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Photo of the Month: Meeting pupils from St. Peter’s Catholic Primary School in Stakes and answering their questions, seeing lessons in action, and hearing about their exciting plans for a new prayer garden which I'm supporting.

Welcome to my June newsletter


Dear <<First Name>>, 

Welcome to my June 2018 residents' newsletter, my latest monthly update designed to give an overview about what I've been doing locally across the Havant constituency, and in Westminster. Please feel free to forward this on to your friends, family and neighbours who may be interested: they can sign-up to receive it themselves by clicking this link!

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My next major community event is my third Community Groups and Older Persons Information Fair. It's now less than two months away. Taking place on Friday 3 August at the Beacon in the Meridian Centre in central Havant, from 10am to 2pm, those exhibiting this year include Age UK, Citizens Advice Havant, Churchers Solicitors, Staunton Country Park and many more. 

Admission is free, and once again a wide range of local community & voluntary groups, businesses and service providers will be available to chat and offer guidance. So whether you are looking for some help & advice or want to get involved with a community group, then come along to find out more.

Don't forget nominations are now open for my 3rd Havant Small Business Awards. Visit alanmak.org.uk/nominate to find out more.
 
Thank you to residents for your ongoing support, and I will continue working hard for you locally and in Westminster. 
 
Please contact me to invite me to a community event, or to give me feedback on this newsletter! 

Best wishes, 

Alan Mak MP

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Since the last newsletter, Alan has: 

  • Met Sheila Morris from Emsworth In Bloom to see their colourful floral displays for the summer, which he has contributed to. Alan's floral display is in planters outside the Emsworth Surgery building. 
  • Met Rob Humby, Hampshire County Council Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment, to discuss local service provision including waste recycling centres, the Hayling Ferry, infrastructure and working together to support the Havant constituency. 
  • Spoke with former Carillion Apprentice, Tom Curley, whose role was saved by Havant-based company, Comserv after the contractor's collapse. 
  • Co-founded a new All-Party Parliamentary Group to lobby for better railway services that pass through Havant.
  • Attended the launch of the new sponsorship link between Portsmouth FC and Portsmouth University.
  • Welcomed Policing Minister Nick Hurd to the Havant constituency to meet ocal officers to discuss Hampshire Constabulary’s delivery of neighbourhood policing.
  • Attended the popular Community Big Lunch at the Stride Centre, organised by the Warblington and Denvilles Residents Association (WDRA). Alan was also guest speaker at the WDRA AGM again this year.
  • Visited St Peter's Catholic School in Stakes for a tour and to speak to students about his role as an MP. 
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LOCAL NEWS

Supporting our excellent local community groups

Across our constituency we are incredibly lucky to have a wide range of excellent community groups. One of these is Emsworth in Bloom, who I caught up with to see their colourful floral displays ready for the summer season.
 
Run by Sheila Morris and her dedicated volunteer team (some of whom are pictured above), they have planted a number of delightful flowers around Emsworth, which have proved popular with residents and bring in visitors from across the wider region.  
 
Having seen them in action over the last few years, I’m aware of the big difference their efforts are making to the town, and was delighted to contribute a new planter of flowers outside the Emsworth Surgery in the town centre (pictured). That now forms part of a wider collection of outstanding floral displays in all parts of the town, which I encourage residents to see.
 

Police Minister visits following funding boost as Alan's campaign pays off

I welcomed Police Minister Nick Hurd to the Havant constituency to meet local officers to discuss Hampshire Constabulary’s delivery of neighbourhood policing. I also welcomed recent funding increases after my successful Westminster lobbying campaign to secure more money.

The Government has changed the law to allow the local Police & Crime Commissioner to raise extra funds. For Hampshire Police, this means an above inflation budget rise and an extra £9.6M in funding.

I invited the Police Minister to see for himself how this extra funding is making a positive difference locally. From tackling drug-related crime and anti-social behaviour to community engagement, our police are pro-active and effective.

I know some residents were concerned about some changes to neighbourhood policing on Hayling Island, so I introduced the Minister to the team that patrols the Island (pictured), as well as officers from other parts of the constituency. 

The recent operational changes were not caused by any specific spending reductions but are entirely about ensuring the Hayling neighbourhood police team are better aligned with the work done by their colleagues across the Borough.

The Havant constituency remains a safe place to live, work and visit, with an effective local police presence whose work the Minister has endorsed.

READ MORE HERE

 

Meeting former Carillion Apprentice Tom Curley helped by Havant business

I visited Havant-based business Comserv after they stepped in to help a former Carillion apprentice following the collapse of the contractor. 

Tom Curley faced losing his carpentry apprenticeship after the company entered administration earlier this year, but his role was saved after New Lane firm Comserv stepped in.

Comserv provide responsive repairs maintenance to Portsmouth City Council and other projects, looking after around 15,000 Local Authority properties, many in Leigh Park. It’s great that a local firm have been able to create something positive out of Carillion’s collapse by taking on Tom and securing his apprenticeship.

The Government has set a target of three million more apprenticeships by 2020. In the Havant constituency, last year just under 900 people started apprenticeships. 

I’m committed to boosting apprenticeships, as they not only give young people the opportunity to learn a valuable skill while earning at the same time, they also raise the productivity of businesses.

READ MORE HERE

WESTMINSTER NEWS

Leigh Park school's success recognised nationally

Park Community School in Leigh Park has been named as a finalist in the TES Schools Awards (formerly the Times Educational Supplement). The Awards recognise the commitment, quality and innovation shown by teachers and support staff across the UK.

The school was nominated in the Community and Collaboration award category for its MUNCH scheme and I was delighted to welcome headteacher Chris Anders to Parliament to find out more.

MUNCH operates in the school holidays and supplies nutritious two course meals and activities for children and their families attending any Leigh Park school. Play equipment is provided, along with learning practitioners, who help encourage the learning of maths and English skills. The Park School nurse is also on hand, on a drop in basis, for any concerns parents may have.

Schools are at the heart of our community, so it’s right that we recognise the important role they can play outside of education. Backing our local schools and colleges so our young people get the best start in life is one of my top priorities as your local MP. 

Launching a new Rail Lobby Group

in Westminster, I've co-founded and launched a new cross-party group to lobby the new operators of the Havant to London line to deliver on their promises of faster, better trains.
 
The new All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Wessex Railway Route will lobby South Western Railways to ensure they deliver improved services for customers.
 
I have been in regular contact with South Western over the last year but I hope that this APPG will be an effective way of lobbying on behalf of constituents.

As a regular user of the trains I know how vital the Havant to London route is in delivering economic growth for our area. As First Group and MTR approach the end of their first year running the franchise I expect them to deliver on the promises they made during the bidding process and ensure improved reliability of their trains.

READ MORE HERE
 

COMMUNITY INFORMATION

Government funding to address flood risk in Langstone

Funding to develop designs for a new coastal defence scheme which could protect homes from flooding and erosion in Langstone has been secured.

The Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership (ESCP), on behalf of Havant Borough Council (HBC), has secured £376,000 made up of a grant from the Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and the HBC Community Infrastructure Levy.

The outline designs for the new coastal defence scheme will look to reduce flood and coastal erosion risk over the next 100 years for 86 properties and critical infrastructure. This includes the A3023, the only road crossing to Hayling Island.

As part of the designs, the ESCP will look to identify opportunities to improve the public space along the waterfront by consulting with residents and businesses in Langstone. HBC also aims to share initial designs with residents early next year.

Alan has secured visits from Environment Secretary Michael Gove and Environment Minister Therese Coffey to the area so they could see our local coastline and marine environment for themselves. 

For more information about the Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership please visit www.escp.org.uk

Take brisk steps towards a healthier lifestyle

Hampshire County Council is encouraging residents to build ten minutes of brisk walking into their day, and download the ‘Active 10’ app to support them.  Recent research shows that just 10 minutes a day of brisk walking counts as a form of intense physical activity and can make a huge difference to your health.

Brisk walking is simply walking at a pace that gets your heart pumping faster and makes you feel slightly out of breath.  It can make you feel better, more energetic and improve your mood.

Over time, brisk walking can help to lower the risk of serious illnesses like heart disease and type 2 diabetes as well as reducing bone and muscle loss associated with ageing which helps to reduce falling in later life.  It also improves mental wellbeing and reduces anxiety.

For Hampshire residents who want to start walking, there are also a number of free, short walks available every week as part of Walking for health.  These are led by friendly, specially trained volunteers who are on hand to provide support, and make sure no one gets left behind.

MP advice surgery details

 
Alan and his team will allocate surgery meeting appointments where they feel that it would be beneficial for Alan to meet the resident concerned. Each meeting lasts for 15 minutes, and are by appointment only. Most residents' queries and casework matters do not require a meeting because Alan can progress such matters without the need to take up a resident's time as long as the necessary information is provided. 

Surgery Schedule: 
  • Friday 29 June
  • Friday 13 July 
If you need Alan's help, please contact Alan using the form on this page.

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