Darren Henry’s Update on 23rd July 2021

Job Fair

I am delighted to announce that over the past few months I have been working with Boots as well as Beeston and Heanor Job Centres to organise a job fair here in Broxtowe. If you are a local business with vacancies to fill and wish to have a stall at this event, please do email me at darren.henry.mp@parliament.uk for further details.

Nottinghamshire’s County Day

I am pleased to be supporting the County Council’s proposal for a County Day in Nottinghamshire. I am looking forward to 25th August to celebrate the history and culture of Nottinghamshire!

It was also great to see all 52 historic county flags, including Nottinghamshire’s, proudly flying out in Parliament Square this week to mark Historic County Flags Day.

Midlands Engine All-Party Parliamentary Group

Over the past 12 months, Midlands Engine APPG has hosted a number of meetings on all manner of topics affecting the Midlands. I am delighted that I will continue to be Co-Chair of the Midlands Engine APPG and will use the summer recess to finalise the programme of events for the next Parliamentary term. To this end, I met with my fellow Co-Chair, Lord Ravensdale, this week to discuss our ideas for the future programme of events

Meeting with local residents at Bramcote Moor

Following the site visit last week to Bramcote Moor, I have written to the Planning Inspectorate to highlight the concerns raised by my constituents with respect to the proposed development on the former Bramcote Hills Golf Course site. I hope the Planning Inspectorate will listen to the local concerns raised and take this into account when deciding on the appeal.  

Meetings and Surgeries

I attended a meeting of Greasley Parish Council on Monday evening in person to listen to the views and concerns of both councillors and constituents. Over the coming months, I will be sure to visit all Parish Councils in Broxtowe as well as hold regular surgeries across the constituency once again.

On Tuesday I met with the Head of Strategy and Policy at D2N2, Will Morlidge, to discuss how the local enterprise partnership can continue to support businesses and industry in Broxtowe. I also discussed with him how we can work together to encourage skills development in the area, particularly in Stapleford given we have recently secured £1.5 million Towns Deal funding specifically for skills and education facility improvements.

On Wednesday afternoon I attended the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Apprenticeships. It is encouraging to hear the good reception there has been for the Government’s Kickstart scheme and I was pleased to see a cross-party commitment to apprenticeships as a way of providing quality and skilled jobs in Broxtowe and across the country. University is not always the best route for employment and only by ensuring apprenticeships as a genuine alternative can we develop the skilled and varied workforce we need.

Finally, this week there was a webinar on how we can achieve our net-zero target in our built environment. The speakers reiterated that retrofitting is one of the most important aspects to achieve net zero, especially as 80% of homes that will be used in 2050 have already been built. I was pleased to learn that already a lot of funding has gone into retrofitting social housing and public buildings, which I continue to remain supportive of as we work towards achieving our net-zero target.

Recess

Now that Parliament is in recess for the summer, I am looking forward to spending more time in Broxtowe and I have a number of visits and events planned in the constituency over recess. I will be sure to communicate with you throughout the summer with fortnightly updates.

As ever, I will still be 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,
Stapleford
Nottingham
NG9 7AY
darren.henry.mp@parliament.uk

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