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Greg Hands M.P.’s Diary Website of the Week: HealthProm Hands: Autumn Statement is great news for London Boris Bikes are on their way across Chelsea and Fulham Views sought in Chelsea on basement developments ‘Report It’ to make H&F streets cleanest in London "Entente Cordiale" as H&F Council runs first event for the Borough's French community   How to contact Greg Hands M.P.

Issue 354 – Friday 7th December 2012

Since the last edition, Greg:
As part of Greg’s ministerial duties as the Government’s Treasury Whip, Greg managed the Commons delivery of the Government’s Autumn Statement, delivered by the Chancellor, the Rt. Hon. George Osborne M.P. Was given a briefing by officers of Transport for London on the extension of the Boris Bike scheme into Chelsea and Fulham in December 2013. At the moment, Greg’s constituency has fewer than ten docking stations (principally near Sloane Square), but the new roll out will leave no resident further than about 500 yards from a Boris Bike station. For more, see below. Was a reader at the Friends of Royal Brompton, Friends of the Royal Marsden and Friends of Chelsea & Westminster Hospital charity carol service at Holy Trinity Church, Sloane Square. Attended and addressed the Christmas party of the Harbledown Road Area Residents’ Association, with Cllr Greg Smith. Greg updated residents on issues in the local area. Was guest speaker at a charity fundraising concert for child and maternal health charity, HealthProm, of which Greg is copatron. The concert was held in South Kensington. Greg spoke of the challenges facing infants in Central Asia and Russia, where millions of people live on less than $1a day. Attended the Curry Lunch of the Parsons Green & Walham Ward Conservatives, held in SW6. Held a weekly surgery for Chelsea and Fulham residents at the Fulham Methodist Church, Fulham Broadway. Greg’s surgeries are held generally every Monday at Fulham Methodist Church, or at Peter Jones, Sloane Square. To make an appointment, email or call 020 7219 5448.

Website of the Week:
The website of HealthProm, where Greg is co-patron with Baroness Smith, widow of the late Rt. Hon. John Smith M.P. HealthProm is a small NGO delivering assistance in Central Asia, Russia and Afghanistan in areas of child and maternal health. The charity is seeking more sponsors!

Hands: Autumn Statement is great news for London
Greg Hands M.P. has welcomed a range of measures that will help Chelsea, Fulham and the whole of London. As part of an Autumn Statement that showed the deficit is continuing to fall, the Chancellor cut Corporation Tax by a further 1 per cent and increased spending on infrastructure to boost growth. He declared that he wanted to equip Britain for the global race. The measures include: Personal Allowance increase to £9,440. This change will benefit 3.2 million people in London, lifting 28,000 out of income tax altogether. Fuel duty. Cancelling the Fuel Duty rise planned for January 2013 will help the owners of around 3 million vehicles in London, saving a typical driver £40 per year. Fuel prices will stay 10p lower than under Labour’s plans. State pension. 1 million pensioners in London will benefit from the £2.70 per week rise in the basic state pension. Support for small businesses. London’s 805,000 small businesses will benefit from the Small Business Rate Relief being extended for another year from April 2013. Businesses in London will also benefit from increasing the Annual Investment Allowance limit from £25,000 to £250,000 for two years, as well as £25 million per year more for UK Trade and Investment’s export support to Small and Medium Sized Enterprises. Northern line to Battersea. The Government will allow the GLA to borrow up to £1 billion from the Public Works Loan Board, at a preferential rate, to finance the extension of the Underground and wider redevelopment of the Vauxhall, Nine Elms and Battersea area. This could create up to 16,000 new homes and 25,000 new jobs. More money for flood defences. The national programme on flood defences is being increased by £120 million. This is in addition to £2.1 billion committed in 2010, which has seen construction started on flood defences that will improve protection for than 16,000 households in London and the South East. Capital investment in roads. The Government will invest £150 million to tackle congestion at Junction 30 (Thurrock) on the M25, with work starting from 2015. Science investment. The Government has announced £600 million of additional capital funding for science and technology funding. As announced in October 2012, the Government will support a variety of projects in London, including a £150 million partnership between Imperial College and Voreda to contribute to the development of a major new campus next to the White City regeneration area.


Commenting, Greg Hands M.P. said: “This is fantastic news for London. There’s an income tax cut millions of for low and middle earners, while Labour’s fuel duty increase is scrapped. Businesses will feel the benefit of the drop in corporation tax and the small business rate relief. “Times are tough, but the economy is healing. The measures announced today will bring welcome support to families and businesses in Chelsea and Fulham.”

Boris Bikes are on their way across Chelsea and Fulham
Greg Hands M.P. met officials from Transport for London this week for a full update on the expansion of the Barclays Cycle Hire Scheme. Until now, the only parts of Chelsea and Fulham with docking stations were around Sloane Square and parts of the Fulham Road. Now, all parts of the constituency will be within easy range of the Boris Bikes. Transport for London have been working with the boroughs to develop the proposals and identify more than 200 locations for docking stations. Planning consent submissions started in November and construction is due to begin in May 2013. There will also be more docking points in the existing areas to improve availability. The number of bikes will increase by 2,400 to around 11,000, with an additional 250,000 journeys expected each month when the expansion is launched in December 2013. All docking stations are expected to be in place by spring 2014. Greg Hands M.P. said: “It was good to hear of the progress being made in bringing Boris Bikes westward. The scheme will expand to cover the whole of the Chelsea & Fulham constituency, from Cheyne Walk round to Putney Bridge, and from Old Brompton Road across to Fulham Palace Road. “No resident will be more than about 500 yards away from a docking station. This is a really significant boost to local transport, particularly for those who are further from the underground and bus networks. “I’m delighted to see the Mayor delivering on his election pledge, and thank Barclays Bank for their sponsorship.”

Views sought in Chelsea on basement developments
Basement extensions are common issue of concern in Chelsea. The Royal Borough was one of the first local authorities to introduce controls on basement developments and has been reviewing its policy in recent months. A consultation on its revised planning policy is now open. The consultation runs until Thursday 31 January 2013, and the Council expects to adopt its new basement policy by the end of next year. Councillor Tim Ahern, the Royal Borough’s Cabinet Member for Planning, said: “The Royal Borough is one of the most densely populated parts of the country and basement extensions are often chosen by homeowners as a way of increasing the size of their property. “We are determined to get this aspect of development right and want residents to have their say on our revised basement policy.” Greg Hands M.P. added: “I know many of my Chelsea constituents have strong views on basement developments. Because of the disruption to neighbours, some of these schemes have become extremely controversial. “This consultation is welcome and I urge anyone with an interest to take part.” The policy is available to view on the Council’s website: The RBKC Policy Team are also able to answer queries via:

‘Report It’ to make H&F streets cleanest in London
Reporting fly-tips, graffiti and litter on the streets of Hammersmith & Fulham (H&F) has never been easier, thanks to a new mobile phone app. Eagle-eyed H&F residents can now download the free ‘h&f Report it’ app onto their Smartphone, take a photo of the problem on any public land - including local roads, pavements, parks and other public spaces - and send it direct the council. The app is easy to use and works by allowing GPS signals to find where a resident is reporting from and the exact location of the incident. Residents are asked to provide a short description of the issue before it is sent over to the council, where it automatically appears on the ‘to do’ list of the borough’s street cleaners - and all at the touch of a button. The h&f Report it app has been up and running for a short trial period and has already proved successful with ‘grot-spots’ being cleaned up usually within 24 hours of the report coming through to the council. These include reports and clearances of cigarette butts on the pavement in Lyric Square and smashed glass in Colehill Lane, Fulham. The launch of h&f Report it signals the beginning of a wider campaign to encourage residents to help the council make H&F streets the cleanest in London, lower recycling contamination rates and also put rubbish out for collection on the right day. Cllr Greg Smith, Deputy Leader of H&F Council said: “We are using the very latest technology to keep our borough’s streets clean by asking residents to help us spot problems like fly-tips and littering. It is amazing what you can do on a mobile phone nowadays, so next time you are looking to download a game, a ringtone or an app, then just look up h&f Report it and try it out. “Independent research shows that our streets are among the cleanest in the capital, and the cleanest they have ever been, with 98 per cent of streets complying with Keep Britain Tidy cleanliness standards. But we want to go further by getting residents to help us make them the cleanest streets in London. Residents can help us by using the Report It app to alert us to issues on the streets and in other public spaces although it will not work on private property.” Local resident Angeloumae Bondad, 14, said: "I like The Report It app as it is an easy way to report rubbish on the streets. It's good because it's a quick way we can all help keep the streets clean." Latest figures from the Western Riverside Waste Authority (WRWA), which processes rubbish and recycling from H&F, Wandsworth, Kensington and Chelsea, and Lambeth, show that one million orange sacks a year - or 20 per cent of sacks - are contaminated. All of the rubbish placed in these sacks is then thrown away and incinerated, rather than being recycled, costing the council 50 per cent extra in disposal costs. In H&F, the recycling contamination rate varies from 13 per cent at its lowest to 23 per cent at its highest. Initial research has shown that the majority of these sacks are full of obvious rubbish and waste that cannot be recycled, like food, old toys and computers, and clothes. Meanwhile, WRWA found that 10 per cent of black bag waste was recyclable. The council is continuing to look at innovative ways to improve recycling rates and lower the amount of waste that is thrown away. Sophie Riordan, 14, said: "I definitely think people should try to recycle more if they can as just dumping rubbish increases global warming. It is easy and simple to recycle and there really is no excuse not to." Download the free app to your Smartphone now using your Android, Apple, Blackberry or Windows Phone or visit for all the download links.

"Entente Cordiale" as H&F Council runs first event for the Borough's French community
Members of the borough’s French community enjoyed a special cheese and wine reception at Hammersmith Town Hall. Around 40 French people joined the Mayor of Hammersmith & Fulham, Cllr Belinda Donovan at the launch of the borough’s French Club last Thursday. Amongst the guests, were Antoine De Navacelle, the great grandnephew of Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the father of the modern Olympic Games. All visitors brought their own cheese and wine and music was also provided. Cllr Donovan said: “This was a wonderful event and it was a delight to mingle with so many of the borough’s French residents. I would like to wish the French Club all the best over the coming months and years and hope to keep closely involved with the club.” Greg Hands M.P. added: "As a French-speaker myself, I am pleased to see the Council, like me, has recognised that we have a growing French community here. No doubt, it will grow further, with François Hollande's new 75% tax rate and other punitive and counterproductive policies. Like Boris, I say 'Vous etes bienvenus ici à Londres, surtout à Chelsea ou à Fulham'.”

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