Surrey Heath News
Surrey Youth Cabinet: Last month, I held a Q&A with members from the Surrey Heath Youth Council, which was chaired by Surrey Heath's Member of Youth Parliament. I was asked lots of very thoughtful and intelligent questions, and it was wonderful to have the opportunity to speak to so many impressive young people.
Surrey Heath Schools: As I mentioned in my previous newsletter, I have been keeping in touch with local headteachers about the re-opening of schools in Surrey Heath. I posted a further update on my Facebook page last month, which you can watch here.
Heatherside: Unfortunately, there was another unauthorised encampment in Surrey Heath a few weeks ago, this time at Heatherside Recreation Ground. I am incredibly grateful to Surrey Heath Borough Council Leader, Alan McClafferty, and to our new Borough Commander, DI Alick James, for taking swift action. The Government is currently reviewing submissions in response to the recent consultation on measures to criminalise the act of trespassing when setting up an unauthorised encampment, and you can read the latest update I received from the Home Secretary here.
Access to MOD Land: Following my meeting with the Secretary of State for Defence, the Rt Hon Ben Wallace MP, I recently posted an update on my Facebook page about the current access to the Ash Ranges and the upcoming Byelaws Review. You can watch the video here.
Reopening of pubs: Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of dropping by the Hare and Hounds in West End and the Half Moon in Windlesham. I was joined by County Cllr David Mansfield at the Hare and Hounds for a drink and a chance to catch up. It was great to see the pub open and residents enjoying a quiet drink. We discussed issues ranging from the proposed route of the Esso Pipeline to the future of British Airways, where so many constituents work. I then stopped by the Half Moon in Windlesham for a bite to eat and a chat with landlord Conrad Sturt. Throughout the lockdown Conrad has been providing a delivery service, including supplying meals to charities helping those in need. It was good to see families enjoying a relaxed drink in the extensive garden at the Half Moon served by the friendly and engaging staff.
Raising education standards in Surrey Heath: I am delighted to report that schools in Surrey Heath will benefit from funding to improve school facilities. You can read more about it here on my website.
Frimley Park Hospital: A couple of weeks ago, I visited Frimley Park Hospital to speak to the Chief Executive, Neil Dardis. I wish to say a huge thank you to him and his wonderful team who have done a fantastic job during the Covid-19 pandemic. You can watch my video update here, and I hope to have more news on the parking issues at the hospital in the near future.
Facebook Live Q&A: I held another Q&A on Facebook on 24 July, which was chaired by Cllr Paul Deach. I was grateful for all the questions, and hope that constituents find these sessions helpful. You can watch it back here.