20 MAY 2013
Local MP Stephen Phillips this week paid a visit to the only surviving eight sailed windmill in the country at Heckington both to lend his support to the Trust which runs the mill and to congratulate them on their hard work in securing lottery funding to continue important restoration work. Volunteers have been running the mill since 1981 and funds were urgently needed to complete the Trust's purchase of the entire site, which attracts thousands of visitors a year and provides a unique attraction within the constituency. Treated to a tour of the mill, and the adjoining cafe and 8 Sail Brewery, which took up residence in 2010, Stephen thanked organisers for showing him around and promised to come back later in the summer when the new sails which the Trust has commissioned are in place. "This is a wonderful resource for our schools and a great attraction for the whole constituency," Stephen said. "The mill is an important part of our Lincolnshire heritage and I'm hugely lucky to have been shown around on such a fine day and to taste some of the bread made from flour milled from grain grown right here in the village."
10 MAY 2013
Stephen Phillips MP upped the ante in his ongoing battle to get speed limits on all roads in towns and villages across the County set at a maximum of 30mph by bringing Roads Minister Stephen Hammond MP up to the constituency to see the position in Lincolnshire for himself. Government guidelines are clear that all roads through villages and towns should have 30mph limits in place and, supported by residents and Parish Councils throughout the constituency, Stephen has been campaigning for two years to have the guidelines followed in Lincolnshire. Speaking during the ministerial visit, Stephen said, "We have many villages in the constituency where there are inappropriate and confusing speed limits. We need a consistent policy across the County so that drivers know when they enter a village they have to reduce their speed to a maximum of 30mph, to ensure the safety of children and the elderly in particular." The minister stressed the importance of the guidelines issued by the Government, adding that "if local councils follow the guidelines, that will help them give their residents, both car users and pedestrians, the safest roads, be they urban or, as they are here, in a rural setting."
22 APR 2013
The National Centre for Craft and Design is a world class facility, right in the heart of Sleaford, part funded by the Arts Council and the District Council and dedicated to the exhibition, celebration and promotion of international and national craft and design. Cllr Mrs Marion Brighton OBE, civic leaders and local MP, Stephen Phillips, were treated last week to a performance showcase of everything which is going on at NCCD, showing its importance to the arts throughout Lincolnshire, the East Midlands and nationally. Touring the gallery and performance spaces as part of the specially commissioned work before joining staff and performers to congratulate them, Stephen said, "I have been absolutely blown away by the quality of work on display and the performances which I have seen today. NCCD is a huge asset not just to Sleaford and the whole area, but to the whole of Lincolnshire. It attracts huge numbers of visitors every year and just how important this resource is for us all has been really brought home to me today. I will be asking the Secretary of State to come and see for herself just how good NCCD is."