Conservative candidate Sir Michael Fallon recently visited the new Sevenoaks Primary School construction site. He was given a tour of the new building by the school’s headmaster, Alan Duffy.
The school needs to raise £500,000 to complete the development; £450,000 has been raised so far. The Hands Trust, run by Guy and Julia Hands, has been match funding every pound raised. Local businesses have also been very supportive. The new building is due to be completed by the end of the year.
Alan Duffy has raised around £45,000 from his famous walks. Michael congratulated Alan on his efforts and on the progress that has been made on the new build.
Michael said: ‘This is a perfect example of the parents and the local community coming together. Local businesses have backed this new building, as have I. Future students will benefit from these renewed facilities for many years to come.’
Michael recently officially opened Andrews Court, a new development of affordable rented apartments for the over 55s in Swanley. New residents joined Moat representatives, local councillors and officers from Sevenoaks District Council for the celebrations.
Delivered by Moat in partnership with Sevenoaks District Council, the Homes and Communities Agency and developer Jenner, AndrewsCourt is a redevelopment of the old St Andrews Court. The scheme includes larger dwellings, which allow easier access for people who may have wheelchairs or walking frames, incorporating aspects of Dementia-friendly design – such as different coloured doors and carpets on each floor.
Michael said: ‘What’s important here is partnership; with Sevenoaks District Council and the Government. These things don’t just happen. They happen when there is genuine partnership involved. This redevelopment is vital for the community because it is affordable and designed to ensure residents have the dignity of independence.
The residents here want to be looked after later in life, but they also want to be able to look after themselves. For all these reasons, I’m delighted to be here to open Andrews Court. I look forward to more of these developments coming forward here in Sevenoaks.’
Michael has handed in his nomination form to become the official prospective parliamentary Conservative candidate for Sevenoaks.
At the event, Michael said: ‘This is the most important election for years. Over the next four weeks, I will be campaigning for live casinos Canada every vote in Sevenoaks, Swanley, Westerham and every village.’
The forms were handed to the Returning Officer, Dr Pav Ramewal, as soon as the nomination form collections opened.
Michael has written to Lloyds Banking Group to call for ‘complete transparency’ regarding their recent announced closure of the branch in New Ash Green.
In the letter, Michael asks what consultations Lloyds has held with its customers and businesses before announcing the closure, scheduled for 5th July 2017. He writes: ‘I am concerned that my constituents have not been sufficiently consulted before the decision was taken by Lloyds Banking Group to close their local branch’.
Michael has urged Lloyds to consider the ‘drastic impact’ the closure would have on personal customers, particularly elderly customers, and local businesses in the letter.
He also raises questions about the viability of the alternative banking services recommended by Lloyds: ‘There should be complete transparency surrounding the decision to close a local branch and a comprehensive impact assessment should be published with sufficient consideration of the alternatives available’.
Cllr Claire Pearsall delivered a petition to save the Lloyds Bank branch in New Ash Green to Michael. The petition has over 900 signatures. Michael has sent the petition on to Lloyds Banking Group along with a copy of his letter.
Michael has today praised local businesses ahead of the sixth annual Sevenoaks Business Show.
The local MP, who is also Patron of Sevenoaks Town Partnership, opened the fifth annual Sevenoaks Business Show last year, and will be meeting with a number of local businesses on his constituency visit this Friday.
Michael’s visit comes one week after new unemployment figures showed that Sevenoaks is among the constituencies with the lowest unemployment rate in the country. The total number of unemployed claimants in Sevenoaks in March 2017 was 395, representing a decrease of 19 per cent since 2015 and of 67 per cent since 2010.
Michael said: ‘It’s a great time to be in business in Sevenoaks. Unemployment remains at an historic low, more people are finding full time jobs, wages have grown yet again, and there are over 700 more businesses in Sevenoaks than there were in 2010.’
Sir Michael Fallon MP has welcomed new figures showing that unemployment in Sevenoaks remains at an historic low.
The figures, released by the Office National Statistics and Nomis database, show that unemployment in Sevenoaks has decreased by 63 per cent since 2010 and 11 per cent since May 2015. Sevenoaks has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country.
Michael said: ‘These figures reflect a very robust local economy as we enter the Brexit negotiations. A country that works for everyone enables people the security of employment and the ability to provide for their family. I will continue to keep a close eye on our unemployment rates.’
Sir Michael Fallon MP has cautiously welcomed Government proposals on night flight restrictions for Gatwick airport.
His comments anticipate the release of the Department of Transport’s Airspace Modernisation consultation document later this month.
The proposals on the Government’s role in setting noise controls at Gatwick airport from October 2017 to 2022 have been outlined in a consultation document called Night Flight Restrictions at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted, published earlier this year.
Michael said: ‘This report contains several proposals that I hope will be introduced as soon as possible. Measures such as noise quotas could lead to improvement for everyone. But I remain concerned about any changes that would lead to more of my constituents being affected by noise. I will continue to make representations in any future consultation.’