Suella has obviously made her name in Westminster as she has been appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Exiting the European Union (DExEU). This is obviously her first step up the ladder.
Miss Fernandes said:
"Our aim is now to work hard to deliver the best possible Brexit that works for the whole country – this means preparing Britain for a smooth and orderly withdrawal from the EU.
‘Brexit is a great opportunity for our country as we embrace the world and regain control of our laws, borders and money."
Link to an article in The News
Culled from the "Fareham - Do we have a say?" Facebook page
As the House of Commons use yellow paper it can be quite difficult to read so I have transcribed it below. This letter was dated 6th December. Apparently another one is due about Portchester.
I am writing in relation to the consultation on some of the proposed allocations of land for housing in the Western Wards in the drat Local Plan 2036, ie on the lend north and south of Greenaway Lane in Warsash (HA1) and on Southampton Road in Titchﬁeld Common (HA3).
I have spoken to many local residents in these areas and received correspondence from them about their valid concerns about the proposed development They are worried about the impact of the development on the local road network. health and education services. My family and I also live in the area affected!
Whilst I understand and support the need for additional housing in Fareham, due to increased demand from more people choosing to live in our beautiful area, more people living longer and more people living alone, it is important that local peoples' voices are heard This consultation is a vital part of that process. Regarding the proposed development site in Warsash, I am concerned about the impact on the local roads of 700 new homes. The main access to these sites would be via Brook Lane and Lockswood Road. These roads are busy roads which are already experiencing a high volume of trafﬁc: and the impact of more houses would most certainly add to the trafﬁc problems. The site on Southampton Road would primarily be accessed via Segensworth Road which already experiences a high volume of traffic. I would urge that any allocation of this site for development must be accompanied with appropriate access and road upgrades to accommodate the extra pressure and I request information as what action FBC will take in this regard?
Many local people are concerned about the impact on local school resources and GP services l would urge caution and proper planning of additional school places to support increased demand. And ﬁnally. the natural woodland in the area is precious and clear guidance should be taken from Natural England on how to conserve the natural environment as much as possible.
I trust that these views will be taken into account in the Plan process.
Thank you Suella, at last somebody with a little bit of clout looks as if they are joining the argument that Fareham cannot just keep taking more and more development without the infrastructure necessary to support it. I hope that your request for what action FBC is going to take is more successful than everybody else's and that you don't allow the council to pass the buck for roads to HCC with the comment that they have no responsibilty for that particular subject, just as they have no responsibility for education and health as they are stautory responsibilities for other bodies that MUST supply the services with no thought as to how this can be achieved.
Suella made acontribution to the House of Commons debate on a debate about access to GPs.
"In September, Jubilee surgery, Whiteley surgery, Stubbington medical practice and Highlands practice launched a same-day access scheme in Fareham, based at Fareham Community Hospital, which had the honour of welcoming the Secretary of State on a visit last year. It is commission-led and supported by Fareham Community Hospital taskforce. Will my right hon. Friend join me in congratulating the GPs—including Dr Tom Bertram, who has taken the lead on this scheme—and Fareham and Gosport clinical commissioning group, and explain how patients will be able to access a GP in Fareham?"
And the non-reply from dear Jeremy:
"I was honoured to meet them, and Richard Samuel and his team have done a fantastic job in transforming services in a way that reduces pressure on local hospitals, but also improves services for local people. There was a real buzz there. I also note that neighbouring Gosport has made changes that have improved patient satisfaction to 90%, with 60% of issues being dealt with on the same day. So some really exciting things are happening."
Just previous to this little self-congratulatory speech patients of Stubbington, Highlands Road,Jubilee and Whiteley should have received a letter similar to the following from their surgery
It still begs the question of how is a non-driver expected to get there without paying some exorbitant taxi fee because there is STILL no bus service to the hospital. Even if there was, what sort of time scale are we talking about travelling from their their own locality to Cold East and back to probably see a doctor from a totally different surgery who knows absolutely nothing about their case or circumstance? All this is doing is removing a practicing GP from their local surgery to put them some five to six miles away in a building that is inaccessible except by car, thereby adding to the traffic and pollution problems that currently abound in Fareham.
Date Thursday, 20th July 2017
This public meeting will be an opportunity for residents to put their concerns regarding health and social care directly to senior staff of the various organisations responsible. It is open to residents throughout Fareham constituency who would like to find out more.
Many residents have contacted me to raise concerns over services in our area, ranging from GP and hospital waiting times, mental health services, the under-utilisation of Fareham Community Hospital and problems with Adult Health & Care. I am therefore holding this meeting so that those responsible can listen to the public's questions and provide an update on work that is taking place.
Organisations invited include:
The meeting will be held at Fareham Community Hospital and is free of charge. Due to venue capacity limits however, the event is strictly ticketed. You can order a free ticket here
I do hope to see you, your friends and family there.
The above article was taken from Suella's website
I wasn't too sure where to put this link, the Home page, Devolution or here but as it's to do with local constituency boundaries I finally plumped for here. The words are those in the The News but I didn't think that it was worth adding a link just to read this. If you want to see the comments then the link is here
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A SECOND public consultation has opened over plans to redraw parliamentary constituency boundaries as part of electoral reforms.
It follows a decision to reduce the number of constituencies in the UK to 600 from 650.
The biggest local reform would see Meon Valley scrapped and its voters moved to either Fareham, Winchester or the East Hampshire constituencies. More minor plans have been unveiled to tweak the Portsmouth North and South constituencies.
Quite what area the Meon Valley consists of is completely unclear but would it make sense to combine a basically urban constituency with a basically rural one. The requirements from an MP are completely different. Possibly bringing Knowle into the Fareham demesne might make sense but I don't think that that is in the plan.
To have a say, visit http://bce2018.or.uk
Links to Suella's website
Ensuring that we provide adequate, affordable housing for a growing population is a national priority, and one which matters locally to people in Fareham too. But it is vital that new developments take place in the right places, and that they are properly supported by adequate local infrastructure. The planning process has to strike the right balance between providing the homes we need for the next generation, and ensuring that we preserve the character and beauty of our existing towns and villages.
I support the outline plans for new housing developments at Welborne and North Whiteley, but have raised with the local authorities the concerns of local people about their potential impact on infrastructure and local services. I will continue to champion the interests of local people, who want to ensure that these large developments take proper account of local feeling.
And really worrying that our MP seems to want EVEN MORE houses. It makes you wonder just who she is representing.
Reply to the e-mail below from Suella's senior case worker.
Many thanks for your email to Suella. I do hope to have some useful information for you.
Suella holds surgeries once a month on a Friday and has done so since October 2015. Due to the horrific murder of Jo Cox MP at a drop in surgery, these must be booked in advance and the exact location is now only given to those with an appointment. They are therefore advertised as, for example, below:
Surgery Friday 20th January, Fareham North. Surgery Friday 24th February, Whiteley.
Posters advertising these surgeries are on display in over 100 locations across the constituency, such as community centres, GP surgeries, libraries, police stations, schools, parish halls and numerous shops. In addition, Suella’s newsletter advertises of these on a monthly basis.
Surgeries are used to discuss individual casework matters, for instance a person’s difficulty with HMRC, Pension payments, or access to medical care or schools.
Coffee events are used to discuss policy issues such as those you mention. These have been held regularly, with the last being held in November and being advertised in the InTouch magazine, delivered to every household in the constituency. The next coffee morning is to be held on Friday 17th March 2017, 11-12:30 at Titchfield Community Centre.
In addition, Suella holds group meetings on current topics, such as the Broadband Meeting, held in October and the EU meeting held in June. These are often advertised in the local press too.
Events such as coffee mornings and meetings can be found at: https://www.suellafernandes.co.uk/events
I do hope this information helps.
I must admit I don't remember her In Touch magazine but that may be my fault and perhaps I ought to be more careful about sorting my junk mail in future. I shall now add these dates to the diary page for future reference.
Sent to Suella today
I remember at the end of your first year as the Parliamentary representative for Fareham you said that you were going to hold local surgeries.
Now that Welborne, Newlands, Cranleigh Road, Brook Lane, Stubbington By-pass and other development schemes are coming very close in time I am sure that many of your constituents would welcome the resumption of this idea as it seems to have died of late, either that or the advertising of such surgeries is so bad that very few people are aware of them. As I am sure you must be aware – great concern is being raised about the local ambulance service, Queen Alexandra Hospital’s seeming inability with the current population, lack of care for the elderly and infirm, etc. it would be very nice to have your views on how these can start to be resolved. Nothing more seems to have happened at Fareham Community Hospital despite your support for extending the services that are supplied there.
If you do intend to resume these meetings and would care to let me know when and where these surgeries will be, I shall ensure that they are published on the Inform Fareham website for the wider dissemination of the your constituents, a suggestion that they might be held in popular, easily accessible places like the library, or even the Council Offices has been made – I just pass this idea on with no great thought on my part.
A reply at your convenience would be greatly appreciated
I shall post her reply as soon as it arrives.
A reply to my FOI request was received from Waste and Resource Management at Hampshire County Council. Whilst the immediate problem has been resolved, to quote from the reply
"The underlying national situation in terms of the processing capacity, whilst improving, still exists within the UK and the concerns about the targets and financial structures within the WEEE system remain. With this in mind there is some concern remaining for the County Council that there is a risk that the situation may arise again and as a result the County Council is still maintaining temporary contingency arrangements to mitigate this in the future." So there could well still be a problem but at least we can now dispose of the old hardware.
So far it has cost our council £20,000. Although the Council admit that the problem should truly be placed at the feet of DEFRA, just like all other central Governement services, they seem to be trying to not want to accept their financial responsibilities and passing it onto the local Council Tax payers.
Link to The News article
"I spoke with the prime minister about how expansion and investment in Fareham Community Hospital so it has greater service provision could ease some of these pressures"
During the meeting with Theresa May, the Fareham MP said more drop-in facilities were needed in the town.
She said: 'I know many people have been concerned with the issues at QA Hospital and GP appointment waiting times.'"
Link to The News article
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