Just before Christmas, I was delighted to visit the Royal Mail Sorting Office in Patchway, where they were working hard to handle the Christmas peak of 6 million cards, letters and parcels throughout the festive period. Everyone working for the Royal Mail delivers a vital service for everyone ensuring that we all receive our much wanted Christmas post. It was also great to meet with Rob Patterson, the site manager, to receive an update on a multi-million-pound investment in the facility over the next year that will ensure local jobs, as well as continuing to provide great service for our area.
I was extremely pleased about the recent government announcement that funding for the police will increase by up to £970 million next year, which is the biggest increase since 2010. I met with The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, the home secretary, to discuss what these increases will mean for our area. Local police funding will be increased by 7.5 percent, meaning Avon and Somerset Constabulary could receive over £21m in the next financial year.
Furthermore, the Home Office has also committed to fighting serious and organised crime, including economic crime and drug trafficking, with a £90 million investment in national, regional and local capabilities. This increased funding, alongside other measures, will help ensure that police have the powers and resources needed to keep our communities safe.
It is great that the M1 MetroBus route finally began operations at the start of January. It offers a much needed link between Bradley Stoke and the city centre, with regular services that cut journey times. The M1 runs from Cribbs Causeway, stopping in Bradley Stoke, Stoke Gifford and at UWE before heading into the city centre.
If you would like to discuss anything with me, be it as a resident, organisation or business, please contact my constituency office in Bradley Stoke on 01454 617783 or email me on email@example.com to arrange a suitable surgery time, or to arrange a visit to your premises. For further details, visit www.jacklopresti.com
Photo: Jack Lopresti MP (right) with Rob Patterson, site manager of the Bristol Mail Centre.
This article originally appeared in the February 2019 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine (on page 18). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH (except August), to ALL 8,700 homes in Bradley Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.
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