Stephen McPartland
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Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage, was invited back to speak at the Stevenage-based ILD support group which he helped launch last year. The group for those affected by pulmonary fibrosis and other interstitial lung diseases (ILD) provides access to relevant information and is an opportunity for people to meet like-minded people with similar diagnoses.

Stephen McPartland MP said, "It was great to be invited to speak at the ILD support group and see how far it has come since the launch last year. I look forward to continuing to work with the members and deliver positive changes for those with advanced respiratory diseases locally."

The ILD support group covers the East & North Herts area, and with meetings around every two months. It is coordinated by the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Team from Herts Community NHS Trust, with involvement from the charities Action for Pulmonary Fibrosis and the British Lung Foundation. To find out more or sign up to the support group please call the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Team on 01462 478783 or through the APF website: https://www.actionpulmonaryfibrosis.org/find-a-support-group/hertfordshire-ild-support-group/.

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Local MP Stephen McPartland welcomed progress on a development of more than 200 affordable homes at Forster Oaks off Wedgwood Way, Stevenage as he visited the site as part of a 'topping out' ceremony.

Stephen McPartland MP said, “It is great to see work progressing on schedule and to a high standard at Forster Oaks. The development will provide hundreds of new affordable homes for Stevenage, which is excellent news for local people.”

The new homes are made possible to deliver as affordable through funding of approximately £6 million provided by Homes England, a government agency. The 268-home development will include 40 properties for affordable rent and 208 for shared ownership – a part-buy, part-rent scheme designed to help buyers on low to moderate incomes get on the property ladder. Housing association, Metropolitan Thames Valley is delivering the new homes along with developer Chase New Homes.

Geeta Nanda, Chief Executive of Metropolitan Thames Valley, said, “We are proud to be delivering hundreds of quality new affordable homes here in Stevenage, helping local families get on the property ladder.”

Tony Carey, Chief Executive of Chase New Homes, said, “It is a pleasure to welcome Stephen McPartland to the site and showcase the quality of the Forster Oaks development.”

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Cats Protection North Herts Branch are delighted that our MP Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage, supports the work we do to help local cats in need. Our main aims are to rehome unwanted cats, provide neutering assistance to help control the local cat population and to educate people about cats and their needs.

Stephen McPartland MP said, "I am always happy to support national Black Cat Day and delighted Serena pictured with me has now been homed. Cats Protection are an amazing charity and I am proud to have adopted my own black cats from them last year."

North Herts Branch Coordinator, Bianca Kubler, added, "The annual Black Cat Day is aimed at encouraging people to adopt a black or black and white cat which make up 40% of all cats given up to Cats Protection. It takes approximately three months longer to find new homes for them than cats of any other colour. This is illustrated by Serena who stars with Stephen in the photo. Serena came into our care with her black and white sister Venus on 6th June. These were 15 months old, healthy and friendly cats, both have been adopted as a pair today which is great news for them, just a shame it has taken 5 months waiting for a loving home. Sadly we have also taken in another three black cats yesterday so if you are thinking of adopting a cat please look at our website https://www.cats.org.uk/northherts/adopt-a-cat."

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An innovative scheme by Thames Water in Codicote to improve the environment and the lives of customers has been welcomed by the community. During times of heavy rainfall, excess sewage left an unpleasant odour for nearby residents. Now, by working with Stevenage MP Stephen McPartland, the company’s engineers devised a method to ensure all sewage flows into the main system which includes a new pumping station.

Stephen McPartland MP said, “I have been campaigning alongside local residents for a number of years to identify a resolution to this problem. I am delighted Thames Water has completed the works to deal with the unpleasant odours once and for all. It certainly will make a huge difference to Codicote and officially opening a sewage pumping station, was a unique experience."

Thames Water’s Huw Thomas said: “Although Thames Water was acting within its permit with the spillages, we appreciate the impact the odour had on residents. It was not a simple solution but one of our engineers was able to use his experience to develop this pumping method which has provided a solution to the problem. We’re delighted to be able to find a way of helping our customers living in the area as well as improving the environment.”

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