy Trusts in Bristol and Bracknell.

One particular issue that was raised was the future of apprenticeships, efforts to improve the skills of HPs employees and the impact of the apprenticeship levy. Jack will be writing to a Minister to share HPs views on this with the Government. The subject of the EU referendum and its potential impact on HPs business was covered, and Mr Brasher and Mr Shiu were able to outline some of the new products that HP are developing. Jack was given a demonstration of one new product that HP have developed called Sprout.

'HP are long established in this part of my constituency,' commented Jack. 'I am delighted that they are developing new products at the site and are strengthening their links with UWE and the aerospace businesses here. I will be taking up their thoughts on the apprenticeship levy with Ministers and I will be interested to see the reply.


28 APR 2016

Jack Lopresti MP calls for a debate on Local Government powers to charge for the use of their facilities

Today Jack Lopresti MP for Filton and Bradley Stoke asked the Leader of the House of Commons, the RT Hon Chris Grayling MP, for a debate on the power of local councils to continue to have the freedom to charge organisers who run sporting events in their parks during business questions. Jack has now also put in for an adjournment debate.

Jack has called for this debate following letters that Stoke Gifford Parish Council has received from the Secretary of State, The Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, in relation to the Council's decision request a contribution from Parkrun Ltd for organising running groups of up to 300 people every weekend.

The Parish Council have publicly explained that they have hosted Parkrun Ltd for over three years but the run has grown out of proportion meaning the running groups monopolise the paths around the park and the majority of the car park leaving other organisations using the Park to question why they should pay to do so.

Currently section 19 of the Local Government Act 1976 enables local authorities to provide and charge for recreational facilities.

Jack Lopresti MP says: "I believe it is important that Councils manage their recreational facilities for the benefit of the local communities and have the freedom to raise money and balance their books in order that these facilities are preserved for future generations.

"I think this is a matter for the local Councils to decide without interference from the Secretary of State. As I have said previously Stoke Gifford Parish Council are asking for is a contribution from Parkrun Ltd as they do other groups which organise regular sporting events in the Park. It is not reasonable to expect local tax payers to subsidise the use of the Park by up to 300 runners per day at the weekends on a regular basis when other organisations have to pay a contribution. Incidentally when my daughter played football at the park for a local team all the players had to pay £2.50 per game per week to contribute to the maintenance of the Park. Cllr Brown has told me that he is very happy to work with Parkrun to secure a grant offer that Parkrun have so far declined."


22 APR 2016

From today's Bristol Post

I believe that the EU referendum is a once in a lifetime opportunity for Britain to be a free and self-governing country again. We are the 5th largest economy in the world which trades globally, we are the biggest defence spender in Europe (and 4th in the world) with the world's best armed forces, we are one of the 5 permanent members of the UN Security Council, we have one of the best diplomatic services across the globe with a unique relationship with the United States and the Commonwealth. Unshackled from the European Union we will thrive and prosper as a nation even more. We will be free to make trade deals all over the world without the increasingly restrictive practices of the European Union. I believe that the UK can flourish outside the EU while building a new relationship with our European partners based on free trade and friendly cooperation.

I do not believe that European Law and the EU Court should be supreme and have primacy over British law made in our Parliament by our Politicians whom the British People elect and then can throw out at every General Election if they choose. If our Government is to be truly accountable to the people it must regain the ability to make the decisions that affect us. All our law makers are then held properly to account. Within the EU, these decisions are made by politicians from other nations who we have never elected and cannot replace. Furthermore actually most of the rules are made by the large European civil service (often called Bureaucrats) based in Brussels and Strasbourg. Our civil servants in Whitehall are often accused of being remote from the people they serve and I can assure you that the civil servants in Europe are even further away from understanding the needs of our people and the actual effect the policy choices they make have.

Our membership of the European Union costs the UK over £350 million per week. I think we would be better off keeping this money and spending it on our Armed Forces, Infrastructure, schools and hospitals. EU regulations also cost UK businesses over £600 million per week.

In an increasingly unstable and dangerous world it is vital that we have control of our borders. The way to do this is to leave the EU. Whilst immigration has been, and will continue to be, of benefit to our country; our Country cannot accommodate the current rate of immigration which is comparable to a city the size of Coventry arriving to settle in our Country every year.

We are a great Country and could be better still if we take back control.

So for these reasons I am supporting the British people to do just that. I will be campaigning for all these reasons and many more for us to vote to leave the EU on June 23rd 2016 which will hopefully be 'Independence Day'.


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