** Welcome to my June 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
** Surrey Heath News
Harry's Hat Reception: I was absolutely delighted and honoured to host the parliamentary reception for Harry’s Hat at the House of Commons earlier this week. Harry’s Hat is a hugely important charity, which is providing vital support for children and their families who are affected by Hydrocephalus. It was so wonderful to see Caroline Coates again, the Founder of Harry’s Hat and a Surrey Heath constituent, and to meet some of the other brilliant people working to raise awareness of this condition and the importance of head circumference measurement in infants. I was also very pleased to see so many people there showing their support for these brave children and their parents, and it was great to see a number of other MPs attend too, as well as ministers from the Department of Health & Social Care.
Toob Update: I have been receiving lots of correspondence from constituents who have concerns about toob installing telegraph poles in Camberley and Frimley. I wrote to toob to highlight these concerns, and you can read their response here ([link removed]) .
HMP Coldingley: It was great to meet Niall Bryant, the Governor of HMP Coldingley in Bisley, and I very much appreciated the opportunity to look around the prison and chat to some of the prisoners about their rehabilitation.
Wishmore Cross Academy: I very much enjoyed visiting Wishmore Cross Academy, a boys’ SEMH school in Chobham. It was lovely to speak to the leadership team and to hear about the Academy’s ambitions for the future. It’s evident they are working hard to provide a wonderful environment for their pupils, and it’s clear they want them all to achieve their full potential.
Wessex Lodge: It was a delight to visit Wessex Lodge in Bagshot on 10 June and to see how happy the residents are in their retirement. It was also a privilege to join them in planting a tree in celebration of Her Majesty The Queen and her Platinum Jubilee.
West End Bowls Club: It was a huge pleasure visiting West End Bowls Club earlier this month. As ever, it was great fun to have a go, especially on such a warm day, and I look forward to returning soon.
Department for Transport Noise Camera Trial: At the end of May I wrote to the Department for Transport to nominate a stretch of the A331 in Camberley, between the junction at the M3 and the Meadows roundabout/A30 London Road, for the upcoming Noise Camera Trial. I know from discussions with the Borough Commander of Surrey Heath and Surrey County Council, as well as correspondence from constituents, that noise from this road is a particular nuisance, and I will be sure to update you with any further news once received.
National Highways' Validation Exercise: National Highways has been undertaking a Validation Exercise over the past few months to determine whether short-term improvements could be made to the phasing of traffic lights at the M3/A322 junction. It was extremely disappointing to learn that whilst minor changes were made to the west side of the junction to assist junction performance when HGVs are present, no further improvements were identified. I know that many residents remain understandably fed up with the traffic situation at this junction, and I very much share their frustration. Be assured I will continue to press National Highways for solutions, and will raise the issue once more with Surrey County Council later this month.
RMA Sandhurst: I also visited The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in May and, as ever, I very much enjoyed speaking to the Academy staff, officers and cadets. I am always so incredibly impressed each time I visit The RMA, and I look forward to returning again soon.
Tomlinscote School: It was great to visit Tomlinscote School in Frimley last month and pop into the new Student Support Hub which provides vital mental health and well-being support for pupils. I also visited the Learning Resource Centre and had the opportunity to chat to several impressive students from Years 7-10.
Ravenscote Junior School: I met up with Heatherside and Parkside County Councillor, Edward Hawkins, at Ravenscote Junior School to hear the latest updates from the Head Teacher, Amy Wells. We also had a wonderful tour of the school and spoke to the head boys and girls.
Woodcote House: I visited Woodcote House School in Windlesham and spoke to around 50 students from Years, 6, 7 and 8. I was delighted to have the opportunity to take part in a Q&A session and it was so interesting to hear about the particular issues that are important to the students.
Frimley CCG meeting: It was very helpful to virtually catch up with Fiona Edwards, Chief Executive Designate of Frimley CCG & Frimley Health & Care, for an update on local Healthcare Services, and I look forward to regular catch ups in the future.
Surrey Heath Citizens Advice: I met the team at Citizens Advice Surrey Heath in mid-May for an incredibly useful update on the support available to those struggling with the cost of living in my constituency. If you or anyone you know needs more support, do check this page ([link removed]) to ensure you are receiving the help you're entitled to.
Camberley Primark: It was great to pop into Camberley Primark to meet to the store manager and the Primark Team. You can see more about my visit here ([link removed]) .
Collingwood College: I very much enjoyed my visit to Collingwood College to meet the Head Teacher, Eden Tanner, for a catch-up. I also met an extremely impressive group of highly articulate debaters with their teacher, Ivan Baird. It was wonderful to chat with these students and to hear all about their debating experiences.
BAE Systems: It was fascinating to meet the team at BAE Systems in Frimley to receive an update on the investment that is taking place in Surrey Heath. I was delighted to hear about their commitment to the local area and the careers opportunities on offer, particularly for young people.
Surrey's Sexual Assault Referral Centre: Surrey's SARC provides vital support for victims of sexual assault and abuse. It was really helpful to speak to the team about the services they provide, and you can find out more here ([link removed]) .
** Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities News
New deal for private renters: My department has recently posted a white paper for a fairer private rented sector, ensuring improvements to the rights and conditions for millions of renters. You can learn more here ([link removed]) .
Right to buy extension: The Government has announced 2.5 million tenants renting their homes from housing associations will be given the right to buy them outright. You can read more here ([link removed]) .
Stronger powers for the Regulator of Social Housing: The Regulator of Social Housing will have stronger powers to issue unlimited fines, enter properties with only 48 hours’ notice and make emergency repairs. Find out more here ([link removed]) .
New Freeport in Wales: An agreement has been reached between the UK and Welsh governments to collaborate and deliver a new Freeport in Wales. Find out more here ([link removed]) .
New Bill to level up the nation: The Government has introduced plans to transform struggling towns and cities, supporting local leaders to take back control of regeneration. Learn more about the plans here ([link removed]) .
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