Darren Henry’s Update on 13th April 2021

Supporting local businesses

As you will know, yesterday saw coronavirus restrictions ease in line with the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown. I am sure many of you were delighted to visit their local pub and head back into local shops – I certainly was!

It was great to visit the Victoria Hotel in Beeston yesterday as they welcomed back their first customers.  They have now reopened their outdoor seating area in line with the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown, serving both food and drinks outdoors. It was great to also visit the Three Ponds in Nuthall in the evening to meet with the new landlady Amy and the nachos were great by the way!
It is more important than ever to support our local businesses as they reopen their doors to customers and shop local where you can. Of course the priority is to stay safe as we move cautiously back towards normality, and I am thankful to local businesses that have worked tirelessly ahead of 12th April to ensure their shops and outdoor seating areas are compliant with the rules.

Nottingham Casuals RFC

Last week, I was invited to turn on Nottingham Casuals RFC’s new floodlights! It was fantastic to meet the junior teams and volunteers at the club. Now that restrictions are easing, it is great that young people can get back on the pitch and return to play. 

I want to thank the volunteers who selflessly give up their time to provide rugby to the community, as well as recognise the determination of the club as they have persevered over the last 12 months. 

Covid-19 Vaccines
Yet again, it was a great week for the vaccination programme locally, with 28,217 Covid-19 vaccines administered in the last week across Nottinghamshire, bringing us a step closer in our efforts in fighting coronavirus locally. As progress continues, those eligible are now being invited to receive their second dose of the vaccine. 

Today, it was announced that the national vaccine booking system is now open to everyone aged 45 and over. This means Phase 1 of the vaccine programme has been completed, with everyone in priority groups 1-9 having been offered an appointment – what an achievement! For those eligible, please do book in. The Covid-19 vaccination centre at the Boots store in Beeston is bookable through the National Booking System or by calling 119. 

I know there have been some recent reports of a very rare condition involving blood clots and unusual bleeding after vaccination. Public Health England have put together some information on this, which outlines the situation and the steps being taken to limit the risk. Most importantly, the vaccination programme is saving lives – so far Public Health England analysis shows at least 6,100 deaths in those aged 70 and older in England have been prevented up to the end of February.
Testing in Broxtowe

People in Broxtowe are now able to collect two boxes of seven tests per person or four boxes per family from asymptomatic community testing sites. Those collecting boxes from community testing sites can also have a supervised test to help ensure that tests done at home are accurate. You can pick up your tests from our community testing sites at Stapleford Library and Newdigate Street Car Park in Kimberley. For more information on those sites, please click here.

Now rapid testing is being offered to everyone, regular testing will help prevent outbreaks and get back to our normal way of life. 

Push Bike Broxtowe
Last week, I hosted two Push Bike Broxtowe meetings. The first meeting, Strategy/Places Sub-group meeting, was a great opportunity to discuss improvements to cycling infrastructure and how this can feed into our Levelling Up Fund bid. As ever, any suggestions on improvements to cycling infrastructure are welcome so please do email me.

The second meeting, the Schools/Neighbourhoods Sub-group meeting, was equally as insightful. We discussed the viability of introducing the Schools Street Initiative to facilitate active travel to and from schools and came to the conclusion that we would need to address safer routes to cycle and walk to school before projects such as School Streets should be considered.

Yesterday I hosted the main Push Bike Broxtowe Forum, which began with a discussion from the County Council on active travel and followed by a presentation from one of our local residents. Thoughtful discussions were had around: cycling maps, bike storage around Broxtowe and how we make safer routes for kids to cycle to school. The next meeting will be held on the 10th May and everyone is welcome. If you would like to attend or have any thoughts on active travel, I would be very happy to hear from you.
Meetings and Surgeries

On the theme of active travel, I met with the Transport, Planning and Programme Development team at Nottinghamshire County Council last week. It was great to discuss the cycling strategy for the county and the Cycling Strategy Delivery Plan as well as discuss the action points from my Push Bike Broxtowe meetings. I was pleased to learn the County Council have approved a cycling and walking infrastructure plan, focusing on congestion reduction, visitor economy and wellbeing.

Last Thursday, I attended a meeting with Network Rail and the Friends of Beeston Station to discuss potential changes to Beeston Station, and to ensure that the community is at the heart of any developments and is regularly consulted throughout.

I also met with the National Lottery Community Fund to find out about the local projects they have supported. I thanked them for the transformative effect their support has had locally as the National Lottery Community Fund has awarded £1,489,505 to projects in Broxtowe over the past five years. I will continue to work with them to support local projects and charities, benefitting those across Broxtowe.

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

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