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Photo of the month: Alan Mak MP with father & daughter Andy and Chloe Gooch, who both found jobs at Horizon Leisure Centre after attending Alan's Jobs & Apprenticeships Fair in February 2016.

Welcome to my August newsletter

Dear <<First Name>>, 
Welcome to my August 2016 residents' newsletter, the first in a new series of monthly updates 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!
It's been a busy couple of months here in Parliament, from the appointment of a new Prime Minister to the vote on the renewal of our Trident nuclear deterrent. Both my Westminster and constituency offices have remained busy over the summer Recess, and I'm continuing to deal with residents' queries, attend community events and work on my long-term campaigns and events.

Following the success of my Jobs & Apprenticeships Fair in February, and my Small Business Awards in April, the next local community event I am organising is the first ever MP's Older Persons' Information Fair on Friday 14 October at the Hayling Island Community Centre between 10am-3pm. Click here for more information. 

The Older Persons' Fair  will bring together a wide range of local businesses, government agencies, community groups and charities that work with or serve older people. The Fair is free to attend, and open to everyone, including friends, family, neighbours and carers of older people.

Thank you to residents for your continued 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 first newsletter! 

Best wishes, 

Alan Mak MP

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In the last month, Alan Mak MP has: 

  • Sat on the prestigious House of Commons Finance Bill Committee passing the 2016 UK Budget on a clause-by-clause basis.
  • Successfully campaigned against the closure of the Hayling Island waste recycling centre alongside local residents.
  • Met with trade union leaders - and Transport Ministers - to lobby for improvements to Southern Rail services and urged the unions to stop their damaging industrial action.
  • Organised a positive meeting with NHS bosses to push forward plans for a new Emsworth Surgery at the old Victoria Cottage Hospital site; and written to the Chief Executive of NHS England supporting a bid for £4.4million in capital funding for a new surgery building.
  • Backed a campaign by Havant-based charity Southern Domestic Abuse Service to build a new women's refuge;  and wrote to the Education Secretary to support the charity's bid for two grants worth £600,000.
  • Set up a new Leigh Park MP Advisory Group which is due to meet next month for the first time.
  • Attended the Bedhampton Summer Fete, and judged the Best Dressed Stall competition.
  • Met Havant Borough Council officers about the their draft new Local Plan on housing.  


Hayling Tip campaign success

I welcomed news that Hayling Island's household waste recycling centre will not be closed. I led the political campaign to keep it open, alongside Hayling Island resident Allison Wiltshire who organised the community campaign on the ground. 
Hampshire County Council, which operates the site off Fishery Lane, announced on Friday 22 July that the waste recycling centre would not close, but savings would instead be made by reducing operating hours and levying a charge on users from outside Hampshire.
Separately, charges will also be levied for non-domestic waste deposited at the Hayling site by local residents, such as rubble, plasterboard and construction waste, from January 2017.


Progress on new Emsworth surgery

In late July I organised a meeting to push for a new Emsworth surgery which was very positive. A number of key steps have now been completed and the process has moved forward since 2015, but there is more work to do.

Emsworth Surgery have been looking to move to new and larger premises at the old Victoria Cottage Hospital site for over a decade, but the move has encountered several difficulties which I have been working to unblock since my election in May 2015.

My meeting brought together the surgery’s doctors, NHS bodies, councillors from Havant Borough Council and a firm of surveyors to move the process forward and to provide me with an update on the situation. This is the latest in a series of high-level meetings I've organised since I took the lead in getting the process moving again after May 2015.


Toasting Hayling's new wine lounge

I was one of the first customers at Hayling Island’s newest small business. Pepperelli’s Wine Lounge on Eastoke Corner is the latest venture from the well-established Pepperell family, who currently operate the popular Pepperelli’s Ice Cream Parlour.

Pepperelli’s Ice Cream is a small family run business that was established on Hayling Island in 2010. They are an ice cream parlour, tea room and retro sweet shop. The family has now branched out, and launched a new wine lounge, catering for a wide range of customers from out-of-town visitors to locals looking for elegant surroundings for after-work drinks.

I visited the new wine bar, meeting staff and sampling some of the wine lounge’s menu. The new wine lounge is a positive addition to Hayling’s economy, and they will play a key role attracting new visitors to Eastoke Corner and the Seafront, complementing other local businesses in the area.



Why I voted to renew Trident

It's absolutely vital that we maintain a continuous independent nuclear deterrent as the ultimate guarantee of our national security. Since 1968 Britain has kept a ballistic missile submarine at sea, providing the ultimate safeguard against nuclear attack or nuclear blackmail, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We use these weapons every day – not to fight wars but to prevent them. 

The UK’s ability to maintain this continuous deterrence is dependent on a seamless transition from the current fleet of Vanguard class submarines. The Government was elected on a manifesto pledge to maintain our Continuous at Sea Deterrence (CASD), as well as to build four ‘Successor’ submarines, which will replace the current Vanguard fleet. The debate on July 18 also fulfilled the Government’s 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review commitment to hold a parliamentary debate.

The Government has consistently set out the case for maintaining our nuclear deterrent: although no state currently has both the intent and the capability to threaten the independence and integrity of the UK, we cannot know how the international environment will change in the future. We cannot dismiss the possibility that a major direct nuclear threat to the UK might re-emerge.


Backing Theresa May as Prime Minister

David Cameron left Downing Street knowing he has been an outstanding leader for Britain, transforming the country and the Conservative Party for the better. He led us out of the economic chaos left by the last Government, delivered record numbers of jobs and apprenticeships, reformed welfare and education, and invested in our nation’s defences.

Yet David Cameron’s legacy is about more than the economic rescue mission we undertook. Some of our biggest achievements – including the introduction of same-sex marriage and taking the lowest-paid out of income tax altogether – stem from a pursuit of social justice. We have shown that when the Conservatives have an open, inclusive, One Nation agenda of social reform, we change the country for the better. I fully support that agenda.

However, there is still more work to be done and following the referendum we face a time of great national change. I chose to support Theresa May as Conservative Party Leader as she possesses the qualities and the character to take our country forward and reunite us after the referendum.  She offers the strong, proven leadership to steer us through this period of economic and political uncertainty, and to negotiate the best possible terms as we leave the European Union. Her bold, new, positive vision for the future of our country will not be driven by the interests of the privileged few. With her leadership we, as the government, will do everything we can to serve everyone across Britain. 


Older Persons' Information Fair - 14 October 

I am organising the first ever Havant constituency Older Persons' Information & Advice Fair on Friday 14 October at Hayling Island Community Centre, between 10am-3pm.

It will bring together a wide range of businesses, government agencies, community groups and charities that work with or serve older people. This free event is open to everyone, including the friends, family, neighbours and carers of older people. Admission and parking are both free.

No prior registration or booking is needed. Attendees can just turn up and drop-in anytime on the day

Confirmed exhibitors include: 

  • Department for Work and Pensions
  • Hampshire County Council (inc. Adult Services team)
  • Bridge Advice Centre, Hayling Island
  • AGE UK
  • Havant Citizens' Advice Bureau (CAB)

Havant Local Plan Public Exhibitions

A series of public exhibitions are being held throughout August. This will provide an opportunity to view all of the consultation material and discuss the proposals with council officers. I encourage all residents and community groups to have their say on the Local Plan being prepared by Havant Borough Council.

To see my open letter on the Local Plan click here.

Area of the borough Location Date & time
Emsworth Emsworth Community Centre, North St, PO10 7DD 10th August 4pm-7pm
Hayling Island United Reform Church, Hollow Lane, PO11 9EY 15th August 4pm-7pm
Havant & Bedhampton Bedhampton Social Hall, Bedhampton Road, PO9 3ES 18th August 4pm-7pm
Waterlooville Phoenix Centre, Crookhorn Lane, PO7 5QB 22nd August 4pm-7pm
Leigh Park Leigh Park Community Centre, Dunsbury Way, PO9 5BG 25th August 4pm-7pm
Havant Borough The Reception Area, Public Service Plaza, Civic Centre Road, PO9 2AX 31st August 12pm-7pm
Denvilles The Stride Centre, Daffodil Way, PO9 2FA 2nd September 4pm-7pm

Please note that the exhibition material at each venue will be the same.


Solent Community Grant Programme

Grants of between £10,000 and £30,000 are available to organisations able to reach and work with individuals facing complex barriers to employment, particularly those from areas of high deprivation in the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) area. 

Groups offering new and innovative projects while demonstrating a proven track record in employability programmes are encouraged to apply for the funding, which will enable individuals to move closer towards, or actually into employment.

All eligible groups in the Solent LEP area are urged to send in their applications before the closing date of September 23 via the HIWCF website Take a look and see if you are eligible for a grant.

HCC Community Challenge Fund

Groups can also apply for grants of up to £5,000 under the Community Challenge Fund which will help improve community resilience and support volunteering in rural communities, support access to transport and take full advantage of mobile and broadband availability. Under this scheme, larger grants are also available to support community-led flood alleviation schemes.

Full information on how to apply is available at:

Alan Mak MP is not responsible for the above grants, and all interested parties should contact the grant-giving bodies directly.

Future drop-in surgery details

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

Friday, August 12 - The Ship Inn, Langstone Road (ground floor, back of the pub), 10am to 11.30am.
Friday, September 23  – Brookfield Hotel (Slipper Room), 4pm to 5.30pm
Thursday, October 27 – Meridian Centre (near Sky stand), 9am to 10.30am 
Friday, November 18 - Hayling Island Community Centre (side room), 4pm to 5.30pm

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

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

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