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

The Explorer Scouts, part of our Stevenage District Scouts, have persuaded Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage, to do a sponsored abseil as part of their 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 was really impressed by some of the Scouts I met at Stevenage Day this year and am happy to help support them in their fundraising by taking part in the sponsored abseil at the Scout centre in Stevenage."

The Explorer Scout Sponsored Abseil Day is being held at The Canyon, Stevenage on Saturday 14th July. If you would like to sponsor Stephen please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. direct on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will send you the details.

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Stevenage MP, Stephen McPartland, visited Camps Hill Primary School on the first day of a 22-week project to replace the school's heating system. The project is costing £650,000 and the funding is being provided through the Government's Condition Improvement Fund for schools.

Stephen McPartland MP said, “It is really good to see how excited the children are with their learning and the staff are so invested in them, that you can feel a buzz throughout the whole school. I know the new boiler and heating system will also help keep everyone feeling warmer when the winter months arrive. Camps Hill is an amazing school that continues to go from strength to strength.”

Headteacher Emma Flawn said: “Ensuring our buildings and heating are fit for purpose is paramount to delivering high quality teaching and learning. We so were disappointed to have to close last winter due to the boiler failure and are looking forward to learning in our lovely warm school in future years to come.”

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E.ON is offering free cavity wall and loft insulation to households that are currently without these, regardless of whether the household uses E.ON as their energy supplier. It is part of the Government’s Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) Scheme to deliver the benefits of energy efficiency to households. The free offer ends on 30th June.

Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage, said, "Improving the energy efficiency of our housing stock is a national infrastructure priority for the Government. It improves wellbeing and quality of life, lowers energy bills for good, and has a knock-on positive impact for jobs and supply chains in the local area. This scheme is of direct benefit to local households and there is a few days left to apply."

The insulation, which would usually cost around £775, is being offered for free until the end of June to all homeowners, landlords and private tenants who have their landlord’s permission. Households who take up the offer could save up to £285 a year on their energy bills.

For more information on how to apply for the free insulation follow this link: www.eonenergy.com//for-your-home/saving-energy/keep-the-heat-in/cavity-wall-insulation or call E.ON on 0330 400 1083.

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I understand the frustrations of passengers as I am a commuter myself and the services have just not been good enough. I have provided updates here and here, if you have missed them and copies of my responses to the consultation are available here for anyone to read.

I have been in daily contact with Govia. I have met with the Secretary of State several times and been in almost daily contact with him on a range of issues. I welcomed the resignation of Charles Horton, the Head of Govia and I apologise once again to all those affected.

It has been my intention throughout this period to focus on ensuring we have an emergency timetable that works and can provide a reliable and consistent service to passengers. It has become clear that the preparations for introducing the new timetable were not good enough and the Inquiry that has been announced will get to the bottom of this.

The emergency timetable has now stabilised and the new timetable, due to have been rolled out in May, will be ready next month. My focus is on ensuring that the increases in services 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.

Yesterday I met some of Govia’s senior team and planners at Kings Cross. I saw them at work and discussed some of the inconsistencies that the emergency timetable has created for our area. It is clear the staff at Govia are working around the clock to try and resolve the issues under significant pressure. They ran me through the processes they are undertaking for the significant step change in services we will see next month and worked with me to resolve a number of issues. For example, the following departures from Kings Cross will all call additionally at Stevenage from tonight until the new timetable is fully rolled out next month:

Dep Wttid Origin Destination Typ
16:54 1R46 KINGS X BALDOCK 17:35
17:24 1R48 KINGS X ROYSTON 18:12
17:54 1R50 KINGS X BALDOCK 18:35
18:24 1R52 KINGS X ROYSTON 19:14
18:54 1R54 KINGS X BALDOCK 19:35

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.

My campaign for tickets to be accepted at London Terminals for those using the Thameslink services, is making progress and the Secretary of State confirmed last night that his Department is working on the details. I am hopeful, we can reach a successful conclusion shortly, as this will transform how people access the tube system if we are successful.

I will retain my focus on getting a reliable service for Stevenage and Knebworth. I will continue to provide updates and if you have a specific issue you would like to raise, then please do email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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