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RobertaBlackmanWoodsMP - City of Durham Date posted: 17 Jun 2011 11:23
I had a huge response from my constituents when the forests were threatened with a planned sell-off so I set up a local action group in Durham to campaign for the future of our forests. Thankfully, the Government were forced into a U-turn and the sale has been put on hold.
Now an independent panel has been formed and they are carrying out a listening exercise to collect people's views on how the UK's forests should be managed.
Make sure you send them your comments. More details are available at: http://www.defra.gov.uk/rural/forestry/panel/
RobertaBlackmanWoodsMP - City of Durham Date posted: 12 Jul 2011 06:09
I have now received a response from Adrian White, Head of Transport at Durham County Council. The points are summarised below: Current initiatives are tending to focus on Durham City following an audit which carried out a condition survey of the existing network.
More specifically, construction is about to commence on improvement of the link from the DLI to Claypath across Milburngate, and also a project with Durham University to secure cycle access across the recently improved track at Maiden Castle. This will extend access for bikes to Baths Bridge to link with the existing Cycle Track.
Any suggestions can be sent into the Transport Department, Durham County Council, County Hall, Durham, DH1 5UQ.
RobertaBlackmanWoodsMP - City of Durham Date posted: 17 Jun 2011 11:14
NickDeBoisMP - Enfield North Date posted: 21 Jun 2011 08:12
I absolutely agree that we need to preserve our libraries, indeed I have been fighting a campaign in my constituency to stop the closure of three local libraries that are of endless value to the community around them.
RobertaBlackmanWoodsMP - City of Durham Date posted: 17 Jun 2011 11:12
RobertaBlackmanWoodsMP - City of Durham Date posted: 17 Jun 2011 11:10
The County Durham Plan (aka the Local Development Framework or LDF) does include options for a Durham relief road and the Council will be carrying out further consultion on this. r All the details of the LDF consultation can be found here:
RobertaBlackmanWoodsMP - City of Durham Date posted: 17 Jun 2011 11:09
We do need to do something to make the bus station more inviting and this could include a smoking exclusion zone like many train stations have implemented. We could also consider a designated smoking area so that visitors won’t have to walk past people smoking.
RobertaBlackmanWoodsMP - City of Durham Date posted: 17 Jun 2011 11:07
We've had a lot of new play facilities across the Durham city area recently including Parkhill, Croxdale, Ludworth, a nature walk in Meadowfield and new facilites in Bearpark coming soon.
I know that the County Councillors in Langley Moor (Paul Taylor and John Turnbull) have been doing some excellent work to improve Holiday Park too.
RobertaBlackmanWoodsMP - City of Durham Date posted: 16 Jul 2010 10:22
I am also concerned by torture in all its forms and would like to see an end to torture everywhere in the world.
For an up-to-date summary of the Government's position on torture I wrote to the Foreign Secretary, William Hague, for his comments on the matter.
Roberta Blackman-Woods MP
"The Government takes allegations of UK complicity in mistreatment extremely seriously. As we have made clear in the Programme for government we will never condone the use of torture. Addressing these allegations and the wider range of detainee issues is a government priority and Ministers are discussing these matters in the National Security Council. These are important questions on which we will make announcements soon."