Ministers Visit Stapleford
Secretary of State for Defence (Incumbent) Michael Fallon, Independent Councillor Richard MacRae and Minister of State for Defence Personnel, Welfare and Veterans (Incumbent)
Anna Soubry spent the afternoon in Stapleford earlier today.
Meeting at The Horse & Jockey, Councillor Richard MacRae was telling the two Ministers about the High Street and explaining about the amazing Independent Businesses we have which are bringing life back into the Town Centre.
The Ministers were amazed with the great work being done by Stapleford Community Group for the greater benefit of the town, including the organisation of Job Fairs and the vast improvements to two of the Towns Parks.
A short walk down to the Walter Parker VC Square and they were all greeted by the waiting press, Nottingham Post, BBC East Midlands News and Central News were waiting to talk to the Ministers, the topic soon changed to the upcoming dedication of the Stapleford Memorial Bench on 26th April and Stapleford resident Richard Stark was telling us how he knew Walter Parker when he was living in Stapleford. Coverage should be on the various news channels later this evening and in tomorrow’s paper.
Anna Soubry kindly helped Richard Stark onto the 15 Bus as he was off for a walk around Long Eaton to stretch his legs.
The group then headed down the High Street and made a stop off at All Things Pretty. The two Ministers were very impressed with the Independent Business and couldn’t stop talking about it as they left.
No visit to Stapleford would be complete without trying some of the delicious home made food at Shabbylicious Vintage Tea Rooms.
Over a bite to eat it was back to business and the two Ministers were keen to hear the many ideas Councilor Richard MacRae has to help with the rejuvenation of the Town Centre.
One of the ideas is to make the car parks in the Town Centre 3 hours free parking then have an hourly charge after 3 hours, this is something Councilor Richard MacRae has been pushing for as a member of the Stapleford Town Team and will continue to do so.
Stapleford is definitely changing for the better and has the change to become the great Town it deserves to be.
The Ministers left Stapleford after having a great time being shown around and being introduced to some of the many business owners, if time had of allowed they would have visited more of the businesses.