** Welcome to my July Newsletter!
My newsletter is designed to give an overview of what I've been doing as Member of Parliament for Surrey Heath, 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
Heatherside Arcade: Local Councillor Edward Hawkins has been working for some time to secure improvements to the Heatherside Arcade - some of you may recall our clear-up of the arcade earlier this year. I am delighted to report that Edward has further news on more improvements to the Arcade, and you can read his update here ([link removed]) .
Crawley Ridge Junior School: It was really lovely to visit Crawley Ridge Junior School in Camberley last month, and I very much enjoyed meeting the pupils and the staff. The School has amazing grounds which are perfect for its Forest School, and I was delighted to hear about the School’s focus on outdoor play and learning and the positive benefits for the children.
SCC Transport Meeting: Last month, it was great to have the opportunity to speak to Cllr Matt Furniss, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport & Infrastructure, regarding the ongoing problems at the junction of the A322/M3. We also raised the important issues of step-free access at Ash Vale Station, the planned signalled crossing at Ravenscote Junior School and the pavement at Heather Ridge Arcade, and I greatly appreciate all his help and support.
Carwarden House Community School: It was wonderful to visit Carwarden House Community School in Camberley. I absolutely loved the students’ performance of a song from The Greatest Showman, and it was really interesting to talk to the School Council about what more we can do to support the local community.
Surrey Heath Headteachers Catch Up: Many thanks to the Head Teachers of Surrey Heath for meeting me at Ash Manor school earlier this month. It is incredibly helpful to be kept up-to-date with the challenges schools have been facing, and I was most grateful for their insightful thoughts and suggestions.
Kings International College: It was a pleasure to meet the Kings International College Student Leadership Team and to answer all of their questions. Thank you too to Head Teacher, Jo Luhman, for introducing me to the team at the school’s SEN satellite centre, The Philip Southcote Centre, which is one of the pilot schemes utilising the Surrey Capital SEND funding.
Surrey Heath Business Breakfast: It was a delight to host yet another successful Business Breakfast at the Frimley Hall Hotel with guests from the local business community, including local councillors. As ever, it was a joy to see everyone, listen to what they had to say, and have the opportunity to answer their questions.
Surrey Heath Conservative Councillors Meeting: It is always so helpful to catch-up with the local Conservative team to hear about all the work they have been doing for their wards. I am so encouraged by their steadfast dedication to supporting local residents, and I look forward to having another catch-up soon.
North Court Visit: In mid July, I visited North Court in Camberley to discuss upcoming safety remediation works. I had met the residents virtually earlier this year to talk about concerns regarding the building’s safety and the necessary works to be done, and it was really nice to be able to catch-up with them in person following the passing of the Building Safety Act, and to reassure them that I will be doing all I can to make sure future remediation works are undertaken in good time with maximum consultation and transparency from the housing association.
Turf Hill Esso Pipeline update: You can read more about my recent visit to the Esso Pipeline installation site in Turf Hill here ([link removed]) . I am hoping for a further visit soon so that we can discuss the issue of road closures in Lightwater in greater depth, and I will be sure to share any updates on my Facebook page. I am also enquiring about greater accessibility for fire services throughout the summer months.
Places Leisure Camberley: On 22nd July, I was honoured to unveil a plaque to mark the one year anniversary of the opening of Places Leisure Camberley. Many thanks to all who attended and to the team for organising such a wonderful event. It is fantastic that Surrey Heath has such a brilliant facility which I know will continue to be hugely valuable for local residents’ health and wellbeing.
Toob Update: Following my update in last month's newsletter, I have continued to keep in close contact with toob and residents and you can read my latest update and rundown of what I have been doing here ([link removed]) .
Surrey Heartlands Catch Up: Last week, I spoke to Ian Smith, the new Chair Designate for Surrey Heartlands NHS Integrated Care Board. We discussed how we can improve local ambulance services, and I was most interested in his thoughts relating to what can be done to better integrate wider care services in Surrey.
Frimley CCG Catch Up: I had another catch-up with Fiona Edwards, Chief Executive of Frimley CCG, and we focussed mostly on improving the primary care provision in Ash and access to pharmaceutical support in Ash, which are issue that have been raised with me recently by both residents and councillors.
Frimley Park Hospital Catch Up: Finally, I held a further meeting with Neil Dardis, Chief Executive of Frimley Health Trust, last Friday. I am always hugely impressed by the work Neil does running Frimley Park Hospital. It is so valuable to hear from him directly about the root of the challenges faced by FPH and other hospitals, and I will of course share his insights with colleagues in the Department for Health & Social Care.
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