June 2018

June 2018

Dear Resident,

 

Because of the publishing of the Airport National Policy Statement, and then vote in Parliament, it has been a very busy month for me in Parliament. In our local community I've also been out at lots of fantastic school fetes and summer parties, enjoying the great weather with everyone but also speaking to residents about what issues matter to them. If you ever have anything you'd like to discuss with me as a local MP, then do get in touch.

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Working in Putney, Roehampton and Southfields

In June, I had a busy month working on local issues raised by residents with me, including:

 

  • Wrote over 1000 letters or emails to constituents about their concerns.
  • Had over 75 meetings in my role as MP.
  • Held my weekly constituency MP surgeries at libraries to meet with local residents to discuss their concerns. If you would like to book an appointment for a future MP surgery, do get in touch with my office.

  • Joined the residents of Standen Road at their street party, which was a great afternoon.
  • Met with Roehampton Student Union representatives to discuss their concerns on increasing the frequency of the 72 bus, get an update on their plastic-free initiatives on campus and to discuss progress on making sure that the campus is safe and drug free for students.

  • At Putney Bus Garage, presented the award for the World's Coolest Bus Driver to local driver of the no14 route, David Allison, who went viral earlier this month for stopping a moped accident. You can see why David is so cool here!

  • Joined Riversdale Primary School for their Beside the Seaside Summer Fair and saw the great work of their students.
  • Supported the Roehampton Garden Society Summer Show which had a great turnout of local residents (and gardeners). My tomato plants bought at the summer show and the Riversdale summer fair are still alive.
  • Was at the Sutherland Grove and Combemartin Road Residents Association AGM (SGCARA) at St Cecilia's school to hear from local West Hill residents about any local concerns and keep them updated on issues I'm working on as an MP.
  • Following the recent public exhibition in Roehampton, I met with council planners to discuss plans for the Roehampton Regeneration project and get an update on the next steps for the project and the community feedback from the exhibition.
  • Held further discussions with the Roehampton Playing Fields Community Trust on the Roehampton Playing Fields management to get an update on progress towards the playing fields being run and managed by the local community.
  • Attended the Dover House Lions Awards Presentation.

Working in Westminster

As your local Member of Parliament, this month in Westminster I have:

 

  • Worked with other local MPs to represent our local communities affected by Heathrow's proposed third runway and voted against the proposal.
  • Asked parliamentary questions and spoke in debates on Heathrow Airport expansion, the EU Withdrawal Bill in relation to having proper Parliamentary process in the event of no deal on our exit from the EU, and Abortion in Northern Ireland. You can see my contributions here, including all of the Parliamentary Questions I have tabled.
  • Met District Line Manager Pat Hansberry to raise constituents' concerns about the performance of the District Line recently and to get an update on planned signalling and improvements to the line.

  • Heard from experts at the APPG for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community about religious persecution in Pakistan.
  • Met with Bim Afolami MP to discuss my proposals for changing higher education funding - my ideas are here.
  • Hosted an MP Meeting on Heathrow expansion to try to brief colleagues on the negative implications of a third runway for their regional airports.
  • Spoke with the Social Mobility Foundation about the Social Mobility Pledge.
  • The Social Mobility Pledge continues to grow and this month has signed up companies such as Morrisons and British Land.

Vote on Heathrow

You may well have read that Parliament voted earlier this week to support the Airports National Policy Statement published by the Department for Transport which will expand Heathrow and add a third runway.

 

As your local MP, representing a community under the flight path, I voted against the Government's proposal because I think it's very polluting for us locally but also economically bad for our country more broadly. You can see my speech in the debate here.

 

A third runway will be hugely environmentally polluting, especially locally. It won’t meet air quality targets, and it will mean more flights and more noise for one of the most densely populated areas of London. There are no published flight paths, no plan on carbon emissions, no plans on how the proposal to increase freight by 50% but not increase traffic on surrounding roads can work, no assessment of how a congestion charge will affect the West London economy and importantly, no formal safety review. Additionally, it’s a hugely risky project that won’t deliver economically and the taxpayer could end up paying the bill.

 

For the country, this is a hugely expensive project that will push up passenger charges at Heathrow that are already around 40% more expensive than European rival airports. The proposals harm growth at regional airports and we would have been far better off having a proper regional airports strategy combined with capacity from a second runway at Heathrow. I wrote to every MP setting out the facts as to why this proposal will negatively affect their local community and its regional airport.

 

In the end, although Parliament approved the vote, there is still a long way to go and I am supporting Wandsworth Council - who, together with other councils opposed to Heathrow expansion, are preparing to mount a legal challenge. I very much hope the weakness of Heathrow’s case will be shown up by independent and thorough scrutiny. I can assure you that as your local MP I will continue to do my very best to represent our community’s interests and keep you updated on next steps.

District Line Update

I met with the District Line Manager Pat Hansberry this month to get an update on the District Line signalling which will improve journeys to our Wimbledon branch of the District Line.

 

The project is due to be finished by 2020 and Mr Hansberry outlined the complexities of the project, as because Wimbledon is also a Network Rail stop the line has to follow Network Rail rules as well as TfL, which increase the complexity of repairs and changes to the line, but the signalling upgrade, in addition to changes in organisational structure within TfL, should make this process much smoother.

Roehampton Regeneration Residents' Consultation

This month I attended the latest public exhibition and consultation on the regeneration project of the Alton Estate and also met with Council planners to get a more detailed update on the timelines.

 

The plans are continuing to evolve following the feedback from local residents and I will work with the Council to ensure we can offer jobs on the project to local residents wherever possible. I also fed back residents concerns that have been raised with me in relation to the look and design of the scheme, parking facilities for existing Alton estate residents and access to Richmond Park.

 

An official consultation will be launched later this year and I will ensure that local residents are kept informed so they are able to respond.

Roehampton Playing Fields Public Meeting: 12 July, 7pm, Granard School

I have recently met with members of the Roehampton Playing Fields Community Trust to discuss the next steps in finding a community solution to the running of the playing fields and an update on ongoing discussions with Wandsworth Borough Council. Essentially, the objective is to make sure that we have the playing fields run and managed for, and on behalf of the local community and local schools and community groups that use it. I am chairing another public meeting on the 12th of July on this issue and it is great to have so many people who want to be involved, so if you are interested do come along and share your ideas.

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I hope that this update gives you a brief snapshot of some of the things I am working on as our local Member of Parliament. As ever, if you would like to contact me or raise an issue, than please get in touch and I will do the best I can to help. You can email me on justine@justinegreening.co.uk, write to me at 3 Summerstown, SW17 0BQ or call my office on 0208 946 4557. You can also follow me on TwitterInstagram and Facebook to see all my latest updates.

 

Best wishes,

Justine Greening MP | 0208 946 4557 | Email | www.justinegreening.co.uk

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Justine Greening MP | 3 Summerstown, London, SW17 0BQ United Kingdom