Stephen McPartland
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in Stevenage, Knebworth, Codicote, Datchworth and Aston

The Bedwell Residents Group raised over £100 for the charity SPANA at a special World Tea Party with Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage.

Stephen McPartland MP, said, “It is great to see so much support from local residents for SPANA’s work, helping working animals in developing countries to receive the veterinary care they urgently need. The generosity in our town is amazing and shows a real community spirit.”

Chris Oak, who is HR & Facilities Manager at SPANA, and Chairman of Bedwell Residents’ Group, said, “We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who came to the World Tea Party and gave their support. The generous donations made will be a great boost for SPANA and will help improve the welfare of many working animals around the world.”

By transporting goods and people, these working donkeys, horses, camels and elephants play a vital role in supporting the livelihoods of millions of the world’s poorest families. However, without SPANA, they often have no access to veterinary care, or their owners have no means to pay for it.

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Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage, made a sponsored abseil as part of Stevenage Explore Scouts Jamboree fund raising efforts. The first £1,000 will go towards their trip of a lifetime to America and the rest to Garden House Hospice.

Stephen McPartland MP said, "I am not a great fan of heights, but really enjoyed the abseiling and had fun. However, they challenged me to do the Leap of Faith, which is over forty feet up a ladder and quite intense. You have to jump into the air and grab a swing, which most people miss, before being lowered to the ground. Fortunately, I managed to make it on the first attempt, so I did not have to do it again. It is all for a great cause and the Scout leaders made it feel fun and very safe."

The Explorer Scout Sponsored Abseil Day was held at The Canyon, Stevenage on Saturday 14th July. There is still time to sponsor Stephen by emailing him direct on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details.

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I cannot believe the Inspector has given approval for East Herts Local Plan and I am furious. In effect it only gives outline planning permission to Gresley Park, so full detailed planning permission is still required, which local people can oppose when the developers apply. I understand current plans are for 600 houses, up from 400 and 3 sets of traffic lights on Gresley Way.

I am working alongside local Parish Councils and community groups, such as the Campaign to Protect Local Communities around Aston (PACE), to ask the Secretary of State to call-in the Local Plan. I accept that over 97% of the houses planned are not in my area, but we firmly believe the Local Plan is flawed. I published my objections during the Inquiry here.

I have led the campaign for the Local Authorities in this area to work together and deliver a new Garden City to provide the much needed infrastructure as well as housing, and I have discussed this again with Ministers recently.

They must work together to try and resolve our housing need once and for all.

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The Rt Hon Sir Oliver Heald MP and Stephen McPartland MP have met Rail Ministers again this week to keep the pressure on Govia. They understand the frustrations of passengers as they also depend on the services, which have just not been good enough.

Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage said, “Enough is enough, the latest timetable must stabilise this week and deliver the step change in reliability we were promised. Local people have run out of patience with Govia and we made that clear again today to the Secretary of State and the Rail Minister. Our focus is on ensuring that once the timetable is stabilised the increases in services, we expected back in May, are delivered in a carefully planned manner. The improvements for Stevenage and Knebworth are immense, with many more trains, thousands more seats and new destinations. For example:

Towards London

Stevenage

Knebworth

Daily *

Daily *

Trains

Seats

Capacity

Trains

Seats

Capacity

Dec-17

88

34,200

57,600

43

13,500

22,700

May-18

107

57,700

152,400

46

18,400

47,600

Dec-18

126

70,600

186,100

46

19,500

51,200

 

From London

Stevenage

Knebworth

Daily *

Daily *

Trains

Seats

Capacity

Trains

Seats

Capacity

Dec-17

82

29,400

49,400

44

14,100

23,500

May-18

110

58,700

154,600

45

19,300

49,500

Dec-18

128

69,900

183,600

45

19,300

49,500

Stephen added, “I have tried to get the best service for my constituents and there have been a number of additional services we have been able to introduce for both Knebworth and Stevenage over the last few weeks. However, I will not be satisfied until we have all the benefits of the new timetable for both of my stations.”

Rt Hon Sir Oliver Heald MP, said, “Govia are in the last chance saloon. The new timetable must stabilise the service or I will call for the franchise to be withdrawn. I am monitoring performance very carefully this week.”

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