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Photo of the Month: Alan supporting the Manor Trust/Elms Summer Garden Party in Bedhampton. An excellent community fundraiser he's supported on a number of occasions since being elected.

Welcome to my August newsletter


Dear <<First Name>>, 

Welcome to my August 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!

Although Parliament has now risen for its annual Summer Recess, my work as your MP continues, both in the constituency and in Westminster. Locally, I've enjoyed visiting a wide range of excellent summer community events that have been taking place around the constituency. Some of the events I've visited have included the Bedhampton Summer Show which I helped open for the third consecutive year; the Friends of Hermitage Stream Fun Day in Leigh Park; the Manor Trust/Elms Summer Garden Party in Bedhampton; the St Alban's Primary School Summer Fete in West Leigh; and the Hayling Three Churches Fete which I helped to open for the fourth consecutive year. There are still two more excellent events in August for your diary, with the Purbrook Horticultural Society Summer Show on Sunday 19 August and the Emsworth Summer Show on Monday 27 August. 

This month also saw the return of my successful Community Groups and Older Persons Information Fair for the third consecutive year. This year I organised and hosted it at The Beacon and Meridian Centre in Havant. This year's event had 60 exhibitors and over 1,000 people attending across the day, so a record turnout on both fronts. 

I would like to thank all those that made the event the success it was, especially local residents who attended.  

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: 

  • Organised another successful MP's Community Groups and Older Persons Information Fair at The Beacon and Meridian Centre, with over 1000 people in attendance.
  • Welcomed Schools Minister Nick Gibb to Oaklands Catholic School to see how extra investment which Alan helped to secure for our area is being put to use.
  • Called on NHS Property Services to halt the sale of the Emsworth Victoria Cottage Hospital to allow for discussions to place on the future of the site with community groups, and met local community representatives to listen to their views. 
  • Hosted the annual Summer Reception for the All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Fourth Industrial Revolution, a cross-party group he chairs, along with guest speaker, Chancellor Philip Hammond.
  • Met with the Pollinator Promise team again at the St. Alban's Primary School Summer Fete. 
  • Supported calls by Cancer Research UK to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured. 
  • Attended the Friends of Hermitage Stream Fun Day in Leigh Park meeting local residents and drawing the raffle. 
  • Spoke at the Purbrook Park School Awards Ceremony congratulating pupils and teachers for their hard work. 
  • Welcomed staff and pupils from Park Community School to Westminster to the AQA Unlocking Potential Award Ceremony. 
  • Held another School Leaders Forum with local headteachers and principals to discuss funding and educational issues with the Schools Minister Nick Gibb.
  • Attended the first Hayling Island Folk Music and Acoustic Festival at the Lifeboat Inn. 
  • Helped open the Bedhampton Summer Show and congratulated the Show Committee for another successful event. 
  • Hosted a tea party to celebrate 100 years of votes for women at Crookhorn College. 
  • Met with Portsmouth Water Managing Director Neville Smith to discuss plans for a new reservoir at Havant Thicket.
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LOCAL NEWS

Record breaking Community Groups and Older Persons Information Fair

More than one thousand residents came to my third Community Groups and Older Persons Information Fair at the Meridian Centre and the Beacon, with around 60 exhibitors displaying information about local groups and organisations that support senior citizens.

A number of residents also took the opportunity to become Dementia Friends, with sessions run by Dementia Friendly Hayling Island.

It was a superb day and I was delighted once again by the brilliant turnout, and for the support from residents who came to find out more about the excellent services on offer in the community.

For those unable to attend the event, the full contact details of all the exhibitors can be found at alanmak.org.uk/copif

READ MORE HERE

Call to halt sale of Victoria Cottage Hospital

I've called on NHS Property Services (NHSPS) to halt their sale of Emsworth's Victoria Cottage Hospital to allow  time for the community to engage with the process. 

I was not given advance notification about this disappointing decision to put the site on the market for sale, and I found out myself via social media. I responded immediately by writing to the Chief Executive of NHSPS calling for the sale to be halted and asking them to attend a roundtable meeting I'll be organising in Emsworth for NHS officials to meet community representatives.

I've now heard back from NHSPS, who have agreed to attend my meeting, and they have confirmed they'll respect the rules regarding Assets of Community Value. That means if a community group expresses an interest, the site cannot be sold for at least six months. 

In the meantime, I have met a range of Emsworth community representatives and I'm continuing to engage with all of the relevant stakeholders. I'll keep residents updated as I hear more. If you are interested receiving specific emails regarding my work on healthcare in Emsworth, please click here

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Welcomed Schools Minister Nick Gibb to see new investment in classrooms 

Schools Minister Nick Gibb came to Oaklands Catholic School recently for visit I organised to showcase new investment the Government is making in local schools. 

The Minister observed lessons, met teachers and students, and launched building work for a £1.2million improvement works project. The investment came from the Government’s Condition Improvement Fund to refurbish the Newman Block, which is part of the Education Department’s continued capital investment into schools.

I have been campaigning in Westminster for more money for our local schools, and that work over the last three years is now paying off. 

During the visit the Minister also attended a roundtable meeting which I organised with local headteachers to discuss the updated National Funding Formula for schools. The new funding formula will ensure every school in the constituency will see a budget increase following my campaign for more funding in Westminster.  Under a previous draft funding formula schools in Havant had been set to lose around £1million.

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Celebrated votes for women with school tea party

To mark 100 years since women gained the right to vote in Havant and across the country I hosted a tea party for students at Crookhorn College. The EqualiTeas event gave pupils the opportunity to share, debate, and celebrate what equality means to them over a cup of tea.

This year marks 100 years since The Representation of the People Act 1918 extended the right to vote to all men over 21 and the first women, making this one of the most important centenaries in British democratic history. Ten years later The Representation of the People (Equal Franchise) Act 1928, gave all women over 21 the right to vote.

As part of a programme of events from the UK Parliament to mark these important milestones for democracy, EqualiTeas events are taking place around the country.

READ MORE HERE 

WESTMINSTER NEWS

Chancellor speaks at my Fourth Industrial Revolution Group Summer Reception

There was an excellent turnout for the Summer Reception of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on the Fourth Industrial Revolution which featured the Chancellor Philip Hammond as guest speaker. In my role as founding chairman of the 4IR APPG I spoke alongside the Chancellor about how the UK must be a leader in developing new technology so we are an attractive investment destination. 

The event was attended by parliamentarians, business leaders and academics as well as investors and entrepreneurs that will together make Britain a leader of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

For more information about my work on the Fourth Industrial Revolution and to read my recent policy reports on the subject please click here

Chance to visit new exhibition in Parliament

I have called on residents from across the Havant constituency to visit an important new exhibition which tells the story of the fight by women to have their say in Parliament.

Voice and Vote: Women’s Place in Parliament is part of the anniversary celebrations marking the 100 years since some women gained the right to vote. The exhibition not only tells the hidden “her-story” of the UK Parliament: the campaigning, the protests and the achievements. It also examines where we are today, and shows that anyone can make change happen and exercise their democratic rights.

This poignant exhibition tells the important story of how women won the right to vote – and the indelible mark they have made on politics in this country. It highlights how far we have come in boosting the number of women in politics – and I am proud to say that I serve Britain’s second female Prime Minister.

Further information, including how to get tickets, click here 

COMMUNITY INFORMATION

Keep cool and stay out of the sun - advice from Hampshire County Council during the hot weather 

The Department of Health Heatwave Plan has some simple advice to help people cope with the heat. These are particularly important for those in the high risk groups in order to avoid suffering ill-effects from the heat: 

Stay out of the heat: 
• Keep out of the sun between 11.00am and 3.00pm 
• If you have to go out in the heat, walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a hat and light scarf 

Cool yourself down: 
• Have plenty of cold drinks, and avoid excess alcohol, caffeine and hot drinks 
• Eat cold foods, particularly salads and fruit with a high water content 

Keep your environment cool: 
• Keeping your living space cool is especially important for infants, the elderly or those with chronic health conditions or who can’t look after themselves 
• Keep windows that are exposed to the sun closed during the day, and open windows at night when the temperature has dropped 
For more information on how to keep yourself and loved ones cool visit NHS Choices web pages

 

Road improvement work starting 

Work has begun to upgrade the roundabout that brings together Brockhampton Road, Southmoor Lane, Harts Farm Way and Brookside Road in a bid to increase safety and ease congestion.

These improvements will take place between 09.30 and 16.00hrs to reduce disruption during peak times. However, you should still expect some delays as outside of these hours they may still be cones and barriers on the carriageway to protect the work being done.

A new kerbed roundabout, pedestrian islands and a change to road markings, to create two new lanes, will allow for a better flow of traffic.  Cyclists will also benefit from an off-road cycle route through the junction.

The improvements have come following lobbying Alan has made to Hampshire County Council to improve highways in the constituency. The improvements are expected to take four months to complete.

Early bin collection due to hot weather 

There will be a slight change in the time schedule for bins to be collected across the borough due to the hot weather.

Norse South East, who collect rubbish and recycling on behalf of Havant Borough Council, will be starting collections from 6.30am.

Councillor Gary Hughes, Cabinet lead for Contracts and Commercial Services, said: “The recent long stretch of heat has challenged our refuse and recycling teams. During these extremely hot days we aim to assist our staff as much as possible.  We ask residents to support us by putting their bins out just half an hour earlier to ensure a timely and effective service can be provided.”
 

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:
  • Thursday 6 September
  • Friday 19 October
If you need Alan's help, please contact Alan using the form on this page.

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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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