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** Welcome to my July Newsletter!
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With every good wish,
Rt Hon Michael Gove MP
Member of Parliament for Surrey Heath
** Surrey Heath News
Future 4 Fairgrounds: I was very grateful for the opportunity to speak to Joannie Peak from Future 4 Fairgrounds earlier this month, and you can find out more about my trip and the Showmen community here ([link removed]) .
Citizens Advice Bureau: Great to speak with Nigel and Kate from Citizens Advice in mid-July - they provide such a vital service in Surrey Heath. I was also extremely pleased to hear from Mateo - who was offered a work placement at Citizens Advice through the Government's Kickstart scheme - about the campaigns he has been working on, including an online tool that helps people to recognize and report internet scams.
Frimley Integrated Health and Care Partnership: Really enjoyed chatting to the Independent Chair of the Partnership, the delightful Andrew Lloyd, earlier this month. I was very interested to hear his thoughts on the partnership's boundaries which I shall relay to the Health Secretary, and I look forward to catching up with him again.
Holly Lodge Primary School visit: I loved visiting Holly Lodge in Ash Vale on 9th July. It is a truly fantastic school with such happy and energetic pupils. My huge thanks go out to Headteacher Cheryl Dancer for a wonderful tour. I was especially impressed by the school's library, and with how well they have targeted their Sports Premium funding.
Hogs Back Brewery: I hugely appreciated the chance to visit Hogs Back Brewery and speak to Managing Director, Rupert Thompson, about how the company has overcome the many challenges brought on by the pandemic. The business has innovated brilliantly, and it was wonderful to see so many customers using their new drive-through service.
West End Bowls Club: I always love visiting West End Bowls Club and enjoyed a quick game. You can read more about the club and its plans for the future here ([link removed]) .
Network Rail catch-up: In late June I had a really positive catch-up with Andrew Haines and John Halsall at Network Rail about the progress they are making towards securing funding that will help make Ash Vale Train Station step-free and accessible to all - fingers crossed for some further good news soon. Also pleased to learn Network Rail is continuing to investigate and review ways by which journey times from Surrey Heath to London can be improved.
HGV Chobham update: I am hugely encouraged by the progress being made on this issue, both at a local and national level. You can read my recent update following my meeting with Carole Mancini, Cllr Richard Tear and David Curl from Surrey Highways, here ([link removed]) .
M3/A322 congestion update: Further to our meeting at the end of June, Cllrs Rebecca Jennings-Evans, Richard Tear and I have been pressing Highways England for more action. You can read our recent letters to Surrey County Council and Highways England here ([link removed]) .
HSBC Camberley: In June, I received a letter from HSBC outlining its plans to convert its Camberley branch to a counterless ‘Digital Service Branch’. I know that many people including the vulnerable and elderly in Camberley have reservations about their access to banking, and it is vital that those who need full counter service continue to receive it. Following a letter to the Chief Executive of HSBC, Ian Stuart, I have received a response which you can read here ([link removed]) . I will, of course, continue to press on this issue.
** Cabinet Office News
COVID-19 Response - Summer 2021: The government has published the ‘Moving to Step 4 of the roadmap’ document ([link removed]) . This sets out the essential actions that everybody should take to protect themselves and others while prevalence is high, as we transition towards learning to live with COVID-19. The ‘COVID-19 Response: Summer 2021’ sets out the shape of step 4 of the roadmap.
Commissioner for Public Appointments: William Shawcross CVO has been confirmed as the Prime Minister's preferred candidate for the role of Commissioner for Public Appointments, and you can read more about this here ([link removed]) .
New UK Government recruitment campaign: The UK Government has launched a new recruitment campaign which will encourage people in Scotland to apply for roles in the UK Civil Service. Find out more here ([link removed]) .
Vaccinated Critical Workers update: Fully vaccinated critical workers will be able to leave self-isolation in exceptional circumstances under new plans to prevent serious disruption to vital public services. You can find more details here ([link removed]) .
The Border Operating Model: You can read the guide to how the border with the European Union will work after the transition period here ([link removed]) .
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