Archive | June, 2016


Statement on signing of Ched Evans

Toby Perkins has issued the following statement on the signing of Ched Evans by Chesterfield Football Club:

I was made aware that the Club had agreed terms with Ched Evans, and am aware that there has been a great deal of local and national interest in this signing.

I am grateful to Chesterfield FC for informing me of their signing of Mr Evans in advance, and for responding candidly to the questions that I put to them.

We should never forget that whilst Ched Evans original verdict has been quashed and he awaits a new trial, so too there is also a young woman who five years after the incident also has her life on hold whilst waiting for a definitive verdict. Mr Evans is right to say that there have been no winners from this whole affair.

I already know that there will be fans who support the signing and others who don’t. However this is not just another addition to the playing squad, and whilst recognising the limitations imposed on what can be said by a further trial, I hope that the Football Club can take this opportunity to emphasise that offering a player a second chance does not in any way condone actions taken in the past. It would be terrible if the good work done to place the Football club at the heart of the community as a Family club was undone in any way.

Similarly, every effort must be made to ensure that the bond between fans and the Club is not broken. When Fans who have supported the Club for a long time feel that they don’t want to be associated with it any more, this should be a serious concern.

Mr Evans statement about wishing to contribute to the club  and the community are welcome, he has a big responsibility to conduct himself, and encourage others to conduct themselves, in a way that shows respect for and wins the respect of, all supporters.

Chesterfield Football Club must remain a club respected  in the local and Footballing community that promotes the best values of respect for all men and women and is a true family club.

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Viridor pest problem causing Duckmanton headache

ViridorA large number of people in the Duckmanton area have contacted the Member of Parliament’s office to report excessive insect nuisance and odours linked to the Viridor Waste Management site.

Following the calls, Toby Perkins MP’s office has been in touch with Viridor last week and urged them to take urgent action to end the intolerable situation facing residents.

The Environment Agency were on site on Monday with Viridor and Radio Sheffield report  they have issued the following statement: ” The Environment Agency met with the operator Vindor of the Erin landfill site yesterday.  As a result Viridor will make a number of changes on site to minimise the number of flies that may be coming from the site.  The Environment Agency will continue to monitor the situation.

If anyone has concerns please contact the Environment Agency on 24 hr incident number 0800 80 70 60.”

Following continued complaints after the hot weekend, Toby Perkins also enlisted the help of Radio Sheffield who have visited residents of North Grove and witnessed huge numbers of flies in the kitchens of local residents. Radio Sheffield will be on site again tomorrow, and will bring much needed publicity to the issue.

Radio Sheffield also report that Viridor have issued the following statement: “Viridor, as a responsible operator, takes its commitment to environmental compliance very seriously indeed. In response to a small number of complaints, Viridor moved quickly to review site operations.

In doing so Viridor’s UK compliance team have worked closely with site operations and the Environment Agency. Whilst unable to substantiate complaints, Viridor has responded by enhancing environmental controls as precautionary measures, including: increasing the extent of fly repelling spray used, along with careful management of the tipping face and enhanced vigilance of the waste streams received. The onsite team will continue to ensure that the high standards of operation are upheld, remaining a good neighbour to the local community, whilst providing an essential waste management service to businesses and local authorities in the Chesterfield area.

We have contacted local residents and will maintain in contact over coming days. If any members of the public are still concerned about the operations at Erin, please contact Viridor directly on our 24-hour incident line 0800 9753029 or the Environment Agency, 0800 807060.”

Toby Perkins MP will visit residents of North Grove on Thursday and said; ” I am pleased that the Environment Agency are taking an interest, but I am concerned by the tone of Viridor’s statement, it suggests that they are downplaying what seems to be a significant concern. I am alarmed that they consider the problem ‘unsubstantiated’, I will be looking to visit their site when I am in Duckmanton on Thursday.

The people of Duckmanton already tolerate having the landfill site, and the least they should expect is that when serious issues like this are raised that urgent action is taken.

I look forward to hearing that the extra measures put in place by Viridor bring about an urgent improvement and will be attempting to ensure that there is no repeat.”

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Toby with concerned families at Staveley Cemetery

Chesterfield MP calls for crisis meeting over thefts and damage at Staveley Cemetery

Toby Perkins, MP for Chesterfield, has called for a crisis meeting to discuss a spate of thefts, damage and antisocial behaviour at Staveley Cemetery, following a meeting with concerned families.

Toby with Amy Goucher and family

Toby with Amy Goucher and family

Toby said “People are understandably angry and upset that the graves of their children, parents and grandparents are not being respected. They are placing gifts and sentimental items on their loved

ones graves and they cannot be sure they will still be there the next time they visit”.

Toby was contacted by Staveley resident Amy Goucher, who has set up a Facebook campaign group and organised a petition calling for more security at the cemetery following thefts from her grandfather’s grave.

Toby added, “There appears to be two main causes of problems at the cemetery, one is children who do not understand or appreciate the sanctity of the graves and cause damage and nuisance. The other is older drug and alcohol users, who are stealing items and causing an intimidating atmosphere for grieving visitors. We need improve security, but we also to educate our young people. I have now written to local schools, the police, the church and the Council to see if we can organise a coordinated response”.




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Toby with company director, Ray Woolley

Making It Big, ‘Made in Chesterfield still cuts it

Toby Perkins MP highlighted the strength of local manufacturing during a visit to Chesterfield company, Direct Engineering & Site Services Ltd.

Toby visited Direct Engineering & Site Services Ltd to look around their facility on Sheepbridge Industrial Estate and discuss their plans for expansion.

Toby said, “Direct Engineering & Site Services Ltd have taken on five new employees recently and are now looking at expanding their site to help deliver new contracts. They are investing in local people, taking on apprentices and have created a diverse product range that is being delivered to customers across the world.”

Toby with company director, Ray Woolley

Toby with company director, Ray Woolley

Direct Engineering & Site Services Ltd was established in 1997 by Ray Woolley and has grown from strength to strength. The company moved to bigger premises two years ago and is now looking to expand into new units on the industrial estate. The company has invested over £200k in new equipment to meet the requirements of the new contracts it has won.

Toby added, “It was great to meet Ray and his team and see another Chesterfield company that is growing. We may not have the huge factories of old in Chesterfield employing hundreds of people, but we do still have a hub of manufacturing and engineering that is competing strongly and providing skilled jobs.”

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I am Toby Perkins, Labour's Member of Parliament for Chesterfield. If you would like to get in touch with me, my office is open and can be reached by phone on 01246 386 286. I also hold regular surgeries so that constituents can meet me and I can take up their concerns. If you would like to make an appointment then please do contact my office. Thank you for visiting.

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