There has been so much going on of late, I simply haven't had time to keep the blog updated. Anyway, one of the most important issues I have been trying to help with relates to taxes on businesses operating on the docks at Goole.
A couple of years ago the Government introduced a new rates system for businesses operating on the ports. This increased the tax on local businesses by more than ten times. Despite repeated attempts by the Conservatives in Parliament to address this issue, the Government has so far refused to act.
The situation is now becoming critical, with hundreds of jobs in Goole under threat. Naturally, I am doing everything I can to help force a climb down. Lets hope the Government finally sees sense.
On the wind farm front, Cllr John Briggs and I (pictured) have also had another meeting with the developers of the wind farm at Keadby. It looks as though the proposed route for construction traffic off the A18 is progressing and they informed me that a planning application may be submitted shortly for the bridge necessary for this route. This will save Eastoft, Luddington, Old Goole, Swinefleet and Ealandfrom the horrors of thousands of construction vehicles.
John and I also attended the Public Inquiry into the proposed Flixborough Grange wind farm which we have been opposing.