WEEKLY COLUMN: Gloria De Piero

Are you struggling with transport to work?

I’ve never forgotten Jen Clarke from Underwood who came to a surgery last year to complain that a lack of rural bus services was preventing her from being able to work late and night shifts at a hotel in Nottingham she had been offered a job at.

So my ears pricked up at one of my recent advice surgeries when I met local man Liam Russell who runs an organisation called Wheels to Work and behind it is a really simple but effective idea.

If you’re struggling to get to work, training or college because of transport problems and live in Selston, Underwood or Brinsley then they could have just the solution for you.

They offer a Moped loan service for up to 6 months for people aged over 16 who live in Nottinghamshire.

I was glad to read in my copy of the Advertiser that a troublesome road in Eastwood is set to be resurfaced after a local resident complained to the council about the poor state that it was in.

I‘ve been in this job long enough now to know that nothing quite irritates local folk as much as potholes.

This particular stretch of road was actually flagged up to me by another gentleman who lived on the street who asked me to give the council a nudge in the right direction.

They’ve clearly paid attention and recognised there’s a problem and it just goes to show it is well worth complaining if you aren’t happy.

Funnily enough in the same week I’ve also had a letter from bosses at the Highways Department letting me know that workmen are due to carry out repairs on Brookhill Leys Road but this time on the actual footpath.

This is really good news because I know just how dangerous some of our pavements have become, especially for the elderly, after receiving a number of letters about accidents people have had as a result of uneven and crumbling surfaces.

I’m pretty sure there are lots more streets and roads across Eastwood and Brinsley that have gone the same way.

If so, why not let me know and I’ll get in touch with the council to see what can be done.

Finally, I’d like to use this opportunity to wish everyone in Eastwood & Brinsley a peaceful Easter and for those of you that have a couple of days off over the next few days I hope you have a lovely time with friends and family.

My office will be closed on Good Friday and Easter Monday but normal service will resume on Tuesday 22nd of April. If you need my help please just drop me an e-mail – gloria.depiero.mp@parliament.uk or call the usual number 01623 720 399.