Around Tibshelf and Blackwell

Stopping HS2 in our constituency

In the Bolsover constituency the proposed route for HS2 snaked around the M1 several times causing untold delay and disruption for my residents. Plans for major infrastructure projects, such as improvements to Junction 29 of the M1, could not be finalised due to the uncertainty caused from HS2. And communities would have been devastated by the proposed route.

But for what benefit? It seemed to me that we were suffering all the pain of HS2 without any gains. The project would not have been delivered for another 20 years and I have long argued for the money to be spent on local transport projects.

I am absolutely delighted that the Government has announced that HS2 Phase 2b (Eastern Leg) will no longer go as far north as the Bolsover constituency and will instead terminate at East Midlands Parkway. This will be a massive relief for residents across the constituency, in particular for those living in communities along the route which would have been devastated by HS2. 

Removing HS2 Safeguarding 

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Building a new Primary School for Tibshelf 

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Tibshelf Primary School Petition

Tibshelf Primary School Petition

This is your last chance to sign our petition for a new, combined, primary school for Tibshelf.

Both myself and local County Councillor, Cllr James Barron - Tibshelf Division, are in favour of these proposals but we need your support!

Wassailing in Wessington

I really enjoyed the annual wassail at Wessington to encourage a good harvest this year at Amber Valley Wines in Wessington.

Mark meets with Citizens Advice

Last week I met with representatives from NEDCAB, North East Derbyshire Citizens Advice, at their admin offices in Coney Green Business Centre.

Mark meets with Mickley Resident to Discuss Road Safety Concerns on A61

A representative from the community of Mickley visited me on Friday to voice concerns about the safety of the crossing places over the busy A61, particularly for children who catch the bus into school. I will be further raising their concerns with the Parish, District and County Councils.

Mark visits Shirland Primary School

It was a pleasure to visit Shirland Primary School this morning. The school is a wonderful place with some brilliant outdoor spaces including a forest schools area, gardening club - where the children can grow their own food - and a fab outdoor classroom.

Constituency Garden of Remembrance in Parliament

Ahead of this year’s Remembrance Sunday, we mark 100 years of the Royal British Legion. The RBL is a fantastic organisation that does an incredible amount of work to support our veterans across the country and honour the fallen.

Mark Visits Tibshelf Infant & Nursery School

Last Friday, I had the absolute pleasure of a tour around Tibshelf Infant and Nursery School - they have created some wonderful outside spaces for the children to play and learn. I would like to thank Mrs Andrews and the children for showing us around.