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Local MP Phil Wilson joined the PCP community garden group on Friday, to lend a hand and do a spot of gardening.

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During his visit had a look around the garden, seeing what plants are growing, and learning about the group’s plans for the future.

Not one to shy away from a spot of gardening, Phil was eager to lend a helping hand, or should I say fork (!) when it came to doing the job of the day, emptying the compost heap.

A therapeutic community garden, the PCP garden is a place where people of all ages can work and learn together, while socialising and exercising, and when the weather permits, enjoy the sun!

With organic fruit and vegetables growing on raised beds and in the accessible greenhouse, a horticultural expert is on hand to offer some tips as well as building activities to help improve the health needs of each gardener, and to achieve their personal goals.

In addition to growing plants, the PCP garden also sells some, and newly budding gardener Phil was eager to buy some to plant in his garden at home, so he can put his new gardening skills to good use!

Commenting on his visit, MP Phil Wilson said; ‘I thoroughly enjoyed my afternoon at the PCP Garden, the group is full of great people, who taught me a thing or two about gardening! I would like to say a big thank you to David, for having me along. This group is a shining example of the many great things the PCP does in this area.’

PCP Community Garden Welcomes MP Phil Wilson

Local MP Phil Wilson joined the PCP community garden group on Friday, to lend a hand and do a spot of gardening.

Children at Chilton Primary School are leading the way in making their school more environmentally friendly, and last week local MP Phil Wilson visited the school to see what the students were up to.

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Set up around 5 years ago, the Chilton Primary Eco Group is made up of students from all year groups who come together to discuss ways in which the school could save energy.

Speaking to Mr Wilson, the children told him abound the numerous eco issues around the school, and told him the initiatives they have created.

One such innovatie initiative is playing red and green stickers by light switches across the school, to let other students know which lights need to be switched on and which don’t. The school has also had solar panels installed, which saved the school £1000 in the first year alone.

Future initiatives which the children have planned include planting fruit and vegetables in the school courtyard and intalling sensory taps to reduce the schools water usage.

In addition, children have also taken part in national and global campagins such as Switch Off Fortnight and World Earth Hour, both of which aim to raise awareness of cutting energy usage.

Speaking to Phil Wilson the children said that is important to look after the environment because it is something which affects everyone.

Speaking afterward, Mr Wilson said; ‘It is great to see the children take such an active interest in eco issues, and caring about the environment. As the children told me, what happens to the environment impacts us all so it is important we look after it. It is a fantastic initiative set up by Chilton Primary School, and I hope to have a trip back once some of their vegetable have grown!’

Chilton Primary Eco Group meets with MP

Children at Chilton Primary School are leading the way in making their school more environmentally friendly, and last week local MP Phil Wilson visited the school to see what the...

Is there a lack of communication between the Conservative Transport Secretary and the Conservative candidate in the Teesside mayoral election? I think so, because whilst the Conservative candidate said a few weeks ago that he planned to nationalise the airport, the Transport Secretary told me today, after I asked a question of him in the House of Commons, that the Conservative government has no plans to nationalise regional airports.

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I do not believe it is fair on the people of Middleton St George and the wider Tees Valley to lead them down the garden path on the future of Durham Tees Valley Airport. The housing development on the site allocated will raise millions of pounds for re-investment in the airport. The community gain for Middleton St George can be significant and I will work with local people and Darlington Borough Council to ensure it is.

 

I have always opposed housing developments in Middleton St George. I have seen how the village has seemed to grow like Topsy. I also understand how overwhelmed local residents can feel with the pace of development. That is why I have a proven track record in supporting local residents in their opposition to housing developments in the village. I have attended meetings in the village, taken a delegation down to meet with the government minister responsible for planning in Westminster, and presented petitions in the chamber of the House of Commons.

 

However, I made it known to campaigners that the one housing development I would have difficulty opposing is the plan for 350 houses on land owned by Peel, at Durham Tees Valley Airport. The sale of the land would raise millions of pounds to be re-invested in the airport. It will also, because of planning gain, lead to millions of pounds to be invested in the local community. I have received a commitment from the local council for this to happen and I want the people of Middleton St George to have a say on how it is to be spent.

 

If the planning application had failed I could not see a future for the airport. The potential for growth is there, but it will take time and you cannot expect Peel to run the facility at a loss forever. The issues facing DTVA are faced by other regional airports up and down the country, which is why the expansion of Heathrow is necessary to provide regional access to international travel.

 

I know my view may be controversial in itself, but it is one that it is honestly held. The alternative of nationalisation is a gimmick without resource and for which there is no plan.

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