My monthly newsletter to the people of Burton & Uttoxeter
I produce a monthly e-newsletter, which gives an overview of what I've been up to in Burton and Uttoxeter, along with my work in Westminster.
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Here is the latest issue with all my news and views from July, and the next issue will be out at the end of this week!
Kate Griffiths MP
Last week, Parliament rose for the Summer Recess period and contrary to public belief this is not a long holiday for politicians but actually when we are fully free from votes and parliamentary division bells to get out into our constituencies and visit groups and events at a time when we would normally be down in Westminster.
I will be out and about across the constituency this coming month but in the meantime find out a little about what I have been up to in July below.
Coronavirus: we must continue to do all we can to ensure Coronavirus is kept under control, and you can, as ever, find the latest information on my website.
Further information on Covid-19, the symptoms and how to book a test can be found online at staffordshire.gov.uk/coronavirus. Information is also available in other languages.
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Regional Growth Minister visits Burton and Uttoxeter
This week I welcomed the Government Minister for Regional Growth, Luke Hall MP, to Burton and Uttoxeter to see for himself potential areas for town centre regeneration.
In Burton we toured the sites identified in the Towns Fund bid, from which Burton successfully secured £22.8 million from the Government programme earlier this year. By visiting the town, the Minister was able to see the locations from the bid which have been recommended for regeneration and was able to discuss in detail the plans with Burton Town Deal Board members. I will continue to work with local councillors and the Town Deal Board to ensure that residents are fully included in the decision process, and can be proud of the investments made in our town centre.
In Uttoxeter, we walked around the historic market town to see what can be done to unlock investment and unleash the town’s full potential. From my recent Town Regeneration Survey, there is strong public support for sites such as the Maltings to be redeveloped. I will continue to work with councillors as plans are formulated and we consider funding potential vehicles to support this.
ESBC is currently consulting on aspects of each town centre and the plans to regenerate them. To find out more and to have your say, visit their website.
Help me change the name of our parliamentary constituency
I am proud to represent Burton and Uttoxeter but currently, only one of those is represented in the official name of the parliamentary constituency.
The Boundary Commission is currently reviewing parliamentary seats and I’m pleased to say that the current Burton constituency will remain unaffected. However, it is an appropriate juncture to officially change the name of the constituency to highlight the importance of Uttoxeter and I would urge all residents to get behind this.
To find out more and to support this call please visit my website.
Visit to Hardy Signs in Burton
It was fantastic to visit Hardy Signs recently as Nik and his team celebrate 10 years of business at Hardy Place.
Hardy Signs has an outstanding reputation as a leading signage company in the UK and has won many awards over the years including Manufacturer of the Year in 2020 at the Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce Business Awards. Their numerous signage products cover a wide variety of business sectors, including some of our best known and loved brands.
The company invests not only in technology but also in its people and is also at the heart of our community here in Burton.
PMQ on local, world-leading, innovation in hydrogen technology
Earlier this month, at a session of Prime Minister's Questions, I raised the importance of investing in hydrogen-fuelled engines with the PM. Recently, we have seen massive investments in the UK such as battery manufacturing from Nissan in Sunderland.
This is fantastic but as I highlighted with the Prime Minister, this will be only part of the solution to reaching net-zero by 2050, hydrogen also has a role to play and locally JCB is doing just that. They are investing and investigating the use of hydrogen to help power the cars and vehicles of tomorrow.
I was pleased to hear the Prime Minister shares this viewpoint and wants to see the UK as a world leader in hydrogen technology as well as batteries.
Watch my question and the PM's response here.
1 year to go to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games
This time next year the eyes of the world will be on the West Midlands as the Commonwealth Games take place in Birmingham.
- Birmingham 2022 will be the biggest multi-sport event to be held in the UK for a decade
- 11 days of sport, 286 sessions of sport and 283 medal events
- The first carbon-neutral Games.
There are just hours left to enter into the West Midlands ballot for tickets. To apply for these tickets which are exclusive to West Midlands residents please visit birmingham2022.com/tickets.
Protect yourself and others. Get a test.
The County Council now has daily community testing available in Burton for residents WITHOUT symptoms. You must book ahead to access these tests HERE.
If you or someone you live with HAS Coronavirus symptoms, you must self-isolate immediately and access a NHS test HERE.