Having written to residents in the Ernesettle area regarding recent proposals for the construction of a second incinerator in her constituency, Alison Seabeck, MP for Plymouth Moor View, was delighted by the substantial response she received and wants to thanks all those that have given her their feedback.
Alison Seabeck MP said: “Public response to the request I sent out for views on the proposed waste burner in Ernesettle has been phenomenal. I’ve received well over a hundred responses by post, email, facebook, phone and in person, when I’ve been in the area seeking views.
“There is very deep unhappiness and people are asking all sorts of questions, particularly about the need for a second incinerator when we have significant capacity in the City already. Are we being dumped on?
“There are issues specific to traffic and the number of lorry movements. The company are saying 4 deliveries an hour, well that in itself is 8 lorry movements in and out every hour. The pollution from those vehicles combined with existing and planned developments in Ernesettle is not acceptable. I have ensured that all the views expressed to me have been fed into the planners. This is clearly a council matter but I know that the people of Ernesettle have ‘rolled their sleeves up’ for a fight on this and I will be standing four square with them.”
“Groups are meeting regularly in and around the area and there will be further public meetings, but this early feedback has been incredibly helpful to the case I can make to the Council.”
Having written to residents in the Ernesettle area regarding recent proposals for the construction of a second incinerator in her constituency, Alison Seabeck, MP for Plymouth Moor View, was delighted...
Alison joined Friends of the Earth’s Bee Cause campaigners on 23rd September to support calls for the Government to improve its plan to protect bees and other vital pollinating insects, due to be published later this autumn.
The use of toxic pesticides and the loss of habitat are major factors causing the drop in bee populations. 97% of the UK’s wildflower meadows have disappeared in the past 60 years. And important bee habitat continues to be lost to development. Over 70% of UK land is farmed, so what happens there is pivotal to bees’ heath.
Alison said: “It’s clear that many people in Plymouth and around the country are deeply concerned about the loss of our bees. I’m backing Friends of the Earth’s Bee Cause Campaign for a tough national Bee Action Plan that fully tackles all the threats bees face, from pesticides to how land is used.
“In Britain we need to create new habitats for bees, reduce our reliance on pesticides, and look at how new developments built to tackle the housing shortage include bee-friendly green spaces too.”
Friends of the Earth Chief Executive, Andy Atkins, said: “It’s crunch time for our bees – people, businesses and politicians from all parties have persuaded the Government to draw up an action plan to reverse bee decline.
“But the draft is too vague about how farmers and developers will help bees and fails to tackle the widespread use of toxic pesticides
That’s why it’s so important that MPs like Alison Seabeck have put their support behind the campaign to make sure that Britain’s hard-working bees get the proper rescue plan they need.”
Friends of the Earth activists around the country are organising a Bee Cause Week of Action during 20-28 September, creating spaces with the right plants to provide hungry and homeless bees with food and shelter.
Key facts about bees:
- Numbers of bees have been dropping at an alarming rate over recent years, with more than 20 UK bee species already extinct and about a quarter of those remaining at risk.
- Bees pollinate 75% of our main crops worldwide, including some of our favourite fruits like apples, strawberries and tomatoes, and textiles such as cotton.
An independent study by the University of Reading estimates that it would cost over £1.8 billion every year
Alison joined Friends of the Earth’s Bee Cause campaigners on 23rd September to support calls for the Government to improve its plan to protect bees and other vital pollinating insects,...
Alison took part in the ice bucket challenge to raise awareness and funds for the charity Fishermen’s Mission. In a special twist for her charity she used a fishing crate full of icy water instead of a standard bucket.
The Fishermen’s Mission provide emergency support alongside practical, financial, spiritual and emotional care. More information and how to donate to them can be found here.
Of the chosen Charity Alison Seabeck said “They are a smaller charity but they do step in to help families in different situations and they are an unsung body.”
She added: “I’m not good with cold water, but this was very invigorating.”
Terri Portman, a friend of Alison who is a Plymouth member of Fishing Mision, also took part in the challenge at the same time.
As part of the challenge Alison nominated Kevin Bunt, support hub manager for Help for Heroes, Karen Stewart from the Southway Community Group and SU staff from the University of St Mark & St John to take part in the challenge.
Alison took part in the ice bucket challenge to raise awareness and funds for the charity Fishermen’s Mission. In a special twist for her charity she used a fishing crate...