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Supplement to the House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
30 March 2007

SUPPLEMENT TO THE VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS

PETITION FROM JANET R RENDLE AND RESIDENTS OF THE TOWN OF TIVERTON, DEVON AND NEIGHBOURING PARISHES

26th March 2007

To the Honourable the Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Parliament assembled.

The Humble Petition of Janet R Rendle and residents of the town of Honiton, Devon, and neighbouring parishes,

Sheweth

That the decision by the Devon Primary Care Trust to close the night time small injuries unit at Tiverton Hospital up to 31st March 2007, has been to the detriment of patients.

Wherefore your Petitioners pray that your Honourable House urge the Secretary of State for Health to re-instate such services as of 1st April 2007 and that the PCT should give assurances as to the future of the Tiverton Hospital.

And your Petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray, &c.


SUPPLEMENT TO THE VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS

PETITION FROM ROGER WILLIAM BOOTE AND RESIDENTS OF THE TOWN OF HONITON, DEVON, AND NEIGHBOURING PARISHES

26th March 2007

To the Honourable the Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Parliament assembled.

The Humble Petition of Roger William Boote and residents of the town of Honiton, Devon and neighbouring parishes,

Sheweth

That the decision by the Devon Primary Care Trust to close the night time small injuries unit at Honiton Hospital, together with bed closures up to 31st March 2007, has been to the detriment of patients.

Wherefore your Petitioners pray that your Honourable House urge the Secretary of State for Health to re-instate such services as of 1st April 2007 and that the PCT should give assurances as to the future of the Honiton Hospital.

And your Petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray, &c.


SUPPLEMENT TO THE VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS

PETITION FROM CONSTIUENTS OF SOUTH WEST BEDFORDSHIRE AND OTHER USERS OF BRITAIN'S WATERWAYS

27th March 2007

To the House of Commons.

The Petition of the constituents of South West Bedfordshire and other users of Britain's inland waterways,

Declares that our inland waterways are a unique national asset that provide an important contribution to the quality of life for millions of our citizens. We therefore are deeply concerned that the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has seen fit to reduce British Waterways' grant by some 60 million over the next 5 years and that of the Environment Agency by 25 million in this financial year. We believe that these cuts will have a devastating effect on the well-being of inland waterways.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons call upon the Government to introduce legislation to solve the immediate problems caused by these cuts to current budgets and to ensure that long-term funding is guaranteed to enable continued investment and restoration of the waterways.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.


SUPPLEMENT TO THE VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS

PETITION FROM RESIDENTS OF DUNSTABLE AND OTHERS

27th March 2007

To the House of Commons.

The Petition of the residents of Dunstable and others,

Declares that mini-motorbikes and unregistered off-road motorbikes are causing distress and upset in Hillcroft, Brewers Hill and on many of the surrounding roads, pavements and alleyways in Dunstable as well as on the Green Lanes and farmland between Totternhoe and Dunstable. The motorbikes are causing damage to the land and the actions of the riders are intimidating both humans and wildlife. This problem is ongoing 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is being committed by both youths and adults alike. Further declares that this is not just a local problem, but is a problem that is occurring nationally.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the government to introduce legislation to restrict the use of mini-motorbikes and unregistered off-road bikes in uncontrolled areas.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.


SUPPLEMENT TO THE VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS

PETITION FROM THE RESIDENTS OF MEOPHAM PARISH, KENT

27th March 2007

To the House of Commons.

The Petition of the residents of Meopham Parish and others,

Declares that the Petitioners' serious concerns about the future of Meopham Station Post Office and its threatened closure along with that of others in the surrounding areas, namely Longfield Post Office and Longfield Hill Post Office.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Secretary of State for Department of Trade and Industry to use his powers to reverse the continued scaling down local amenities which often prove to be a life line for many parishioners. The Petitioners therefore request that Meopham Station Post Office is kept open and continues to serve the Parish of Meopham and surrounding areas.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.


SUPPLEMENT TO THE VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS

PETITION FROM SUPPORTERS OF POST OFFICES IN PENRITH AND THE BORDER CONSTITUENCY

27th March 2007

To the House of Commons.

The Petition of supporters of post offices in Penrith and the Border constituency,

Declares that Sub Post offices are a vital part of the social fabric of the local community and must be preserved. Notes that the present Post Office network in England and Wales cost 150 million per annum to maintain but that in the last year alone the Government has taken away 168 million of Government services which should continue to be done by Post Offices. Believes that mobile Post Offices cannot be a substitute for the village shop/Post Office which is often the hub of social and community life, the centre of informal networking which binds a village together.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons reject Government plans to cut 2,500 Post Offices and calls on them to expand the Sub Post Office network.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.


SUPPLEMENT TO THE VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS

PETITION FROM RESIDENTS OF HARTHILL AND NEIGHBOURING VILLAGES IN CHESHIRE

28th March 2007

To the House of Commons.

The Petition of the residents of Harthill and neighbouring villages,

Declares that the decision of Cheshire County Council to consider the closure of Harthill School is wrong and that by doing so the Council would deprive the community of a viable and much valued and high achieving educational and community asset whilst giving rise to overcrowding in schools in surrounding areas. This is at odds with the commitment made by the Department for Education and Skills to seek to 'strengthen the place of schools at the heart of their communities', and the new duty placed upon local authorities to 'promote choice, diversity and fair access to school places and school transport' as stated in the Five Year Strategy for Children and Learners (DfES September 2006).

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons shall urge the Department for Education and Skills to reconsider the decision to consider the closure of Harthill School and to direct Cheshire County Council to allow it to remain open.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.


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PETITION FROM RESIDENTS OF ILFORD NORTH

28th March 2007

To the House of Commons.

The Petition of residents of Ilford North,

Declares that we, the undersigned, being residents of Ilford North, deplore the consideration being given to the reduction of services at, or the closure of, King George's hospital.

The King George's hospital provides vital medical facilities for Redbridge residents. Any cutting of services runs the risk of putting lives at risk and leaving vast numbers of residents without local medical attention.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons takes a note of their objection to the reduction of services and the possible closure of King George's hospital and ask the Government to act accordingly.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.


SUPPLEMENT TO THE VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS

PETITION FROM RESIDENTS OF OTLEY AND WHARFEDALE, THE SURROUNDING AREAS, AND OTHERS

28th March 2007

To the House of Commons.

The Petition of residents of Otley and Wharfedale, the surrounding areas, and others,

Declares that Petitioners' serious concerns about the future of the Wharfedale Hospital and services at that hospital, following the sudden closure of Ward One at the Wharfedale.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Secretary of State for Health to use her powers to prevent any further cutting of services at the Wharfedale Hospital and calls upon her to provide assurances that the future of the hospital is secure.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.


SUPPLEMENT TO THE VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS

Observations by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on the Petition [25th January] from residents of Northampton and people who work in the town and use its facilities against proposals to close Lings Forum Leisure Centre and the Forum Cinema and to cut the number of neighbourhood wardens.

    The majority of grant to local authorities (other than funding for schools) is given in the form of a general block grant, and local councils have no restrictions on how they allocate resources between the services they provide. Central Government do not generally get involved in decisions on local spending.

    Northampton Borough Council have considerable freedom in setting their budget. The council should take account of local priorities and the authority's overall resource position when deciding on the allocation of funds to different services.

    The Council have recently been subject to a number of critical external audit and inspection reports relating to their poor performance. A package of support measures has been agreed with the council to drive corporate and service improvement. The situation will be monitored closely. If progress is not made quickly, the Government has indicated that it may use its statutory powers to intervene.

22nd March 2007


SUPPLEMENT TO THE VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS

Observations by the Secretary of State for Transport on the Petition [20th February] from Harborough Rail Users Group and others for the safeguarding of all off-peak rail services to and from Market Harborough, Leicestershire.

    Market Harborough Station is on the midland main line, located between Kettering and Leicester and approximately 83 miles from London St Pancras. All train services from the station are provided by Midland Mainline Ltd. At off peak times the station currently has an approximately half hourly service to London and Leicester, the northbound trains travel onwards to either Nottingham or Derby.

    In October 2005 the Secretary of State for Transport announced the remapping of four rail franchises. This process will create three new franchises and pass control of some rail service within London from the Department for Transport to Transport for London. The services currently provided by the Central Trains franchise in the east midlands are being combined with services provided by the Midland Mainline franchise. This will create a new East Midlands Franchise, better aligned to the organisational structure of Network Rail and better able to focus on the passengers it serves.

    Over the early months of 2006 the Department for Transport held discussions with Network Rail, the incumbent franchisees and local government stakeholders to understand the aspirations for the route. In summer 2006, the Department for Transport held a public consultation on the proposed train services to be offered by the new East Midlands Franchise. Significant changes to the services on the midland main line were proposed, with the objective of maximising capacity where it is needed to accommodate growth and accelerate journey times between the East Midlands, South Yorkshire and London. The proposals include the reduction in off-peak services to and from Market Harborough, from December 2008, from half hourly to hourly. In total, 350 written or e-mailed responses were received by the consultation closing date of 7th August 2006, this included 125 individual responses raising concerns about Market Harborough. In addition 136 e-mail responses were forwarded from the Harborough Rail Users Group.

    The Department for Transport issued the Invitation to Tender for the East Midlands Franchise, in October 2006, to the four short-listed bidders: First Group; National Express Group; Stagecoach and Arriva. The bidders were made aware of the concerns raised by respondents to the consultation, and were asked wherever possible to address them in their bids. Bidders were also encouraged to consult further during the development of their proposals; all four bidders undertook a further round of consultation.

    The bids to run the East Midlands franchise were received by the Department for Transport in February 2007. The four short-listed bidders all submitted a bid. These bids are currently under review, a contract will be awarded in summer 2007, at which time a public announcement will be made. The new franchise will commence on 11th November 2007. The new franchisee will be required to undertake a further round of public consultation on changes to the timetable from December 2008; this is most likely to take place early in 2008.

27th March 2007



 
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