Julie Elliott MP

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The decision by Arts Council England to award a grant of £6million to Sunderland Music, Arts and Culture (MAC) Trust towards a new auditorium – to be built next to the old Fire Station in High Street West - is brilliant news for our city.

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The venue will play a key role in the Music, Arts and Cultural Quarter now being created in Sunderland by the Trust and, I am sure, it will prove to be a fantastic asset for many generations to come once completed.

I am also delighted that the Trust is redeveloping the old Fire Station as a £3.6million arts and culture centre because, once both buildings are finished, the whole site will provide an amazing and inspiring centre for the performing arts.

** Work on the £8.2million auditorium will begin later this year, with an opening date of 2019.

£6million Lottery win for Sunderland performing arts project

The decision by Arts Council England to award a grant of £6million to Sunderland Music, Arts and Culture (MAC) Trust towards a new auditorium – to be built next to...

The raising of the centrepiece of Sunderland’s New Wear Crossing was a stunning sight to witness today.

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The 100m central pylon is bigger than Big Ben’s clock tower, weighs the equivalent of 125 double-decker buses and will be visible for miles.

It is a magnificent piece of engineering and, as I joined the crowds lining the banks of the Wear to watch the raising, I was fascinated and excited by the whole process.

Construction of the bridge is both on time and on budget, and it is expected to open in the spring of next year. Hopefully the new crossing will bring new investment to the city.

Giant pylon raised as centrepiece of new Sunderland bridge

The raising of the centrepiece of Sunderland’s New Wear Crossing was a stunning sight to witness today. The 100m central pylon is bigger than Big Ben’s clock tower, weighs the...

Wearside MP Julie Elliott today pledged to help end the “cold homes” crisis.

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Julie, who represents Sunderland Central, is supporting National Energy Action’s Fuel Poverty Awareness Day on February 17 – by pledging to do more to tackle the issue.

“Living in a cold damp home can lead to extremely poor health, especially in those who are vulnerable such as older people, young children and those with long term sickness,” she said.

Statistics show more than four million households nationally can’t afford to heat their homes properly –  a fact that Fuel Poverty Awareness Day is designed to highlight.

“Keeping warm during the winter is a particular problem for those in low incomes living in energy inefficient homes that are difficult and expensive to heat,” said Ms Elliott.

“But, not only does fuel poverty cause misery for millions, it also places a huge strain on our already stretched health services.

“In my constituency alone, more than 6,000 households – almost 15% of residents – are believed to be living in fuel poverty.

“I look forward to working alongside others in the community to help raise awareness of the problem and the solutions available.”

Jenny Saunders OBE, Chief Executive of National Energy Action, stated: “Fuel poverty is a serious problem and one that we cannot tackle alone.

“I am delighted that Julie is supporting the campaign and helping to ensure that her constituents can live warm, healthy and happy lives.

** National Energy Action is the national fuel poverty charity, working across England, Wales and Northern Ireland to ensure everyone can afford to stay warm in their homes. For more information visit www.nea.org.uk

Thousands live in fuel poverty in Sunderland

Wearside MP Julie Elliott today pledged to help end the “cold homes” crisis. Julie, who represents Sunderland Central, is supporting National Energy Action’s Fuel Poverty Awareness Day on February 17...


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