MPO gets public feedback on transportation priorities

first_img Facebook MPO gets public feedback on transportation priorities Facebook Twitter Twitter WhatsApp Local News Pinterest Permian Basin MPO logo The Permian Basin Metropolitan Planning Organization hosted one of their five public workshops to gather input from the public on their priorities for their new 25-year transportation plan.MPO’s 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan consists of various transportation projects intended to reflect the needs and priorities the community of Midland and Odessa would like to see implemented over the next 25 years, from 2020 to 2045.The organization deals with investing in transportation improvements big and small such as installing traffic signals, widening shoulders and building interchanges, as well as pedestrian and bike routes and transit systems.“Ultimately, the people’s opinions tie into the decisions that are made to improve the network around here,” MPO Executive Director Cameron Walker said during the Thursday meeting. “If you can get people and goods through a region better and safer, what you’ve done in the long run is affected the economic value of it.”During the meetings, members of the public have voiced their priorities for what areas they would like to see invested in by MPO. The four most popular options so far have been the maintaining of roads, reduced congestion, safety improvements and economic development.“What we’re seeing still is the dominance of people’s choices for investing in the transportation system are geared around the highways,” Walker said. “However, we are glad to see there’s some funding suggestions tied to bicycle and pedestrian facilities as well.”Walker said the public has also voiced that safety is extremely important to them, which he said MPO wasn’t surprised by.Don Bonifay, one of the few people who showed up to the workshop, said his two largest concerns were safety and the capacity of highways and roads.“Speeds are a lot higher than they used to be, so safety is a major issue,” Bonifay said. “Not just for highways and roads, but here in the city itself.”There will be two more public hearings in Midland next week for the public to voice their priorities: One will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday at the EZ-Rider Administration Building, 10300 Younger Rd., and another one from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, 2300 Butternut Lane.More InformationPermian Basin MPO Previous articleELDER: Why is Facebook groveling before lawmakers?Next articleHIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL: Permian walks it off against Odessa High again to complete series sweep admin Pinterest By admin – April 21, 2018 WhatsApplast_img read more

SAMB skills head warns on funding

first_imgFunding for bakery training in Scotland is “in dire straits” according to Arthur Rayer, head of skills training for the Scottish Association of Master Bakers (SAMB). It is in danger of losing all European funding.”The Scottish government has already ceased to fund anyone over 19 years old in all sectors except construction, engineering and automotive trades,” Rayer told British Baker. “In England, there is funding for initiatives such as Train to Gain, but in Scotland the government decided food training could be funded by the Scottish Rural Development Programme. However, this means only primary food producers such as growers or farmers are eligible for European Social Funding now, as opposed to those who ’process’ food such as bakers,” he said.Rayer added: “We have talked to the SNP government in power, and to civil servants who have been in place during the past Labour government, but are not hopeful that the decision will be turned around.”We have been training 800 people a year, but this year there will be a greatly reduced number.”Those in existing training will be allowed to complete their courses, he said.last_img read more

Premier proposes Scottish flour mill closure

first_imgPremier Foods has announced today that it is proposing to shut down a flour mill based in Dunaskin, Glasgow by the end of March.The food business said the proposal has come following a review of its “milling capacity needs” as a result of reduced milling volumes, forming a broader strategy to “strengthen the milling business and build value in the company’s bread division”.As a result of the move, consultations with the 15 employees affected by the proposal will take place in the next couple of days and Premier has said it hopes to be able to redeploy the majority of employees affected by this announcement to alternative roles within its other operations in the Glasgow area.Bob Spooner, managing director of bread and group supply chain director, said: “We recognise the impact our proposal will have on our employees. However, given excess capacity in our milling network, it’s important we take the necessary steps to build a more sustainable milling business in the future.”Premier Foods said the Glasgow mill is one of the company’s smallest, supplying flour to its Hovis bakery based in Duke StreetThe news comes on the same day that Premier Foods has said it is to cut its UK wheat usage within its Hovis brand by a third, and two months after it announced that it was shutting down two of its bakeries in Birmingham and Greenford, resulting in 900 job losses.last_img read more