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ISHERWOOD: DEPUTY FIRST MINISTER FAILS TO ANSWER QUESTIONS REGARDING LOSS OF WREXHAM TRAIN SERVICE PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 March 2011 10:35
 
THE Deputy First Minister and Minister for the Economy and Transport has been challenged this week over why proposals that would have prevented the loss of a vital Wrexham train service were not considered.Two weeks ago, North Wales AM Mark Isherwood, welcomed the announcement by the Deputy First Minister, Ieuan Wyn Jones, that a second express train service from Holyhead to Cardiff will now be stopping at Wrexham, but was concerned to have been told he ignored proposals by TAITH which would have prevented it being to the detriment of another crucial service for Wrexham passengers.

The Minister has asked Arriva Trains Wales to reroute the 07:15 Holyhead – Birmingham International service via Crewe instead of Wrexham, which means that the service can no longer call at Ruabon, Chirk and Gobowen.

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ISHERWOOD: NORTH WALES AM BACKS CARBON MONOXIDE AWARENESS CAMPAIGN PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 March 2011 10:09
  NORTH Wales Assembly Member, Mark Isherwood, is backing a campaign warning people about the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning.The campaign urges householders to have their gas boilers, cookers and other fuel-burning appliances serviced regularly and to fit an audible carbon monoxide alarm.Recent research by the Carbon Monoxide – Be Alarmed! campaign found that around two thirds (59%) of people in Wales could be at risk because they do not have an audible Carbon Monoxide alarm.  And that is why Mr Isherwood is getting behind the campaign to urge everyone in North Wales to get an audible alarm fitted.

He said: “I’m shocked by the number of people that are putting themselves at risk by not having an audible Carbon Monoxide alarm fitted and not getting their fuel-burning appliances serviced regularly.  This can make the difference between life and death. I would urge anyone in my region without an alarm to go and get one without delay.”

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ISHERWOOD: “BIG SOCIETY – DELIVERING MORE FOR LESS” PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 March 2011 10:09
 A NORTH Wales Assembly Member has emphasised how David Cameron’s Big Society can “build a stronger, fairer Wales in a stronger, fairer Britain.”Speaking at a Housing Association event yesterday, Welsh Conservative Mark Isherwood stressed “that the concept of Big Society was not designed for an age of austerity, but rather than for any age of Social and Economic aspiration – yes, delivering more for less at a time of deficit reduction, but also delivering more for the same when budgets are stable and more for more when budgets are growing.” He emphasised the importance of allowing community enterprises to ask the public sector how they can help it to save money, delivering more for less.

He said: “By getting out of the way and letting citizens and communities run their own affairs, we can restore civic pride, democratic accountability and economic growth, and build a stronger, fairer Wales in a stronger, fairer Britain.

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ISHERWOOD: NORTH WALES NOT REPRESENTED ON WELSH GOVERNMENT’S PUBLIC TRANSPORT USERS’ COMMITTEE PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 March 2011 10:08
 A NORTH Wales Assembly Member is concerned that there is no North Wales representation on the Welsh Government’s Public Transport  Users’ Committee for Wales .Welsh Conservative Mark Isherwood raised the matter in the Chamber yesterday when he called for a statement on the situation.

Mr Isherwood was alerted to the fact there is no North Wales representation when he sat on the question and answer panel at North Wales Coast Railway Users’ Group public meeting in Flint on Saturday.

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ISHERWOOD: MANY VULNERABLE HOUSEHOLDS IN WALES LEFT WITHOUT HEATING PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 March 2011 10:07
 MANY vulnerable households throughout Wales have been left without heating due to the transition of the Welsh Government’s Home Energy Efficiency Scheme (HEES) to the new fuel poverty scheme which comes into effect on April 1.Welsh Conservative AM for North wales, Mark Isherwood, who is Chair of the Assembly Cross Party Group on Fuel Poverty, raised the urgent matter in this week’s Business Statement after being approached by affected constituents.

Speaking in the Chamber he said:  “I had a letter from the Minister for Environment, Sustainability and Housing last July, saying that managing the transition between HEES and the new scheme will need to be carefully managed to ensure that no vulnerable households are left without heating. “However, I have been contacted by a constituent who has been told that, although his boiler needs to be replaced, because the scheme has come to an end, the work cannot be completed. He says that he has been without hot water and heating for four weeks. His wife is disabled, and his son is in a psychiatric hospital and is due home this week. He would have to wait for the new scheme on 1 April and could then expect to wait a further five to six weeks.

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