Gloria De Piero’s MP column: Celebrating Ashfield’s sporting success

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CONGRATULATIONS – Regular readers of my column will remember Kirkby lad Joseph Vanaman, who was due to compete at the Disabled Golf British Open but wasn’t allowed to enter the tournament because the European Disabled Golf Association didn’t recognise his disability.

After Joseph’s father got in touch, I helped put pressure on the organisation and asked them to reconsider which they did.

Well the news gets even better - Joseph has returned to Kirkby victorious with trophy in hand after an incredibly tense two day competition down in Suffolk. Ashfield already boasts its fair share of sporting heroes from Cricket legend Harold Larwood to swimmers Sam and Ollie Hynd and now Joseph Vanaman’s name can be added to the list. Well done Joseph.

Roads, potholes and pathways are big bug bears for you. I’ve just dealt with one troublesome footpath at Dales Avenue in Sutton because sections of it have deteriorated leaving residents are less than impressed.

I’ve just been told by senior highways officials that repair works will be carried imminently. If you’ve spotted similar problems on your street or near where you live then just pick up the phone and give me a call and I’ll flag it up.Every no and again scammers like to try their luck in our patch and I’ll always do my best to protect folk and alert the authorities.

I’ve just been tipped off that the latest scam doing the rounds is a company claiming to be doing energy assessments for people and then charging over £300 with a promise of a new boiler and everything else that comes with it as part of the Government’s Green Deal.

They aren’t the first and they probably won’t be the last – especially as we hit autumn, so please do stay on your toes and if there’s ever the slightest bit of doubt just call the Energy Saving Advice Service on 0300 123 1234 - all you pay is a national rate call.