|Local MP Writes To Putney|
Her first diary since her appointment as Secretary of State for Transport
It has been a very busy couple of months recently, especially with my appointment to the Cabinet as Secretary of State for Transport. I wanted to thank everyone for all the congratulations emails and cards I have received, which were very much appreciated! There has also been lots going on locally - Amongst other things I held a public meeting on the Thames Tunnel, opened the new Putneymead Medical Centre, and launched a career mentoring scheme at Elliott school, so read on for an update...its quite long, but there’s a lot to catch up on!
Extra rush hour District Line trains
This is great news as the extra tubes will increase capacity and improve reliability for passengers, as well as just making the daily commute a bit more comfortable. The better service coming home from Earls Court is especially welcome. I am really pleased London Underground has listened to local residents and taken action to help ease the capacity issues on the line, and I want to thank you for doing your bit to make it happen – it really made the difference!
Thames Tunnel Phase 2 proposals unveiled
Encouragingly the new plans have dropped a preferred main drive shaft at Barn Elms which is what we’d been working for. Instead, to tackle the sewage spills from Beverly Brook there will be a much smaller CSO site that will take less time to construct. Thames Water has also improved the proposals for Putney Bridge and King George’s Park following feedback from local residents.
The Thames Tunnel project is a really important issue for residents and businesses locally. Since the phase one consultation, we have all been working hard to stop the shaft at Barn Elms and improve our local CSO sites and I think we have all done a great job locally.
It’s vitally important we engage with Thames Water to support their preference not to use Barn Elms for a main drive shaft site¸ and work to make our local CSO sites better and less disruptive. The more people who respond to the consultation supporting protecting Barn Elms, the better. You can either email me or respond to the consultation directly. The Thames Tunnel phase two consultation runs for 14 weeks until 10th February 2012, and information about the phase two proposals is available to view online at www.thamestunnelconsultation.co.uk – do make sure you have your say.
I am already working with your local Councillors and London Assembly Member, Richard Tracey, on making sure a regular reliable river service continues. I have followed up in my capacity as the local MP with Transport for London, and Thames Clippers and Thames Executive Charter, who have expressed interest in continuing the service.
This is a service that many residents rely on and I am going to do everything I can as your local MP to work with potential providers to make sure the river service continues in the New Year.
Southfields residents support cinema plaza
Alongside pressing the developers to listen to our local community about the cinema we’d like to have on site, the next step is for me to work with residents and councillors to protect the use of this site for leisure purposes. I believe it is important the community has our say so let me know what your views are, emailing me on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Putneymead medical centre
It took a huge amount of effort over many years on the part of the GP practices that have moved but these new premises will mean a real improvement for residents registered at the Putneymead Medical Centre. The late opening hours will mean the centre is open until 8pm from Monday to Friday aswell as being open on Saturdays and should also give people much needed flexibility to see their doctor after work.
Career scheme at Elliott school
The first session went really well and I am now looking for volunteers for the next few sessions in the New Year and beyond. If this is something you would be interested in taking part and talking about your career please do get in touch with me.
Out & about
Best wishes and Merry Christmas!
December 16, 2011