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Proposed site for Operation Stack lorry area announced

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Transport Secretary has announced proposed site for Operation Stack lorry area to be created near Stanford in Kent.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has announced that a new lorry area will be created near Stanford in Kent, to ease issues caused by Operation Stack and provide a long term solution to problems on the M20 and surrounding roads.

The new lorry area will help keep the M20 moving during cross-channel services, avoiding the level of disruption that comes with Operation Stack, which has caused issues for companies and other drivers and residents.

Operation Stack was used on a record 32 days last year as the area was hit with unprecedented disruption in the summer, which was followed by the Autumn Statement, in which the government announced it would be providing up to £250M for a permanent lorry area.

Lorry_area2.jpgChancellor George Osborne said: “We are taking bold action to deal with the severe inconvenience suffered by people living and working in Kent when cross-channel services are affected.

“A long-term solution that will keep traffic moving has been talked about for decades, but now we are delivering it. I look forward to construction starting as soon as possible.

Patrick McLoughlin, Secretary of State for Transport, said: “Operation Stack is only ever used as a last resort but we recognise the impact it has on roads in Kent, and are determined to deliver an alternative solution.

“The new lorry area by the M20 will deliver better journeys for drivers and will not only support the region’s economy but also businesses as far away as Scotland that rely on the M20 to access the Port of Dover and the Channel Tunnel.

“We have committed up to £250 million for the lorry area and we are now making it a reality.”

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A total of 3,600 lorries will be able to park in the area, with the government looking at the idea of overnight parking to prevent drivers parking in unsuitable or illegal positions.

Balfour Beatty have been appointed as lead contractor for the project, which is west of the M20 junction 11 at Stanford West.

New entry and exit slip roads will be built on the eastbound carriageway, providing direct access to the lorry park.

Jim O’Sullivan, Highways England Chief Executive said: “The Secretary of State has asked us to progress a lorry area between Sellindge and Stanford. Direct access from the M20 means less lorries using local roads.

“We will work closely with residents and local stakeholders to ensure the design of the new lorry area minimises its social and environmental impact, while meeting the wider need to address this issue for Kent and the UK.”

Written responses were provided by 1,300 people, along with more than 1,000 drivers, residents and workers attending eight public events during the consultation on the lorry park.

The majority of people supported the idea, with less than a quarter thinking that Operation Stack should continue in its current form. The next step with be a consultation on the details and environmental impact the scheme will have.

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9 New Prisons & 3,000 New Homes Announced

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Chancellor George Osborne and Justice Secretary Michael Gove have today unveiled plans to build 9 new prisons in England and Wales.

The new prisons should allow the government to close old Victorian prisons in city centres and sell the sites for housing.

The Government estimates that over 3,000 new homes can be built, boosting house building in urban areas and helping thousands of working people achieve their dream of owning a home. The Victorian prison site at Reading will be the first to be sold.

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Ministry of Justice, Justice Secretary Michael Gove

The Justice Secretary said that around 10,000 prison places will move from outdated sites to the new prisons, significantly improving rehabilitation, and saving around £80 million per year due to the reduced costs of modern facilities.

Speaking from his office in the Ministry of Justice, Michael Gove said:

This investment will mean we can replace ageing and ineffective Victorian prisons with new facilities fit for the modern world.

We will be able to design out the dark corners which too often facilitate violence and drug-taking.

And we will be able to build a prison estate which allows prisoners to be rehabilitated, so they turn away from crime.

It is only through better rehabilitation that we will reduce reoffending, cut crime and make our streets safer.

Chancellor George Osborne
Chancellor George Osborne

In a joint statement the Chancellor George Osborne said:

This spending review is about reform as much as it is about making savings.

One important step will be to modernise the prison estate. So many of our jails are relics from Victorian times on prime real estate in our inner cities.

So we are going to reform the infrastructure of our prison system, building new institutions which are modern, suitable and rehabilitative. And we will close old, outdated prisons in city centres, and sell the sites to build thousands of much-needed new homes.

This will save money, reform an outdated public service and create opportunity by boosting construction jobs and offering more people homes to buy.

Five of the new prisons will be open before the end of this parliament. The government will also complete the new prison being built at Wrexham, and expand existing prisons in Stocken and Rye Hill.

Monday Matters with Midge Ure & Ultravox

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On tonight’s Monday Matters Jason speaks to Affelia Wibisono who is a presenter at the Peter Harrison planetarium located in the Royal Museums Greenwich about Mars, Pluto and the new film that’s been released called The Martian.

The featured group this week is Ultravox as singer-songwriter Midge Ure celebrates his

In tonight’s music news Kyra brings us news about Glastonbury; news about Justin Biebier’s new album and why you might have heard a bit of slip not on Dr Who. this weekend.

In Not In The News – Kyra reveals which part of the UK has the biggest bra size as well as explaining to Jason the bra size system…with varying degrees of success.

In our Night-Time Report – the chancellor George Osborne has staked his political reputation on creating a Northern Powerhouse. He spoke at the conservative party conference in Manchester today – more after 8pm.

And in the final hour MC Jezza Fellows returns with his Downton Abbey update.

Slippery Salmond – would you trust this man?

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Union Jack and The Flag of Scotland

I came across this video today and it’s not only informative but also pretty humour too.  I cannot not vote in the Scotland referendum to break with the United Kingdom but if I could vote…I’d vote no.

This referendum is merely a vanity project and it is a shame that so much money is being spent on it at a time when real and substantial cuts are being made to public finance.

First Minister Alex Salmond
First Minister Alex Salmond

So, why I think we should NOT have an independent Scotland?

1)     The country can barely manage to muster an international football team – what hope of an army and navy?

2)     What was the last thing Scotland ever won as a nation? (outside of the commonwealth games – which had the help of the London Olympics team bidders)

3)     Who will pay for Scotland’s healthcare?
The 2011 Census showed that the number of people aged 65 and over was higher than the number aged under 15. The number of over-65s has increased by 85,000 (11%) since 2001, and now represents some 17% of the total population.   There were 230,000 people aged 80 and over in 2011, an increase of 19% on the figure of 193,000 in 2001.

4)     Who will pay for Scotland’s pensions? If you think the cost of the NHS is bad – just wait until they have to fund their own pensioners!

5)     Who will pay for the defence of Scotland? Truth is, Scotland can only afford a “token” army – so, if ever the chips were down…we’d jump back in bed with England

6)     What currency will Scotland choose?  As can be seen from the video – at first, Alex Salmond wanted to get rid of the Sterling shackles and opt for the Euro currency.  NOW, that the Euro is in meltdown – he wants to stay with England’s currency….hardly a credible response.  In a speech in Edinburgh George Osborne has said that England will NOT share the pound with Scotland.  Anyway, some argue that a reliance on Sterling would likely consign Scotland to an even weaker position that it has today.  “No currency and you simply become a colony of the Bank of England”.

7)     What about the UK’s national debt?   As pointed out by this Guardian article Scotland contains around 5.1 million of the UK’s 62.2 million people,  its share of the debt could be £81bn or greater.  Scotland’s net borrowing would be a parlous £19.3bn in 2009/10 – around 17% of GDP (oh & North Sea oil is not the answer)

8)     People would have to pay more taxes.  It is as simple as that.  The people of Scotland would have to pay more – to get less than they get right now (Salmond wants to keep the BBC – but why should he?)

9)     Could it join the EU?  Not according to the President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso who said it would be “extremely difficult, if not impossible” to get the agreement of all existing EU members in order to become a new state.

10)    “Scotland would be better off alone”…that is according to Alex Salmond who I honestly believe has set about on this vanity project which is more about trying to get his name scribbled into a history book – than it has to do with what is best for Scotland and it’s people.  Already he has used what I would see as anti-English sentiments claiming   ‘People do become sick and tired of the succession of day-tripping Conservative ministers flying up to Scotland to deliver lectures and then flying back to Westminster again’.  Why shouldn’t George Osborne deliver a lecture in Edinburgh?  It’s ONE country! Worst of all the crap that comes out of Alex Salmond’s mouth is the drip dripping of anti-English sentiments.  It is a sure sign that he doesn’t think he win the vote purely on the basis of facts – so, he’s going to try and get people’s “yes” vote by anti-English racism.  There is already evidence that racism is on the rise in Scotland.

Finally, I have found an actual voting card that could be used in the referendum due to take place

Scottish Independence voting card
Scottish Independence voting card