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Chesterfield MP urges people to step up and join the Big Pathwatch

Toby Perkins MP for Chesterfield is encouraging people in across Derbyshire to step up and help survey their local paths as part of the Ramblers’ Big Pathwatch.Big Pathwatch Logo

With an enviable 140,000 miles of rights of way in England and Wales people can enjoy walking, the Ramblers needs people to step out in Derbyshire and walk their favourite paths and report back on what they find using a free smartphone app – and Toby is hoping as many people as possible get involved in the project.

Toby said: “The Big Pathwatch is the perfect opportunity for people to get involved in protecting the places they love to walk, as well as enjoying the health benefits of walking. We’re incredibly lucky to have the Peak District National Park right on our doorstep, as well as lots of other local paths around Chesterfield, and we all need to do our bit to make sure these places are well cared for.

“That’s why I’m supporting the Big Pathwatch and asking as many people as possible to step out and survey their local paths, reporting back on what they find.”

People can download the free Big Pathwatch app and share their experiences as they walk every right of way within a specific grid square. They’ll be asked to share the positive features of the walk, the beautiful views or interesting landscapes they see, as well as noting any problems they encounter.

The results of the Big Pathwatch will allow the Ramblers to create a comprehensive report on the state of the path network, which will be used to help identify ways to keep paths open. Where possible, Ramblers’ path maintenance teams will be heading out to fix problems found through the survey, clearing brambles and other overgrown vegetation, improving path surfaces and fixing bridges and gates.

Toby on the Gritstone Edge Walk near Baslow in the Peak District National Park

Toby on the Gritstone Edge Walk near Baslow in the Peak District National Park

Importantly, the results will enable the Ramblers to come up with the long term solutions to ensure the path network is protected for years to come.

Those who don’t have a smartphone can still get involved by downloading materials from the Ramblers website.

To find out more, or to take part in the Big Pathwatch, visit   www.Ramblers.org.uk/bigpathwatch.

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Toby at Chesterfield Canal encouraging people to request a water saving pack

Toby Perkins MP calls for constituents to ‘Save a little, Save a lot’ and help give people around the world access to clean safe water

The MP for Chesterfield, Toby Perkins, has joined forces with Yorkshire Water to ask local constituents to help reduce the region’s water use by applying for a free water saving pack.

Yorkshire Water provides around 1.24 billion litres of water a day and is aiming to highlight how using water more efficiently is not only good for the environment but can help lower utility bills. Greater water efficiency will also help ensure the region’s reservoir levels, which are currently at a healthy 92 per cent, remain full.

Called ‘Save A Little, Save A Lot’, the campaign aims to encourage customers to think more carefully about how they use water in their homes, such as turning the tap off when brushing your teeth and spending less time in the shower. This will help reduce the current 100-150 litres of water each customer uses on average per day, which is the equivalent of up to two full bath tubs!

Yorkshire Water will donate 10p to WaterAid for every pack ordered to help give people around the world access to clean safe water. Yorkshire Water has supported WaterAid for many years and lots of colleagues from across the business have given their time, energy and money to help change lives in developing countries.

Neil Dewis, Head of Service Delivery at Yorkshire Water, said: “Our ‘Save A Little, Save A Lot’ campaign is about providing our customers with information on how they can save water and why it’s important to do so.

“Some people take water for granted but it is a precious resource and we need to ensure that in the future we can continue to meet the demands of a growing population and the challenges climate change could bring. We work really hard to manage our own leakage and to supply our water in the most efficient way, but we need our customers to play their part too. To help our customers we‘re offering free water saving packs via our website that include simple to install devices that can reduce household water consumption. For every pack ordered we’ll donate 10p to WaterAid to help give people around the world access to clean safe water.”

Toby at Chesterfield Canal encouraging people to request a water saving pack

Toby at Chesterfield Canal encouraging people to request a water saving pack

Toby Perkins MP for Chesterfield, said: “By ordering a free water saving pack and following Yorkshire Water’s useful water saving tips, we can all play our part in helping the environment whilst saving money on our water and energy bills.

“Simple changes like turning the tap off when brushing your teeth could save seven litres of water per person per day! Order your free water saving pack online by visiting yorkshirewater.com/savewater.”

Last year, 25,000 free water saving packs were ordered by Yorkshire’s residents and the company is hoping they prove equally popular this year.

Water Saving tips:

  • Turning the tap off when brushing teeth could save seven litres per person per day!
  • A bath can use as much as 80 litres of water. Swapping this for a short shower can save on average 10 litres of water per day
  • Fixing that dripping tap could save £18 a year. A dripping tap wastes around 5,500 litres of water a year.
  • Simply by making sure the washing machine is full before using could save eight litres of water per household
  • Fitting a free flushsaver in the toilet cistern will save one litre of water every time the toilet is flushed

To order a free water saving pack and for useful water saving advice visit yorkshirewater.com. Yorkshire Water will donate 10p to the charity WaterAid for every pack ordered.

You can also watch a video from the ‘Save a Little, Save a Lot’ campaign on how to get involved and save water https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpOcmT3xIyw

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Election

Local triumph overshadowed by national loss

ElectionToby Perkins reflected on a massive victory for himself and Chesterfield Labour Party on a night of national disappointment for the Labour Party on Thursday night.

Toby was returned to parliament and saw his majority leap from a slender 549 to a gargantuan 13,598 as the Lib Dems slipped from 2nd to 4th.

On Friday afternoon, it became clear that Labour had retained control of, increased their majority on, Chesterfield Borough Council as Lib Dem Group leader Ray Russell was amongst  the casualties on a day of great local success for Labour.

Labour now have 38 (up 4) of the Council’s 48 seats, with the Lib Dems (down 3) on 9 and UKIP (down 1) on 1.

The joyous scenes in Chesterfield were in stark contrast to disappointment across the country as Labour were defeated in the General Election, and a Tory government returned after a last minute swing confounded predictions of a hung parliament. Toby said: “I am very grateful that people in Chesterfield and Staveley have re-elected me. I hope that the huge increase in my majority is a reflection of the hard work that I, and others have put in over the last five years.

However that victory has been overshadowed by losses elsewhere which will lead to a Tory government that I predict will be very difficult for Chesterfield and Derbyshire people. Labour must learn the lessons of our defeat, because my disappointment tonight is not mainly for my friends and colleagues in the party but for the many people whose lives will be made more difficult as a result of the election’s outcome.

We will continue to serve all people in Chesterfield and hope that their continued support in the future is matched by a more successful national outcome next time.”

Chesterfield 2015 General Election Result

TOBY PERKINS (LABOUR PARTY) 21829 47.9% (+8.9%)

Mark Vivis (Conservative) 8231 18.1% (+2.3%)

Stuart Yeowart (UKIP) 7523 165% (+13.4%)

Julia Cambridge (Lib Dem) 6301 13.8% (-24%)

Matt Genn (Green) 1352 3.0% (+1.7%)

Matt Whale (TUSC) 202 0.4%

Tommy Holgate (Peace Party) 129 0.3%

Chesterfield Borough Council Elections

Labour 38 seats, Lib Dem 9 seats, UKIP 1 seat

Full results can be found here

 

 

 

 

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Statement on Campaign volunteers

The Sun newspaper’s story in 21st April edition is entirely misleading.

The people working on my election campaign are doing so in a voluntary capacity.

Two of the Volunteers are students on 4 year Politics degrees who have during their third year have been based in my office in Westminster and wanted to volunteer in the General Election campaign.

The other two are local young party members who were between jobs and were wanting to dedicate themselves to the General election campaign.

The local party arranged to cover their expenses.

It is completely misleading to suggest that they are paid £4 a day, they are volunteers and they receive expenses towards costs incurred but are not paid at all.  For clarification, no further payments will be made and their status as Campaign Volunteers re-iterated to all local party members.

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Toby Perkins MP with bingo enthusiasts and representatives from the Bingo Association

MP’s bingo-ing all-out for popular game

Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins joined some of the town’s keenest bingo players for a game on Friday and met with industry representatives to discuss taxation levied on the sector.

Toby Perkins MP with bingo enthusiasts and representatives from the Bingo Association

Toby Perkins MP with bingo enthusiasts and representatives from the Bingo Association

Bingo is enjoying its highest levels of popularity in a generation with record numbers of young people taking up the pastime. A recent survey found 61% of British adults said they feel bingo clubs provide an ‘important local service, and bring communities together’.

However, bingo is subjected to Gross Profits Tax of 20% – 5% more than the GPT levied at bookmakers and 7% more than lottery tickets.

Bingo industry leaders, backed by Mr Perkins, are now calling for a cut in GPT to 15%, allowing them to invest in their premises’ and create jobs.

Speaking to bingo enthusiasts at Mecca’s Foljambe Road hall, Mr Perkins said:  “I am pleased to support the bingo industry’s efforts to petition government to rethink how it levies taxes on the game.

“Bingo brings adults of all ages together to socialise in a lively and fun environment, and I am fully behind this campaign. I enjoyed the games I had at Mecca and I look forward to raising issues facing the sector with ministers in Parliament.”

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Small Business Saturday: butchers, bakers, local small traders…

Saturday saw the biggest celebration of small businesses Britain has ever known, as communities across Derbyshire joined the celebrations for the first ever ‘Small Business Saturday’.

Toby Perkins visited traders across Chesterfield on Small Business Saturday

Toby Perkins visited traders across Chesterfield on Small Business Saturday

Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins MP’s efforts in recognition of the day, visiting 25 independent retailers, traders  and small businesses the length and breadth of his constituency saw Chesterfield featured in the national newspapers.

Starting out at ‘Best Wishes’ in Staveley at 9:30am and finishing at Hasland Pet Store at 5:00, he visited over 25 different independent retailers.  Toby visited butchers, bakers, candle makers, market traders, gift shops, bike shops, hardware stores, perfume stores and even a nail bar on his whistle-stop tour.

Said Toby: “Independent retailers are based in the heart of our community and form so much of what we have to offer that makes Chesterfield a unique shopping experience.  It really is a question of ‘use them or lose them’ as it is all too easy to get into the habit of using only the big retailers”.

“Independent retailers offer a unique shopping experience with high levels of customer service, a wide variety of unique or unusual goods, and a diversity on our High Streets that means we are not an identikit town”.

Toby added: “I’m calling on every one this Christmas to think small and to shop local to give our town a boost and our independent retailers a Happy Christmas and prosperous New Year.”

 

To see pictures from all the retailers Toby visited on Saturday, check out his Twitter pictures: www.twitter.com/tobyperkinsmp/media

View Toby’s route around Town on a map: https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF&msa=0&msid=213433295875974695238.0004ed1bb6151238af0f3

For more information about Small Business Saturday, visit: http://www.smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com/

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Toby Perkins MP addressing September's public meeting on the future of Chesterfield Crown Post Office

Post Office bosses to consult on ‘dicey’ move

Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins is urging his constituents to attend a public meeting with Post Office bosses to share their views on ‘dicey’ proposals to relocate Chesterfield’s Crown Post Office into the Pavement’s Centre branch of WH Smith’s.

Toby Perkins MP addressing September's public meeting on the future of Chesterfield Crown Post Office

Toby Perkins MP addressing September’s public meeting on the future of Chesterfield Crown Post Office

A Post Office spokesman claimed the move is needed to save costs and is being carried out at 70 of their 373 ‘Crown Branches’ – larger stand-alone outlets, such as the branch in Chesterfield’s New Square. However, Mr Perkins has blasted the plans as ‘dicey’, saying they could “jeopardise the accessibility of the service”.

Mr Perkins continued: “The Crown Post Office in New Square is a vital service and iconic local landmark – I’d hate to see it disappear. I’m very concerned that this proposal would lead to a reduced level of expertise and a lower profile for important Post Office services. It’s hard to see how this service, which is often extremely busy, would function in the smaller space there is at WH Smith.

The meeting is scheduled to take place in the Chesterfield Hotel, opposite the Railway Station, on Wednesday 11th December from 4.30pm to 8.30pm. Anyone unable to attend can share their views on the move by emailing comments@postoffice.co.uk or writing to the Post Office, addressing envelopes ‘Freepost – Your Comments, Post Office Ltd.    

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Hady Primary Christmas card competition winners

Creative kids make MP’s Christmas

Budding young artists from a Chesterfield School have risen to a challenge set by their MP – to design his official Christmas card.

Hady Primary School Christmas card winners with Toby Perkins

Hady Primary School Christmas card winners with Toby Perkins

The Hady Primary pupils were asked by Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins to produce a festive design to adorn his seasonal greeting, sent to 3,000 people from businesses and constituents in Chesterfield to the Prime Minister and the Queen. The project was backed by sponsors Yeoman’s Outdoors and NAPIT meaning the venture used no public funds.

Mr Perkins visited the school to pick a winner from each year group before unveiling the overall winner at the Square Canvas Art Gallery in New Square in front of parents, teachers and guests on Friday. Judging criteria included inventive use of materials, originality of design and ability to reproduce the image in an electronic format for printing.

Mr Perkins announced that year one pupil Rehman Abdul had produced the winning design, commending his use of different textures and his ‘cheerful’ robins. All the other children’s designs have been included on the reverse of the card and each year group winner was presented with a certificate and gift by the MP.

Rehman Abdul's winning design

Rehman Abdul’s winning design

Commenting on the competition, Mr Perkins said: “I was amazed by the quality of artwork and the originality of design the children presented me with. It was hard to pick a winner but I’m really looking forward to sending my card out.”

“I’d like to thank all the Hady pupils who took part, the teachers who facilitated the competition and our generous sponsors Yeoman’s Outdoors and NAPIT for their support.”

 

 

 

For information about NAPIT, visit: http://www.napit.org.uk/

For information about Yeoman’s, visit: http://www.yeomansoutdoors.co.uk/

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