Morley & District Press: Lets All Grasp the Opportunity

We are all about to live through one of the most historic events in our lifetimes. At 11:00pm on January 31st, the end of this week, the United Kingdom will exit the European Union. As regular readers will know I have long stood up for our democracy and for our status as a self-governing nation. The electorate responded to three long years of frustration and delay by returning a Government that is totally committed to delivering on the result of the referendum. Although Brexit closes one door, it opens many others. I will do everything in my power to ensure that we grasp all the opportunities we can to trade with rest of the world and spend our money on priorities that make sense for the British people.

Across the country there will be celebrations to mark this momentous moment and many will be celebrating in their own way. I will be celebrating this historic moment right here in Morley, at the Big Brexit Bash. If you want to come along you can find the event online on Eventbrite or on my website for £5 per ticket for adults, it’s free for under-12s and profits are being donated to a local charity. We have an awesome line-up of bands and singers, and a fireworks display to mark this important moment in our history. I hope to see as many of you there as I can.

Whilst I am looking forward to Friday’s celebrations, I am less enthusiastic about Thursday. Tomorrow, Leeds City Council will make a decision regarding the Haigh Woods development, which would see 299 houses built on an outstanding area of green space in West Ardsley. For many years I have fought against inappropriate developments, and I have been involved in supporting the fantastic local campaign against this proposal. I fully stand with the West Ardsley Action Group (WAAG) and all over 3,000 residents who have formally objected to this development, which would only put intolerable strain onto our roads and public transport.

There would be a significant impact on the environment too, with increased air pollution and loss of a vibrant green space, not to mention the loss of local wildlife that I know we all enjoy spotting whilst walking our dogs in the area. Its right that we must build more, affordable, homes for local people but this development is totally wrong and wholly against the wishes of the community. I implore Leeds City Council to make the right decision and block this inappropriate development that runs roughshod over local concerns about our green spaces and infrastructure. I also hope that, in the future, the Council takes the concerns of residents about preserving green spaces more seriously and that developers are encouraged to build on brownfield sites.

Residents know that I am continuing to hold regular surgeries. Should you have any issues please do not hesitate to get in touch by emailing and I will do everything within my power to help.