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#340 Date: Friday, 29 June 2012 19:31:24 United Kingdom Time From: To: Greg Hands M.P. email@example.com
In this edition:
Greg Hands M.P.’s Diary Website of the Week: Kensington & Chelsea Chamber of Commerce Three local hospitals under threat as NHS bureaucrats begin consultation Photo news: Kensington & Chelsea Chamber of Commerce Celebrating Fulham week starts tomorrow Brompton Ward by-election result in Kensington & Chelsea Town Ward Council by-election: Ten reasons to vote for Andrew Brown H&F to give ex- armed forces personnel housing priority Boundary Commission consults on number of councillors for Kensington and Chelsea How to contact Greg Hands M.P.
Issue 340 – Friday 29th June 2012
Since the last edition, Greg:
Met local airline pilots concerned at new EU proposals which pilots maintain will have lead to more tired pilots. Greg is taking the matter up with aviation ministers. Chelsea and Fulham is home to a number of pilots, particularly with British Airways. For more on their campaign, click here. Attended the Diamond Jubilee Summer Fair at Lady Margaret School, Parsons Green. Attended a reception in City Hall hosted by Mayor Boris Johnson, thanking Conservative Party MPs and MEPs for the assistance they gave during his recent re-election as London Mayor. Attended the annual garden party of the Hurlingham Club, as a guest of the Club. Addressed a London conference of Balkan Youth Leaders on challenges in the global economy and the UK government’s robust approach to the economic crisis. Met representatives on site of Fulham-based employer Ignis, a marketing agency which employs around 30 people on Fulham Road, to learn more of their work. Welcomed representatives of the U.S. Competitive Enterprise Institute to the House of Commons to meet like-minded MPs. 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. Held a weekly surgery for Chelsea and Fulham residents at Fulham Town Hall. Greg’s surgeries are held generally every Monday at Fulham Town Hall, the Fulham Methodist Church, or at Peter Jones, Sloane Square. To ask for an appointment, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7219 5448.
Website of the Week:
The website of the Kensington & Chelsea Chamber of Commerce. Primarily a networking and social organisation, the Chamber is committed to the promotion and support of local businesses and those doing business within the borough. Greg attended and addressed their summer reception in the House of Commons earlier this month (see photo below).
Three local hospitals under threat as NHS bureaucrats begin consultation
Residents across Fulham, Chelsea and Hammersmith are being urged to make their views known on NHS proposals to close Accident & Emergency services at Charing Cross and Hammersmith hospitals, with a further option of closing A&E at the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital. Plans to close four Accident & Emergency (A&E) units in North West London moved a step closer this week (June 25) as the Joint Committee of Primary Care Trusts agreed to formally propose closing four of the nine A&E centres in the area. The NHS proposals include downgrading Charing Cross and Hammersmith hospitals from ‘major’ centres, with a wide range of clinical specialisms, to ‘local’ hospitals. Charing Cross and Hammersmith would both lose their A&Es under the NHS preferred option and the hyper-acute stroke unit at Charing Cross would also go. The NHS consultation begins next month. One option in the consultation is for Chelsea & Westminster to lose its A&E instead of Charing Cross. Greg Hands M.P. told the Fulham Chronicle and the Kensington & Chelsea Informer: “I have been warning since 2005 that NHS bureaucrats have been downgrading services at Charing Cross, and now their renewed proposal to end A&E services comes as a hammer blow to Hammersmith & Fulham residents. “This is also bad news for Kensington and Chelsea residents, as it is not clear that Chelsea & Westminster hospital will have the capacity to take up to an extra 100,000 A&E admissions each year. This would mean one extra A&E admission from the Borough of Hammersmith& Fulham every 5 minutes at the Chelsea & Westminster hospital. “I will fight this very hard. It is clear to me that A&E services at both Charing Cross and Chelsea & Westminster can, and must, survive” Hammersmith & Fulham (H&F) Council has vowed to fight the plans ‘tooth and nail’ and Cllr Marcus Ginn, H&F Cabinet Member for Community Services, has called on the community to unite against the threat. Cllr Ginn says: “Once again the residents of H&F are facing a huge threat to local hospital services. We are faced with losing not just one A&E, but both our A&Es at Hammersmith and Charing Cross. The NHS bureaucrats who are about to launch a consultation on these proposals have failed to realise the devastating impact this would have on journey times in what is the second most congested borough in London. “They have also failed to take into account the thousands of new homes that are being built in west London - we need more access to hospitals, not less. “If these proposals go ahead we will lose decades of clinical expertise and skills built up at Charing Cross. H&F Council will not stand idly by and allow this to happen. “Yet, if we are to be successful, we need to be united. Therefore I am calling on everybody and anybody who has an interest in retaining frontline hospital services in H&F to join the council in a single campaign to protect local hospital services at Charing Cross and Hammersmith. The bigger our voice the more likely we are to be heard. The community has fought off similar proposals before and we will do so again.” Dozens of people turned up to a protest outside Charing Cross hospital this week and thousands have already signed one of the two council petitions against the closure plans. Click here to sign H&F Council’s petition to save Charing Cross Hospital.
Kensington & Chelsea Chamber of Commerce
Greg Hands M.P. with Kensington & Chelsea Chamber of Commerce (KCCC) President Vin Jauhal (right), Sir Malcolm Rifkind M.P. (left) and KCCC Chairman Dr Amanda Hayess (far left) at their Summer Reception in the House of Commons. Photo courtesy of Lucy Elliott, from The Kensington Magazine (www.thekensingtonmagazine.com/blog).
Celebrating Fulham week starts tomorrow
The annual Celebrating Fulham festival starts at the end of this month, promising an action-packed week of excitement for residents, businesses and visitors. The event, running from Saturday 30th June to Sunday 8th July, showcases the very best in the area’s history, talent and entertainment and provides the chance to discover some of Fulham’s hidden treasures. Cllr Frances Stainton, Deputy Mayor of H&F, said: “Celebrating Fulham has become one of the highlights of the year and 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. "This is a truly monumental summer for London and Celebrating Fulham will certainly add to the carnival atmosphere created by the Diamond Jubilee celebrations and the forthcoming Olympics." Greg Hands M.P. added: "I am looking forward to another year's Celebrating Fulham Week. I will be at the start of it all at St John's Church tomorrow at noon. Good luck to all the organisers in what looks like a very good and varied programme." Highlights of Celebrating Fulham include: ‘Elizabeth to Elizabeth’ - Tuesday 3 July, Great Hall, Fulham Palace, Bishops Avenue, SW6, 7.30pm. Concert trio ‘In Voice and Verse’ celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. Actor Lance Pierson, soprano Belinda Yates and pianist Heather Chamberlain present a pageant of readings and music from across the centuries to celebrate the Nation’s Monarchs and highlights of our history. The music includes pieces by Handel, Beethoven, Purcell, Holst and Britten, as well as ‘Rule Britannia’ and the National Anthem. The words will include poetry by Queen Elizabeth I, Shakespeare, Milton, Tennyson and John Betjeman. Tickets £12 available from the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith, 0871 22 117 29, or visit www.lyric.co.uk/whats-on and view Events Elsewhere or type Fulham Palace into the search box. Further information 020 3080 0655 or email@example.com. The Fulham Swish - Thursday July 5, Durell Arms, 704 Fulham Road, SW6 5SB, 6.30pm. Swishing is a fantastic way for you to breathe new life into your outfits for free and involves a group of people together to swap unwanted clothes. Bring between one and five items of clothing, pairs of shoes, bags or accessories. Items must be clean, good condition and something that you are proud to hand on. No children’s clothes please. Booking is required as places are limited. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 8753 1888. Fair on the Green, Saturday July 7, 12 noon to 5pm. A fabulous day out for all the family. Two live stages of music and entertainment, over a hundred stalls, a food court, bouncy castles, Punch and Judy, carousels, magician’s, climbing frame, fun fair, and much much more. Call 020 7731 3964 for more details. Paggliaccio Cup, Sunday July 8, South Park, Fulham. This youth football tournament is free for youngsters between the ages of five and 16. For more information call 020 7371 5253, or visit www.paggs.co.uk. Bat Walk, Sunday July 8, Fulham Palace, Bishops Avenue, SW6 6EA, 9pm. Bat Walk around the Gardens of Fulham Palace, led by John Tovey of the London Bat Group. Meet at the pedestrian entrance to the Palace Grounds. Wear solid footwear and bring a torch! Please ring 020 3080 0655 to confirm your attendance. This is a free event but donations to the London Bat Group are welcomed. There will also be a ping pong table at Fulham Broadway Retail Centre from June 29 to July 26. To join the fun, simply borrow a bat from the side of the table and play ball! The Celebrating Fulham programme is being distributed to all Fulham households. In addition the full programme of events is available to download on the link below or pick up a copy from Fulham Library or Fulham Town Hall. Click here to download the full Celebrating Fulham programme. For more information please contact Nicki Burgess, Fulham Town Centre Manager, on 020 8753 5695 or email@example.com.
Brompton Ward by-election result in Kensington & Chelsea
Elected Councillor: Barkhordar, Abbas (Conservative) Full results: BARKHORDAR, Abbas - Conservative Party Candidate - 650 COBURN, David - UK Independence Party (UKIP) - 71 DENMAN, Moya Francis Gabrielle - Liberal Democrats - 101 SAUTTER, Mark Desmond - The Labour Party Candidate -103 Number of ballot papers rejected: 5 Greg Hands M.P. said: "I welcome Abbas Borkhordar onto the Council, and look forward to working with him in the coming years."
Town Ward Council by-election:
Andrew Brown (pictured) is the Conservative Candidate in the Town Ward Council by-election in Fulham. The by-election is on Thursday 12th July 2012 and was called following former H&F Council Leader Stephen Greenhalgh’s appointment as Deputy Mayor of London for Policing. Ten reasons to vote for Andrew Brown:
Ten reasons to vote for Andrew Brown
1. Continued Council Tax
reductions and value for money services compared to Labour’s 7.7% annual increases.
2. Tough measures on crime and anti-social behaviour to
make our streets and estates safe.
3. Cleaner streets, easier recycling and same day refuse and
recycling collections at least once a week.
4. Schools of choice and a top quality education for all local
5. A borough of opportunity, including low cost home
ownership to help people onto the property ladder.
6. Support for local traders and businesses to keep Fulham
Road and New Kings Road vibrant.
7. Pride in our local parks, ensuring they are properly
maintained and improved.
8. Andrew Brown is local. He’s lived in Fulham for ten years
and works next door to Putney Bridge Tube.
9. Andrew will always put Town Ward first - and will get his
voice heard at the top table in the Town Hall.
10. Andrew is committed to listening to local residents and
being easily accessible. You can contact Andrew by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or following him on Twitter at @arbrown_town.
H&F to give ex- armed forces personnel housing priority
Government plans to move ex-armed services personnel towards the front of the social housing queue have been backed by Britain’s best council. Hammersmith & Fulham (H&F) Council is currently proposing to radically overhaul the way that social housing is allocated and is already recommending that local ex-armed services personnel, including members of the Territorial Army, are given greater housing priority. The flagship council believes that the nature of military work means that servicemen and their families all too often end up living in poor quality and expensive rented accommodation. The council will also be revising its allocations proposals to reflect the Government's guidance on families of armed services personnel killed in the line of duty, as part of its housing allocations consultation process. Speaking today, Housing Minister, Grant Shapps said: “This nation's heroes, serving in military hotspots around the world, put their lives on the line for us on a daily basis and it's only right that we should have the support in place for them and their loved ones when they need it most.” Hammersmith & Fulham Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, Cllr Andrew Johnson has backed the move wholeheartedly. He said: “This council has been saying for some time that it is patently unfair that courageous soldiers, who heroically defend the nation on our behalf, find themselves in housing limbo when they return from the front line. “There can be no people more deserving of a council house or access to home ownership that those who give voluntary service in the name of Queen and Country That it why we are already proposing to give greater priority to ex armed services personnel for affordable housing. We will also be looking again to see how we can help the families of armed services personnel killed in action.” The council is also proposing to give armed service members greater priority for its low cost home ownership schemes, so that they are given a greater chance to get onto the housing ladder. Just last month, H&F Council unveiled a range of measures to drive housing growth, tackle the social and economic divide in the borough and improve council housing services. Highlights of the new proposals include: Giving greater priority to those who are working, those in training leading to employment and those making a significant contribution to the community, eg ex-service personnel and foster carers. Setting a guideline income limit of £40,200 for applicants wishing to access the new housing register. Implementing fixed-term tenancies for new social housing lettings, with current secure tenancies still available for older and vulnerable applicants. If adopted, these changes are likely to go live in April 2013. The council has also recently backed Government plans that social housing tenants earning in excess of £60,000 a year should pay a higher level of rent. Have your say You can have your say on these proposed changes by visiting: www.lbhf.gov.uk/housingstrategyconsultation. There is a short online questionnaire on all four documents or full online questionnaires for all four documents for residents and other interested parties to complete. If you have any questions or requests for information or you would like to submit your response by email, send it to: email@example.com. The consultation closes on July 18, 2012. For any questions about the strategy documents and consultation issues generally, please ring: 020 8753 1649. If you would like to send your response or enquiry by post, please send it to: Housing Consultation Housing Options Division London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham 145 King St London W6 9XY
Boundary Commission consults on number of councillors for Kensington and Chelsea
The Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) is reviewing the size of the Council and its ward boundaries to ensure that the number of Councillors reflects current and future changes to the population and that each Councillor represents roughly the same number of electors. In the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea there are 18 electoral wards each returning three Councillors, giving 54 Council Members in total. Having consulted the Council earlier in the year the Commission is now consulting on its proposal which conforms with the Council's own submission to reduce the number of councillors from the current 54 to 51 from the May 2014 borough elections. The LGBC's consultation runs until 6 August; details can be found on their website. In September 2012, the Commission will consult on how best to configure wards so that they contain roughly the same number of electors. This consultation will run until 3 December.
5 ways to contact Greg Hands M.P.:
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