I am delighted that Thirsk station is to get some much needed extra car parking spaces. I have been working with TransPennine Express and Grand Central to achieve this and it’s fantastic that they have cooperated together to make it happen. These extra spaces will make a huge difference.
Two of my North Yorkshire parliamentary colleagues and I met Highways England again to urge them to provide the necessary business case reviews as soon as possible to inform the decision about whether the much needed A64 dual carriageway will be included in the RIS2 (the road investment strategy
I am delighted to announce that the Government has confirmed total per pupil funding available for schools in Thirsk and Malton will increase by almost five per cent next year as total funding reaches over £54 million.
I welcome the recent Barclays Bank announcement that branches in local market towns will be kept open but have significant concerns about withdrawal of support for banking services in post offices, which may damage their viability.
I welcome the news this week that North Yorkshire will be recruiting 58 new police officers. This is part of a new nationwide recruitment drive to hire 20,000 new police officers across the country strengthening their numbers to help crack down on crime.
I have launched a campaign to lower duties for small British vineyards. Over forty MPs who have vineyards producing British wine in their constituencies added their support to my call for the creation of a British Small Vineyard Relief (BSVR).
I am one hundred per cent behind ambitious plans to plant a Northern Forest and I would like to appeal to anyone who can to get involved. I was pleased to be able to reiterate my support at a Conservative Environment Network (CEN) event in Manchester celebrating British forests and trees.