Stephen McPartland
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Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage, was contacted by local resident Sarah Holmes after their local park at Harvey Road was closed by Stevenage Borough Council because of damage from vandalism.

Stephen McPartland MP said, "Shocking that Stevenage Borough Council have been punishing young children in Chells. Parents were told they would have to wait a year for the play park, directly behind Camps Hill School, to be fixed as part of the Council's normal works programme.

"This is not fair. Vandals destroyed the park back in May, Stevenage Borough Council locked the park and the only people being punished are hundreds of primary school children. It needs sorting out now and Stevenage Borough Council are hoping to fix it now by August, still too long and not good enough!"

Sarah's daughter, Harriet Holmes, a pupil at Camps Hill Primary School had written a letter to Stevenage Borough Council complaining about the vandalism and asking when it would be fixed and upgraded but had no reply. Following support from Stephen McPartland MP, Emma Flawn who is head teacher at Camps Hill, and local people, the council has now stated repair work is due to be completed in August.

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Stevenage MP Stephen McPartland has backed Cats Protection’s campaign for compulsory microchipping of owned cats, calling for a change in the law.

The campaign has been welcomed by Stephen McPartland MP, who said, “It’s a pleasure to support Cats Protection and I’m delighted to back its campaign for compulsory microchipping of cats, so they are treated the same as dogs.

“Astonishingly almost two thirds of all cats in shelters have no microchips, which makes it very difficult to reunite them with their owners.”

Jacqui Cuff, Cats Protection’s Head of Advocacy & Government Relations said, “Microchipping is an essential part of responsible pet ownership, and is already compulsory for dogs. This should now be extended to ensure all owned cats are microchipped, giving them the same level of protection.

Microchipping is a safe, permanent and cost-effective method of identification which ensures cats can be reunited with their owner should they go missing. It means lost cats are not mistaken as strays and unnecessarily rehomed by animal charities.

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Children and staff at Fairlands Primary School have been celebrating the opening of their new wildlife area and invited Stevenage MP, Stephen McPartland, and other local dignitaries to visit to mark the opening.

Stephen McPartland MP said, “It was fantastic to visit the new pond and wildlife area at Fairlands and I know how much the children love it. Lots of them were chatting to me about the wildlife they have found there already and also about their Gardening Club. We hope the family of ducks that seem to have moved in, have ducklings soon.”

Headteacher, Robert Staples, said, “Outdoor learning is at the heart of the curriculum at Fairlands, because we know it creates engaging, inspiring experiences which the children will remember for the rest of their lives.”

An unused section of land has been transformed into a vibrant habitat for wildlife, including a large pond, a bug house, a hedgehog box and wild flower beds. Already, the area is teeming with wildlife and children have discovered frogs, newts, leeches and pond skaters. The project was made possible by school site managers Andy Sharp and Steve Skinner, together with The Wildlife Trust, the Woodland Trust and local involvement from a range of others.

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