The Post Office has announced it is making some changes to two branches in the local area; Willington and Arlesey. Both have been earmarked for investment to help modernise them and improve the services they offer to residents.

 

North East Bedfordshire MP Alistair Burt said “I have been contacted directly by the Post Office, and I am interested to read of the plans for the two Post Offices.

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Following a meeting with Bedfordshire Special Constabulary Chief Officer Wayne Humberstone, North East Bedfordshire MP Alistair Burt raised the issue of support given to them with Police Minister Mike Penning MP.

 

Speaking to the Minister in the House of Commons, Mr Burt praised the expansion and effectiveness of the special constabulary in Bedfordshire, and urged the Minister to encourage employers to allow employees to become ‘specials’ as their contribution to public service.

 

Mr Burt said: ‘I was very impressed with Mr Humberstone’s commitment to his officers and the part they play in effective crime fighting with the rest of Bedfordshire police. I was pleased to hear of the expansion of the force, their specialist technical units, and also their use from February of the Riseley police station to provide a stronger presence in the rural areas.

 

But specials need to recruit too, and I was pleased the Minister was strong in his support not only for them, but also for employers to be as generous as possible in encouraging employees to take part in this form of public service.

 

I look forward to going out with both specials and regular police officers over the next few months to see more of their work on the ground.’

North East Bedfordshire MP Alistair Burt took part in an urgent Commons question time with Transport Secretary of State Patrick McLoughlin MP as Parliament resumed this week. Mr Burt raised the concerns of constituents from Sandy, Biggleswade and Arlesey stations who could not access Kings Cross after Christmas due to overrunning engineering works.

 

Mr Burt said: ‘My constituents were rightly inconvenienced and very annoyed, and the anger expressed by them has been wholly justified. But they recognise that this was the biggest ever Christmas investment in engineering works, all designed to improve Kings Cross and passenger journeys coming into it.

 

Constituents, particularly those travelling at peak time, are paying heavily for their use of the railway, so I also made the point that whatever the inquiry found as to what had happened and why, to ensure disruption is minimised, we don’t want to stop such investment for the future. We do not want any sanction against Network Rail to hit investment. It is not the company providing public service that needs to pay a penalty, but those responsible for decisions need to be properly accountable.’

NE Bedfordshire MP Alistair Burt, taking part in a Commons debate today, has supported calls for greater first aid awareness and training for those looking after children. It follows a campaign by Millie's Trust, set up following the tragic death of a toddler from choking at a nursery in Stockport, for mandatory training in basic paediatric care for all in charge of children.

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‘FROM BLACK CAT TO NEW JOBS, THIS IS AN ECONOMIC PACKAGE WHICH SHOWS THE COUNTRY IS GETTING THERE’

NE Bedfordshire MP Alistair Burt welcomed today’s Autumn Statement announcement, saying that it contained a number of items which would help constituents.

Mr Burt says: ‘The announcement earlier this week, confirmed in today’s Statement, of changes to the A1 and A428 will be welcome, not just to those who pass through the Black Cat roundabout, but all local residents who have had to cope with traffic using our villages as a rat run to avoid jams in the area.g

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North East Bedfordshire MP Alistair Burt is carrying out a survey to find out constituent’s views on plans to introduce national roaming.

The Department of Culture Media and Sport is currently consulting on whether to introduce a national roaming plan which will force mobile operators to accept ‘network-switching’ arrangements with their rivals. The Government has asked the Industry to voluntarily come up with a plan to improve coverage; but if this does not happen it may impose the roaming scheme on them.

Read more: MP ASKS FOR VIEWS ON NATIONAL ROAMING PLANS FOR MOBILE PHONES

Following representations from constituents, engineering for a superfast broadband service to Kings Reach residents is well underway. BT advises that residents should be able to receive the new service from approximately mid-December; and can register now with their chosen provider for the upgrade in service.

MP for NE Bedfordshire, Alistair Burt, said “Cllr Richard Wenham of Central Bedfordshire and I have been aware of residents’ frustrations for some time, and have worked hard to ensure speeds are increased. This new development emphasises how most people now have high expectations of modern technology delivery, which I am keen for the area to meet. So I am delighted that residents of Kings Reach will have an improved service. I am continuing to press for further improvements to the planned rural broadband network, as I am conscious that others may not yet be in the same position.

Read more: Superfast broadband for Kings Reach