Emma Mc Clarkin MEP: East Midlands Press Release: EU referendum result

Emma Mc Clarkin MEP: East Midlands Press Release: EU referendum result

Emma McClarkin, Conservative MEP for the East Midlands, has reacted to the result of the British EU Referendum. Emma said: “A new day has dawned for the British people. The destiny of our great country is in our hands. Britain will now be a freer, more democratic and prosperous country. Our future today is bright. Having campaigned for a Leave vote, I am naturally absolutely delighted that, against all the odds, the force of our arguments has cut through and resonated with a majority of the British people. I hope that those in the remain campaign will now accept the result as the settled will of the British people, and work positively to help ensure a swift, orderly and friendly exit from the EU for the United Kingdom. “We must now all work in the national interest and it is now up to us as politicians to deliver the will of the British people. I look forward to helping out in any way I can in the days months and years...
Andrew Lewer MBE MEP – Exit Result Reaction

Andrew Lewer MBE MEP – Exit Result Reaction

ANDREW LEWER MBE MEP I welcome the UK’s – and in particular the East Midlands’ – truly remarkable and historic decision to leave the European Union. It seems a long time since I carefully weighed up the remain and leave arguments and decided “on balance” to vote and campaign against staying in the EU. There’s no doubt the outcome has come as a shock to many – not least the financial markets. It is important that we act carefully and reasonably to plan and negotiate our exit. I do not believe the “Leave” vote means we are turning our back on our European neighbours. Rather, we have chosen to take control our own destiny and reject the ever-closer union that was the EU project. I believe we can maintain and secure mutually beneficial relationships across Europe and beyond to strengthen trade, education, and cultural opportunities. We do not leave the EU today, there is a long period of careful negotiation ahead. The fundamentals of the British economy are strong. We continue to be a tolerant society, including to those who have come to work here and make their lives here. David Cameron was right to give the country the chance to have its say over our continuing membership of the EU. He has shown extraordinary leadership over the last six years. It is sad to see him announce he is stepping down but statesmanlike of him to postpone that to help to ensure there is a period of calm and stability. I will continue to work hard as a Conservative East Midlands MEP to support the exit negotiations, to...
More than £1m raised for solar farm near Bingham

More than £1m raised for solar farm near Bingham

As world leaders gather in Paris today for UN climate talks – closer to home a pioneering Nottinghamshire clean energy project has raised a staggering £1.1716 million in just two weeks. So far shareholders have invested £671, 600 in a solar farm outside Colston Bassett, near Bingham, and Nottingham Energy Partnership has agreed to invest a further half a million pounds. Money has been coming in at the rate of almost £1 a second since shares went on sale on November 10 which is good news for community projects across the county which will receive an estimated £1.8m from profits from selling the electricity generated. The project will produce enough electricity to power 1,150 homes by next summer, and will save more than 50,000 tons of carbon dioxide over 25 years. Nottinghamshire Community Energy (NCE) has now reopened the share offer in a bid to raise up to £850,000 to help finance the £5.7 million development, the first community energy project in the county. A bond offer will be available in the New Year. The deadline for tax relief eligibility has now passed but investors are still being urged to come forward and become members.  The share offer has an inflation-busting return of up to 7% for members. Shares are £10 each and you can invest between £500 and £100,000. Phil Angus, Chair of NCE, said: “We are really pleased that 80 people managed to join us before the first rushed tax eligibility deadline and become part of a venture which will not only provide clean energy but also generate significant funds for community projects. “We know quite a few people who could not...
Help us provide better broadband for business

Help us provide better broadband for business

Businesses are being asked to give their views on local broadband services and how they use them in a new survey, which will help influence the type of support provided to firms in the future.  The Better Broadband for Nottinghamshire (BBfN) programme is being delivered by Nottinghamshire County Council and BT and is on course to ensure 97% of the county’s homes and businesses have access to superfast broadband by 2018. The aim of BBfN is to provide an improved digital infrastructure by developing a fibre-based broadband network to support the growth of Nottinghamshire businesses. Now the County Council is asking businesses how they use the internet and how important better connectivity is to them so that future support can be tailored to their needs. The short survey can be completed on-line at: www.surveymonkey.com/r/broadband-business-survey Councillor Roy Allan, Vice-Chair of the Economic Development Committee at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “Access to superfast broadband can support business growth, unlock economic opportunities and attract investment. I am proud that Nottinghamshire is well set to become one of the best connected areas in the entire country. “So that we can further support businesses to access the opportunities that this new digital infrastructure provides, we need to better understand how they use the internet and what the potential barriers are to them to getting the best out of it.” Meanwhile, small businesses from across Nottinghamshire are being reminded that they have the chance to get discounts of up to £3,000 off the cost of supercharging their broadband speed. The Connection Voucher Scheme gives businesses money off the cost of installing superfast broadband and access speeds of...
Developers begin to dismantle Bingham Methodist Church

Developers begin to dismantle Bingham Methodist Church

The rebuild of Bingham Methodist Church has entered an exciting phase as appointed developers A & S Enterprises of Burton on Trent have begun to demolish the old building. The old premises are set to be replaced by a new multi-purpose church and community centre due to open in early 2016. There will be an official opening of the new building on 10th April 2016. A & S Enterprises have previously worked locally with the project architects Allen Joyce, most notably on the Radcliffe-on-Trent Parish Church Hall and Sawley Medical Centre in Long Eaton. The demolition had been put back due to delayed removal of utility services from the site. Now, with the final service of mains gas being taken out at the end of April, work has begun in earnest. Initially work took place internally to prepare the site and reclaim building materials that could be salvaged for reuse. Now larger equipment has been brought in to tackle the task of bringing down the walls and clearing the rubble from the site. Samantha Mattos, spokesperson for the Church said ‘The slight delay to the start of works was disappointing as everyone was keen to get the project moving after being 14 years in the pipeline. The church community is very excited that the work is finally starting and many of us will be popping down over the next few days to watch the demolition. The church holds many personal memories for the congregation and although it will be sad to see it go, we are all looking forward to the future in a new building fit for modern worship and...
Bingham Methodist Church donates £800+ to Nottingham Hospitals Charity’s

Bingham Methodist Church donates £800+ to Nottingham Hospitals Charity’s

Janet Richie and Sue Lockwood from Bingham Methodist Church present staff at QMC’s Major Trauma Centre with a cheque for £802.29, to be donated to Nottingham Hospitals Charity’s Saving Lives Helipad Appeal. Janet and Sue raised the cash by busking outside the church at Christmas time – Sue played the piano whilst Janet sang – and by encouraging members of the congregation to donate money instead of sending Christmas cards. The Saving Lives Helipad Appeal is raising £3m to build an onsite helipad at QMC, to help speed up transfer times for critically-injured patients being taken to the East Midlands Major Trauma Centre by air ambulance. You can find out more...