In My View: Why events matter in Southampton
It was great to see people of all ages, backgrounds and religions over the weekend coming together to enjoy the UK’s first flying Santa in Southampton’s city-centre. This is part of a wider campaign to deliver Southampton’s best ever Christmas for its residents, which include Christmas lights and a new market offer.
Southampton has become a place where something is always happening under this Labour Council, because we believe this city deserves and needs decent events that brings people together, builds pride in our city and boosts the local economy.
This year alone Southampton events have attracted over a quarter of a million people into our city and Labour have secured four new festivals, from the ABP Half Marathon, Common People, So:To Speak and Christmas. The half marathon brought thousands together while keeping us fit, while events such as So: To Speak gave the opportunity for us to showcase some incredible local talent and the Bestivalsensation, Common People, on its own boosted the local economy by an estimated £1million according to the Daily Echo. This all is on top of supporting other amazing city events such as the Mela, Music in the City and Skyride.
Despite Tory government cuts Labour locally are delivering and will continue to do so, looking to build on this year’s event successes.
So flying Santa isn’t a one-off, he is part of a bigger and long-term plan by this Labour Council to improve the life of our city; bring people together, build city pride, showcase local talent, and draw in thousands of visitors to strengthen our local economy.
In My View: Why events matter in Southampton It was great to see people of all ages, backgrounds and religions over the weekend coming together to enjoy the UK’s first flying...
When my constituents heard about the proposed 10% pay rise for Members of Parliament earlier this year, they were quite rightfully outraged. They wanted to know whether Alan Whitehead thought it was fair for MPs to get such a big pay rise when most others were getting a lower one, or indeed no pay rise at all.
He didn't and said this week 'I always knew that I would not keep the extra rise. The rise is automatic and there is no mechanism for refusing it before it it hits our pay packets, so I thought the best thing to do would be to donate it to charity. After careful consideration I thought the most appropriate thing to do would be to donate the money resulting from the extra pay rise to local charities who are working with disadvantaged people in and around Southampton.'
In the midst of some brutal Tory cuts it is local charities and organisations who are part of the fight to make sure vulnerable people do not fall through the net.
With this in mind Alan decided to donate two thirds of the extra pay rise to the Rose Road Association. He has worked closely with The Rose Road association since becoming an MP for Southampton Test. They are a charity based in the Aldermoor area of Southampton and they do fantastic work with children who have complex health needs, across Southampton and Hampshire. However the running costs of Rose Road are over £5000 a day, which is why Alan decided to donate the majority of the rise to them.
The other third of the pay rise will be going to other local charities, which Alan will be able to reveal later this month.
When my constituents heard about the proposed 10% pay rise for Members of Parliament earlier this year, they were quite rightfully outraged. They wanted to know whether Alan Whitehead thought...
We have some good news about your bus routes in Sholing and Woolston!
We were concerned that First Bus' decision to remove the number 5 bus from service was going to leave the residents of Sholing and Woolston without any means to travel to the centre of town, and to and from the doctors' surgeries that the bus route served. This would have been a massive inconvenience to all, and would have left those without alternative transport isolated.
However, Southampton Labour Council, through working with Bluestar buses have managed to secure an alternative. From September 6th Bluestar will introduce a brand new bus route, that will operate every 30 minutes throughout the day. This bus route will link up Woolston, Sholing and the City Centre and it will run on Sundays and Bank Holidays.
Bluestar confirmed the new route this week mentioning that:
"In this case, we have been working closely with Southampton City Council to preserve services for customers living in or wishing to travel between Sholing, Woolston and the city centre - particularly since another operator decided to cease operations in part of this area."
Proving once again that the Southampton Labour Council is delivering for our city.
Councillor for Sholing Dan Jeffery who worked alongside Councillor Jacqui Rayment Cabinet Member for Transport to arrange alternatives to the number 5, was delighted with the news saying:
“Sholing should get as fair a deal as other parts of the city. Labour in Sholing is delivering for residents and I’m proud to be part of it. I’ll never take for granted the needs of residents in the area.”
If you would like to contact us regarding this or any other issue in the city, you can contact us on email@example.com
We have some good news about your bus routes in Sholing and Woolston! We were concerned that First Bus' decision to remove the number 5 bus from service was going...
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