Darren Henry’s Update on 27th March 2021

Virtual Environment Coffee Morning

It was great to see so many residents attend my Virtual Environment Coffee Morning on Tuesday to raise their environmental concerns. In order to respond to the issues raised during the discussions, I am doing the following:
• Writing a letter to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to address the concerns constituents raised about the Green Homes Grant
• Submitting questions to ask the President of COP26
• Hosting a Facebook Live event on climate change with a local expert
• Contacting relevant local stakeholders about funding opportunities to support the environment locally

Should you have any personal experience of difficulties when applying for the Green Homes Grant or have any suggestions for questions to ask the President of COP26, please email me at darren.henry.mp@parliament.uk. Thank you to those who have already written to me on these issues.

I look forward to hosting another Virtual Environment Coffee Morning in May and do email me if you wish to attend.

Covid-19 Vaccines

I was pleased to learn that as of 25th March, over 46,000 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine have been administered in Broxtowe by Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group! This is an incredible achievement and I want to take this opportunity to thank all those involved in the vaccine roll-out, including volunteers who have selflessly given up their time. I am glad to see the success of the vaccine roll-out replicated elsewhere in the country, following a briefing call I had with Nadhim Zahawi MP, Minister for Vaccine Deployment this week.

This morning I attended the opening of the new Covid-19 vaccination centre at Boots in Beeston. The site is open as of today and is bookable through the National Booking System or by calling 119.

Cycling Infrastructure

On Wednesday, a constituent and I walked around Beeston to discuss potential improvements to existing cycling infrastructure locally. I want to thank the constituent for his time and look forward to sharing my findings at upcoming Push Bike Broxtowe meetings. I welcome further suggestions from constituents on potential improvements that can be made to the current cycling infrastructure in Broxtowe.

I also visited Rocky Riders, a local cycle shop in Beeston, that has been operating for 28 years in the constituency. I was pleased to see they had a Raleigh Chopper in their store – which incidentally was a bike I owned when I was younger and my prized possession as a child! 

I wrote to local residents in flood-prone areas to draw to their attention a consultation launched by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs on changes to the Flood Re scheme – a scheme designed to help households at high flood risk access affordable insurance. The consultation seeks to improve the efficiency of the Flood Re scheme and to increase uptake of property flood resilience. I would encourage any local residents who have experience of the Flood Re scheme to submit your views for consideration here

Funding for Broxtowe

Following the success of Beeston Football Club’s application for funding from the Severn Trent Community Fund, I am keen to help other local organisations with their funding bids. The Severn Trent Community Fund looks to fund local projects that have a genuine community need and stand out as having a real impact on improving community wellbeing. Just as I did with Beeston Football Club, I am happy to support local organisations with their bids, so please do get in touch. 

Armed Forces Bill Committee

This week the Committee finished hearing oral evidence and began line by line consideration of the Bill. During the oral evidence, I asked the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Johnny Mercer MP, what his office are doing to improve mental health for veterans. I was pleased to learn from his response that the Office for Veterans’ Affairs are meeting the demand for mental health services by blending third sector and statutory provision to provide veterans with clear care pathways as well as the introduction of Op COURAGE.
The Minister also thanked the heroic work done by Service charities in supporting the mental health of veterans and we are fortunate to have such a Service charity in Broxtowe – Forces in the Community. I want to thank them for the work they are doing locally to support Service people and I hope that when this Bill is passed, it will provide a framework to further support the work they are doing within Broxtowe.  
Meetings and Surgeries

This Thursday, I met with Sustrans to discuss my role as a Sustrans Champion within Parliament. As a Sustrans Champion, I will continue to support and encourage further developments to improve active travel within Parliament and raise active travel up the parliamentary agenda.

As co-chair of the of the Midlands Engine All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG), I was delighted to set up and speak at a Subgroup discussing the impact the coronavirus pandemic has had on the Midlands’ visitor economy and how the APPG can support efforts to recover. I will continue to work closely with the APPG as we work towards mitigating the effect of the pandemic in the Midlands.

Yesterday I had a number of meetings with constituents concerning a range of topics – as always, I am available every Friday for a virtual surgery. If you would like to book a call with me, please contact me at darren.henry.mp@parliament.uk.

My mailing address is:
168 Derby Road,

1 Comment

  1. Dear Mr Henry,
    On the matter of cycling infrastructure (and also as Mrs Henry has nailed her colours to the mast as a budding Police & Crime Commissioner) what steps have you taken or advocated in order to deter/prevent/prosecute inconsiderate cyclists who ride on (non-shared surface) pavements endangering pedestrian safety?
    Sincerely yours,
    A pedestrian who daily has to step out of the way of these lunatics, including a regular family of four including one toddler who is strapped to the handlebars of daddy’s bike.
    (PS – experience tells me to expect tumbleweed rather than a response)


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