Darren Henry’s Update on 10th July 2021

Visit from the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government 

On Thursday I accompanied the Secretary of State, the Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP, as he visited the site of new housing development Barton Quarter in Chilwell.

The Government are trying to encourage more homes to be built, building on brownfield sites and to a really high standard of design; I am delighted that the Barton Quarter is the best example of all three of these as was commented upon by the Secretary of State.

It was great to see this well-known brownfield site, the former headquarters of Barton Transport, being brought back into use with a mixed community, including supported living. As part of our tour, we met with two residents who will move into the supported living on the site once it is completed. Supported living incorporated within the community at the Barton Quarter is another example of how this development is a model for new housing developments across the country and its inclusion was praised by the Secretary of State on his visit yesterday.

Meeting with the Nottinghamshire MPs and the Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner

On Tuesday myself and fellow Nottinghamshire MPs met with the Police and Crime Commissioner to discuss police and crime issues pertinent to our constituencies. I was encouraged to hear about the work that is being undertaken in the county, such as the new Violence Reduction Unit which has played a key role in strategic planning and supporting practical local work to protect our young people from harm.

Midlands Engine All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG)

This week there was another meeting of the Midlands Engine APPG, focusing on the upcoming Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

I was delighted to learn about the legacy the Commonwealth Games will have given how it aims to be a carbon neutral event and an opportunity to showcase the Midlands. There are also a number of temporary jobs on offer over the summer as well as a number of volunteering roles available. Make sure to sign up before the deadline on 22nd July 2021 for these roles.

Nottingham University Hospitals Maternity Services

This week I made sure to meet with Nottingham University Hospitals including the new Director of Midwifery and new Chief Nurse to discuss their maternity services following recent media attention on this issue.

I was glad to hear how they are putting new systems in place to improve their maternity services and are currently recruiting a considerable number of new staff members. I am also set to have a meeting with the Minister to discuss the situation and how the Government can assist further.

GP Visit

Yesterday I visited Hickings Lane Medical Centre in Stapleford to understand the invisible work of the Primary Care Network such as telephone bookings, pathology investigations and discharge paperwork.  They discussed how they have continued to support their patients throughout the pandemic, the measures they have taken to ensure patient safety and what they are doing to offer as many face-to-face and telephone appointments as possible. I look forward to speaking further with GPs across Broxtowe next week to raise concerns constituents have contacted me about.

Friends of Bennerley Viaduct

On Thursday I met with John Scrutton, Chair of Trustees for Friends of Bennerley Viaduct. As the restoration nears completion, I am keen to take an active role in supporting their efforts to secure funding for ramp access on the eastern side, in Awsworth, to ensure accessibility for all.

Meetings and Surgeries

Yesterday I met with Cllr Tracey Taylor, the new Chairman of the Children and Young People Committee at Nottinghamshire County Council. It was great to discuss our shared commitment to improving education in Broxtowe and working on the key issues affecting our young people including special educational needs and mental health.

I also attended a Parliamentary briefing on HGV driver shortages to learn what steps the Government are taking to alleviate this by allowing a temporary extension of drivers’ hours rules and increasing the number of driving tests available.

It was great to meet with staff from Lloyds Bank in Beeston yesterday, particularly hearing about how they have supported customers throughout the pandemic and how they are continuing to work with businesses as the economy starts to reopen.

This week there was another meeting of the APPG on Parks and Green Spaces, where a number of experts spoke about the importance of public parks for our mental health and the environment. It was also highlighted that there is a current funding gap for public parks, which I will continue to make sure is considered in the Government’s future plan for the environment.

As ever, I met with a number of constituents yesterday and continue to be available on Fridays to meet with Broxtowe residents. Should you wish to book a surgery appointment, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me by emailing darren.henry.mp@parliament.uk.

Finally, make sure to come along to our cycling safety event this Sunday from 11am to 2pm at the Canalside Heritage Centre. I will be joined by Know Bikes and Cycling UK who will be offering cycle maintenance and tips on on-road cycling. 

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