September 2018: Your Local MP

September 12 2018

It is time for you and your family to have your say

Recess gives me the perfect opportunity to come back home to South Gloucestershire and catch up with our local community. Over the last few weeks, I have been speaking with residents on the doorsteps from Rangeworthy to Chipping Sodbury, and visiting families from Frampton Cotterell to Charfield, to discuss the really important issues here in our area. I am also delighted to have welcomed the 1,000th visitor to Parliament on our ‘South Gloucestershire comes to Parliament’ tours.

I have also been using the summer recess to continue work on a number of local campaigns in our community. I have been supporting Watermore Primary School, as it oversees an ambitious and exciting redevelopment, whilst have been engaging with Network Rail and GWR to make progress on securing half hourly train services between Yate and Bristol.

I also recently met with First Bus, to discuss the changes which have occurred this month to a number of key services serving Iron Acton, Coalpit Heath, Yate, and Chipping Sodbury. In particular, I urgently asked First Bus to reconsider changes to the 46 and X46 services operating in Yate, with the support of all political parties, and with the backing of local residents and campaigners, launched a successful petition. I am pleased that First Bus have listened to the communities concerns and that key parts of the route will be preserved. 

As someone who grew up in rural South Gloucestershire and now lives in Yate, I am always focused on what I can do to help our towns and villages. This is why I am thrilled to have launched a survey to local residents, asking how we can make South Gloucestershire an even better place to live and work for our families and neighbours. The survey focuses on transport, health services, development and education across South Gloucestershire, as well as how we can enhance and protect our historic villages and vibrant towns.

I would like to thank everyone who taken the time so far to complete my survey. This is an important opportunity to practically demonstrate that South Gloucestershire is united in fighting for the issues that make our home such a wonderful and spirited community.