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#341 Date: Sunday, 8 July 2012 18:33:21 United Kingdom Time From: To: Greg Hands M.P. firstname.lastname@example.org
In this edition:
Greg Hands M.P.’s Diary Website of the Week: Save Charing Cross Photo news: Campaigning for Andrew Brown – Conservative Candidate in the Town Ward Council by-election Join the 'Save Charing Cross' campaign Photo news: Boris Johnson speech Jobs, Advice and Training Fair at Earl's Court St Luke's Gardens Transformation Fulham riverside regeneration plans unveiled Hands in the papers: Fulham street donates £1,000 after Jubilee donation influx How to contact Greg Hands M.P.
Issue 341 – Sunday 8th July 2012
Since the last edition, Greg:
Attended the Civic Service of the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, at St Mary Abbot Church, Kensington, with Mayor Cllr Christopher Buckmaster and other councillors. Met Hammersmith & Fulham Councillors to discuss the background to NHS bureaucrats’ proposed axing of A&E services at Charing Cross and Chelsea & Westminster Hospitals, and the strategy to campaign against the illconceived move. Reacted with dismay to news that another NHS consultation, “Safe and Sustainable”, continues to threaten children’s cardiac services at the Royal Brompton Hospital. Click here for Greg Hands MP's submission to the review. Visited Fair on the Green on Parsons Green, Fulham. Attended and addressed the annual summer party of the Harbledown Road Area Residents Association. Attended a 10, Downing Street reception for Conservative MPs, with a speech by the Prime Minister, Rt Hon David Cameron MP. Visited the American beer Festival at the White Horse pub, Parsons Green, Fulham. Attended and addressed a fundraising event of the Parsons Green & Walham Ward Conservatives in Novello Street, Fulham. 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 email@example.com or call 020 7219 5448.
Website of the Week:
The website of the campaign to Save Charing Cross Hospital, which is under threat from a proposed reorganisation of A&E services in North West London, which also threatens Chelsea & Westminster Hospital.
Campaigning for Andrew Brown – Conservative Candidate in the Town Ward Council by-election
Greg Hands M.P. with Andy Brown and about 20 local Conservative activists campaigning for Thursday's Town Ward by-election.
Join the 'Save Charing Cross' campaign
Greg Hands M.P. and Hammersmith & Fulham Council are urging people to join in the campaign to save Charing Cross hospital. NHS plans could see the closure of its A&E service and a downgrade from a major clinical centre to just a 'local' hospital. The council says: Closing the A&E could leave large numbers of residents dangerously far away from emergency care No evidence has been provided that moving services to Chelsea & Westminster hospital would improve outcomes for residents With thousands of news homes and jobs coming to the borough, we need more local capacity, not less. Since it opened its doors in 1973 Charing Cross Hospital has been 'far more than a local community hospital'. It is a centre of excellence to be proud of. Now that expertise and history is under threat. Greg Hands M.P. said: “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.” The NHS are consulting the public. Make sure you have your say your hospital needs you! Click here to read a message from Cllr Marcus Ginn, H&F Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Care. Public consultation: Click here to take part in the NHS consultation - closes October 8, 2012. Lend your voice to the campaign: Click here to sign H&F Council’s petition to save Charing Cross Hospital. Click here to share your stories about Charing Cross Hospital. Click here to download a Save Charing Cross hospital poster Click here to download a postcard to send to your doctor Click here to download a printable petition to pass to your neighbours
Boris Johnson speech
Greg Hands M.P. with Mayor Boris Johnson last week, as the Mayor delivered his speech thanking Conservative M.P.s and M.E.P.s for their help in his recent re-election at City Hall.
Jobs, Advice and Training Fair at Earl's Court
Exhibitors, including Peter Jones, Army Careers, Royal Garden Hotel, Wholefoods, Springboard, and Crossrail have signed up to exhibit at the Jobs, Advice and Training Fair 2012 which promotes vacancies and training opportunities for local people. The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and Jobcentre Plus have hosted the Jobs Fair for the past six years and this year are joined by the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. The fair will be held on Wednesday 18 July between 10am and 4pm at: ILEC Conference Centre Ibis London Earl's Court 47 Lillie Road, London SW6 1UD As well as a host of employers there will be colleges and organisations that can support and advise you on queries regarding your CV, application forms, interview skills and more. Plus there will be workshops throughout the day: 10.30am - Starting a business 11am - Creating a CV 11.30am - Interview skills 12pm - Top 10 ways for employers to find you online 12.30pm - Careers in construction 1pm - Job searches 1.30pm - Working in hospitality 2pm - Tips on using social media 2.30pm - Apprenticeships Find out more about the Fair at www.rbkc.gov.uk/jatf No booking is required - just turn up anytime between 10am to 4pm. There will be over 50 exhibitors at the event.
St Luke's Gardens Transformation
Over £2 million of improvement works on St Luke's Gardens has now been completed. The Gardens have a new playground and new Astroturf pitch. There is a `Teen area' which has climbing boulders and the park has a new amenity building. Access has been improved to allow anyone into all parts of the park and general landscape of the Gardens has been refreshed. There has also been work to conserver the listed perimeter wall and new, ornamental railings and gates have been installed. Councillor Nick Paget-Brown, K&C Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment and Leisure, said: "I am pleased that the works at St Luke's Gardens are now completed. The gardens with their new railings and planting now provide a handsome setting for St Luke's church for the first time in many decades. We have a long-term policy of upgrading all the Borough's parks to keep pace with the aspirations of local residents. "I'm sure that all the regular users of the gardens will enjoy the improvements and am delighted that the Council has been able to undertake this major upgrade to such an important green space in the heart of Chelsea."
Fulham riverside regeneration plans unveiled
New plans to build nearly 500 riverside homes, shops and offices in Fulham have been submitted to the council – on the same site that Thames Water plans to dump a massive sewer construction compound. The plans to redevelop the area around Carnwath Road, in south Fulham, with homes, commercial units and public space, have been worked up by Fulham Riverside West Partnership (FRWP). The partnership – which is made up of the landowners of Whiffin Wharf, Hurlingham Wharf and Carnwath Road Industrial Estate – say they want to ‘create a vibrant new riverside community’ to the west of Wandsworth Bridge and east of Hurlingham Park. The proposals are split into three applications, each relating to the two separate wharves and the industrial estate, and are designed to open up the river walk for more recreation activities and provide a mix of new homes and jobs, according to FRWP. If the plans were approved, new commercial, office and business space, leisure facilities (such as restaurants and cafés) and new public areas would be created. The Thames river path would also be reinstated for pedestrians and cyclists. The council will launch a consultation on the proposals shortly and the planning applications committee is expected to consider the plans later in the year. However, Thames Water has also earmarked Carnwath Road as its ‘preferred site’ for their main compound in west London to build the Thames Tunnel – a 22-mile long super-sewer that will sit under the riverbed. Thames Water admits that it wants to use an area the size of six football pitches for round-the-clock construction work that will last at least six years. A coalition of Fulham residents’ groups and amenity societies – known as SSF (Stop them Shafting Fulham) and backed by the council – has risen up against Thames Water’s plans. Cllr Nicholas Botterill, Hammersmith & Fulham (H&F) Council’s leader, says: “The planning applications committee will consider the south Fulham regeneration plans on their own merits later in the year but, in the meantime, we remain committed to fighting Thames Water’s damaging super-sewer plans. “It is clear that Thames Water’s super-sewer threatens to devastate south Fulham and, whatever the outcome of the plans for new homes and jobs, we will fight this costly and unnecessary stink-pipe all the way.” The FRWP proposals include: Whiffin Wharf Seventy-one new homes with residential gardens and 101 square metres (sq m) of office and affordable business space and 43 basement car parking and 87 cycling spaces. Hurlingham Wharf Office space on the west side and a new tree-lined square leading through to restaurant space on the Thames. There would also be 148 new homes and ‘open workshop’ buildings for artists and artisans. Carnwath Road Industrial Estate A piazza would provide a destination for pedestrians from Peterborough Road with the main entrance to the site, fringed by shops and restaurants, looking out onto the Thames. Residential gardens as well as a large public area with sweeping views along the Thames. This area would also host smaller commercial spaces, with an arcade along Carnwath Road hosting affordable business space and artisan workshops. Approximately 255 new homes and 909 sq m of space for new shops and 620 sq m space for new restaurants, Before the super-sewer threat emerged, the council engaged the Prince’s Foundation to work with residents and help council planners produce planning guidelines for the area – known as the draft South Fulham Riverside Supplementary Planning Document (SPD). Councillor Botterill concludes: “As part of the council’s draft supplementary planning document, the local community has been helping to shape a vision to transform the area from its industrial past into a new residential mixed-use area. “In a series of workshops, which were coordinated by the Prince’s Foundation, local residents were able to put forward their views and there was overwhelming support for mixed-use schemes, including the desire to provide better access to the Thames Path, high quality urban design and a renewed focus on the river.”
Hands in the papers:
Fulham street donates £1,000 after Jubilee donation influx
Rupert Basham, Hammersmith & Fulham Chronicle Friday 6th July 2012
Residents from Perrymead Street donated £1,000 to the St Michael's Centre in Fulham. Should David Cameron be looking for an example of the big society in action, he could call in on one road in Fulham. After the Diamond Jubilee weekend and a wildly successful street party, the residents of Perrymead Street packed up the bunting and found they were left with a considerable surplus of £1,400. They decided to put the money back into the community, and last Friday evening handed a cheque for £1,000 to the St Michael’s Centre, a church youth project in nearby Townmead Road. The rest of the cash was given to The Royal Marsden cancer centre in Fulham Road. One of the Perrymead party organisers, 76-year-old Jenny Stack, said: “It was a terrific party and I think everyone had a great time. “Afterwards we found that we had a lot more money than we needed. “When it came to deciding what to do with the money, I was extremely keen that it should go locally so I called my local councillors and spoke to some vicars who suggested St Michael’s Centre, a youth club, which until 18 months ago was run by the council. “I thought they could use the money to pay for some activities or trips. “When we handed the money over, I think they were a bit overwhelmed, I don't think they were expecting £1,000 but it was an easy decision to make. “We’re also friends of the Royal Marsden, so we were very keen that some of the money went there.” Having joined forces with their neighbours in Ryecroft and Bowerdean streets, organisers had no idea how many people would turn up to the party. But over the course of Monday, June 4, hundreds of people flocked to Perrymead Street to enjoy the festivities, drink Pimm’s and listen to a live jazz band. Mrs Stack continued: “When organising something like this you don’t really know how many people would come but lots turned up, certainly several hundred. “It was marvellous. We charged £10 per head, but nothing for children or anyone in full-time education. “We were also given £500 by Savills estate agents which was wonderful. “Now people keep on asking us when the next one will be.” The cheque was handed over at a ceremony attended by Chelsea and Fulham Greg Hands MP and the deputy mayor of Hammersmith and Fulham, Councillor Frances Stainton.
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