KNIGHT SEEKS FURTHER INFORMATION ON ‘TEMPORARY WARD CLOSURE’ AT BRIDLINGTON HOSPITAL

Bridlington’s MP Sir Greg Knight said he was seeking ‘further information’ from the York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust who have decided to temporarily close Waters Ward at Bridlington Hospital.

Sir Greg said: “If this closure is truly of a temporary nature due to recruitment pressures then this is disappointing. However I am concerned to see that this is not an excuse to permanently remove staff and close the ward.

He added: “I am extremely dissatisfied that the Trust has not been in contact with me to explain or justify what they are doing before now and I am urgently seeking reassurances that this ward will re-open as soon as possible”.

Burlington School Visit Westminster

Students from Burlington Junior School have paid a visit to their local MP Greg Knight at Westminster.

The students were given a tour of the Palace of Westminster and they also visited the Queen’s robing room, the Royal Gallery and Westminster Hall.

After the tour they met East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg who explained how laws are made and how Parliament works before being quizzed by the students about the work of an MP.

Sir Greg said: “I was delighted to meet the students and explain the workings of Parliament. I believe that it is important that children visit Westminster so that they learn about how are laws are made before they reach voting age.”

He added: “I was very impressed with the interesting and varied questions from the students and pleased to see their interest in our democracy”.

Greg: “Back British Farming Day”

“British farmers produce the world’s best food and provide the raw materials to keep 4 million people employed”, according to East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight, who adds “It is crucial that we support the industry by ensuring measures are in place to encourage people to join the sector and to give farming a prosperous long-term future”.

Sir Greg made his remarks at Parliament on ‘Back British Farming Day’, 13th September.

He comments: “Farming is vital not only for the jobs it provides both in East Yorkshire and across the country but for its crucial contribution Britain’s £108 billion food and drink industry. The best way to help farming in Britain is to ‘buy British’. I am certainly giving my backing to Back British Farming Day.

Knight Welcomes Penalty Charging for Laggardly Roadworks

East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight is welcoming new government proposals to enable councils to charge utility companies by the hour for road works which cause traffic disruption.

Successful trials of ‘lane rental’ in London have seen congestion fall by more than 50%. The plans follow figures just released which show unnecessary delays on our roads cost the economy £4bn a year.

Sir Greg said: “These charges would encourage utility companies to avoid both busy routes and times and will also encourage companies to work together to avoid the same stretch of road being repeatedly ripped up. Most significantly it will also get the job done more quickly”.

“This will cut congestion, reduce journey times and reduce emissions caused by long tailbacks”.

Sir Greg added, “It is my hope that at the end of the day councils will not raise too much extra money through this, but that road works will be completed faster and at less busy times”.

The Local Government Association welcomed the proposals and said it was “delighted”.

If approved by Parliament the proposals will come into effect by 2019.

Knight Welcomes Action on ‘Flood Risk’ Hulks

East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight is welcoming plans by the East Riding of Yorkshire Council to remove ten sunken vessels from the River Hull, which are increasing the risk of flooding in the area. The sunken boats are located between Tickton and Beverley and the plans are to remove the boats by the end of September this year.

Sir Greg, who chairs the River Hull Board said: ‘These vessels have been identified as causing an obstruction of the river and it was decided, rightly in my view, to remove them as part of the River Hull Integrated Catchment Strategy (RHICS), which is designed to improve the flow of the river and reduce the risk of flooding for local communities.

“Flooding in the River Hull valley represents the second biggest flood risk to the wider area so anything that can be done to reduce the risk of flooding is welcome”.

Following a meeting this month of the River Hull Board, chaired by Sir Greg, the East Riding of Yorkshire Council is now arranging the relevant permits with the Environment Agency to undertake this salvage work.

Sir Greg added: ‘Removing these sunken vessels from the River Hull is a key part of the RHICS. I am pleased that all of the interested parties involved in the River Hull Board are playing their part in helping to reduce the risk of flooding for hundreds of homes and businesses alongside the River Hull and are now taking action that many local communities and farmers have been calling for’.

Listen to Greg comment on reducing flood risk
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Knight Welcomes New Slaughterhouse Action

East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight has warmly welcomed the announcement by the Government that CCTV is to become mandatory in all slaughterhouses in England under plans to safeguard animal welfare.

Environment Secretary Michael Gove said the proposals would ‘cement the UK’s position as a global leader on animal welfare’ by giving the Food Standards Agency unrestricted access to footage of all areas containing livestock.

The announcement follows a campaign by Greg, animal welfare groups and others for CCTV to become mandatory in abattoirs.

The Government also said it would raise standards for farm animals by updating statutory animal welfare codes to reflect advancements in medicine and technology and also take into account the latest research and advice from vets.

Sir Greg said: ‘This is good news. Any breaches of animal welfare rules by a slaughterhouse can result in a welfare enforcement notice, the suspending or revoking of a licence or even a criminal investigation. The problem in taking action in the past has always been lack of evidence. Now that obstacle is being addressed.”

“This announcement, although overdue, is most welcome.”

Greg To Take on Rogue Parking Companies

This year, East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight is one of 20 MPs to be successful in the ballot to present a Private Members Bill to Parliament.

Sir Greg has tabled the Parking (Code of Practice) Bill for debate after discovering that the number of privately issued parking ‘tickets’ soared to 4.7 million last year – a rise of 28% in just one year.

Following the ban on wheel clamping in 2012, private parking providers are now issuing a ticket every seven seconds – many of them in dubious circumstances.

Some dodgy operators are engaging in practices including ‘ghost ticketing’, unclear and ambiguous signing and issuing tickets despite malfunctioning parking payment machines. Currently, there is no legally-binding, mandatory code of practice.

Sir Greg said: “Of course private landowners have rights, but when landowners invite people to park on their property the rules need to be fair to both parties.

“Time and again I hear horror stories from motorists, so this Bill will reform unfair parking practices. It will oblige anyone who wants to run a car park on private land to operate in a fair and reasonable way that respects the rights of all involved.”

Knight Calls for Action on Unlawful Traveller Camps

East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight is one of a number of MPs sponsoring a House of Commons Motion calling for coordinated action to tackle unauthorised Traveller encampments across Britain.

A situation frequently arises where some Traveller groups are evicted from public land, often a public park or recreation facility, only to return days or weeks later. Police are often having to deal with anti-social and illegal behaviour whilst local authorities are obliged to seek multiple eviction notices and local taxpayers bear the costs of clearing sites after the Traveller groups leave.

Sir Greg said: “We need an urgent review of existing legal powers to deal with unauthorised encampments. The situation as it stands is unacceptable because local residents, who pay for public amenities through their taxes, are all too often then temporarily prevented from using them as well as having to suffer unacceptable noise and nuisance”.

Knight Welcomes Beeford Waste Plant Defeat

East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight has welcomed as ‘the right decision’ the announcement that the applicant for a waste plant near the village of Beeford has decided to abandon the appeal against the refusal of planning permission by the East Riding of Yorkshire Council for an anaerobic digester.

Sir Greg said today: “The proposal was far too big and was in the wrong place. I am therefore delighted that the misguided plans to lodge an appeal against refusal of planning permission have been dropped”.

Sir Greg added: “I hope this is now the end of the matter and that the applicant does not seek to submit a further application for a slightly modified proposal on the same site. The local community is united in their opposition to such plans.”

Knight Backs Yorkshire Food & Farming

East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight is supporting the National Farmers Union Pride & Provenance campaign which is seeking promote Yorkshire food across the UK.

The campaign, which will be launched at the Yorkshire Show later this month, highlights the fantastic quality of food and drink that comes from Yorkshire farming and its enormous contribution to the regional economy.  Sir Greg backed the campaign at a special Parliamentary reception this week, where it was revealed that if ‘Yorkshire food’ was one company it would be “the largest in the world”.

At the launch Sir Greg met with local East Yorkshire farmers and listened to concerns over food labelling and the threat of banning harmless pesticides  by the EU.

Sir Greg said, “Farming is vital not only for the jobs it provides both in East Yorkshire and across the country but for its crucial contribution Britain’s multi-billion food and drink industry. There are many ways we can all help farming in Yorkshire be even more successful and this Pride & Provenance campaign is one of them”.

 

Pictured at the Westminster NFU event are Sir Greg Knight MP (left) and Lord Kirkhope of Harrogate