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Go Ahead For a Gulliver’s Family Theme Park

Rotherham Council has given the go ahead for a Gulliver’s family theme park. It is thought that the development in South Yorkshire has been given planning permission by the council last month. Apparently the councilors on the Planning Board were unanimous in the decision to grant planning permission for the

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Buying British Steel now a Necessity for Key Public Sector Bodies

As outlined in a new set of guidelines for procurement (as put together by Sajid Javid, Business Secretary), areas of corporate social responsibility and economic accountability are to be placed on the shoulder of key, large-scale public sector bodies. To include organisations such as the NHS, Highways England and Network

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BDC 319 : Aug 2024

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Go Ahead For a Gulliver’s Family Theme Park

Rotherham Council has given the go ahead for a Gulliver’s family theme park. It is thought that the development in South Yorkshire has been given planning permission by the council last month. Apparently the councilors on the Planning Board were unanimous in the decision to grant planning permission for the park. The theme park is expected to be built on a 250-acre site that was formerly the location for the Pithouse West colliery. This development in the Rother Valley is expected to boost the local economy and should also provide jobs. The planning permission was granted to the theme park company after a 21-day period which allowed time for the Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government, Sajid Javid MP to call-in the decision. The multi-million pound project will develop their fourth Gulliver’s theme park in the UK in Rotherham and this development is expected to create hundreds of jobs. It is thought that the new Gulliver’s theme park will combine the best aspects of the other three sites at Warrington, Matlock Bath and Milton Keynes. The company has worked closely with the council as well as Highways England and other parties for the past two years in order to make sure they had the best chance of getting planning approval for their new park while making sure that the development will not negatively impact the local access routes. Work has also gone into making sure there is a reduced visual impact from some of the park’s larger attractions. The council first agreed to sell the land to Gulliver’s in 2015. It is thought that Gulliver’s Valley will be a great facility for families in the local area as well as providing a boost to the local economy by attracting visitors from further afield. The new theme park is expected to be developed in a way that will complement the activities that already exit at the Rother Valley Country Park.

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Buying British Steel now a Necessity for Key Public Sector Bodies

As outlined in a new set of guidelines for procurement (as put together by Sajid Javid, Business Secretary), areas of corporate social responsibility and economic accountability are to be placed on the shoulder of key, large-scale public sector bodies. To include organisations such as the NHS, Highways England and Network Rail, the guidance will see responsibility for social and economic impacts laid upon such organisations for the importing of steel; instead, encouraging the use of British steel. To be applied to all projects greater in value than £10m, clients will also be expected to look at other core areas of corporate social responsibility such as: carbon emissions, sourcing standards, the transportation of materials abroad, as well as areas of social importance such as health and safety – specifically for the staff of the suppliers themselves. As such, those organisations successful in securing public sector contracts will then also need to promote steel requirements direct to UK-based producers so as best to ensure that British businesses are provided with ample opportunity to both compete for, and secure supply contracts on an equal playing field. The guidelines themselves are expected to bring a level of assurance to the continuity of the UK steel market, allowing those organisations in the sector to better tap into the colossal £300bn expected to be spent on the major UK infrastructure developments already highlighted for across the country over the next few years. The announcement itself follows swiftly after Tata Steel’s expression of interest in selling its UK businesses, which presently includes the biggest steel mill in the country; something which heralded great concern for the future prosperity of the wider industry. Sajid Javid explained: “By changing the procurement rules on these major infrastructure projects, we are backing the future of UK steel – opening up significant opportunities for UK suppliers and allowing them to compete more effectively with international companies.”

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