As ever, this month has been very busy in Westminster as well as the Constituency, but I want to take this opportunity to highlight some of the visits and projects that I have been working on in the past month for Shepshed and Hathern.
At the start of this month, I was delighted take part in The June Project. Organised by Loughborough Churches Partnership, the long weekend of events saw volunteers from across the local area come together to improve local spaces and initiatives. We have so many fantastic community-minded residents in Shepshed and Hathern, and the June Project did a great deal to showcase this.
I was delighted to be able to take part in some of the events, which included litter-picking, gardening and even some DIY. I cannot wait to see local people reap the benefits of the work done by many volunteers over that period for years to come.
This month I also had the pleasure of visiting Shepshed Watermill which is in the most beautiful location. They offer regular dates where you can go and see the mill and see how it works. I was made aware of a planning application which, were it to be successful, would allow for a road junction to be built in close proximity to the buildings which would disrupt the natural setting that the Watermill is currently in. I listened to local Shepshed residents and sent my views on the matter and asked them to be considered by the plans committee when discussing the application.
In Westminster, I am a member of the Business and Trade Select Committee, where we regularly examine evidence from industry leaders which often involves hearing examples of industry best practice and what businesses need from the Government in order to succeed. It is a great pleasure to be able to share some of these ideas with local businesses in the Loughborough Constituency, at my quarterly business breakfasts, one of which has been held only recently. If you have a business of any size, large or small and would like to join my Business Club please do get in touch.
On Monday the 19th June, with a Parliamentary delegation from the select committee, I was able to visit Teesside and saw both a car and battery manufacturer as well as the Freeport there, all of which are very important to the UK’s industrial base. I was very pleased to see the success of the Freeport there, as it is a forerunner to our own East Midlands Freeport which is based at East Midlands Airport and Ratcliffe Power Station site, very near to Shepshed and Hathern. It is expected to create 50,000 jobs.
Finally, please can I take the opportunity to thank Oxley Primary School for their help. They recently ran a competition to design my ‘thank you’ card. It is a beautiful design and will be sent out across the constituency and beyond when I need to send my thank to someone. It was an absolute pleasure to attend their school assembly and present prizes to the three designers.
As ever, if I can be of any assistance on a matter, or you have further questions on what I have discussed here, please do get in touch by post, telephone or email.
Jane Hunt MP