Gloria supports USDAW's campaign to respect shopworkers

Gloria’s Chad column: Respect shopworkers this festive season


Gloria writes a weekly column for the Ashfield Chad. Here is her column from November 16th:

In the spring I told you that East Midlands Trains had announced that the railway stations at Sutton and Kirkby were getting new ticket vending machines.
It has now been confirmed that in December Sutton Parkway will get two machines – one on each platform – and Kirkby will get one by the entrance to its car park.
This is fantastic news for everyone who catches the train from these stations.

It will mean that it is easier to buy tickets for train journeys and for the first time, passengers will be able to pick up tickets that they have booked online or over the phone.
I am delighted that local people will be able to book cheaper online tickets and pick them up at their nearest station instead of having to go to larger stations.
Thank you East Midlands Trains.

At my recent coffee morning in Kirkby, residents raised a number of issues that I took up on their behalf with Ashfield District Council.
The council has got back to me with details of how it is going to resolve some of these problems.
With regards to the gates at Kingsway Park being locked and difficult for mobility scooters and pushchairs to enter through, the council says that this will be fed to the park management plan.
The main gates are locked between 6pm and 8am in autumn and winter to reduce anti-social behaviour and vehicles parking there overnight. Pedestrian entrances are not locked.
Extra car parking for customers wanting to use the businesses located on Kingsway is going to be looked into after people raised this as an issue and the council will report back in due course.
Littering problems in several areas was another topic brought up and the council is going to see that wardens patrol the locations mentioned.
Everyone who came to the coffee morning will get a detailed response from me on all of the issues brought up during the event.

It’s Children in Need this week and I am sure that many of you are doing lots of weird and wonderful things to raise money for this fantastic cause.
Two young men who go to Quarrydale Academy are organising a big raffle and are looking for donations of prizes from local businesses and restaurants.
Lewis Mallinson and Owen Layton are hoping to raise an amazing £1,000, so if you can help them, email

As Christmas shopping season comes upon us, I want to draw your attention to the Respect for Shopworkers Week campaign by trade union USDAW.
This week aims to remind customers that retail staff do not deserve to be abused, threatened or assaulted and I am pleased to be supporting it.


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