Sir Michael Fallon met members of Sevenoaks District Senior Action Forum on the morning of 18th October to discuss the concerns of older residents in the constituency.
The group were particularly concerned about how loneliness
impacts the elderly but praised the work of volunteers who runs pop-in cafes in
the constituency. These give residents an opportunity to socialise and also
give information about benefits, safety and using the internet.
There was some concern about the future of these services,
but with the announcement of £2 million from the Government this week for
organisations tackling loneliness it is hoped that more funding can be secured
for organisations like the café.
The group finished by presenting Sir Michael and Lady Fallon
with flowers as a thank you for their service to the constituency over the
Sir Michael also met with residents and staff at St John’s
Cottage, an assisted living facility for adults with learning disabilities.
Sir Michael was given a tour of the premises before hearing the concerns of residents and the work the Sevenoaks Voices to be Heard Group, a charity that supports adults with learning disabilities, has been doing as part of the #WalkInOurShoes campaign. This campaign has been launched to encourage society and policymakers to consider the issues faced by people with learning difficulties when making decisions that will affect them.
He said: “It was a pleasure to meet residents and staff from St John’s Cottage last Friday. Their #WalkInOurShoes campaign is a fantastic initiative to raise much needed awareness regarding the concerns of adults with learning disabilities.”
On the weekend of 26-27 October, the M20 between junctions 7-9 on the London-bound carriageway will be closed overnight. The coast-bound carriageway will remain unaffected. This will ensure that Operation Brock can be implemented safely. Operation Brock will become active on Monday 28 October.
Sir Michael Fallon today (Monday 30th September)
welcomed the opening of a new access ramp to platform 1 at Bat & Ball
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.”
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’
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.”
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.
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.
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 yearwhich
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.
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
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.