** Welcome to my February 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
** My re-selection as Surrey Heath’s Conservative Parliamentary Candidate
I was absolutely delighted to have been formally selected to be the Conservative candidate for Surrey Heath at the next General Election.
It’s a huge privilege to represent this fantastic constituency, and I am grateful to my Association for all the support.
** Surrey Heath News
Service Family Accommodation: I wrote again to the Minister for Defence Procurement, Alex Chalk MP, regarding connecting the Deepcut service families to a proper power supply, and I am hoping for positive news soon.
School Bus Services: Following further concerns being raised by a number of parents about recent incidents with pupils travelling on the Diamond Bus service to school, I have written again to the Cabinet Member for All Age Learning at Surrey County Council to highlight the importance of an impeccable standard of service. Parents are understandably worried about the service their children are receiving, and I have appealed to SCC to ask for these concerns regarding the safety of children to be fully addressed.
Business Breakfast: I thoroughly enjoyed my first Business Breakfast of 2023 at Frimley Hall Hotel this month. There were over 50 guests, and it was a pleasure to speak to them and to answer all their questions. My Business Breakfast Club meets quarterly and is a great opportunity to strengthen ties with local businesses and Councillors, and if you would like to join or find out more information, please email [email protected]
Lyndhurst School road safety: I know that a number of parents are concerned about the speed of cars travelling outside of Lyndhurst School in Camberley, so I have written to the Cabinet Member for Transport at SCC to ask if the road safety measures around the school can be reviewed.
M3/A322 Congestion update: Following ongoing correspondence with National Highways, I have recently received a further update regarding the traffic light phasing changes at the M3 Junction 3, which you can read here ([link removed]) .
SCC SEND update: Last week, I shared an update regarding the provision of Special Educational Needs & Disabilities services. You can read it here ([link removed]) , and I will be sure to share any further updates as and when I receive them.
Ash Vale Step-free Access: I am continuing to press for the necessary funding to secure the much needed step-free access at Ash Vale Train Station, and wrote again this month to Network Rail, South Western Railway, and the Transport Secretary to ask for action and support.
Train Station CCTV upgrades: I am aware of concerns relating to anti-social behaviour at train stations in Surrey Heath, and have written to the Transport Secretary to raise this important matter and to seek improvements to CCTV systems in order to tackle crime.
Esso Pipeline update: Earlier this month, I wrote to Esso to ask for a guarantee that the greatest of care would be taken to ensure no more damage is done to any trees in the Turf Hill area. I have received an update confirming that no further works will be taking place near trees, and that replanting commenced on 27th February. I know constituents continue to have wider complaints relating to Esso's works throughout the constituency, particularly on Balmoral Drive, and I hope to meet Esso representatives again soon to ensure they are aware of the issues that have been raised.
Camberley walk-about: I was very grateful to Cllr Shaun Garrett, Deputy Leader of Surrey Heath Borough Council and the Economic Development and Transformation Portfolio Holder, for joining me on a walkabout around Camberley town centre on 3rd February. We popped into Tehran Station to sample some delicious traditional Persian food, and then headed to the Vaccination Centre in the Square to talk about the vital work they have been doing to keep Surrey Heath healthy.
Lightwater Village School: Further to my walk-about in Camberley, I was given a brilliant tour of Lightwater Village School by some Year 2 students and the new Head of School, Laura McCarthy. It was also wonderful to have the opportunity to meet the Pupil Parliament members and talk about politics, books, cooking and football.
SHBC catch-up: Following my above visits, I stopped by Surrey Heath House to catch-up with the Leader of Surrey Heath Borough Council and the Chief Executive. As ever, it was really helpful to be updated on the Council’s plans for the borough.
Surrey Heath Borough Commander: After my meeting with the Leader and Chief Executive of SHBC, I met the Surrey Heath Borough Commander, Inspector Matt Walton, to discuss local crime patterns and the vital work the police are doing. I understand that Matt will shortly be moving on to become Borough Commander of Spelthorne, and I want to thank him for his brilliant service to the constituency and wish him the very best in his new role.
Frank Dale & Stepsons visit: Frank Dale & Stepsons is an amazing business on Trafalgar Way in Camberley which restores and maintains classic cars. It was a delight meeting the team, and fascinating to learn about the sector and the exciting new premises the company is building.
Frimley C of E Junior School: My huge thanks to Frimley C of E School for having me to visit. I greatly enjoyed joining a number of the school’s pupil Ambassadors in the library to talk about my role in Government. We also talked about termly enrichment day at the school, a day where pupils focus on future careers and ambitions.
** Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities News
Council Funding Package: The local government finance settlement has confirmed £60 billion for councils to deliver local services. You can read more about the extra funding being provided here ([link removed]) .
Awaab's Law: The government is set to deliver Awaab’s Law, which will force social landlords to fix damp and mould within strict time limits. You can read more about the new amendment to the Social Housing Regulation Bill here ([link removed]) .
New Developments to Enhance Nature: The government has announced that new housing, commercial and infrastructure developments are set to be “nature positive” from November onwards, and you can see the details of the changes being made here ([link removed]) .
National Holocaust Memorial: The government has introduced new legislation that will progress the construction of a National Holocaust Memorial - find out more here ([link removed]) .
Social Housing Standards: Under new laws introduced by the Government, social housing managers must gain professional qualifications to protect residents and raise standards in the sector. You can read more here ([link removed]) .
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