Welcoming a new ramp access at Bat & Ball station

Sir Michael Fallon today (Monday 30th September) welcomed the opening of a new access ramp to platform 1 at Bat & Ball station.

The new access ramp, which was formally opened by the Mayor of Sevenoaks, will for the first time permit step-free access to both platforms of the station.

Attending the opening, Sir Michael said: “It is vital that those less able to take the stairs are properly accommodated for.  This is an important step forward for Bat & Ball, and I will continue to push for easier access at all stations in my constituency.”

Fallon demands greater reassurances over no deal Brexit planning

Sevenoaks MP Sir Michael Fallon this week met with Michael Gove, Chairman of the Government’s Brexit Preparations Committee, to press for further reassurance that the A25 will be kept clear in the event of a ‘no deal’ Brexit.

Sir Michael outlined his concerns about the potential use of the M26 as a lorry park, and has attended Operation Brock meetings with fellow Kent MPs, the Department for Transport, HMRC and the Kent Resilience Forum regularly.  Those meetings will intensify as the Brexit deadline of October 31 approaches.

Sir Michael has demanded greater reassurance from the Government, and warned: “There are eight schools along the A25 in my constituency, and the road is already very congested at peak times. The current level of traffic will only be made worse by an increase from the ports in the East.” 

Sir Michael meets Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove MP with Damian Green MP, Helen Whately MP and Tom Tugendhat MP

Sevenoaks Business Awards 2019

One of the great pleasures I take in being your MP is hearing about the growing number of success stories there are for our local businesses that make Sevenoaks much more than a commuter town.  I was delighted to attend the Sevenoaks Business Awards on Friday 13th September to celebrate the training and development of businesses, established as well as new, and I wish all of the nominees every success in the future.

STATEMENT FROM SIR MICHAEL FALLON

Sadly I have decided that this parliament will be my last.   I have served as an MP, for both Darlington and Sevenoaks, for more than 30 years – quite long enough.  I want to thank all my constituents for their support and encouragement.  Wendy and I will continue to live in the constituency and to be involved locally.

If an immediate election is called, I will not therefore be a candidate.  My letter to my Conservative Chairman is attached.

Good news for Sevenoaks schools as Boris Johnson announces an extra £219 per pupil.

Sevenoaks MP Sir Michael Fallon welcomes news that Sevenoaks will receive a spending boost of £219 per pupil following the Prime Minister’s promise of an additional £14bn in school funding over the next three years.

Every school will see its budget increase ahead of inflation next year which will make a big difference to our primary and secondary schools in Sevenoaks.

Mr Johnson has pledged to raise the minimum spent on each primary school pupil to £4,000 a year, with secondary pupils getting £5,000 a head. This will level up per pupil funding across the country so every child in Sevenoaks receives a world class education.

The cash boost will also mean £700 million extra for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) in 2020/21, so every pupil in Sevenoaks can access the education that is right for them, and none are held back from reaching their potential.

Sir Michael has campaigned with Kent County Council in the F40, a campaign group that wants fairer funding across all education authorities. The group is made up of the 42 lowest-funded councils. 

Fallon: “Tackle leaks and leave our river alone”

Sevenoaks MP Sir Michael Fallon has this week criticised Thames Water’s abstraction from the River Darent and called on the company to make a much firmer commitment to reducing chalk stream abstraction.

The River Darent already provides water for hundreds of homes in the Darenth Valley and will face further challenges if new homes are built in the area. 

Sir Michael said: “Thames Water must commit to stopping abstraction that impacts on vulnerable chalk streams in order to ensure the Darent’s survival.  The Darent is being sucked dry to provide water for London which wouldn’t be needed if Thames did much more to tackle leakage.”

South Eastern Franchise delay must not mean delay to investment

I have today written to the new Transport Secretary to inform him that the cancellation of the South Eastern Franchise must not mean further to delays to vital planned infrastructure spending on our local rail networks. My constituents have been promised faster, higher capacity and more reliable trains – and they must get them.

I have urged the Department for Transport to work with Angel Trains, who stand ready with £1 billion to invest in the delivery of new trains, to give commuters the carriages they deserve.

Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley CCG: Choose Darent Valley Hospital for new Urgent Treatment Centre

NHS Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley clinical commissioning group is undertaking a public consultation on their plans to reform urgent care services in Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley.


I will be making the CCG aware that a new Urgent Treatment Centre in Gravesham would be too far for my constituents to travel, and that creating one at Darent Valley Hospital is the better option.


You can have your say too here: www.dartfordgraveshamswanleyccg.nhs.uk

Best Small Shops Competition

Nominations are now open for the Best Small Shops competition.

Best Small Shops’ judges are looking for evidence of a small shops’ entrepreneurial spirit and positive impact on their community.

If that sounds like your shop, or one you know, then you can enter by visiting: www.indieretail.uk/best-small-shops/best-small-shops-competition-2019/. 

Voting closes on Monday 9th September.