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Photo of the Month: Alan helping to open Hewitts Cafe in Emsworth.
The cafe is under new management, providing employment opportunities for residents from across the Havant constituency with learning difficulties. 

Welcome to my September newsletter

Dear <<First Name>>, 

Welcome to my September 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!

While Parliament itself wasn't sitting during August due to the annual Summer Recess, my work as your MP did not stop. I continued to work 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. This included helping to open the Hayling Island Three Churches Fete for the fourth consecutive year.

August also gave me an opportunity to clear my postbag. As an MP I receive hundreds of emails and letters per day on various constituency and national issues, as well as telephone calls, messages, postcards, social media posts and other correspondence. Often one of the most rewarding aspects of the job is helping people in need who write to me on a regular basis.

Last month I also secured a reversal of the proposed sale of Emsworth's Victoria Cottage Hospital (EVCH), with the NHS CCG agreeing to my request to take the site off the market to allow talks to take place. I brought all the key stakeholders together for a meeting on the issue in early September, and we have agreed a positive way forward with all parties working together to draft fresh options to move the existing GP surgery to the EVCH site. 

Don't forget nominations are now open for my 3rd Havant Small Business Awards. Visit 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: 

  • Campaigned to secure a reversal from the NHS CCG on Emsworth Victoria Cottage Hospital, taking the site off the market for sale.
  • Met the leadership team and volunteers from the Friends of Hampshire Farm Meadows in Emsworth, to get an update on the community project.
  • Visited Steve Willis Training Centre to speak with local apprentices Billy and Frankie, finding out how they are benefiting from an apprenticeship with local firm Aura Gas.
  • Helped open Hewitts Cafe in Emsworth which provides employment opportunities for residents from across Havant with learning difficulties.
  • Backed Queen Alexandra Hospital's funding bid to upgrade their A&E department.
  • Helped open the Hayling Three Churches Fete and met with local clubs and charities helping Hayling Residents.
  • Visited Avenue Lawn Tennis Club to present Head Coach Ashley Neaves with the prestigious LTA Tennis Coach of the Year Award.
  • Met with Havant and Waterlooville Football Club's General Manager Adi Aymes to discuss his plans for the Hawks this coming season.


Secured NHS reversal on Emsworth Victoria Cottage Hospital

The Emsworth Victoria Cottage Hospital (EVCH) is an important site for local residents, having been at the heart of the community for more than 100 years.
That’s why it’s only right that as the future of the site is discussed, decision-makers have an open and frank dialogue with residents, giving them an opportunity to shape the future plans.

This failed to happen when last month, without prior notice, I found out that the site was being placed on the open market for sale.
For much of the past five weeks I’ve been campaigning on this issue and calling on the NHS' South Eastern Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to reverse their decision.
After a number of phone calls, letters, and meetings including travelling back to Westminster during the Summer Recess, I am pleased that my efforts have been successful: the EVCH has been taken off the market for sale.
This is an important starting point, which I supplemented by organising a meeting in Emsworth for all of the key decision-makers, including the CCG, Doctors and NHS Property Services, the owners of the building. 
The meeting was positive, and all parties have now agreed to work together on fresh proposals that could move the existing GPs' surgery into the EVCH site. I will keep residents posted on developments over the coming months as this work progresses. 


Meeting local gas apprentices

Recently I joined two local apprentices to see their work first hand, as figures show our area is a national leader in new apprenticeship starts.

I met Gary Robinson, Managing Director of Havant-based heating company Aura Gas, and two local gas apprentices, Billy Simmonds, 17, and Frankie Small, 20, both from Leigh Park, Havant. The pair currently train at the Steve Willis Centre, where they spend a day a week learning alongside work for Aura.

In the Havant constituency, last year just under 900 people started apprenticeships.


Hampshire Farm Meadows goes from strength to strength

I met the dedicated team looking after the Hampshire Farm Meadows again to get an update this excellent Emsworth community project.

Hardworking volunteers have spent many hours tending to the community 42-acre meadow. The orchard, adjacent to the Redlands Grange development, has now become a popular dog-walking area and has more than 50 new trees, including pear, cherry and plum.

Last year I became involved in the project by planting a tree and becoming a tree warden, a role that involves preservation and upkeep of the area. I encourage anyone who would like to become a tree warden to contact the Friends of Hampshire Farm Meadows, the group of volunteers who are helping to enhance the area.

Following my visit, I’ve also agreed to sponsor an information board at the meadow entrance, which will give visitors more details about the footpaths and history of the site. I’m already looking forward to returning again soon to see it in place.

Celebrating local coaching success

In our constituency we’re fortunate to have a number of excellent sports clubs and dedicated coaches, inspiring both children and adults to lead a more active life.
Recently, I was also able to celebrate the success of the Avenue Tennis Club, presenting the UK Tennis Coach of the Year Award to Head Coach Ashley Neaves.
This prestigious title is awarded by the Lawn Tennis Association, and Ashley was recognised for his work mentoring young coaches, increasing the participation of children in tennis and working with disabled players.
After presenting him with his trophy, I was delighted to hear more about his plans for the future, including his goal of getting more children involved in tennis by visiting local schools. 



Backing QA Hospital's plans for a new A&E

I have backed the plans for a new emergency department at Queen Alexandra Hospital (QA), writing to the Health Secretary Matt Hancock in support of the bid.

This comes after a visit I made to QA, meeting with Chief Executive Mark Cubbon to discuss the planned development. During the visit I also had the chance to speak with some of the doctors and nurses working on the frontline at the hospital, including Chief Nurse Theresa Murphy and Emergency Department Matron Bethan Hutton, pictured.

In my letter to the Health Secretary backing the bid, I stressed that the emergency department at QA now sees up to 400 patients a day, up a third from 2010.

Having met some of the hard-working A&E staff, I believe this extra investment will give doctors and nurses the resources they need to deliver first class care. I am fully supportive of the plans and will be lobbying hard in Westminster to make sure that the bid is successful.


Visit Parliament for a tour

As Parliament returns after the Summer Recess, I wanted to let you know that you can visit and tour this historic estate free of charge. 

Free guided tours of the Palace of Westminster are available to Havant constituents and includes the chance to see: 

  • Westminster Hall, the ancient hall at the heart of the Palace where Parliament first sat and where many historic events have taken place;
  • The House of Commons Chamber, including the Speaker's Chair and the famous green benches and the 'lobbies' where MPs actually vote;
  • The House of Lords, including the Royal Throne;
  • The Queen's Robing Room, Royal Gallery and many other fascinating parts of the Palace of Westminster.
Earlier this year I met with local residents Simon and Emily Cole (pictured) during their tour of Parliament. Anyone interested in booking a tour should contact me via for more information.  


County Council recruiting new School Crossing Patrol officers on Hayling Island

Hampshire County Council is advertising for new members for its School Crossing Patrol on Hayling Island. 

The relief will cover Patrols at both Mill Rythe and Mengham Schools when the regular Patrols are unable to attend.

Anyone who is interested should either ring 01962 846 200 or apply online HERE

Businesses could benefit from broadband boost

Businesses are being encouraged to sign up to a new scheme which will give them access to gigabit, also known as ‘hyperfast’, broadband.

Small and medium sized enterprises can now apply for up to £3,000 through a Government Gigabit Voucher Scheme to install and connect to a faster, more reliable and more robust broadband connection.

To find out more, including details on how to apply, visit the Hampshire Superfast Broadband website -

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 19 October
If you need Alan's help, please contact Alan using the form on this page.

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Please include your full address including postcode in all communications. 

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Post: House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA

Havant Constituency Office:
Post: Building 6000, Langstone Technology Park, Havant, PO9 1SA
Phone: 023 9241 5620

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