** Welcome to my October Newsletter!
My newsletter is designed to give an overview of what I've been doing as Member of Parliament for Surrey Heath and as a member of the Government, so please feel free to forward this on to your friends, family and neighbours. They can sign up to receive it directly by clicking here ([link removed]) .
With every good wish,
Rt Hon Michael Gove MP
Member of Parliament for Surrey Heath
I wish to pay tribute to my friend and colleague, Sir David Amess.
His passing is truly shocking and heart-breakingly sad. It is evident from the many messages from colleagues across the House that David was a highly respected Member of Parliament who was known for his unwavering generosity, charity and compassion to all. His every word and act were marked by kindness. My heart goes out to his family.
** Surrey Heath News
Ash Ranges update: I am very thankful to Minister Jeremy Quin for meeting myself, Cllr Paul Deach and Cllr Nigel Manning at the Ranges recently so that we could discuss how we can improve access overall. You can read more about my visit here ([link removed]) .
Esso pipeline update: Towards the end of August, works commenced on the Esso pipeline in Chobham Common. You can see the full plans for installation works here ([link removed]) . I am continuing to pursue a date for a meeting between residents and representatives from Esso and SHBC so that proposals can be raised for Esso's Environmental Investment Programme, and I hope for more news soon.
Freedom of the Borough Parade: It was wonderful to attend the Freedom of the Borough Parade for the Military Joint Hospital Group last month in Camberley. Hugely heartening to see so many people come out to show their support, celebrating the tremendous work of the Joint Hospital Group during the pandemic. You can watch some of the action from the day here ([link removed]) .
Lakeview visit: It was a pleasure to visit Lakeview care home last month. It is a brilliant, passionately run care home, and I was delighted to see first-hand the dedication shown by all the staff who have worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic to make sure that residents are safe and healthy. I am so grateful to Inder Hanzra, the General Manager, for taking the time to show me the home’s exemplary facilities, and I look forward to returning soon.
South Western Railway meeting: I was hugely grateful to representatives from South Western Railway and County Councillor Trefor Hogg for taking the time to meet me last month so that we could discuss the now concluded timetable consultation. I know that many constituents are eager for an improved train service locally, and I was pleased that SWR listened attentively to the concerns we raised on behalf of local residents. I will, of course, continue to engage with SWR on what more can be done to improve the experience of constituents who travel by rail over the coming months.
M3/A322 congestion update: Following my update posted on Facebook in early September, which you can read here ([link removed]) , I have since written once more to National Highways to chase for a response, to pursue a further meeting regarding noise and air pollution, and to enquire about what progress has been made with securing funding for long-term infrastructural improvements to the junction.
Frimley Community Diagnostic Centre announcement: I am so pleased that Frimley has been selected as one of 40 sites across England for a new Community Diagnostic Centre to be built. The Centre will achieve earlier diagnoses for patients through easier, faster, and more direct access to the full range of scans and tests needed to understand patients’ symptoms – including breathlessness and cancer symptoms. This service is key to supporting the NHS in clearing the national backlog which has arisen due to the pandemic. You can read more about the Government's announcement here
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** Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities News
My new role: I’m thrilled that the PM has asked me to lead the Levelling Up agenda, the defining mission of this government. With a superb team of ministers and officials in a new department, our relentless focus will be on delivering for those overlooked families and undervalued communities across the United Kingdom. You can read more about my new position here ([link removed]) .
Visit to the North East: It was great to see first-hand how ambitious local plans are being put into action to help level-up the North East. You can find out more about my visit here ([link removed]) .
Regenerating Brownfield Sites: New homes are to be built across the country on underused and derelict land to regenerate local areas and help people onto the property ladder. Making the most of previously developed land is a government priority and it will help protect our cherished countryside and green spaces. You can read more about this announcement here ([link removed]) .
Updated planning guidance: We have recently updated planning practice guidance relating to recent changes to the National Planning Policy Framework. You can learn more here ([link removed]) .
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