November was a very busy month and I hope this e-newsletter provides you with a brief update on some of the things I've been working on locally, plus there's still a new Heathrow consultation which is important to have our say on. If you are ever interested in getting involved with any of the projects I am working on, do get in touch.
Working in Putney, Roehampton and Southfields
In November, it was a packed month working on local issues raised by residents with me. I:
- Worked on over 950 cases in my role as a constituency MP to follow up on residents’ concerns. In the last week, I started working on 250 new cases to help local residents who’ve got in touch.
- Had 190 meetings this month in my local and ministerial role.
- Held weekly constituency 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.
- Surveyed Putney Hill with council candidate Sarah Binder to see what can be done to improve road safety.
- Met with residents near Wildcroft Road to hear their concerns about anti-social behaviour and improvements for Reservoir Cottage.
- Discussed local policing issues with the Borough Commander.
- Along with Stephen Hammond MP, met with the Charity Commission to discuss Wimbledon and Putney Common.
- Reviewed future plans for improving the Scout Hut with the leader of the Putney Scouts.
- Met with Jobcentre Plus to discuss regeneration in Roehampton and how we could work together to make sure any new jobs created were offered to local people first.
- Visited Putney High School to see their plans for the site and to discuss concerns raised with me by residents about traffic congestion around the school.
- Attended Remembrance Services with the Royal British Legion in Putney to honour local service men and women.
- Met with the Managing Director of the Underground for Transport for London, Mark Wild, to discuss plans for the District Line and improving our local services.
- Visited the Alton Primary School.
- Met with the independent consultation adviser to the draft Airports National Policy Statement to get an update on the re-launched consultation process and outline residents' concerns. Please respond here.
- Held a public meeting in Southfields with the Friends of Wimbledon Park to hear residents' views on suggested plans for Wimbledon Park.
- Discussed regeneration in Roehampton and concerns about local bus services with the Roehampton Student Union to see how we can best work together for our community.
- Attended the Roehampton Forum meeting to provide an update on the new boundary proposals suggested by the Boundary Commission and how to respond, which you can do here.
- Heard from local residents about what improvements they wanted to see at a meeting of the Putney Society.
Working for Westminster
As a local Member of Parliament, this month in Westminster I have
- Spoke to the UK Youth Parliament to encourage young people across the country to get involved in politics.
- Won the Masterclass Tutor of the Year Award from the Patchwork Foundation.
- Attended the BEAT eating disorders reception to discuss treatment for eating disorders locally with a former resident.
This month the Government also produced its Budget. You can see the whole Budget here, but some key points for our area include:
- Business rate retention pilot for London Boroughs. Londoners will benefit from a £240 million boost to infrastructure and front line services through a pilot which will enable boroughs to keep the growth they achieve in business rates and decide how best to use the money locally.
- NHS funding for facilities in the South West London Estates Modernisation Programme. People in London will benefit from a share of a £2.6 billion fund for local NHS organisations to improve their facilities and deliver better patient care.
- Abolishing stamp duty for first time buyers. First time buyers will pay no stamp duty on properties worth up to £300,000. For first time buyers locally on properties of up to £500,000, no stamp duty will apply to the first £300,000 so 95% of first time buyers will see a reduction in stamp duty.
Plans for Wimbledon Park
This month, along with the Friends of Wimbledon Park, I held a public meeting on future plans for Wimbledon Park.
The meeting was well attended and it was great to hear from so many local people who clearly love the park as it is such a fantastic community resource. Prior to the meeting I wrote to Merton Council to get an update on plans, which will be produced in early 2018, and they have indicated they are happy to take on board our feedback.
There will be a survey that will go around from Friends of Wimbledon Park and I will provide updates on my website while we continue to get local people's views. While there was a lot of discussion on the best use the athletics stadium, I think people have identified several easy improvements that will make the park better for all users, including improved toilet facilities and better landscaping, so I will write to Merton Council to ask if they can ensure those are included in future plans.
Local transport improvements
I met with the Managing Director of the Underground for Transport for London, Mark Wild, this month to outline our concerns over delays on the District line and hear about TfL's future plans for the area.
The meeting was very helpful and TfL plans to improve tube services over the next few years as it completes its upgrade of signalling. This will see a further increase in capacity and it means we will have a more reliable tube service along the Wimbledon line branch.
We were also able to discuss some possible solutions to the lack of connectivity along the south west corridor, and in Roehampton in particular. I've also asked him to look at Putney station second entrance plans as a way of creating a local transport hub with East Putney underground station as outlined in the Mayor of London's transport strategy.
Future jobs as part of Roehampton regeneration
This month I met with officials from JobCentre Plus to get an update on how the roll out of Universal Credit will work locally. If you ever have any concerns or problems locally with UC or any other benefits payments, do get in touch.
We were also able to discuss the potential of future job growth in and around the Alton Estate following regeneration. I have asked JobCentre Plus to work with me to ensure that future jobs are offered to people who live locally first and have discussed several ideas including running recruitment days on the estate.
I will continue to work with Wandsworth Borough Council and Jobcentre Plus to make sure that this trend continues and that the regeneration work really improves the lives of people living and working in Roehampton.
REMINDER: Further Consultation on Aircraft Noise and Heathrow Expansion - Closing 19 December
The Transport Secretary has announced a further period of consultation on Heathrow expansion following updated evidence that has been released that revises long term aviation forecasts, passenger numbers and GDP figures. Local people will know that these are issues that we have highlighted previously to both the Airports Commission originally and also the DfT.
The National Policy Framework has had to be redrafted and this consultation will run until 19 December. It is very important that our community responds. The new reports again show that Heathrow's proposals will have a negative effect on both air and noise pollution with less time for respite than our current eight hours - these are all issues that already have a huge impact on our quality of life locally.
You can respond online to the consultation here and I will also be responding as local MP. If you'd like to be kept up to date with what I am doing on this issue, please let me know and I will add you to my Heathrow interest group so that you can receive regular updates.
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 email@example.com, write to me at 3 Summerstown, SW17 0BQ or call my office on 0208 946 4557. You can also follow me on Twitter and Facebook to see all my latest updates.
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