From: Greg Hands M.P. Subject: News Bulletin from Greg Hands M.P.

#389 Date: 23 December 2013 12:11 To:

In this edition:
Greg Hands M.P.’s Diary Website of the Week: St Luke's and Christ Church, Chelsea Greg Hands reacts to Airports Commission’s interim report on aviation capacity Greg Hands M.P. raises concerns over Super Sewer with Environment Secretary Residents to get more notice of suspended parking bays in K&C Greener Living Guide out in K&C How to contact Greg Hands M.P.

Issue 389 – Monday 23rd December 2013


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Since the last edition, Greg:
Was on the Government front bench for the announcement of the findings of the independent review led by Sir Howard Davies into airport capacity in the South-East. For more, see below. Carried out his 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, Chelsea. To make an appointment, email or telephone 020 7219 5448.

Website of the Week:

St Luke's and Christ Church, Chelsea The website of the parish of St Luke’s and Christ Church, Chelsea. St Luke’s is the largest church in our part of London, and was consecrated in 1824. Charles Dickens was married there in 1836. Today, there is a large and active congregation, led by Rev. Brian Leathard. St Luke’s Church appears this year on Greg Hands MP’s Christmas card.

Greg Hands reacts to Airports Commission’s interim report on aviation capacity

The Airports Commission, the independent review panel chaired by Sir Howard Davies, has published its interim report. The report set out three options for one new runway in the south-east of England which the Commission says is required by 2030: a new runway at Heathrow Airport constructed to the north-west of the existing airport; an extension of Heathrow's existing northern runway to the west to at least 6,000m, enabling it to be used for both take-offs and landings; a new runway at Gatwick Airport more than 3,000m in length. Reacting to today’s report Greg said: “Now that the interim report is published I shall take time to study it, and the implications it will have for my constituents. This is only an interim report, and a final decision is not expected until 2015, which means we have time to consider all the options and I am pleased that there is one option still under consideration which does not involve expansion at Heathrow.” Greg added: “My views on Heathrow expansion are well known and I have made numerous speeches on it in the House of Commons in the past. I also met Sir Howard in person in July when I was able to outline, at length, my concerns at Heathrow expansion. I was on the front bench of the House of Commons chamber today to hear the statement of the Transport Secretary. “I am shocked that some Labour MPs have attacked the work of the Davies Commission, despite Labour giving unequivocal backing to a third Heathrow runway before the 2010 election. “I look forward to the Government’s response in due course and I would urge concerned residents to share views with the Commission in the consultation on the short-listed options in the autumn of 2014.” The report also contains recommendations to the Government for immediate action to improve the use of existing runway capacity. This includes an ‘optimisation strategy’ to improve the operational efficiency of UK airports and airspace; a package of surface transport improvements to make airports with spare capacity more attractive to airlines and passengers; the establishment of an Independent Noise Authority to provide expert and impartial advice about the noise impacts of aviation and to facilitate the delivery of future improvements to airspace operations. Greg said: “I am however concerned by the proposals for the ‘smoothing’ of the early morning arrival schedule, which could see additional planes landing at Heathrow before 6.00am. I continue to oppose any increase in night flights and will be responding fully to the Departments for Transport’s ongoing consultation on Night Flying Regime in January 2014.”

Greg Hands M.P. raises concerns over Super Sewer with Environment Secretary

Greg Hands, M.P. for Chelsea and Fulham, has today written to the Environment Secretary to stand up for local residents against the cost of the proposed Super Sewer. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is consulting on whether to make the Thames Tideway Tunnel Project a ‘Specified Infrastructure Project’, in which case it would become the subject of a competitive tendering process, rather than being carried out by the incumbent provider, Thames Water Utilities Ltd, by default. A specification notice would put the financing of the project out to tender, and possibly therefore leading to a better deal for Chelsea and Fulham constituents and indeed water customers across the whole of the Thames Water area. For several years, Greg Hands has championed the concerns of local residents over the proposed sewer and in particular that the cost will be unfairly passed on to customers. This has included participating in two large public summits and numerous meetings with residents’ groups, as well as lobbing the water regulator Ofwat against rising bills from Thames Water as a result of the planned project. The most recent request by Thames Water for an 8% rise in bill was successfully blocked by the regulator Ofwat in November, following earlier intervention from Greg. In his letter to the Environment Secretary, Greg said that with the cost of the project estimated at over £4 billion, this was being unfairly passed onto Thames Water customers in Chelsea and Fulham. He wrote: “As an MP representing many thousands of Thames Water customers who are concerned about the rising cost of bills, I am opposed to the passing on of the cost of the project to these customers.” Greg also used the opportunity to share with the Environment Secretary, his concerns for the planned use of Carnwath Road Riverside in Fulham in order to dig a main shaft to the proposed sewer. He explained that Carnwath Road is in the heart of a residential area, with 15,000 homes, seven schools and 2,000 businesses located within 2,000 metres of the proposed tunnelling operations, where the disruption faced by local residents, schools and businesses would be enormous. Greg told the Secretary of State that: “The local community is overwhelmingly hostile to using Carnwath Road in this way. I do not believe that Thames Water should be allowed to compulsorily purchase land at the Carnwath Road site, especially as this would frustrate the ambitious re-development plans that Hammersmith and Fulham Council have for the area.” He added “I shall continue to represent the concerns of local residents about the site and look forward to holding a meaningful dialogue about the site and in seeking alternatives.” You can read Greg’s full submission to the Defra consultation here. Members of the public wishing to submit their views can do so before 6th January 2014 via the Defra website here.

Residents to get more notice of suspended parking bays in K&C
Residents of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, and others who are planning to get a parking bay suspended, are being advised that from New Year's Day 2014, they will need to apply for a parking suspension at least ten working days in advance. The change will allow the Council to give residents more notice of parking bay suspensions, by putting signs up to seven days before a suspension, rather than the current three days. In order to allow for current suspension applications to be dealt with as usual the seven days warnings will begin from Monday 13 January. To find out more go to

Greener Living Guide out in K&C
A new practical guide to help residents be greener at home is now available free from all Royal Borough libraries and online at Inside you'll find tips on how to save energy, water and money, as well as expert advice on everything from reducing household waste to improving your garden's biodiversity. In addition to the variety of green tips, the guide also features borough-specific information including what you can recycle and which renewable energy options are most suitable. The Council's Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Tim Ahern, said: "This new guide offers something for all residents who want to become a bit greener - whether it's deciding to insulate your home or even generate your own energy, it really has something for everyone." If you'd prefer a hard copy, contact the Council by email at or call 020 7361 3001.

5 ways to contact Greg Hands M.P.:
By Phone: By email: By post: In person: 020 7219 5448 Greg Hands M.P. House of Commons London SW1A 0AA Click here for details of how to book an appointment at Greg Hands M.P.’s weekly surgery

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