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Greg Hands M.P.’s Diary Website of the Week: Royal Court Theatre Photo news: St John’s C.E. School Summer Fair Greg Hands M.P. backs Forces Sauces News from Greg Hands M.P.’s surgery Photo news: Lady Margaret School Summer Garden Party Wishgenie New Guidelines in Kensington & Chelsea for Basement Extensions Photo news: Conservative Way Forward Summer Reception Record Numbers of Police to be deployed on Hammersmith & Fulham streets A message from the Chancellor of the Exchequer More Events to Come in Celebrating Fulham Week Grants available for innovation in the Royal Borough How to contact Greg Hands M.P.
Issue 375 – Sunday 30th June 2013
Since the last edition, Greg:
Appeared on the BBC’s Sunday Politics Show, talking about the good news for London in the Chancellor’s announcements on the Spending Review. Met local managers from Job Centre Plus, Hammersmith, to discuss progress in H&F meeting the Benefits Cap, when it goes live in August of this year. Was with the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rt Hon George Osborne, as he made his Commons statement on the Spending Review. For more on George’s key messages, see below. Greg is the Government’s Treasury Whip. Attended the summer meeting of the Chelsea Society, held at the Royal Hospital, home of the Chelsea Pensioners. Attended the House of Lords reception of Conservative Way Forward. See photo below. Attended the summer fete of St John’s C.E. Primary School, Fulham. For photo see below. Visited the Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, Chelsea, as a guest of the management, to see at first hand the important role that the theatre plays in the local community. Attended a speech given by Simon Hart M.P. to the Fulham Broadway Conservatives on the future of the Hunting Act. Greg supports the repeal of the Hunting Act, and wants to see hunting once again legal. Attended the summer garden party of Lady Margaret School, Fulham. For photo see below. Attended the Commons reception of the British Chambers of Commerce. Attended the summer party of the Royal Hospital Ward Conservatives, including a speech by new RBK&C Council leader, Nicholas Paget-Brown. Attended the Chairman’s annual lunch and lawn tennis day of the Hurlingham Club, Fulham, as a guest of the Chairman. Visited the offices of Inmarsat in central London to learn more about the important work of this leading British company. Had a full schedule of activity as a Government Whip in and around the chamber of the House of Commons, including ministerial meetings and organising votes and standing committees, including the 2013 Finance Bill. Conducted a surgery for local Chelsea and Fulham residents at Fulham Methodist Church. Greg’s surgeries are generally weekly, at either Fulham Methodist Church, Fulham Broadway, or Peter Jones, Sloane Square. To make an appointment, email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 020 7219 5448.
Website of the Week:
The website of the world-renowned Royal Court Theatre in Sloane Square, Chelsea, which Greg toured this week to learn about the theatre’s plans and hopes for more outreach work in the local community.
St John’s C.E. School Summer Fair
Greg Hands M.P. with parent Arjen Soetekouw and young competitors at the penalty shoot out competition, St John's C.E. School Summer Fair, this week.
Greg Hands M.P. backs Forces Sauces
Greg today gave his backing to "Forces Sauces" a series of tasty sauces produced by armed forces veterans for sale in local shops in Chelsea & Fulham. Local constituent and veteran, Bob Barrett, founded and inspired Forces Sauces. Bob had the idea about creating Forces Sauces on seeing Veteran apprentices unload sauces from the cash and carry for Pryors Bank Café. His vision was to launch Forces Sauces nationally in order to raise money to get veterans’ lives back on track. The sauces today aim to spice up hearty portions of Great British food - packed with real taste and natural spicing you can be proud to serve. Corporal Ketchup and Brigadier Brown are available in Tesco and a minimum of 6p per bottle sold is split between Stoll – a veterans' charity Greg has visited on many occasions, located on Fulham Road– and the Royal British Legion. For more on Forces Sauces, see www.forcessauces.co.uk.
News from Greg Hands M.P.’s surgery
On Monday, Greg Hands held his surgery at Fulham Broadway Methodist Church. He met with seven constituents to discuss their various issues from re-housing options to having their property revalued for business rates. One constituent visiting surgery this week brought concerns about the suitability of her housing. In failing health for a number of years the Fulham lady wished to be rehoused by the Council onto a ground floor property or into a building with a lift. Greg was happy to raise this case directly with the Council. However, this constituent had not discussed her concerns and wishes at all with the Council. A first port of call for any concerned tenants should be their housing officer. They have significant direct knowledge of the housing department and can provide swift advice and assistance. If constituents believe their Member of Parliament can assist with their problem Greg is keen to hear from them. Greg said: “I hold my surgeries almost every week of the year and I aim to solve the problem, or at least get my constituents an answer. To make an appointment contact me on email@example.com or call 0207 219 5448.”
Lady Margaret School Summer Garden Party
Greg last week at the Lady Margaret School summer garden party.
Greg met this week with the Fulham-based Founder of Wishgenie, which is a brand new web and mobile platform for fundraising and volunteering. Wishgenie allows charities, schools and community organisations to boost their fundraising ability using the viral capacity of social media (commission free), as well as providing a simple mechanism for recruiting volunteers. Individuals can even create their own unique community project and find friends to come along and help out. Wishgenie also allow local businesses to support good causes in their community and be visible in doing so, encouraging communities and businesses to help each other out. Just launched is also a grocery shopping loyalty programme where you can give to the charity of your own choice just while doing your weekly shop, at no extra cost to yourself. Greg recently visited local charity Ray's Playhouse at Sands End, who are using Wishgenie to raise funds for new water play equipment (www.wishgenie.com/raysplayhouse). To start donating funds to your favourite cause just sign up to Wishgenie (and remind your local school, charity or community organisation to sign up too), then apply for your loyalty card on the organisation's Wishgenie page and start shopping - 2% of the cost of your shopping will go to your chosen cause, at no extra cost to yourself. www.wishgenie.com
New Guidelines in Kensington & Chelsea for Basement Extensions
Planning guidelines to help control developments above and below ground and to increase the number of affordable homes were approved by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea last week. With economic turbulence overseas, property in Kensington and Chelsea is often seen as a safe investment for wealthy foreign investors. These buyers are able to invest huge sums of money in very large residential units. The Council proposes to restrict very large units in a scheme to 25 per cent of the overall floor space. The Royal Borough has also seen a trend for the creation of larger properties through the amalgamation of smaller ones and estimates that this has resulted in the loss of an average of over 50 dwellings a year since 2009. These new guidelines propose to restrict this practice, except where the amalgamation is within a house, which had been previously split into flats. Subterranean development has increased dramatically in recent years and has been the subject of concerns from residents. This has been heightened by the growth in the number of planning applications for basements from 13 planning applications in 2001, to 182 in 2010 and 307 in 2012. Basement development has given rise to issues about noise and disturbance during construction and concerns about the structural stability of nearby buildings. Designed to introduce a sense of proportionality to basement development, highlights of these new policies include a reduction in the extent to which basements can extend into the garden, a restriction to a single storey and severe restrictions on basement developments under, or in the gardens, of listed buildings, or where a basement already exists. At the same time the Council wants to encourage an increase in the number of affordable homes being built. It is proposing to raise the threshold where affordable housing should be built on site to 2,400 sq m. Below this threshold, developers will be required to make a financial contribution towards affordable housing. The Council believes that this is a realistic approach to encourage developers to build affordable homes as part of new developments. Councillor Tim Coleridge, Cabinet Member for Planning Policy, said: "Over the past decade we've noticed a dramatic increase in the number of basement applications and at the same time a distinct pattern has also emerged of foreign investors investing huge sums of money in very large residential units. "With some of the most expensive land values in the country it is a constant challenge for us to build affordable homes. "Through these policies we are trying to get the right balance between residents, investors and a meaningful increase in the number of affordable homes we deliver." These proposals will be presented to the Government's Planning Inspector in the autumn who will decide whether they are sound. If given the go-ahead, the Council hopes to introduce the new policies early next year.
Conservative Way Forward Summer Reception
Greg Hands M.P. with Conservative Way Forward Chairman Sir Gerald Howarth M.P. at the CWF reception in the House of Lords this week.
Record Numbers of Police to be deployed on Hammersmith & Fulham streets
Following months of consultation by the Mayor’s Office for Police and Crime (MOPAC), the capital’s safer neighbourhoods teams (SNT) are getting more officers and more responsibilities. Across London, The Met Police is starting to redeploy 2,600 officers including in H&F which is set to eventually reallocate 89 officers for street patrols. The number of SNT officers in Hammersmith & Fulham (H&F) is expected to rise from 46 in 2011 to 135 by 2015, while the total number of Police officers in H&F rises from 553 to 556 by 2015. The teams will no longer be restricted by strict ward boundaries and victims of crime will be able to make an appointment with a local police officer at a time and place convenient to them. The council has welcomed the move as the Met seeks to make London safer while balancing its budget. Cllr Greg Smith, H&F Council Deputy Leader, says, “The Police are at their best when they are out and about catching criminals and acting as a reassuring presence on our streets. Releasing more officers from behind their desks and deploying them onto our streets is a positive move that will continue to exert strong downward pressure on crime in our borough.” The move comes as part of the Mayor of London’s Police and Crime Plan which aims to make the Police more active and visible and save £500million by 2015. Some under-utilised Police front-counters are being closed as part the new 'local policing model'. Shepherds Bush Police station, in Uxbridge Road, is one of around 60 front counters to close across the capital. A front counter, operating 24 hours a day, will remain at Hammersmith Police station and a counter will remain open during the day at Fulham Police station. Figures show that just 17 people a day attended the front counter at Shepherds Bush Police station on average. The Met says that instead of visiting a front counter to talk to a police officer, residents will be able to request a visit from a local officer within 48 hours by calling 101. The front counter changes coincide with the radical shake-up of SNT, with wards grouped together in clusters led by an inspector. SNT will also carry out more investigations into low-level crime rather than passing cases on to other departments. Assistant Commissioner Simon Byrne said: "We've listened to the public and understand people just want to know police are close by. So we are changing the way we do things to make neighbourhood policing our priority. We will now have around 200 places for the public to access police, in more convenient locations and at differing times. "We are telling Londoners exactly where their police will be and when, making it clearer what the best way to access police is depending on what their need is.” The Deputy Mayor for Policing Stephen Greenhalgh said: "After the most extensive public consultation ever carried out into policing in London, we have listened to what people want in putting bobbies before buildings. Moving 2,600 extra police officers into neighbourhoods provides a golden opportunity for the Met to reconnect with Londoners." Greg Hands M.P. added: "Labour said in 2010 that the Coalition would cut police numbers and that crime would rise. In Hammersmith & Fulham, they have been wrong on both counts. Nationally, meanwhile, crime is down by ten per cent." Meanwhile, H&F Council continues to spend £1.3million a year for three enhanced town centre squads of beat Police and recorded crime in the borough is at an historic low. Find your local SNT here. Or, to read more about crime in H&F, visit www.lbhf.gov.uk/crime.
A message from the Chancellor of the Exchequer
In yesterday’s Spending Round I set out our spending plans for 201516. Today, we have explained in detail how we will invest in the infrastructure that our country needs. Britain at its best is a country that invests in its future. For centuries, we have been pioneers – we were the inventors of infrastructure from the steam engine to the world wide web. But today we are in a global race. We need to be able to compete with countries like China and India, which are investing billions in overhauling their infrastructure. For too long, we stood still while they surged forward. Since we took over in 2010, we have reversed that trend. We have given the green light to HS2, we are undertaking the largest investment in our railways since the Victorian times, we are building Crossrail – Europe’s biggest infrastructure project. Today we set out our commitment to invest in our country with £50 billion pounds of capital investment in 2015-16 and over £300 billion of capital spending guaranteed to the end of this decade. We have set out the biggest investment in our roads since the 1970s and have confirmed a £9 billion programme of investment in our railways. We have prioritised building more affordable homes, supporting people onto the housing ladder and helping to get more homes built for private rental. As I set out yesterday, our schools have been protected and we will invest so that we can build more schools, repair others, and provide for 180 new free schools. We have set out future energy policy so that investors have the certainty to put their support behind our energy sector. We are publishing a report from the British Geological Survey estimating far higher reserves of shale gas, and we will set out our plans to kickstart shale gas exploration. These plans will deliver a world-leading regime for investment. We are increasing science funding so that we can deliver more world leading research facilities and help new businesses bridge the gap between scientific discovery and commercial use. We are increasing the funding for superfast broadband and investing up to £250 million, match-funded locally, so that 95 per cent of UK buildings will have access to superfast broadband by 2017. These decisions are all possible because of the tough steps we have taken to get our finances under control. This is what the country needs. Our actions now will deliver a Britain in the future that is fully equipped to compete in the global race. George Osborne Chancellor of the Exchequer
More Events to Come in Celebrating Fulham Week
The annual Celebrating Fulham festival started this weekend, promising an action-packed week of excitement for residents, businesses and visitors. The event, running from Saturday June 29 to Sunday July 7, showcases the very best in the area’s history, talent and entertainment and provides the chance to discover some of Fulham’s hidden treasures. At the heart of the festival is also a campaign to highlight local businesses and promote local shopping as well as drawing attention to some of Fulham’s hidden treasures. The Mayor of Hammersmith & Fulham, Cllr Frances Stainton, said: “Celebrating Fulham has become one of the highlights of the year and I am sure this year’s events will only add to its fine reputation. The festival offers a huge variety of attractions for people of all ages throughout the week. The aim of the week is not only to give residents, families and visitors a great experience, but to promote Fulham and boost business trade too. “It really is wonderful to see so many businesses and local residents taking part in this year’s event. There is truly something for everyone of any age, so make sure you have fun in Fulham.” Tuesday July 2 H&F Archives and Local History Centre Open Day Come and visit the local archives and learn about your local neighbourhood and how you can find out more about your ancestors and the house you live in. The archivist will be there to answer your questions and talk about the collection, which includes photographs of old Fulham, census returns, early maps and newspapers. Ground Floor, The Lilla Huset, 191 Talgarth Road, Hammersmith, W6 8BJ 2pm to 4pm Admittance free As space is limited, please ring 020 3080 0655 or email Nicki.Burgess@lbhf.gov.uk and leave a message with your telephone number, telling us you plan to come. Wednesday July 3 ‘Foraging’ in All Saints Churchyard and Fulham Palace Grounds A stroll through All Saints Churchyard and the uncultivated areas of the Fulham Palace grounds looking at and talking about the ‘wild’ food that grows there. The walk led by John Rensten of Forage London will give city dwellers a chance to enjoy and discuss some of the amazing edible foods that grow all around us. What to pick, where to pick and what to do with them. Meet outside the West End of All Saints Church, Putney Bridge, SW6 5.30pm to 7.30pm Free Numbers limited, so book a place on 020 3080 0655 or email Nicki.Burgess@lbhf.gov.uk leaving your telephone number for confirmation in the case of wet weather. This event is sponsored by Belvoir. Friday July 5 The Wandering Chefs Floral Feast Pop Up Dinner Four seasonal courses camped up with more flowers and botanical ingredients than you can shake a garden hose at plus live musical comedy. Held at the quirky and wonderful Jameson Pub on Blythe Road, they will be transforming the dining room with the best aspects of British Summer. Saturday June 29 - Sunday July 7 Grub Club Looking for an exciting new dining experience? Grub Club is an online platform for foodies to discover chefs hosting pop up supper clubs in unique, undiscovered spaces. For Celebrating Fulham, Grub Club is organising a series of mouth-watering events. Visit www.grubclub.com for more details. Thursday 4 – Sunday July 7 American Beer Festival If you think American beer is all bland, mass-produced and fizzy then think again, as the White Horse on Parson’s Green, unleashes the finest the American craft brewing movement has to offer in July. Take your taste buds on a trans-Atlantic trip as the White Horse showcases some of the very best America has to offer, including some never before seen on these shores with draught beers from respected brewers such as; Brooklyn, Flying Dog, Sierra Nevada, Anderson Valley, Ommegang and a few surprises! The White Horse, 1-3 Parsons Green, SW6 4UL 11am – 12midnight Website: www.whitehorsesw6.com Celebrate Fulham at Vue Cinema Monday July 1 and Sunday July 7 Shakespeare's Globe on Screen: Twelfth Night Enjoy the 2002 award winning Globe production of William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night starring Mark Rylance & Stephen Fry. Film times: Monday 1 July @ 7.30pm Sunday 7 July @ 3pm Ticket price: £10 for adults and £7.50 for concessions Tuesday July 2 Super Saver Tuesday Tickets are £7.20 all day for all tickets with a free membership card. To become a member you can register at www.myvue.com/supersavertuesday or ask staff in store for details. Offer runs every Tuesday. VUE FULHAM Unit 18, Fulham Broadway Fulham Road, SW6 1BW www.myvue.com/home/cinema/fulham-broadway Plus all the old favourites, Jazz at Fulham Palace, Parson’s Green Fair, cultural walks and talks and the Paggs Cup. The Celebrating Fulham programme has been distributed to all Fulham Households within the recent Your Magazine. In addition the full programme of events is available here or pick up a copy from Fulham Library or Fulham Town Hall. For more information please contact Nicki Burgess, Fulham Town Centre Manager, on 020 8753 5695 or Nicki.Burgess@lbhf.gov.uk.
Grants available for innovation in the Royal Borough
The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is making up to £0.5m available to the not-for-profit sector over the next two years as part of its grants programme. The new grants round, advertised this week, follows a successful call for applications from voluntary groups for innovative ideas last summer. Bids for the cash have to be in by noon on Friday 26 July 2013 and to succeed, bidders will need to show how they are offering a new service or reaching a new client group. In particular the Council will be looking for proposals that address its own priorities of tackling social isolation, supporting people into work and training, encouraging greater neighbourliness, civic participation, and self-help. Critically important for bidders will be to convince the Council they have a business plan that can make them financially sustainable and less reliant on public-sector grants in the years ahead. Councillor Gerard Hargreaves, Cabinet Member for Voluntary Organisations and Resident Engagement, said: "Our community and voluntary groups are hugely important to the life of the borough. I am very pleased that, even in these straitened economic times, we are able to continue to support the vital work they do. "This latest round of grants encourages bids from those groups whose priorities match ours. It is also very important that they are able to demonstrate how, through their business planning, they will become less reliant on public money in years to come." For more information visit www.rbkc.gov.uk/communityfunding or call the Community Engagement Team on 020 7598 4633 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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