Darren Henry’s Update on 18th July 2021

Visit from Cabinet Minister, Amanda Milling, to Stapleford

On Friday, I welcomed Cabinet Minister and Co-Chairman of the Conservative Party, the Rt Hon Amanda Milling MP, to Stapleford on the second day of her Levelling Up Tour across the country.

I was delighted to have the opportunity to speak to her about Stapleford Towns Deal and how the £21.1 million investment will revitalise the area, making a real difference to jobs and opportunities for local people. As part of her tour, we visited Stapleford Library to learn about the funding the library will be awarded from the Towns Fund as well as Robert Ellis, the estate agents, to hear from Paul Sweeney, a local business owner and Vice Chair of the Towns Deal Executive Board, on how the investment will regenerate the town centre. It was great to see her support for our plans for Stapleford, enabling us to truly level up and build back better locally.

Stapleford Towns Deal Working Groups

Prior to welcoming the Minister, I chaired the first meeting of the Stapleford Towns Deal Cycle Network Working Group, bringing together both representatives from Broxtowe Borough Council and those interested in the community in improving cycle infrastructure in Stapleford. With over £5 million in funding allocated for cycling improvements in Stapleford as part of the Towns Deal, I believe it is vital to listen to local views when deciding which improvements to make.

Earlier in the week, there was also the first meeting of the Stapleford Towns Deal Additional Learning Facility. The project will create additional facilities within the heart of Stapleford to deliver entry level skills whilst also increasing the capacity of the existing library facility to deliver courses to the local community.

Levelling Up Fund for Kimberley

I am continuing to work on our bid for the Levelling Up Fund for Kimberley with both local councillors and representatives from Broxtowe Borough Council. To this end, I attended a meeting with them this week to discuss our bid and the responses from the consultation which was recently held to determine where investment should be directed in Kimberley. It was encouraging to hear a range of suggestions from residents and I want to thank all those that took the time to respond to Broxtowe Borough Council’s consultation – your responses will be invaluable to shape our bid.

Meeting with local residents at Bramcote Moor

Last week, I met with local residents in Bramcote Moor who told me their concerns about the proposed development on the former Bramcote Hills Golf Course site. I am always keen to see development where appropriate in Broxtowe, but I understand and share the concerns that many constituents raised with me about this particular proposal. I have offered my support in liaising with the Planning Inspectorate to raise their concerns until a final decision is made.

Work in Parliament

On Monday, I asked a question in the Chamber to the Home Office asking them to provide reassurance that Violence Reduction Units (VRUs) will continue to form part of our local response to serious youth violence supported by Home Office funding. I was encouraged by the response from the Minister outlining the funding the Government are directing to tackling serious youth violence and the recognition from her of the role our VRU in Nottinghamshire has played to protect our young people from harm.

Meetings with GPs across Broxtowe

I met virtually with local GPs this week to discuss the pressures on the primary care network and identify if there was anything I could do to help.  I listened to their ideas about, for example, best practice and there are certainly some actions I can take forward.  It struck me that our GPs are incredibly hard working and are at the heart of our communities and as such I will be sure to remain in regular contact with our GPs from the Nottingham West practices that serve Broxtowe people.

Meetings and Surgeries

On Wednesday, I met with representatives from the Airtight on Asbestos Campaign to discuss the best way that the Government can work to remove asbestos from all buildings. We discussed the Government’s plan to rebuild schools and the importance of prioritising those older buildings constructed using asbestos.

I met with Ruth Edwards MP to learn about the latest developments with regard to the Local Mineral Plan and the impact it is likely to have here in Broxtowe. I will continue to work with her and others to mitigate its effect to our local area and environment.

I also attended a number of Government briefings, such as a briefing on the Transport Decarbonisation Plan published this week and an update on the progress of the vaccine programme from Minister Nadhim Zahawi.

As ever, I am available on Fridays to meet with constituents. 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.

Mailing address:
168 Derby Road,

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