Alan meets climate change campaigners
Alan meets climate change campaigners

On Wednesday 26th June, thousands of people from all over the country came to lobby their MPs as part of The Time Is Now campaign, in what was the largest ever environmental lobby of parliament.  I went to meet with a group of constituents from Ru...

Leicestershire County Council passes Melton by-pass planning application

I am very pleased that the plans for the Melton by-pass are continuing to make steady progress, with Leicestershire County Council passing the planning application for the 4.4 mile northern section of the road last month. The proposals that have b...

Long-awaited changes to the Traffic Signs Manual

In the last week the Department for Transport published in full the much-awaited Traffic Signs Manual update. As many will know, I have been campaigning against unnecessary and grotty road signs for 25 years. In October 2015 I was asked by the ...

Improving our high streets

For many of us, the High Street is the beating heart of our community. A place for people to meet, socialise and shop, and where businesses, large and small, can thrive. It can also be a focal point for the local economy, where jobs and wealth are...

Recent crime in Melton

Over the last few weeks I have received a number of emails from constituents regarding an increase in crime in Melton. I appreciate that this will naturally be of concern to many local residents, and I am determined to make our community as safe a...

Building better homes

As a nation, we have, unfortunately, become accustomed to thinking of new development as ugly and intrusive. It’s easy to see why, with many new builds taking the form of one of a number of stock templates, regardless of whether they are built in ...

Consultation on public transport in Rutland

Rutland County Council have recently announced a consultation on their plans for the delivery of public transport services up to the year of 2036. Their strategy, called ‘Moving Rutland Forward’, aims to improve transport and highway provisions in...

Alan and NFU Consultation
The Government's Agriculture Bill

Earlier this year I wrote about the Government’s approach towards our agricultural policy when we leave the European Union in March 2019. This is a very important issue for many in Rutland and I have had a number of conversations with local people...

Ketton Surgery
Ketton Surgery to close

This week it was announced that Ketton Surgery will be closing. Many of you will recall that this was consulted upon earlier this year, following which Uppingham Surgery, with the agreement of the East Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissio...

St George's Barracks plan
Responses to St George's Barracks Master Plan consultation

Genuine and widespread engagement is a fundamental precursor to any large scheme. It helps sharpen the focus on local priorities, informs the direction plans should take, and ensures local people have a real stake in a project from start to finish...