Andrew Percy MP

Andrew Percy MP

Member of Parliament for Brigg & Goole and the Isle of Axholme

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Twitching at Blacktoft Sands and Goole High School

Twitching at Blacktoft Sands and Goole High School

  I had a very busy constituency Friday last week with a number of meetings and visits stretching from Horkstow to Goole. I particularly enjoyed my visits to the RSPB managed wildlife reserve at Blacktoft Sands. Living not too far away, Blacktoft Sands is one of those places I drive by often but have never actually been too.   The site is of national importance and is clearly very well managed. I was told by Pete, the Site Manager, though that the recent freezing weather had taken a heavy toll w...

Meeting Local Council Group Leaders and DEFRA Minister in Westminster

Meeting Local Council Group Leaders and DEFRA Minister in Westminster

  I held a meeting with Cllr Liz Redfern, Conservative group leader on North Lincolnshire Council, Martin Vickers MP for Cleethorpes and Cllr Keith Brookes Conservative group leader on North East Lincolnshire Council.   We discussed local issues some of which are joint issues that affect both areas that myself and Martin represent.   Liz and I discussed many issues including flooding and we met the Minister responsible for Flooding, Richard Benyon, following the £1.9m Coalition Government fundin...

Andrew calls for Action on Young Offenders’ Undiagnosed Mental Health Problems

Andrew calls for Action on Young Offenders’ Undiagnosed Mental Health Problems

  Andrew Percy MP questioned Secretary of State for Justice, Ken Clarke, in the House of Commons. Mr Percy was seeking assurances that the Department of Education will be involved in a cross-departmental strategy and that it will concentrate on young people who commit crime, often due to mental health problems. The Secretary of State agreed with the points Mr Percy raised and said that he was examining ways in which the Government can divert more young offenders in particular out of the crimina...

Proposed Expansion of Brigg Tesco

Proposed Expansion of Brigg Tesco

  I attended the Brigg Town Council meeting this week to hear the debate surrounding the proposal to double the size of the Tesco's store in Brigg. The proposal would also see Lidl relocated to Atherton Way with Tesco acquiring the current Lidl site for their expansion. The entrance to the new Tesco would be via Carey Lane.   It is fair to say that the proposal is receiving mixed reviews locally, with many traders especially concerned that the expansion does not take trade away from independent ...

Latest Big Lottery Fund Grants

Latest Big Lottery Fund Grants

  The Snaith and District Youth Club were awarded £4,325 - This group will use funding to refurbish the youth club which is attended by 60 young people at present. This will improve the limited facilities on offer and encourage others to join. Kids Fun Club were awarded £1,571 - This is a project by a voluntary group in Brigg. The group will use the funding to set up a new fun activities group.  This will enable the group to run regular weekly fun sessions for children, aged five to seven yea...

Andrew Opposes ‘Unacceptable’ Humber Bridge Toll Rise

Andrew Opposes ‘Unacceptable’ Humber Bridge Toll Rise

  Brigg and Goole MP Andrew Percy has written a formal submission to the Humber Bridge Board and the Department of Transport strongly opposing the proposed rise to £3 in the Humber Bridge Toll. In his letter Andrew writes of the significant impact the rise will have on local people who already pay the most expensive estuarial crossing charges in England. He raised concern about the increased cost of travelling in search of work and labelled the rise ‘unacceptable and something my constituents c...

Andrew Welcomes over £1.9 Million in Government Grants for Flood Defences

Andrew Welcomes over £1.9 Million in Government Grants for Flood Defences

  Local MP Andrew Percy and has welcomed a £1.9 Million Coalition Government grant to help with flood defences in the region. The grant is made up of £131,400 for North Lincolnshire Council and £162,400 for the East Riding in 2011/12 rising to £206,600 and £346,400 respectively in 2012/13 and thereafter until at least the end of the spending review in 2014/15.   The money will be used to alleviate the flood risk including producing risk management plans, flood mapping and supporting community f...

Tuition Fee Vote

Tuition Fee Vote

  Last week was a tough week. There was a vote on raising tuition fees and I wrestled with what is, to me, a very important issue.    I voted against the rise as I did not believe the Government had won the argument. I believe that the higher fees create a perception of significantly higher debt, of up to forty or fifty thousand pounds, that could put those from backgrounds such as my own off going to university altogether. I fear that this will affect social mobility, especially given that ev...

Campaign to make the Humber a Centre for Renewable Energy

Campaign to make the Humber a Centre for Renewable Energy

  A new campaign has been launched by local MP Andrew Percy and Cleethorpes MP Martin Vickers to make the Humber a centre for renewable energy. The pan-Humber vision would see the region become a centre for renewable technology such as marine, biofuels, offshore wind and turbine manufacture.     During a debate in the House of Commons Andrew highlighted rivers such as the Ayr, Ouse, Trent and parts of the Humber as being some of the most tidal in the country. Charles Hendry, Minister of State fo...

Educational Importance of Goole Moor

Educational Importance of Goole Moor

  On Wednesday I spoke in a debate in Parliament about Outdoor Learning. As a former school teacher I recognise just how important a contribution outdoor learning can make to our children's education and development.   I spoke about the opportunities for local schools on Goole Moor. It was only a few weeks ago that I met with Natural England to highlight opportunities for local schools on the nature reserve. Following from that I have had discussions with the headteacher at Goole High School abo...