Darren Henry’s Update on 28 May 2021

Push Bike Broxtowe

On Monday I hosted a meeting of my Push Bike Broxtowe Forum to discuss ways we can make improvements locally to best facilitate active travel. It was great to see some new faces in attendance, who contributed to some brilliant discussions on cycling infrastructure, reducing bike theft and ideas to encourage more children to cycle.

Work in Parliament

On Thursday I asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Michael Gove MP, whether he agreed with me that Toton is the only choice for the HS2 East Midlands Hub to truly level up the East Midlands. The Government’s Levelling Up Agenda is focused on supporting individuals into employment and improving local transport links – this is precisely what the HS2 East Midlands Hub at Toton will do.

Whilst I was encouraged by the Minister’s response, I will be continuing to make the case for Toton ahead of the announcement on HS2 in the forthcoming Integrated Rail Plan.

Tackling Homelessness

On Tuesday, I visited Broxtowe Youth Homelessness to attend their ‘Living Independently’ training, aimed at helping young people tackle common obstacles to living independently. I also visited one of the properties in Stapleford run by René House Community Interest Company – a social enterprise which provides housing and support for vulnerable adults in the Nottinghamshire.

It was encouraging to see the work both organisations are doing to provide support and combat homelessness in Broxtowe, and they have my full support. I look forward to working with Broxtowe Youth Homelessness to promote their educational material to a wider audience to increase awareness of their work and the skills sessions they run.

Arc Cinema Opening

It was great to attend the opening of the new Arc Cinema in Beeston last night – a culmination of over six years of work. It was brilliant to see that the opening also incorporated the work of local director, Shane Meadows, who debuted his film Somers Town yesterday at the Arc Cinema.

The new cinema will not only enhance the night-time economy but will also be a great asset to Beeston and the local area. I look forward to seeing it become a key hub of activity locally!

Build Back Better: Broxtowe’s Plan for Growth

Thank you to all those who attended my event ‘Build Back Better: Broxtowe’s Plan for Growth’ with the Federation of Small Businesses. I was glad to have such an insightful discussion on the measures needed to help small businesses in Broxtowe thrive as we recover from the pandemic, as well as hear directly from local business owners about their thoughts. I am working with both the Federation of Small Businesses and Broxtowe Borough Council to deliver on the action points discussed to ensure we further support small businesses here in Broxtowe.

Meetings and Surgeries

Today I visited Attenborough Nature Reserve as part of English Tourism Week. We are fortunate to have such a well-visited attraction on our doorstep, particularly one that welcomes 400,000 visitors a year.

It was also great to meet with Matt Jarvis from Toton Tornados this afternoon. The club are looking at improving the local facilities including football pitches, car parking, toilets and the installation of a defibrillator. I have offered my support to help the club in sourcing funding for these projects.

I also met with the new Chief Inspector, Heather Sutton, to discuss what steps are being taken by her team to respond to local crime. I am continuing to meet regularly with Inspector Riley, Neighbourhood Policing Inspector for Broxtowe, to raise any concerns you may have about crime and policing locally.

This week I attended a meeting of the APPG on Veterans, focusing on Op Courage – a veterans’ mental health and wellbeing service launched earlier this year. It was encouraging to learn about the work that has already been undertaken to bring together both NHS staff and military charities to provide therapy and rehab services to hundreds of former soldiers, sailors and RAF personnel.

At the meeting of the APPG on the Environment the Secretary of State, George Eustice MP, talked about the work his Department are doing on the Environment Bill and ensuring any new trade deals lay out provisions on environmentalism.

As the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to the Caribbean, I was keen to learn from the discussions had in a meeting of the Small Islands and Developing States APPG, such as what the barriers are to economic development and the importance of countries working collaboratively to tackle such issues. One clear message was the global impact of climate change, which affects Broxtowe as much as any other part of the world. As Co-Chair of the Midlands Engine APPG, I am working with other Parliamentarians to explore ways in which we can tackle climate change locally and will be updating constituents on our progress during my virtual environment coffee mornings.  

This week I have also continued to work with both Kimberley Town Council and Broxtowe Borough Council on our bid for the Levelling Up Fund. We are keen to hear from as many local residents as possible on where future investment in Kimberley should be spent, so please make sure to respond to Broxtowe Borough Council’s consultation to have your say.

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  1. Cycling is great.
    And to enourage safer cycling will you, Mr Henry, lobby for some enforcement and swift prosecutions for idiot cyclists (and eScooter riders) who hurtle along pavements? No? Thought not.


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