Darren Henry’s Update on 13 June 2021

Stapleford Towns Deal Success

I am absolutely delighted by the news this week that we have secured £21.1 million investment for Stapleford from the Government’s Towns Fund!

In January 2020, I met with the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Robert Jenrick MP, to walk through Stapleford to show him my vision for Stapleford as a vibrant town centre – a town centre with opportunities for jobs, skills development and space for leisure activities.

Now, 18 months later, we have secured a once in a generation investment to make this vision for Stapleford a reality.

The £21.1 million investment for Stapleford will be used for a cycling ‘super highway’, an enterprise hub with space for start-up businesses, an adult learning skills centre and a community pavilion for leisure activities. The Towns Deal will also include a Covid-19 Town Centre Recovery Grant Scheme, allowing businesses in Stapleford to access additional financial support.

Work in Parliament

On Thursday, I spoke during a Westminster Hall debate on the care provisions in place for those with autism and learning disabilities, reflecting on the lessons learnt since the Winterbourne View scandal. It is vital moving forward that everyone with autism & learning disabilities is treated with dignity and respect. I will continue to push the Government to continue the shift away from inpatient care to care within the community and ensure that care is tailored to the specific needs of the individual.

This week, I also chaired a meeting of the Westminster Social Policy Forum on Next Steps for Economic Growth and Development in the Midlands. It was great to hear from local leaders and experts across the Midlands on how we can deliver a strategy for regional economic recovery as well as secure investment and ensure job growth in the region. As Co-Chair of the Midlands Engine All-Party Parliamentary Group, I am keen to explore further the suggestions made by those in attendance so that we can build back better in the Midlands.

Carers Week

I would like to take the opportunity during Carers Week to recognise and celebrate the support that carers provide for their loved ones. It is not just about this week, but about recognising carers here in Broxtowe year-round.

I have met personally with carers at Middle Street Resource Centre in Beeston, listening to how they have worked selflessly to care for their loved ones with dementia. This pandemic has created many challenges and I recognise the strain it has put on carers and the additional caring responsibilities that many of them have taken on during this time.

Meetings and Surgeries

To mark World Ocean Day, there was a briefing to learn about the steps the Government is taking to prioritise ocean conservation, particularly on the global stage at COP26 and at the G7.

On Friday I held a number of surgeries with constituents to discuss issues important to them, finding out how I could help. I met with one constituent, Sally Garlick, to support her campaign to get signage in Beeston to warn drivers about hedgehogs crossing the Queens Road.

I also met with local residents on Friday to discuss the currently proposed access to the new development at the former Beeston Maltings site. Dovecote Lane  appears to be the latest recommendation as the access point for the new development, I know a number of local residents are concerned about the impact on local traffic and on the Victoria Hotel.

Following this meeting, I will look further into the reasons given for recommending Dovecote Lane as opposed to the nearby ‘Boys Brigade Ransom Strip’ off Cartwright Way as the point of access for the new development.

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