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Photo of the month: Alan Mak MP with members of the Emsworth Business Association who were serving tasty Lobster Bisque on the Quay to raise money for the RNLI during the town's annual Lobster and Carols Around the Tree event. 

Welcome to my January newsletter


Dear <<First Name>>, 
 
Happy New Year! Welcome to my January 2017 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!

I hope residents have had a good festive break and are looking forward to 2017 as much as me.

Locally, all three of my highly successful community events will be returning in 2017, with next one being the Jobs, Apprenticeships and Careers Fair taking place at Havant Leisure Centre on Friday 3 March. We will have hundreds of jobs on offer, and our exhibitors will also be on hand to explain different career paths and promote apprenticeships.
 
During the first half of 2017 my popular Small Business Awards will be open for nominations, so start thinking about who to nominate. I’ll let residents know when nominations formally open. Everyone who sends in a nomination will be entered into a draw to win tickets to attend the Awards Ceremony in June 2017. Finally, towards the end of the year my Older Persons’ Information Fair will again provide advice and ideas for our senior citizens.
 
None of these events can take place without the support of residents and I hope you will continue to help them remain successful.
 
In Westminster, I’ll continue to work hard on delivering results for residents across our large and diverse constituency. One of my key campaigns is lobbying for fairer school funding, and I am keeping up the pressure to make sure that Hampshire gets its fair share of the money available.
 
We await the decision of the Supreme Court over whether Parliament needs to vote to start the Brexit process. If the judges rule that Article 50 needs to be triggered through a vote in the House of Commons, I can reassure residents that I’ll be respecting the will of the people and the result of the referendum, and I’ll vote in favour of starting the process of leaving the European Union.
 
Thank you to residents for your continued support, and I will continue working hard for you locally and in Westminster. I wish you all the best for the New Year.
 
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: 

  • Praised hardworking posties for helping to deliver the Christmas mail on time, after making visits to sorting offices across the constituency. He made the early start on three separate mornings in order to meet the postmen and women at the Royal Mail sorting offices in Havant, Emsworth and Hayling Island, before they headed off on their rounds.
  • Experienced virtual banking, learning how the latest technology is being used to improve banking services locally during a visit to meet staff at the Nationwide branch in Havant. 
  • Announced a new £250,000 fund to support budding entrepreneurs looking to start a business, and existing business owners from across Havant looking to grow by developing new products or services. He has worked with Solent LEP over the last 12 months to create and now launch the new Havant Business Support Fund.
  • Given his backing to a bid from Havant Borough Council for funding to establish what infrastructure is needed to go alongside new homes earmarked by the recently adopted Local Plan Housing Statement.
  • Welcomed Brexit Minister Robin Walker to Langstone Technology Park for a talk and discussion he organised with Havant business leaders. After the meeting the Minister backed the Havant economy, saying our area is well placed to weather the uncertainty surrounding the UK's departure from the EU.
  • Condemned the strike action by trade unions on Southern Rail services running through Havant and the south east as “needless”, urging the ASLEF union leadership to call off the strikes as negotiations resume. 
  • Encouraged residents thinking of giving something back to the community to consider becoming a retained firefighter following a meeting with the Chief Fire Officer for Hampshire Dave Curry at Havant Fire Station.
  • Joined calls for tougher sentencing for dangerous drivers that kill, backing the recent “Drive For Justice” campaign by The Portsmouth News which was praised by the Justice Secretary Liz Truss.
  • Visited 15 independent businesses from across the constituency on Small Business Saturday, showing his support for an initiative that celebrates the vital role played by small companies.
  • Taken a bike tour of Hayling Island with local residents to discuss ways of improving cycling routes across the Island.
  • Described the proposed closure of Emsworth's NatWest branch as "very disappointing news" and taken immediate action, calling on Royal Bank of Scotland Group (owners of NatWest) to review and reverse their decision.
  • Sung Christmas carols in Emsworth at the annual Lobster and Carols Round the Tree event on the Quayside which helps to raise funds for the RNLI.
  • Spoken at the North East Hayling Residents Association AGM for the second year running about his work as our local MP.
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LOCAL NEWS

Announcing £250k Business Support Fund

Budding entrepreneurs looking to build a company and small business owners across the Havant constituency now have the chance to bid for new funding, after I announced a new £250,000 scheme alongside the Solent LEP at Langstone Technology Park.

After coming up with the idea, I have been working alongside the LEP for the last 12 months to get the Havant Business Support Fund off the ground. The initiative will offer capital funding of between £10,000 and £75,000 to local entrepreneurs, individuals and SMEs either as a grant, loan, forward-funding or on an equity-share basis.

Supporting businesses and start-ups with high growth potential or firms seeking to develop new products and enter into new markets will be the top priority.

The Fund will also offer support to individuals who are interested in starting a new business, and small businesses facing challenging trading conditions.

Local businesses will be able to apply for funds to contribute towards projects that will unlock additional investment, improve business productivity and support local jobs.

I encourage anyone thinking of starting up a business – or growing an existing business – in the Havant Borough to apply for funding. This is a tangible, practical scheme from me as local MP to help our community and local businesses. Please help me spread the word and encourage applications.

READ MORE HERE

Cycling Haying Island to discuss safety

Two members of Cycle Haying gave me a bike tour of the Island during December to discuss ways of improving the area for riders.

Cycle Hayling committee member David Mowatt took the time to explain the improvements that the group are trying to make, with special focus on making cycling safer for schoolchildren.

The ride came about after I met members of Cycle Hayling at a range of community evets since being elected. David explained his masterplan for cycling on the Island by  linking up certain cycle paths on Hayling so that more children can go to school without having to use the roads.

Helping more children and students ride to school and college is a good idea. I’ll work with Cycle Hayling, Havant Borough and Hampshire County Councils and local landowners to do all we can to turn this vision into reality.

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Consider becoming a retained firefighter

Residents thinking of giving something back to the community should consider becoming a retained firefighter. That is my message following a meeting  with the Chief Fire Officer for Hampshire Dave Curry at Havant Fire Station.

Without retained firefighters, who are on-call on weekday nights and weekends, the fire service would not be able to respond to emergency calls.

Although they are paid when called out, most do it to give something back to the community in which they live.

I visited the Havant Fire Station on Park Way to meet local firefighters who not only protect homes from being burnt down, but also deal with road crashes and animal rescues. It was good to return to Havant Fire Station and hear that local fire provision across the Havant constituency is on a good footing. 

READ MORE HERE

WESTMINSTER NEWS

Brexit Minister backs Havant’s economy

A Brexit Minister has backed Havant’s economy following a visit to Langstone Technology Park, which I organised in December.

Robin Walker MP, Minister at the new Department for Exiting the European Union (pictured above front left) spoke at a meeting of local business leaders. The Minister reiterated the Government’s commitment to leaving the European Union following the Referendum result, and during a roundtable discussion I chaired he answered questions posed by local business figures.

The local economy is well-placed to overcome the uncertainties posed by Brexit and is fundamentally strong with low unemployment, a skilled workforce, strong transport connections, and an array of successful businesses large and small, including those at Langstone Technology Park. I invited the new Brexit Minister to Havant so he could hear about how the Brexit decision was impacting firms locally, in one of Mr Walker’s first visits in his new role.

The Government is currently engaging with business leaders up and down the country as part of discussions which will help shape negotiations about the UK’s future relationship with the EU, and I wanted to ensure he came to our area.

The Minister said he was pleased to hear the views of local business owners and says he will take them on-board as the Government finalises its Brexit negotiating strategy.

READ MORE HERE

Tougher sentences for dangerous drivers

Following a meeting with the Justice Secretary Liz Truss I joined calls for tougher sentencing for dangerous drivers that kill, backing the recent “Drive For Justice” campaign by local newspaper The Portsmouth News.

It follows an announcement by the Government to hand life sentences to offenders who cause death by careless driving whilst under the influence of drink or drugs - an increase on the current 14 year upper limit.

Dangerous drivers causing death by speeding, street racing or while on a mobile phone are among those now facing the same sentences as those charged with manslaughter.

Killer drivers rip apart families and ruin lives so I am fully behind these new proposals. The pain felt by loved ones will stay with them for the rest of their lives, which is why we need to make sure the punishment fits the crime. The Government’s message, which I support, is absolutely clear - if you drive dangerously and kill on our roads, you could face a life sentence.

READ MORE HERE

UPCOMING EVENT

COMMUNITY INFORMATION

Hampshire Farm Meadows in Emsworth

A much-loved beauty spot in Emsworth will now be maintained by the Borough Council.

Hampshire Farm Meadows is a 42 acre open public space which is used by many members of the public for a plethora of purposes.

Management of the land has formally been transferred to Havant Borough Council and their partner organisation, Norse South East, will now undertake all further maintenance.

Plans are in place for ensuring that the land continues to be accessible to all. I look forward to visiting the meadows next month. 

Anyone who is interested in helping should email hfmfriends@gmail.com  

GRANT INFORMATION

Round 2 of Community Grants Programme

Round 2 of the £1 million Solent Community Grants Programme will close on Friday 6 January.

The fund provides grants of £10,000 to £30,000 to organisations working in the Solent LEP area who are able to reach and work with individuals facing complex barriers to employment, enabling them to move closer to or into employment.
 
Priority will be given to those working in areas of the highest unemployment and deprivation.

For more information visit www.solentgrowthhub.co.uk

Future drop-in surgery details
No appointment needed. Just drop-in any time during the time slots below.

Friday 13 January - 4.30pm to 6pm - Meridian Centre, Havant (ground floor next to the Sky Stand)

Contact me

The best way to contact me is in writing via e-mail or post.

Please include your full address including postcode in all communications. 

Westminster Parliamentary Office:
Post: House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
E-mail: alan.mak.mp@parliament.uk

Havant Constituency Office:
Post: Building 6000, Langstone Technology Park, Havant, PO9 1SA
E-Mail: alan.mak.mp@parliament.uk
Phone: 023 9241 5620

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