Ian Austin MP

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Dudley North MP Ian Austin will be opening new art studio and sports courts at Dormston School in Sedgley today.

The opening takes place at 11.00am at the school in Mill Bank.

In addition to opening the new facilities, Austin will congratulate the school’s ne head teacher, his colleagues and the pupils on the improvements they are making to exam results.

Two years ago, just 40% of pupils got five A-C’s at GCSE and 35% at GCSE including English and Maths.

This year 58% got five A-C’s at GCSE and 53% at GCSE including English and Maths.

Ian Austin said:

“I want to congratulate the school on these brilliant new facilities because investing in education is the best investment any of us can make for the future, but I also want to congratulate Mr Stitchman, his colleagues and the pupils on this year’s results.

“I think we have to make education our number one priority – not just so young people can go on to college or university or get a good apprenticeship, but because the only way we’ll attract the new investment and jobs on which the area’s prosperity depends is by having the skills new industries need.”

Austin opens new facilities at Dormston School

Dudley North MP Ian Austin will be opening new art studio and sports courts at Dormston School in Sedgley today.

Dudley MP Ian Austin is celebrating the award of £6 million in funding for superfast broadband in the Black Country.

The funding means 95% of the Black Country will be covered by superfast broadband by 2017.

Austin has been campaigning to get the Government to back superfast broadband in the Black Country, badgering Government ministers with a series of letters, written to local councils and providers like BT and tabled a series of Parliamentary Questions, in addition to raising the issue in the local media.

In a letter to Austin the Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey has said that the Black Country Consortium has put together £3 million in funding in partnership with all four Black Country councils, which will be matched by a further £3 million in funding from Broadband Delivery UK.

Providers are now drawing up plans to deliver the scheme and will announce the areas that will benefit in the next six months.

Austin has written back to Mr Vaizey and is writing to the LEP urging them to guarantee 100% coverage in Dudley at the earliest opportunity.

Ian Austin said:

“Constituents got in touch with me after being told by broadband companies that there were no plans for Dudley to get superfast broadband.

“Places like London have been the first to benefit and I don’t see why Dudley should be left behind, so I’m really pleased 95% of people in the Black Country will now be covered.

“I’m pleased the Black Country Consortium and local councils have made this progress, but now I want the Government to guarantee that Dudley will get covered as soon as possible.”

Austin celebrates success for superfast broadband campaign

Dudley MP Ian Austin is celebrating the award of £6 million in funding for superfast broadband in the Black Country.

Dudley MP Ian Austin has called on Government Ministers to support talks on the future of the Seven Stars pub in Sedgley.

Speaking in the House of Commons during Community and Local Government Questions, Austin called on Ministers to support talks between Marston’s, Morrisons and local campaigners on the future of the pub.

Campaigners are working to protect the local pub after Morrisons announced a desire to buy the pub and turn it into a supermarket.

Austin has written to Marston’s and Morrisons urging them to meet with local people and is working with Dudley Council to offer the pub further protection as an “Asset of Community Value”.

Speaking in the debate, Ian Austin said:

“The popular, successful and profitable Seven Stars in Sedgley is threatened with closure because Marston’s and Morrisons are discussing turning it into a supermarket.

“Does the Secretary of State agree with me that they ought to accept my invitation to meet local residents concerned about the loss of the pub and the impact this would have on traffic, parking and businesses in the nearby town centre?

“And is it possible to introduce tougher rules so that planning permission is always required before a pub is demolished or converted?”

Kris Hopkins MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, replied:

“Well I think it is appropriate that the businesses concerned should meet your local residents, and that dialogue is absolutely appropriate.

“I think government has given powers to councils under Article 4 and actually under the community right to bid mechanism

“If in your community you have a treasured asset which you want to recognise as a community asset you can register with your local council and give some protection to that.”

“But I do welcome your participation and that dialogue with your local business.”

Austin takes campaign to save the Seven Stars to Parliament

Dudley MP Ian Austin has called on Government Ministers to support talks on the future of the Seven Stars pub in Sedgley.


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