Archive | August, 2013

Toby Perkins with Kerry of Yum Yums in Staveley

Yum Yums serves up a treat in Staveley

Toby Perkins with Kerry of Yum Yums in StaveleyChesterfield MP Toby Perkins gave his seal of approval to a brand new eatery in Staveley after calling in for a cup of tea and a chat with owner Kerry Cox.

First time business owner Kerry set up Yum Yums on Chesterfield Road six weeks ago with the help and support of the Princes Trust. Young entrepreneur Kerry reports that business is going well so far and said “I didn’t think the Princes Trust provided support for people like me. The best thing is that they don’t just help you start, but support you for two years afterwards with questions and advice”.

Toby Perkins MP said: “I’m always eager to meet new business owners and I’m really impressed by Kerry’s enthusiasm and passion to start her own cafe. Small businesses are the engine room of the UK economy; Kerry’s business is a welcome addition both to Staveley and the economy more widely.”

After the visit Kerry said: “I’m really excited to be starting a new business in Staveley and it’s great to have Toby’s support. I’m glad that Chesterfield has an MP who supports local businesses.”

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Angela Reynolds and Toby Perkins perform the official opening of Reynolds Way as relatives of late Councillor Trevor Reynolds look on

MP Raises the Curtain on Reynolds Way

Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins has participated in the opening of a revitalised footpath, renamed in honour of a local community activist.

Angela Reynolds and Toby Perkins perform the official opening of Reynolds Way as relatives of late Councillor Trevor Reynolds look on

Angela Reynolds and Toby Perkins perform the official opening of Reynolds Way as relatives of late Councillor Trevor Reynolds look on

Reynolds’ Way, linking Newland Dale with Highfield Road, had fallen into a dilapidated state in recent years. Former Chesterfield Borough Labour councillor, Trevor Reynolds, had campaigned long and hard to secure investment to tidy up the trail. Unfortunately Trevor, who died in 2011, was unable to see the fruits of his labours but the local community backed a bid to rename the route, which was previously known unofficially as The Chicken Run, in his honour.

Derbyshire-based artist Sally Lemsford is now working with local neighbourhood groups, including the Friends of Abercrombie Park, to install some Chesterfield-inspired art to further enhance the short trail. 

Toby Perkins, who opened the footpath with Trevor’s widow Angela, said: “This is a fitting tribute to a community activist who fought hard for the community he represented. Trevor was a humble man, so would have been very flattered that local people would have thought to honour him in this way.”

Mr Perkins added: “I hope many people enjoy using this newly revitalised footpath in the years to come.”

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Counterfeit cigarettes burn holes in Treasury coffers and hit law-abiding retaliers

MP welcomes Council’s bid to stub out illegal sales

Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins welcomes Derbyshire County Council’s new Labour-led administration’s bid to stub out the illegal tobacco trade in the county.

Counterfeit cigarettes burn holes in Treasury coffers and hit law-abiding retaliers

Counterfeit cigarettes burn holes in Treasury coffers and hit law-abiding retaliers

Counterfeit cigarettes pose a greater danger to smokers than regulated legitimate products, and burn holes in the coffers of the Treasury, who miss out on tax levied. Fraudulent retailers also hit law-abiding business by undercutting their trade at prices they can’t compete with. 

Following Mr Perkins’ campaign to force the permanent closure of a Chesterfield shop peddling counterfeit tobacco in June, Derbyshire County Council has redoubled their efforts to combat this criminal activity. The Council’s new ‘Enforcement Programme for Tobacco Products’ includes measures to empower retailers by providing them with up-to-date guidance to help them stay on the right side of the law, carry out regular spot checks to ensure outlets are compliant and take decisive action where necessary. 

Commenting on the new programme, Mr Perkins said: “Police and County Council Trading Standards Officers have seized illegal tobacco in Derbyshire with a street value of around £44,000 in the last year but the problem continues to grow as criminals get more adept at disguising their products.

“I was horrified when I learned counterfeit cigarettes were being sold in Chesterfield and coordinated multi-agency action to ensure the sham retailer was closed down. I’m keen to support Derbyshire County Council’s increased efforts to ensure fraudulent traders are forced out so that the public and those who play by the rules don’t get a raw deal.”

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Toby Perkins MP with technicians and patient Mr Vaughan Lewis

Men! Ten Minutes to Save Your Life!

Toby Perkins MP with technicians and patient Mr Vaughan Lewis

Toby Perkins MP with technicians and patient Mr Vaughan Lewis

Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins visited a screening programme at Chesterfield Royal Hospital that has proven highly successful in detecting a potentially fatal condition in men.  No one knows that they have this condition, and a simple one-off non invasive, painless scan can detect potential issues which can be successfully treated.  If the result is clear, the process never needs to be repeated.

Men aged 65 and over from Derbyshire are being encouraged to come forward for life-saving screening for abdominal aortic aneurysms (also known as AAAs) as part of a national screening programme.

The aim of the NHS AAA Screening Programme is to reduce deaths from the condition by up to 50 percent by encouraging men aged 65 and over to come forward for screening for this potentially life threatening condition.

In some men, as they get older, the wall of the aorta, which is the main blood vessel in the abdomen, can become weak. It can then start to expand and form what is called an abdominal aortic aneurysm or AAA. If left undetected, an AAA can burst and cause severe internal bleeding which is usually fatal.

Toby Perkins said “I would encourage all men over the age of 65 to contact the screening programme and come forward for this very simple life saving scan.  Sudden death is not only a waste of your life, but a traumatic experience for your loved ones; why take the risk?  Having watched the procedure I can assure you it is simple, quick and gives you an immediate result.  I will have no hesitation, on reaching my 65th birthday, to come forward for this scan and I would encourage all men to do the same.”

Mr John Quarmby, Clinical Director of the AAA Screening Programme and Consultant Vascular Surgeon for Derby Hospitals said: “Men who have an abdominal aortic aneurysm will not generally notice any symptoms, which is why screening is so important.

“If we scan a patient and tell him that his aorta is fine then that is a good result. If we scan him and tell him he has an aneurysm then that is also a good result because he has been made aware of a possible life threatening condition which will then be closely monitored, ultimately with a view to having surgery at an age and a time that is best for that patient.”

Men in their 65th year will get an automatic invitation and those men aged 66 or over can self-refer for screening by contacting the Derbyshire AAA Screening Programme on 01332 789859 / 783485 quoting their ten digit NHS number to arrange an appointment or go to www.derbyhospitals.nhs.uk/about/depts/aaa/. Contact can also be made via email dhft.AAAScreening@nhs.net.

 

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