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2 December 2013 10:55

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In this edition:
Greg Hands M.P.’s Diary Website of the Week: Let Britain Decide Extract from the Court Circular Photo news: Congress Majority Whip visits Downing Street Boris Bikes to launch in Fulham and remaining parts of Chelsea next week Earl's Court Free School Consultation H&F Council adopts green solutions to water management Sweeping reforms to new social housing tenancies in Kensington & Chelsea Free School Update: The Livingstone School, Hammersmith

Issue 386 – Monday 2nd December 2013

Since the last edition, Greg:
Was formally appointed as Treasurer of Her Majesty’s Household, with an audience with H.M. The Queen at Buckingham Palace. Greg was handed his wand of office. Greg is believed to be the 137th Treasurer of the Household, an office which dates back to the 15th Century. For more, see the Court Circular below. Attended the Annual General Meeting of the Chelsea Society, in Chelsea Old Town Hall, with new president John Simpson CBE. Joined the Chancellor of the Exchequer in welcoming U.S. Congressional Majority Whip, Kevin McCarthy, to Downing Street. See photo below. Ensured that James Wharton’s EU Referendum Private Member’s Bill passed its remaining stages in the House of Commons. For more on the Bill, see Website of the Week below. Met LBH&F Leader Councillor Nick Botterill and senior Councillor Michael Adam in the Commons to discuss issues facing the local authority in the coming years. Carried out his extensive duties as the Government’s Deputy Chief Whip. Held a regular, weekly, advice surgery for local Chelsea and Fulham residents, at Fulham Library, on Fulham Road, close to Parsons Green tube. Greg’s surgeries are generally weekly, on Monday mornings, at either Fulham Library, or Peter Jones, Sloane Square. To make an appointment, email mail@greghands.com or telephone 020 7219 5448.

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Website of the Week:

The campaign website linked to James Wharton MP’s Private Member’s Bill, which seeks to give the British people a say on the future of membership of the European Union.

Extract from the Court Circular
Buckingham Palace Tuesday 26th November 2013 The Queen, Patron, Protector and Supporter, Royal Academy of Arts, today received Mr. Christopher Le Brun (President) and Dr. Charles Saumarez-Smith (Secretary and Chief Executive). The Rt. Hon. Sir John Randall was received by Her Majesty and delivered up his Wand of Office upon relinquishing his appointment as Treasurer of the Household. Mr. Gregory Hands MP was received by The Queen upon his appointment as Treasurer of the Household when Her Majesty handed to him his Wand of Office. The Duke of Edinburgh, Honorary Fellow, the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, this morning received Professor Jonathan Binner (Fellow) and Mr. Jan Lewis (Fellow), who presented the Bessemer Gold Medal to His Royal Highness. The Queen was represented by Professor John Cunningham (Head of the Medical Household and Physician to The Queen) at the Memorial Service for Sir Rodney Sweetnam (formerly Orthopædic Surgeon to The Queen) which was held at St. Clement Danes Church, London WC2, this afternoon.

Photo news:

Congress Majority Whip visits Downing Street

Greg Hands M.P. with Congress Majority (Republican) Whip Kevin McCarthy in Downing Street last week.

Boris Bikes to launch in Fulham and remaining parts of Chelsea next week

Greg Hands M.P. welcoming new Boris Bike Docking Terminals on Effie Road. It will be a bike bonanza in a fortnight when Barclays Cycle Hire scheme finally comes to Hammersmith & Fulham (H&F). To see a map of locations, visit this link on the TfL website. The south west expansion of the cycle scheme will launch on Friday December 13, with the help of H&F Council leader Cllr Nicholas Botterill and leader of Wandsworth Council, Cllr Ravi Govindia. H&F Council has contributed £2 million towards the popular blue bike hire scheme using ‘Section 106’ funding - money that developers pay to the council to reduce the impact of development and contribute to community improvements, as part of their planning permission. Cabinet member for transport and technical services Cllr Victoria Brocklebank-Fowler, said she was looking forward to seeing the bikes, backed by the Mayor of London, in the borough. She said: “H&F is already well-connected through its fantastic transport links, but this is another feather in the borough’s cap especially as it is not costing our residents a penny, as our contribution has been paid through money from developers’ that is set aside for community improvements. “We have worked hard to bring this fantastic scheme to H&F and our residents can now enjoy the benefits of these bikes which are easy to ride and offer low-cost alternatives to other ways of travelling around the borough. We hope more people will be encouraged to get on their bikes and this could help cut congestion on our roads, which has been central to our Get H&F Moving campaign.” Around 1,700 bikes will be available to hire from around 60 docking stations in the borough including from well-known locations like BBC White City, Olympia Exhibition Centre and Charing Cross Hospital. There will also be stations near the parks of Eel Brook Common, Parsons Green and South Park, and at tube stations including Ravenscourt Park, Putney Bridge, West Kensington and Barons Court. The furthest west docking station will be at Ravenscourt Park station in Hammersmith. The cycles offer another travel option to residents, commuters and visitors in H&F and it is likely that the bicycles will be used for a variety of reasons - leisure, tourism, work, or for popping to the local shops. Over 200 people contacted Hammersmith & Fulham Council in 2011 as part of its ‘Get H&F Moving’ transport campaign to offer their views on where the docking stations could be put. Additional suggestions came from council officers and Transport for London, which owns the scheme. Each of the places has had to be reviewed against a set of strict criteria to see if the site is suitable. Phase 3 of the scheme sees the hire bike scheme expand westwards to parts of H&F, Wandsworth, Lambeth and Kensington & Chelsea bringing more than 2,000 new bicycles and around 5,000 additional docking stations to these boroughs. Each station has a touch screen terminal where you can enter your card details, before getting a ‘release code’ to type into the bike stand and release the bike. When the bike is returned, it just has to be pushed firmly into an empty docking point and it automatically recognises the bike, via its code, and locks it back in. There is also an option to become a registered member and get a cycle hire key, which allows you to access the bikes all year for £90 - that is 25p per day. The Barclays Cycle Hire scheme has around 160,000 registered users - 3,900 of whom are H&F residents - with more than 8,000 bicycles at around 570 docking stations across London. There is already one at Olympia train station, on the Kensington and Chelsea side of the border, and in spring last year four stations were installed at Westfield shopping mall in Shepherds Bush as part of Phase 2 of the scheme. For more information on cycling in H&F - including how to take part in cycling courses to learn how to ride or to build confidence - and to see a list of docking station sites that have been approved, visit www.lbhf.gov.uk/cycling, and for more information on the council's transport campaign, Get H&F Moving, visit www.lbhf.gov.uk/getmoving. Find out more about the Barclays www.tfl.gov.uk/barclayscyclehire. Cycle Hire scheme at

To see a map of locations, visit this link on the TfL website.

Earl's Court Free School Consultation
Parents, teachers and community groups in the Royal Borough are being asked what they think about proposals to open a primary free school in Earl's Court. The consultation is open until 5pm on Friday 3rd January 2014. You can fill in a questionnaire online at www.wlfsearlscourt.org/consultation or you can fill in a paper copy using one of the consultation leaflets that are being distributed across the borough. The West London Free School Charitable Trust (WLFS Charitable Trust) has been given the green light by the Department for Education to open a third school in September next year. That school will be called Earl's Court Free School Primary, though it will initially be based in Cambridge Grove in Hammersmith, the current home of sister school, West London Free School Primary. The trust also has a secondary school in Hammersmith, which opened in 2011. Subject to planning approval and consultation, the new primary school will move to Earl's Court, as part of the regeneration and redevelopment of the area. This however will not be until 2020 when the multi-million pound redevelopment of Earl's Court is complete. Thirty children each year will be accepted to the reception class until the school relocates to Earl's Court, when the entry numbers would double to 60 children a year. The school will provide children with a classical liberal education, focusing on a core of academic subjects complemented by art, music, drama and competitive sport. Toby Young, chairman of WLFS Charitable Trust, says: "I helped set up the West London Free School because I believe that all children should have access to a classical liberal education, regardless of background or ability. That approach has proved so popular with local parents that my group is now opening a third school and our aim is to open a new one every year for as long as there is demand for this type of school from parents." Councillor Emma Will, the Royal Borough's Cabinet Member for Education, said: "This new primary school is just one the many positive aspects of the redevelopment of Earl's Court. "Demand for primary school places in the area is set to grow and it helps to give local parents even more choice on where to educate their children." Councillor Georgie Cooney, Hammersmith & Fulham Council's Cabinet Member for Education, says: "We welcome the suggestion for another free school and continue to offer our support to parents wanting to set up schools or those who opt to send their children to these new schools. "With new housing and development coming to Earl's Court, there will also be a growing population and greater demand for places in the area in the future. A new school will help address this issue while offering local parents more choice for their children's education." An open event will be held at West London Free School Primary (the proposed temporary site for the school) at Cambridge Grove, Hammersmith, W6 0LB, on Wednesday December 11. There will be two sessions from 6pm to 7pm and 7.30pm to 8.30pm. For more information on the proposals email consultation@wlfs.org.

H&F Council adopts green solutions to water management
Pavements and roads that soak up rainwater and roofs that are covered in vegetation are set to become more familiar sights in Hammersmith & Fulham. Across the globe, many cities are now adopting ‘Green Infrastructure’ (GI) as they look to cope with increasing populations while making the best use of rain water by preventing it from seeping into their sewers. Now, Hammersmith & Fulham (H&F) Council is set to become one of the first local authorities in the country to follow suit by including the provision of GI, or Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS), in its new Water Management Policy. H&F Council argues that GI is a much more environmentally-friendly way of dealing with rainwater than simply increasing the size of the sewer network as Thames Water intends to by constructing the £4.2billion, 16 mile, Thames Tideway Tunnel. Evidence from major world cities, such as Philadelphia, Chicago and Milwaukee, shows that a combined solution using green infrastructure, which prevent fresh water from overloading the combined sewer network, is likely to be the best way forward for London rather than a tunnel on its own. The new Water Management Policy means that building scheme approvals in H&F will have to consider the implications for flood risk and to assess the feasibility of installing sustainable drainage. It will also see each council department work to develop green infrastructure and sustainable drainage policies and will consider whether there are opportunities for more areas to implement sustainable drainage and flood risk mitigation measures. Cllr Nicholas Botterill, H&F Council Leader said: “We are setting the example nationally by practising what we preach. In more ecologically enlightened cities in America, Scandinavia and Northern Europe, planners are no longer looking at ‘grey infrastructure’ storage solutions such as large tunnels in isolation anymore. “It is vital that we follow their example and redirect surface water runoff from the sewerage system and return it to the natural ecosystem or store it for use in times of drought. Sustainable drainage measures such as green roofs, permeable paving, rain gardens, rainwater harvesting and rills and swales offer a holistic solution to our water management problems and a far cheaper and less disruptive alternative to the Tideway Tunnel. “By failing to deal with the root of the problem, which is too much rainwater entering the sewers, Thames Water is building a bigger bath to stop water from overflowing instead of turning the taps off.” Philadelphia is currently undergoing a radical transformation, with permeable pavements, green roofs and infiltration trenches installed to stop fresh rain-water flooding into sewers in the first place. The man responsible for much of this ‘greening’, Dr Mark Maimone, Vice President of water management experts CDM Smith, recently said that London should follow this example and consign the idea of a tunnel-based solution to the scrapheap. He said: “London is eminently suitable for greening. There is more space here than there is in the denser areas of Philadelphia where we are doing it right now and Philadelphia has to handle twice as many combined sewer overflows as London does.” Thames Water has long argued that the Tideway Tunnel is necessary to prevent millions of litres of sewage being pumped into the river each year. Carnwath Road on the Fulham riverside is set to bear the brunt of the disruption from major excavation work, while 14million Thames Water customers are set to pay an extra £80 a year for life on water bills. Six primary schools and two secondary schools are all within a mile of the site with some residents living just 10 yards away from where the deep sewer drilling work could happen. There are also concerns over the fumes, noise, dust and effect on already congested roads, while some people may need to move home. The council has tried to block Thames Water’s plans because at no stage during their consultation were all the options to clean up the river open for discussion. Carnwath Road was only introduced as Thames Water’s ‘preferred option’ in phase 2 of the consultation after Thames Water decided against using Barn Elms, south of the river, as a main drive site. It is not too late to have your say! An open hearing of the Planning Inspectorate, which is looking into Thames Water’s 50,000 page planning application for the scheme, takes place on Wednesday November 20 at The Worx, 10 Heathmans Road, Fulham SW6 4TJ. Registration to speak at the hearing opens at 9am with the full meeting starting from 9:30am.

Sweeping reforms to new social housing tenancies in Kensington & Chelsea
People with genuine local connections and armed forces personnel will receive greater priority for council housing as part of a package of sweeping reforms to new tenancies in Kensington and Chelsea. The reforms, agreed by the Council's Cabinet last night (21 November 2013),following six months of public consultation and scrutiny, include measures that will transform not only who can get a Council home, but also on what terms. Amongst the measures is an end to lifetime tenancies. New tenants are already issued with 12 month introductory tenancies. But from 6 January 2014 a tenant who completes such a tenancy without breaching its terms will then be eligible for either a two or, more typically five-year tenancy. There would typically be a presumption to renew; however, tenancies would not be renewed if at the end of their term: there has been a serious breach of the tenancy agreement including rent arrears or antisocial behaviour the tenant or tenant's partner has acquired a legal interest in another property suitable for occupation household income has grown to more than £50,000 for one and two-bed flats and £65,000 for larger properties savings and investments, other than for pension purposes, exceed £25,000. In addition, if the property has become too large for the household's needs, a new tenancy would only be offered on a smaller property, so that families trapped in overcrowded accommodation have a better chance of being allocated a home that meets their needs. As well as amending the terms of tenancies, the Council is also altering the rules on which households qualify for Council and Housing Association homes in the first place. From 17 February 2014 people who have not been in the borough for at least three years will generally be disqualified. Extra points will be awarded to households where at least one member is in paid work for 16 hours a week or more. Serving and former members of the armed forces and bereaved partners of forces personnel also attract extra points. Households with high incomes and significant savings will no longer be eligible for social-rented properties, but will instead be able to access intermediate housing options, such as shared ownership or discount market rented properties. "Our social housing is a scarce and precious resource," said Cllr Rock Feilding-Mellen, the Council's Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Housing. "We have an absolute duty to make sure that it goes to the right people. For us that means those in the greatest need, those with real roots in our borough, those who work and are good neighbours, and those who have served our country. Therefore, we are adjusting our policies accordingly." As a corollary of the reforms, the Council intends to remove from its housing register those households with no realistic prospect of ever getting a Council or Housing Association home. Last year the Council let 470 properties but it has nearly 9,000 households on its housing register, nearly 6,500 of which are neither homeless, overcrowded or in pressing medical need. "People are currently able to join our housing register that in fact have very low priority", explained Cllr Feilding-Mellen. "It is better to offer them realistic housing advice about where they can find actual accommodation than to leave them languishing on a list for homes which will simply never become available because quite properly the homeless, the ill and the chronically overcrowded will always be ahead in the queue." These new tenancy policies form part of a wider set of planning and housing policy reforms intended to increase the supply of new housing of all tenures across the borough, but with a special focus on more housing for those who are ineligble for social housing but unable to afford private housing in the borough. Cllr Feilding-Mellen concluded, "In order to protect and preserve our mixed community, we need to make sure there are more homes available for those hard-working households and families in the middle of the income spectrum, and so we will be looking at every opportunity to deliver more intermediate and mid-market housing here in Kensington and Chelsea."

Free School Update:

The Livingstone School, Hammersmith
www.livingstoneschoolhammersmith.com With Hammersmith & Fulham benefitting from the establishment of several free schools in the borough, a new secondary free school, ‘The Livingstone School, Hammersmith’ hopes to provide further parental choice locally. The pressure on secondary school places in LBHF is rising. This new Secondary Free School has recently been granted sponsorship approval from the Department for Education and aims to ease the pressure and struggle many parents face when making secondary applications. With Innovation, Creativity and Enterprise at its heart, the curriculum will focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM). The teaching staff will be well qualified and a digitally creative workforce themselves, motivating and inspiring students in all subjects. They will foster curiosity and innovation. As well as acquiring high standards of literacy, numeracy and communication skills, students will be problem solving and creative thinkers. There will be 120 students in year 7 and 200 in the Sixth Form providing a total of 800 secondary school places in the borough. The Livingstone School, Hammersmith will provide relevant teaching that addresses the lack of technological and creative expertise amongst students today. With sponsorship approval now in place, the school aims to open in 2015-16. It is now gathering evidence of interest and needs 240 signatures of interested parents with primary school age children. The petition is at www.livingstoneschoolhammersmith.com The website also provides further information about the School ethos and Foundation. Please do sign to help both expand secondary choice in Hammersmith & Fulham and establish a high performing, relevant and creative school in the borough.

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