Jonathan Reynolds MP

Campaigning for the communities of Stalybridge, Hyde, Mossley, Longdendale, and Dukinfield

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This morning Jonathan joined local Councillors and activists at Stalybridge train station to launch a campaign against proposals that could remove 9 trains from the TransPennine Express fleet, which operates services through Stalybridge.

If you wish to sign the petition you can do so by clicking here.

Jonathan launches campaign to save Stalybridge's trains

This morning Jonathan joined local Councillors and activists at Stalybridge train station to launch a campaign against proposals that could remove 9 trains from the TransPennine Express fleet, which operates...

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Jonathan has spoken out in response to reports that TransPennine Express’s fleet of trains could be reduced by 13% in order to bolster Chiltern Rail services in the South East.

The news came after a recent report in the industry press which claimed a deal had been done with leasing firm, Porterbrook - who provide trains to the TransPennine Express franchise - to move 9 of their 70 trains to Chiltern when the current lease expires in 2015.

The move would seriously affect commuters in Stalybridge, as the trains are the ones used on the Leeds - Manchester services, which stop at Stalybridge station.

Commenting on the news, Jonathan said the move would be “a total disaster for commuters here in Stalybridge”.

“TransPennine services running through Stalybridge are already some of the most overcrowded in the country, if their capacity is reduced even further it is going to push things to breaking point. Without a guarantee of replacement trains I really can’t see how they will be able to cope.”

“I have been arguing for some time that we need more rolling stock on these services, the last thing we need is even fewer trains than what we already have.” 

“There needs to be a clear plan on how these vital services will be maintained, and I will be raising this with Secretary of State for Transport as a matter of urgency.”

 

UPDATE: Jonathan has now launched a petition against these proposals. If you wish to sign it you can find it by following this link.

Jonathan speaks out on prospect of TransPennine train loss

Jonathan has spoken out in response to reports that TransPennine Express’s fleet of trains could be reduced by 13% in order to bolster Chiltern Rail services in the South East....

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This year, people across the UK will commemorate the anniversary of the start of the First World War. It will be an important moment of national reflection, where we consider the losses this country suffered in one of the most horrific conflicts the world has ever known.

Organisations from across the country will be hosting a range of activities to mark the occasion, from exhibitions and performances, to poetry readings and poppy plantings. Each one will, in its own way, seek to do something positive out of the memory of the war. 

Here in Hyde a local theatre production group have decided to mark the occasion with a new play inspired by local people who fought in the War.

Set in 1915, Bantams tells the story of a group of men - desperate to serve their country in its hour need - who are unable to enlist. Keen to play their part, and anxious about the accusations of cowardice, they are offered a way out by forming an irregular band of soldiers, characterised not by their inadequacies, but by the fact that they could have avoided the bloodshed, and chose not to.

The play runs from Tuesday September 30th to Saturday October 4th at Hyde Festival Theatre, with matinee performances on Wednesday October 1st and Saturday October 4th.

Hyde Festival Theatre Company, which is behind the production, are asking for local people’s support to ensure the play is a success. Production is already underway, but to support the project, the company are applying for a grant from the Arts Council, and are offering discounted tickets to demonstrate local enthusiasm in support of the bid.

Anyone who wishes to purchase an early ticket can do so for just £1 up until April 30th by visiting the Theatre’s website here.

This promises to be an exciting production and will no doubt make an excellent contribution to the local commemoration of this important event. I hope people will offer their support, and I wish the team behind it every success.

 

Support Hyde Theatre group in WW1 commemoration

This year, people across the UK will commemorate the anniversary of the start of the First World War. It will be an important moment of national reflection, where we consider...

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STALYBRIDGE AND HYDE MP, Jonathan Reynolds, has been using his role as a Shadow Minister in Labour’s Energy team to help advise residents in Mossley on how to get their energy bills under control.

At an event in Mossley last Thursday, Mr Reynolds bought together residents and a panel of speakers to discuss what steps could be taken to improve their home energy efficiency, and reduce their energy use.

The event, which was attended by almost 40 people from the Mossley area, included a talk from Tim Pollard, head of sustainability policy for one of the UK’s largest plumbing industry suppliers, Wolseley UK.

Mr Pollard’s presentation explained how heat leaves people’s homes and what measures, such as solid and cavity wall insulation can be installed to prevent it.

He also went on to explain how simple changes to heating controls and radiators can help to reduce people’s usage without leaving them in the cold.

Other speakers included Nigel Morgan from Tameside Citizen's Advice Bureaux, and Alison Lloyd-Welsh from Tameside MBC.

Mr Reynolds said:

“Energy is a big concern for many people across the constituency. The Government have failed to stand up to the big energy companies and their unfair price increases, so people are desperate for help to get their bills under control.”

“Millions of homes in Britain have notoriously poor energy efficiency, and what I wanted to do with this event was make people aware of the savings they might be able to achieve through making minor changes to their property, and the publically backed schemes that can help them to do it.”

“The event was a big success and I was pleased to see so many people take time out of their day to engage with such an important issue.”

Mr Reynolds said he will be planning two more similar events in different parts of the constituency, and will be informing residents in the relevant areas as and when the details are finalised.

Jonathan hosts succesful energy event in Mossley

STALYBRIDGE AND HYDE MP, Jonathan Reynolds, has been using his role as a Shadow Minister in Labour’s Energy team to help advise residents in Mossley on how to get their...

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The cost of heating our homes is one of the most prominent concerns for a lot of households at the moment. A combination of cold weather and never ending price increases from the big energy companies has meant that people are really struggling to pay their bills.

One of the best ways people can manage their price rises is by reducing the amount of energy they use in the home. There are a number of Government backed schemes providing financial support to people who wish to do this, but figuring out which scheme or type of work is best suited to you can be a daunting task. However, there are also some simple energy efficiency measures people could install that could really help make a difference to household energy bills.

With this in mind, I would like to invite you to an event I am hosting at 1pm  on the 20th of February at George Lawton Hall in Mossley, where we will be discussing what action you can take to recue your energy bills.

We will be joined by Tim Pollard, Head of Sustainability at Wolseley UK, which is the UK arm of one of the world’s biggest suppliers to the plumbing and heating industry. Tim’s work is focused on making our energy use more sustainable, and he will be sharing his thoughts on what you can do to reduce the amount of energy you waste in your home. We will also be joined by representatives from Tameside Citizen’s Advice Bureau as well as the local council.

If you would like to register to attend the event, or would just like more information, please contact my office on 0161 367 8077.

Need advice on managing your energy bills? Come and find out how!

  Creative commons photo by KeWynn Lee The cost of heating our homes is one of the most prominent concerns for a lot of households at the moment. A combination...

STEV1048.jpgJonathan Reynolds MP ‘cut the ribbon’ at an opening ceremony for the new and improved Carrbrook Post Office on Monday.

Work at the Carrbrook branch has been carried out as part of the Post Offices plans to modernise their network and extend opening hours for customers.

The new and improved Post Office will be open from 06:00-22:00 Monday to Saturday, and 08:00-22:00 on Sunday, and customers will be able to access a wide range of Post Office services, from Special Delivery’s to Tax Discs.

Commenting on the opening, Mr Reynolds said:  "I welcomed the news that Carrbrook Post Office was to be modernised and am delighted to be here today to congratulate Peter and Sallyann on their hard work, and to formally open the new branch.

He added: "The Post Office is vital to the community around Carrbrook and I'm sure the new improved office, and the longer opening hours, will be warmly welcomed by all of my constituents."

Post Office owners, Peter and Sally Ann Swain, said: “We were delighted to have the opportunity to open the new branch and very pleased to be officially launching it today for the community. I hope our customers like their new Post Office and we’d like to thank Jonathan Reynolds for taking time from his busy schedule to come here today.  We’d also like to thank the local community for their continued support and use of the branch.”

Jonathan cuts the ribbon at new Post Office in Carrbrook

Jonathan Reynolds MP ‘cut the ribbon’ at an opening ceremony for the new and improved Carrbrook Post Office on Monday. Work at the Carrbrook branch has been carried out as...

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Trying to sort out the dreadful congestion we face in the Longdendale area is, and always be, a priority for me. As our MP, and a former Longdendale councillor and resident of both Hollingworth and Mottram, I am determined to put an end to the traffic problem that plagues people in the area.

In 2009 the Highways Agency abandoned the plans for the Mottram-Tintwistle bypass after the projected costs escalated, leaving us all extremely disappointed.

After being elected as our MP, I began trying to get things moving again. I was adamant that the Government must understand that a solution still needed to be found, and that planning for that should be happening now.

So, for the past couple of years, myself, and the MP for High Peak Andrew Bingham, plus a range of local Councils including Tameside, High Peak, Barnsley and Derbyshire, have been working together to try and get this issue back on the agenda.

Only the Department of Transport has the resources to conduct this kind of work and at first getting them to take an interest wasn't easy. However in July, as part of the Comprehensive Spending Review, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury announced plans for a ‘feasibility study’ that would be undertaken by the Highways Agency to look at the traffic problems along the Trans-Pennine route (which includes the A628 and M67 in Longdendale).

The broad purpose of such a study is to identify strategic weaknesses in the road network, estimate how much of a priority these problems are, and, perhaps most importantly, try to put a cost on a solution. I think it is important our problems are being considered as part of a wider solution, as in the past focusing on it simply as a local issue has not yielded the kind of resources we need.

Despite the lack of detail I welcomed this announcement as a first step towards getting the Department for Transport to recommit itself to solving the traffic problems in Longdendale and throughout the Trans-Pennine corridor.

However, I am pleased to be able to tell you that the roads Minister, Robert Goodwill MP, has recently been in touch with me to confirm that work on this study is now getting started, and that it is the intention for this work to be completed by the Autumn of this year. 

As a first step, I will be engaging with the Highways Agency in the coming weeks to ensure that the scope of this study will be sufficient, and I will be making clear what I think needs to happen to address the issues that have inspired this work to take place.

As ever, I am keen to keep constituents interested in this matter well informed, and am happy to speak to anybody who wishes to discuss this issue further.

 

Progress on Longdendale traffic problems

Trying to sort out the dreadful congestion we face in the Longdendale area is, and always be, a priority for me. As our MP, and a former Longdendale councillor and...

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The Government have announced details of a feasibility study that will look at options for new road investment in the Trans-Pennine area.

The study could have big implications for residents in Mottram and Hollingworth, who have to live with the heavy congestion linked to the Trans-Pennine route.

The feasibility study was announced as part of the Chancellor’s Comprehensive Spending Review last summer, but up until now no further detail had been provided by the Government.

Part of the Government’s Action for Roads strategy, the study will look at congestion on the roads along the Trans-Pennine route (including the A57 and A628 in Mottram and Hollingworth) and try to identify potential solutions.

The Department from Transport has confirmed that work on the study will commence soon with a view to being completed towards the end of 2014 to coincide with the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement.

Local MP, Jonathan Reynolds, a long time supporter of plans for a bypass in the Longdendale area, has welcomed the study as “a crucial first step” towards relieving the congestion in the area.

Mr Reynolds said:

“I have always said that any solution to the congestion in Longdendale would have to involve a new road that bypasses Mottram and Hollingworth.”

“When I became our MP in 2010 the Highways Agency had withdrawn their support for the proposed Mottram-Tintwistle bypass, and I knew that the primary focus had to be on getting them to accept that there was a need for significant investment in the area.”

“I believe that the case for new investment in the area is indisputable, but the challenge was always going to be getting the Government to buy into that.

“This is a crucial first step to getting Government to support the investment that we need, and I am very pleased that we have managed to prevent the issue falling off the agenda for another generation.”

Jonathan welcomes Highway's Agency study of Trans-Pennine road problems

The Government have announced details of a feasibility study that will look at options for new road investment in the Trans-Pennine area. The study could have big implications for residents...

For most people the stress of Christmas preparation is over for another year. But Stalybridge and Hyde MP, Jonathan Reynolds, is already planning ahead.

Every year Mr Reynolds runs a competition to help with the design of his Parliamentary Christmas cards, inviting local photographers to submit their photos of the local area for the front of his cards.

Mr Reynolds said:

“I send a lot of Christmas cards to colleagues in and around Westminster and I think it is really nice to be able to show off the areas local beauty spots on the front.”

“We have some really talented photographers in the area, and every time I have asked for submissions there has been no shortage of great pictures.”

“I know some people will think it’s a bit early to be thinking about Christmas again, but a lot of time goes in to producing the cards so it’s never too early to start!”

Mr Reynolds will be taking submissions up until the end of March when he will be choosing the winner. He asks that anyone interested in submitting a photograph can do so by emailing him at jonathan@jonathanreynolds.org.uk

Jonathan announces 2014 Christmas card competition

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MP Jonathan Reynolds has backed an appeal to send festive gifts to children in some of the poorest parts of the world.

Since 1990, Operation Christmas Child has asked people to fill shoeboxes with small gifts for children, between the ages of two and 11 and then shipped the brightly-wrapped shoeboxes to disadvantaged youngsters in eastern Europe, Asia and Africa.

Shoebox appeal spreads joy

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