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500 workers at Tesco Direct in Bletchley have received the devastating news that the distribution centre there is set to close. Milton Keynes South Parliamentary Candidate Hannah O'Neill was quick to respond in the fight to protect workers and local communities who have so much to lose from the closure.

Hannah O’Neill, Parliamentary Candidate for Milton Keynes South, was angered and saddened to learn that Tesco plan to shut its Fenny Lock distribution site and put 500 local jobs at risk. She said “Every job loss will have an impact on every individual, their family and community. It’s a devastating blow for Bletchley and, whilst I will be appealing to Tesco to explore alternatives to the immediate closure, we must begin the campaign to ensure Tesco offer support to their staff, help re skill them and secure alternative work”.

Tesco, who recently reported annual pre-tax profits of £1.3bn, announced it is to shut online website Tesco Direct, leading to the closure of its distribution centre in Fenny Lock, Bletchley, in July. Profitability of the website arm of the business has been cited as the reason behind the decision to shut the online shop which sells non-food items such as homeware and clothing.

Hannah added, “It is hugely concerning that a company which has seen profits soar over the last year should find itself in a situation where it is closing part of its business and causing hardship to workers. We again need to be calling on Government to end the turmoil in the retail sector and create a level playing field for our high streets by ensuring online retailers are paying a fair amount of tax.

Officials from trade union Usdaw are set to enter into consultation talks with Tesco and, like Hannah, will want to look closely at the business case for the proposed closure.

Hannah concluded, “Along with Usdaw, our priority in the Labour Party will be to offer support, advice and representation to workers and help them get the best deal.”

Hannah O’Neill looks to protect local jobs as Tesco plan closure of distribution centre

500 workers at Tesco Direct in Bletchley have received the devastating news that the distribution centre there is set to close. Milton Keynes South Parliamentary Candidate Hannah O'Neill was quick...

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Council leader Pete Marland has declared that MK Council will launch a war on litter louts and fly tippers in a bid to clean up the city.

The Labour-run council will roll out a number of measures to tackle fly tipping, clean up grot-spots and hold those responsible for damaging their communities to account.

The council leader has promised that mobile CCTV will be used to catch more offenders, that the council will consider upping the fine for dropping litter to £150, and that MK Council will invest more in enforcement.

MK Council will also be making more litter picking equipment available to local community groups, and start discussions with areas interested in a “deep clean,” for their local community.

Cllr Pete Marland, Leader of MK Council said: “One of the top issues people raise on the doorstep is litter and fly-tipping. They are fed up of people making their area look a mess and damaging their community. We agree and it’s time to hold these people to account.

He continued: “People often ask why the council isn’t doing more to pick up more litter, and that is a fair question, although the reality is with the cuts we have to make, it’s getting harder and harder to fund reactive services. So we are investing more in litter picking equipment, we’re giving local communities who take pride in their own area a boost with a “deep clean,” and we will investigate if extra funding for street-cleaning is required in the next budget.

He concluded: “However no matter how much litter that is picked up someone has put it there in the first place, and so we want to reduce litter and fly-tipping before it is dumped. It is time we made sure if you don’t respect your community then there is a price to pay, so we want to boost our enforcement teams, use CCTV to catch more fly-tippers and look at increasing fines to people who drop litter. It’s time for a war on litter louts.”

Council Leader Promises War on Litter Louts

Council leader Pete Marland has declared that MK Council will launch a war on litter louts and fly tippers in a bid to clean up the city.

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Stony Stratford’s new councillor Jenny Marklew has launched a petition to get the speed limit on Stratford Road reduced to 30 mph.

The speed limit on the Stratford Road between Stony Stratford and Wolverton takes drivers coming, onto it, up to national speed limit, then halfway back down to 40mph. The roads that feed this section of road are all either 30mph or 40mph, with the exception of one.

Cllr Marklew said, “I believe that by reducing the speed limit along this section of road to 30mph, you are less likely to have accidents occurring as people approach the roundabout. This makes good road safety sense. I want to see Stratford Road made safer.

She will be presenting the petition to the June Cabinet meeting.

Cllr Marklew concluded, “I have over 200 signatories already, clearly residents think this an important change to make. It reflects how sensible it would be to reduce the speed limit and make the road safer.

The petition can be found at: https://www.change.org/p/milton-keynes-council-lower-the-speed-limit-between-wolverton-and-stony-stratford

Time to lower speed limit between Wolverton and Stony Stratford

Stony Stratford’s new councillor Jenny Marklew has launched a petition to get the speed limit on Stratford Road reduced to 30 mph.

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