Tessa celebrates launch of Renewable Heat Incentive ‘great news for bill payers and our environment’

Tessa with a 92% efficient wood boilerLocal MP Tessa Munt is celebrating today’s launch of a new and innovative scheme which will pay residents in Somerset for the ‘green’ heat they generate at home.

The Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is the world’s first long-term financial support programme for renewable heat, offering homeowners payments to offset the cost of installing low carbon systems in their property.

Tessa said:

“I’m thrilled that this innovative scheme has now been launched. Many people in rural Somerset are either stuck with expensive oil or LPG

or are trying to find the money to switch to greener ways of heating their homes and water.”

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Wells Lions Club members roar up to Parliament!

Tessa and the LionsLocal MP and Wells Lion Tessa was delighted to welcome her fellow Lions for a tour of the Houses of Parliament this week.

After making room for Tessa on the coach up to London, the group toured both the House of Commons and the House of Lords, before having lunch in the cafe.  They then watched the Speaker’s Procession at the opening of the day’s proceedings in the House of Commons, and listened to questions from MPs to Ministers from the Department of Communities and Local Government.

The visit was popular and a huge success.  Tessa said:

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Fracking on the Mendip Hills

Please have your say on the Somerset pre-submission Minerals Plan.

There’s one week left to comment on Somerset County Council’s pre-submission Mineral Plan Development Plan Document (DPD).

Having begun consultation on 3 March 2014, the closing date for comments is 6pm on 14 April 2014.

The Somerset Minerals Plan sets out the County Council’s approach to planning for sustainable mineral development in Somerset until the year 2030.  The Somerset Minerals Plan includes information and policies on crushed rock, building stone, and peat. The Plan also outlines Somerset’s position on shale gas extraction, also known as fracking.

The Plan also outlines how Somerset’s communities, biodiversity and historic environment will be protected from adverse impacts of mineral extraction.

The pre-submission Minerals Plan, Response Form and a Statement of Consultation are available on the County Council website:

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Conservative-controlled Mendip Council loses £500,000 for affordable housing in Street

The below statement was read at the Mendip District Council on Monday evening on behalf of Tessa Munt MP:

Thank you Mr Chairman.

Monies from Section 106 Agreements are not raised by billing Council taxpayers in the Mendip District. 

The loss therefore of £500,000 – half a million pounds – of Section 106 funding for affordable housing for young people in Street by this Council is absolutely catastrophic.

But unfortunately, this is just one of a number of examples of failures relating to Section 106 funding.  This particular mess stands out because of the huge amount of money involved, but when other cases are considered, it reveals systemic failure.

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