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** Welcome to my November Newsletter!
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With every good wish,
Rt Hon Michael Gove MP
Member of Parliament for Surrey Heath
** Surrey Heath News
Remembrance Day: I was honoured to lay a wreath at both the Ash and Camberley Remembrance day services, and to plant a Remembrance cross in Parliament's Constituency Garden of Remembrance. These are solemn occasions, and it was heartening to see the vast number of people coming out to commemorate those who have fallen in service for our country.
Ash Ranges update: Following my meeting with MoD Minister Jeremy Quin at Ash Ranges on 7 October – in which myself, Cllr Paul Deach and Cllr Nigel Manning pressed for a lifting of restrictions to access for local residents – he has since responded and you can read his letter here ([link removed]) .
Councillor catch-up: I was delighted to hold another invaluable meeting with local Parish, Borough and County Conservative Councillors in Windlesham earlier this month. We discussed all things Surrey Heath, and I would like to thank all those who attended and am grateful for their updates concerning their wards.
Arriva Bus Service: Following Arriva's announcement that it would be closing its bus depot in Guildford, Surrey County Council has been working hard to secure replacement services. I am pleased that there has since been an update, and you can read about the forthcoming timetable changes and how they affect services in Surrey Heath here ([link removed]) .
Fernways visit: I loved meeting the team at Fernways School and the Kedleston Group in Windlesham at the start of November, and I was delighted to have been able to visit during UK Parliament Week. The school offers brilliant support for children with autism and associated learning needs, and I was honoured to be asked to unveil their new library. You can read more about my visit here ([link removed]) .
Heatherside Arcade clear-up: I had great fun helping to clear up the leaves and overgrown foliage at the arcade on 13 November. My thanks go to County Councillor Edward Hawkins for organising such an important event, and you can find more about the fantastic team effort here ([link removed]) .
Surrey County Council care home consultation: SCC is running a consultation ([link removed]) to seek people’s views on the future of eight residential care homes for older people which the Council owns and operates, including Abbeywood in Ash Vale. I know that many constituents will have family and friends staying in these homes, and would encourage anyone who is interested to contribute before the closing date on 5 January 2022.
Surrey COP26 Virtual Summit: I was hugely honoured to have been chosen to be speak at this Summit alongside a number of distinguished local voices, and I was so grateful to Claire Coutinho MP for organising such a thoroughly thought-provoking evening. You can watch the Summit here ([link removed]) .
** Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities News
Net Zero Funding: The UK has announced funding of £27.5 million to support developing cities and regions around the world transition to net zero by 2050, and you can learn more about the scheme here ([link removed]) .
New rules on COVID-19 commercial rent debts: A Code of Practice is being introduced to resolve the remaining commercial rent debts accrued because of the pandemic, and you can read the details here ([link removed]) .
Support for rough sleepers over winter: Rough sleepers will be helped with safe and warm accommodation and treatment services for drug and alcohol dependency this winter, supported by an extra £66 million announced by the Government. Find out more here ([link removed]) .
Partnerships for People and Place initiative: Thirteen Councils in England are being empowered to better tackle issues affecting their communities, including youth unemployment, health disparities and crime. Find out more here ([link removed]) .
New infrastructure funding: Loan funding of at least £624 million will be available for house builders, including SMEs, to improve the vital infrastructure needed to kick-start new housing projects, with a particular focus on transforming unsightly and derelict brownfield sites. Find out more about the Government's plans to redevelop underused land here ([link removed]) .
The Community Renewal Fund in Scotland: More than 50 projects across Scotland are set to receive £18 million of UK Government investment to help people into work, boost productivity and deliver net zero. You can learn more here ([link removed]) .
Vulnerable renters support package: Vulnerable renters struggling due to the impact of the pandemic will be helped by a £65 million support package, and you can read more about who will benefit, and how, here ([link removed]) .
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