PROTECTING OUR GREEN SPACES AND FIGHTING OVERDEVELOPMENT
I’ve campaigned against plans for tower blocks at North London Business Park, taking residents’ concerns to the highest level. My petition to protect the fields at Whalebones attracted over a thousand signatures. I’m backing new homes on brownfield regeneration sites in the borough and helped secure £320 from Government for infrastructure to support 7000 new homes.
I’m stepping up my opposition to the Mayor’s plan to allow more developments on back gardens. And I will be working with Barnet Council and constituents to ensure Barnet’s new Local Plan protects our green belt and green spaces. I am strongly opposing the Mayor of London’s plans to build high rise intensive developments over tube station car parks in High Barnet and Cockfoster.
EXPANDING LOCAL NHS SERVICES
I successfully campaigned for Chase Farm Hospital to be rebuilt, and the new high-tech £200m facility recently opened. I welcome the new breast screening unit at Finchley Memorial. I’ve been pressing the Government to focus on early diagnosis of cancer. This is a big part of the NHS Long Term Plan to be funded by an additional £20 billion a year of Conservative investment in the NHS.
I am pressing the Government to ensure this extra NHS funding also delivers expanded GP services in Barnet, so residents find it easier to get appointments when they need them. I am backing plans put forward by local GPs, for example in High Barnet and Whetstone, to extend their buildings to improve facilities for patients.
MORE POLICE AND SAVING OUR POLICE STATION
With local residents, I’ve been campaigning to save Barnet Police Station. I am appealing to the Mayor to reverse his closure decision and I raised this issue at Prime Minister’s Questions.
I successfully campaigned for £172 million more funding for the Met Police. I’m fighting to make sure Barnet gets its fair share of this new funding, so we have more police on the beat. I am urging the local police to focus on local priorities such as cracking down on burglaries.
IMPROVING LOCAL TRANSPORT
I’m pushing the Mayor to speed up the introduction of low-emission buses to improve air quality. I’m also campaigning for TfL to reverse their reduction in services on the Northern Line.
Working with commuters, I’m lobbying GTR to improve rail services and facilities at stations such as Oakleigh Park. I am campaigning to save the route of the 384 bus. I also managed to secure an extra £690m in Government funding to help fill potholes in Barnet.
- GIVING BARNET CHILDREN THE BEST START IN LIFE
I campaigned with parents for new schools such as JCOSS, St Andrew the Apostle and Alma Primary School. Barnet has some of the best schools in the country, but their budgets are under pressure. So I am campaigning for more money for our local schools. I am also backing efforts to create more opportunities for children and young people to get involved in sport so they can lead more active healthier lives.
6. SUPPORTING OUR LOCAL ECONOMY AND TOWN CENTRES
I have been working for many years to support our local town centres, including Barnet’s historic market. I called on the Government to provide help for town centres and they cut business rates. I am also encouraging education providers and businesses to create more apprenticeship opportunities across Barnet – helping people earn while they learn.