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Chesterfield MP responds to strike action at Hasland Hall School

Toby said:

“Parents are understandably angry and frustrated that their children are missing more vital days at school due to strike action. I have spoken to the Interim Director of Schools at Derbyshire County Council to express my concerns and urge for intervention to help resolve these issues.

I am sure everyone will agree that teachers have a right to work in a safe environment and the fact that they have taken this extraordinary action shows the scale of the problems that we saw at the school last term. A new behaviour policy has been introduced and I am hoping it will lead to the genuine change that parents, teachers and pupils can believe in so that the school can begin to rebuild confidence. Last year’s GCSE results were disappointing but not disastrous and there are new staff in place, so there needs to be a relentless focus on ensuring that every child at Hasland Hall is in a consistent, supportive and disciplined environment to maximise their potential.

I am aware that Ofsted have recently inspected and I will be looking with great interest at their findings. I have tried to speak to representatives from the NASUWT on a number of occasions and have been frustrated by their lack of engagement with me, though some teaching staff have given me their personal perspectives. It is difficult for me to comment on this week’s strike action as I have not heard their view on what their outstanding concerns are.

I will continue to pursue this and offer my services in trying to help to resolve the problems at the school and end the current industrial action.”

 

 

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Toby with concerned residents of Matlock Road

Chesterfield road is “an accident waiting to happen” warns MP

Residents on Matlock Road in Chesterfield who feel like they are taking their lives in their hands every time they leave their driveway have enlisted the help of their local MP, Toby Perkins, in trying to make the road safer.

Toby said, “This is a really dangerous stretch of road. It is narrow, with blind bends and people are racing along it. It feels like motorists get onto Matlock Road and feel like they are on their way into the countryside and put their foot down. Pulling out of driveways or crossing the road can take a long time and feels very risky. It is an accident waiting to happen.”

Following a meeting with concerned residents, Toby has written to the County Council urging them to take action and contacted the police to request they conduct a Community Speed Watch session.

Toby with concerned residents of Matlock Road

Toby with concerned residents of Matlock Road

Toby added, “I think the best course of action would be to change this stretch of road to a 30mph limit and add speed warning signs. Motorists need to be aware that this is still a residential road and people have a right to leave their properties without being put at risk.”

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MP vows to tackle alcohol harm in Chesterfield

New figures from the Alcohol Health Alliance UK suggest that alcohol harm is ruining hundreds of lives of people in Chesterfield and creating additional strain on NHS services. The local MP, Toby Perkins, has pledged to do all he can to reduce alcohol harm in his constituency.

Toby said, “The alcohol and pubs industry is important to both our local and national economy and most of us will be drinking responsibly. However, there are people causing harm to themselves due to alcohol consumption and it is vital that we have the information and support locally to help reduce the risks to people’s health and ensure people are drinking at safe levels”.

The Alcohol Health Alliance UK estimate that there are 3,081 alcohol-related hospital admissions annually in Chesterfield and 60 alcohol-related deaths. The figures also show that 26% of adults in the East Midlands are drinking more than the recommended units of alcohol each week. Toby added, “Harmful levels of alcohol consumption can have a massive effect on individuals, families and our communities. I want to eradicate alcohol related violence from our streets and reduce the pressure on the police and NHS. Only 20% of dependent drinkers are receiving treatment or support following massive cuts to public health grants to local authorities and I will be pushing the Government to increase the funding for tackling alcohol harm”.

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MP takes a trip down Guide Dogs’ Memory Lane

National charity Guide Dogs UK is calling on the Government and local authorities to take action to protect blind and partially-sighted people in the community. Local MP, Toby Perkins, met with them at the Labour Party conference to support their campaign.

Toby said, “I have been pushing for stronger legislation to reduce the obstructions and hazards encountered by blind people on our streets for many years. Pavements blocked by parked cars, wheelie bins and overhanging branches can force blind and partially-sighted people into the road, putting them in danger of being hit by a car.”

To illustrate the risks that blind and partially-sighted people experience every day, Guide Dogs asked Toby to take a trip down memory lane and play their ‘Navigation Game’ – a take on the classic final challenge of the Generation Game – memorising the hazards that a guide dog owner might encounter on a typical journey.

Toby said, “These activities cannot replicate the anxiety caused to blind and partially-sighted people who are put at risk on our streets, but it can help politicians to understand the dangers and the impact on them. I will continue to do all I can to ensure all of my constituents can navigate our town in a safe manner.”

 

 

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Toby Perkins to hold Brexit public meeting

After a summer recess spent gathering the views of voters across Chesterfield on the issue of Brexit, MP Toby Perkins has arranged for a major impartial public information session in Chesterfield next week.

Mr Perkins will host the session, which will allow Chesterfield residents who wish to learn more about the many issues that arise from Britain’s impending departure from the European Union.

The session will be run by an independent thinktank, ‘UK in a Changing Europe’ and facilitated by Professor Anand Menon, a Professor of European and Foreign Affairs at Kings College, London.

All those attending will be able to ask Professor Menon about any issues that they are uncertain about, including but not limited to questions on frictionless trade, WTO terms, NO deal Brexit, the backstop, Northern Ireland and many others.

The free-to-attend session will be held at the Winding Wheel on Thursday 5th September, 6.00pm and tickets can be acquired by email, telephone or in person at Chesterfield Labour Club.

Anyone who wishes to attend, should either email amandam.collumbine@parliament.uk for a ticket, call 01246 386286 during normal office hours or call into Toby Perkins MP’s office at Chesterfield Labour Club, 113 Saltergate, Chesterfield, S40 1NF.

Toby Perkins said: “It is clear from the huge number of survey responses that I received that Brexit continues to infuriate, confuse and frustrate my constituents in equal measure but many valid questions were raised through the process, and I believe that the vast majority of people just want the best for our country and so I hope that providing my constituents with a forum in which they can get their questions answered will be helpful.”

“I recognise how much anger and frustration there is as we try to negotiate our way through a very intricate and complicated process in a way that respects the democratic outcome of the Referendum and protects our national interests. I sometimes think the whole process of what happens now is over simplified and so I am setting this unbiased Q&A up so that everyone can be as well-informed as possible.”

The Winding Wheel has a maximum capacity and so whilst the event is free to attend it is important that all those wishing to come should contact the MPs office for a ticket, though the event is open to all strands of political opinion.

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Toby with repairers Margaret Hersee and Sue Scott

Make do and mend

The old war time adage of make do and mend is making a comeback as people are becoming more conscious of saving money and reducing CO2 emissions and waste to landfill.
And locally, a ‘Repair Café’ in Chesterfield is bringing a local dimension to this growing trend.
Repair Cafes are set up by volunteers to fix broken belongings, increase mending skills and reduce waste and the Chesterfield Repair Café is currently set up at the Monkey Park where local MP Toby Perkins called in to view the repairers at work.
Volunteers in Chesterfield gather once a month to repair items such as furniture, appliances, toys and clothing. Toby said: “Very often the simplest ideas are the best and this is certainly the case with the Repair Café. We are fortunate here to have a group of willing and skilled volunteers who are can fix items that may otherwise have been thrown away. Sadly, many items are not built to last anymore, because the parts are poorer quality, or they’re designed to wear out and then be thrown away, so we spend more on new equipment. I think we have become so much better at recycling our waste and initiatives like this go one step further by helping prevent the waste and hopefully make us more conscious of buying better quality or re-developing the skill of mending things, if we can, in the first place.
I was very impressed with all the team here who also like to work with the community on how to fix items themselves. I am told that within the last year the team in Chesterfield have prevented 285 kg of waste and prevented 2,310 kg of CO2 emissions. I am happy to support this worthy cause and help the volunteers have what they need to continue to repair as many items as possible which means needing access to quality spare parts and appropriate documentation.”
Repair Cafes are held every second Saturday of the month in 2019 and the

Toby with repairers Margaret Hersee and Sue Scott

last repairs are accepted at 2pm. The team can be contacted at repairs@transitionchesterfield.org.uk and please get in touch if you know how to fix things and would like to help.

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Toby being grilled on the environment by Hollingwood Primary pupils

Hollingwood pupils pledge to protect the environment

Environmentally-conscious pupils at Hollingwood Primary School have enlisted the help of Chesterfield MP, Toby Perkins, as part of their campaign to improve the environment locally and globally.

Toby said, “The pupils at Hollingwood Primary School wrote to me regarding concerns that affect the local environment, such as litter and dog mess, as well as their pledges for tackling the climate change emergency. I visited the school last week and was impressed by the children’s knowledge about environmental issues and I think they would all be great candidates to be Climate Change Ambassadors to the Borough Council.

Following the letters from Hollingwod pupils, Toby wrote to Cllr Jill Mannion-Brunt, Cabinet Member for Health & Wellbeing at Chesterfield Borough Council, who has confirmed that the Council

Toby being grilled on the environment by Hollingwood Primary pupils

Toby being grilled on the environment by Hollingwood Primary pupils

recently passed a resolution to declare a Climate Change Emergency in Chesterfield. The Council will also be talking to young people in the Borough, to create young ambassadors for climate change who will work with the Council to help develop a local strategy to combat climate change and deal with local environmental issues. The Council will be contacting Hollingwood Primary with a view to them becoming an early adopter as an encouragement for other schools.

Toby added, “I am very proud of the schools in Chesterfield, who are teaching students about what they can do to improve the environment so that hopefully when they get to my age, a long time from now, the planet is not ruined by pollution and waste.”

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BLOG: Concerns about Hasland Hall Community School

BLOG: Concerns about Hasland Hall Community School

There has been considerable concern recently following the news that staff at Hasland Hall School had gone on strike in protest at behaviour and disciplinary standards at the school.

I was already pursuing and responding to complaints from parents and staff concerning the school’s approach to Special Needs education and behaviour.

I am a strong believer that every single school day is important to our children’s education and want to resolve these issues to ensure there are no further strikes and to ensure that the evidence base around any issues is as wide ranging as possible.

I also want to ensure that everyone interested in the future of the school and with knowledge of matters there gets an opportunity to have their voice heard.

I have been attempting to meet with the school in recent days and have now been able to secure an urgent meeting with the Headteacher, Miss Ruth Moore, and Ms Kathryn Boulton, Service Director for Schools and Learning at Derbyshire County Council, that I will be attending on Friday 19th July.

The main issues that have been raised to me as concerns by staff and parents are:

• Discipline
• Class Disruption
• Bullying
• Governance
• Record keeping and transparency
• Over reliance on supply teachers
• Violence & aggression towards staff
• Lack of support for children with Special Educational Needs

I am keen to make progress on these issues as quickly as possible so that hopefully many of these issues can be addressed before the start of the new academic year.

I am collecting evidence, both positive and negative, about the school so that we can identify what is and isn’t working well and provide support to the school and the County Council to make the necessary improvements.

To this end, I have booked a room in the Hasland Methodist Church for a series of confidential meetings with anyone that would like to discuss their recent experiences of Hasland Hall School.
If any parents, staff or governors would like to speak to me, they should call my office on 01246 386 286 to arrange an appointment.

The special appointment-based surgery will be at Hasland Methodist Church on Friday 19th July from 11am to 2pm. If you are unable to make it on Friday, I will be arranging further appointments at a later date.

You can also email your views and comments to me at toby.perkins.mp@parliament.uk

 

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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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