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Delyn MP David Hanson has welcomed the new train timetable for Flint, which will mean the frequency of direct trains from Flint to London will double, with improved journey times from 2009.


The changes to the timetable will include a service which will particularly appeal to business customers, with an arrival time at Euston around 08.30. There will now be 6 direct trains everyday, with a headline journey time of just 2 hours 24 mins.


There will be an hourly service running between Chester and London Euston throughout the day, and it is these services that will extend into and start from North Wales.


David Hanson said:


“I am delighted that the service from Flint to London continues to improve. I have campaigned for many years for a direct service to London and this latest timetable will be widely welcomed.


“As someone that lives in Flint and regularly uses the trains I know this will make a real difference for both commuters and leisure travellers. It will mean better links with major cities throughout the UK, which will help our local economy to grow.


“The improvements will mean extra seats, more frequent services and quicker times and I will be pressing Virgin Trains to ensure they deliver on their promises as soon as possible so that the people of Delyn can enjoy the new service.”


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Delyn MP David Hanson has given his support to a group of volunteers who are raising money for sports facilities for children and young people in their village.

Northop Hall Community Pavilion Association, which manages the Northop Hall community centre and sports pitches, plans to raise £40,000 for a Kickback Wall Pitch – an all weather multi-sport arena with recessed goals and basketball hoops – to be located in the centre of the village.

The Pavilion Management Committee invited the local MP to the centre to reveal their plans for the proposed new sports facilities and to explain their fund raising efforts.

Claire Cromey, Committee Secretary, said:

“There are approximately 250 young people living in Northop Hall village who would benefit from the project which will be completed in stages. Funding for the first stage, which will be ready in the coming months, has been provided through grants from Northop Hall Community Council and the Hanson Environment fund.

“The second stage, which has yet to be funded, will involve installing a second Kickback Wall facing the first one, together with an enclosure, so that end to end team games can be played.”

Glenys Jones, Chair of Northop Hall Community Council added:

“The need for a Kickback Wall facility had been identified by the village Youth Club, which meets at the Pavilion. Youth Club members had pointed out that there was a lack of places to play informal games, particularly over the winter when the playing fields are waterlogged.

“Other than the village streets, there were few places for youngsters to meet and play and such is their commitment to the project, the children themselves had raised a thousand pounds towards the cost of the facility.”

David Hanson said:

“I welcome the opportunity to meet with the coordinators of this important project. I want to congratulate the committee on the hard work it has put in and progress it has made raising funds so far.


“This Kickback Wall will give the young people of Northop Hall, and the nearby villages, a much-needed area to meet and play and want to give it my full backing.


“I hope anyone able to help with funds will contact the Committee via  Ms. C. Cromey, Secretary, Northop Hall Community Pavilion Association, c/o 9 Brookside Crescent, Northop Hall, Flintshire CH7 6HW.”

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Delyn MP David Hanson is backing a campaign by the retail Union Usdaw to tackle abuse against shopworkers after a survey found one third of shopworkers are subjected to vicious verbal abuse every month.


The Flintshire MP joined shopworkers in Westminster to sign up to Usdaw’s Freedom from Fear campaign and to remind shoppers that ‘It’s your store – respect it’.


David Hanson said:


“I am shocked that a recent survey by Usdaw shows that over one-third of shopworkers are verbally abused every month in their workplaces where they should be able to work free from mindless abuse.  I was particularly concerned that a quarter of staff suffer abuse weekly, and that one in ten shopworkers are verbally abused on a daily basis.


“Shops are the heart of our communities here in Delyn and I know what an essential service they provide to local residents.  But if we don’t tackle a significant minority of shoppers who believe that it is acceptable to abuse shop staff, then we could lose those local stores as retailers seek to protect their workers.


“I’ve supported a wide range of measures introduced by the Government that could make a real difference to the working lives of retail staff including Anti-Social Behaviour Orders and Acceptable Behaviour Contracts.  Those tough options should be available to tackle persistent offenders which would give shopworkers some much needed protection from a minority of shoppers who think it is acceptable to abuse shop staff”.


John Hannett, Usdaw General Secretary said:


“Our members in Delyn are delighted to have the support of David who has been a consistent supporter of our Freedom from Fear Campaign over the last five years.


“Usdaw has worked hard with retailers to improve in-store security that has helped protect staff but we are urging a minority of shoppers in Delyn who abuse staff to change their behaviour and respect shop workers who are only doing their best to serve their communities.


“Usdaw members need the back-up of their local Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership who have tough powers to tackle anti-social behaviour and the support of David Hanson is vital in making sure that retailers can effectively work with their local Partnership”.


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Delyn MP David Hanson has welcomed the latest figures, released by UK Trade & Investment, which show that the UK won a record 1,431 investment projects from overseas companies in 2006/7.

The latest figures show a 17 per cent increase helping to create over 36,000 new jobs, and help to safeguard more than 41,000, bringing employment and wealth to every area of the UK. The UK – with its business friendly environment, political and economic stability, world-class creative talent, and strong research and development base – continues to act as a powerful magnet for foreign investors.

Key figures from the report include:

  • Total projects up 17 per cent from 1,220 to 1,431
  • 36,526 new jobs created and a further 41,831 safeguarded, bringing the total number of associated jobs to 78,357
  • 600 of the total were new projects, accounting for 55 per cent of all the new jobs created
  • 334 of the total were expansions by existing investors, accounting for 41 per cent of all the new jobs created
  • 47 per cent increase in headquarters operations, to 223 projects
  • Business services up 122 per cent, to 156 projects; financial services up 32 per cent to 99 projects
  • Software and computer services up 82 per cent to 274 projects
  • Life sciences up 37 per cent to 133 projects
  • Mergers/acquisitions and joint ventures, accounted for 497 of the total number (up by 32 per cent on last year)

David Hanson said:

“This is now the fourth consecutive year that the UK has attracted a record number of investment successes, maintaining its position as the largest recipient of foreign direct investment in Europe and second only to the US world-wide.

“This Government’s determination to help businesses succeed is driving economic progress and has helped get 2.5 million more people in work over the last ten years and drive down unemployment by over 45 per cent in Delyn.

“The success of Airbus here in Flintshire proves that the UK can compete on the international stage, despite increasing competition and the challenges of globalisation.

“Working with the Government and local businesses I want Flintshire to continue to offer a attractive environment for inward investment. On top of this the Government must work with businesses, like Airbus, to ensure they have the investment they need to grow within the UK.”