Welcome to my August e-newsletter. I hope that you have been able to get away on holiday.
The decision to relax Covid rules has so far worked well, with the UK’s highly successful vaccination programme protecting the vast majority of people from serious illness. I appreciate the concern felt about the complexity of the Covid rules which still apply to international travel and the cost of testing. I have been raising this with Ministers and I also received a briefing on these issues at a meeting with British Airways.
This was an issue that cropped up during a number of the conversations I have had over the last ten days or so as part of my Summer Campaign Week. I run this every August as an opportunity to step up my contact with residents and it includes doorstep calls, mobile surgeries and business visits around the constituency. A number of people expressed their worries about the Mayor of London’s decision to shut down and sell off Barnet Police Station. Although the front desk closed some time ago, the building had been kept as a base for local officers. I will continue to campaign to save it and stop this proposed sell-off.
Afghanistan has of course dominated the news headlines and people there face an uncertain future. I and my staff team have been working to try to help constituents worried about relatives in Afghanistan, and I was present in Parliament when MPs were recalled to debate the situation.
Back in the constituency, I enjoyed a visit to the Pavilion School in Chandos Avenue to see the progress being made with a brand new building being constructed as part of the Government’s investment in schools.
I have continued my opposition to overdevelopment at Victoria Quarter, North London Business Park, Cockfosters tube station, High Barnet tube station and other locations. I also had the honour to be invited to events to mark the recent Hindu festivals of Raksha Bandhan in Friern Barnet and Janmashtami at the Hari Krishna temple in Aldenham. I spoke at a rally in Whitehall calling for respect for human rights and equality for women in Iran on the day a controversial new President took office in Tehran.
Further information on my local campaigns and activities is available in the links below to articles on my website. Please pass on this email to anyone you think would be interested to read it or might like to join this mailing list. You can also follow me on Instagram or Facebook at facebook.com/theresavillierscb.
Rt. Hon. Theresa Villiers
Member of Parliament for Chipping Barnet
Mayor's decision to sell off Barnet police station condemned
Chipping Barnet MP, Theresa Villiers, has condemned the announcement by the Mayor of London that he will close down and sell Barnet Police Station.
The front desk at the station shut to the public following a decision by the Mayor in 2017, but the building has remained in police use, for example by neighbourhood police teams. The closure of the front desk was widely opposed in the local community with hundreds of people signing Theresa Villiers’ petition to save the station. Read more....
Lifeline for Tudor Park
Barnet Council have allocated £200,000 to renovate and refurbish the sports pavilion in Tudor Park in the Hadley area of High Barnet. For several years, local MP Theresa Villiers has been urging the council to bring the building back into use. She has warmly welcomed the new funding which was secured by High Barnet ward councillor, David Longstaff, a meeting of the council’s Chipping Barnet Area Committee. Read more....
Stop plans to double the size of NLBP!
Alongside Brunswick Park ward councillors, Roberto Weeden Sanz and Lisa Rutter, Theresa Villiers is campaigning against the new planning application submitted by Comer Homes for North London Business Park. This would add 1200 flats to the residential development there. Read more....
Plan for Jobs to support people back into work
Your local MP met work coaches and other DWP staff at Raydean House in New Barnet this week to hear about the delivery of the Government’s Plan for Jobs to help people find work after the Covid emergency. Read more....
Busy Summer Campaign Week concludes
Theresa Villiers MP campaigns all year round on issues that matter to local people. Every year in August she has a week when she steps up programme of doorstep calls and engagement with constituents. Theresa and her team knocked on hundreds of doors in the Chipping Barnet constituency to hear directly from residents on their worries and concerns. Read more....
Protect New Barnet: Campaign to stop overdevelopment at Victoria Quarter
After a planning application for Victoria Quarter was turned down by Barnet Council last year, Fairview Homes and One Housing have submitted a second set of plans. Theresa Villiers is encouraging residents to take part in the planning consultation process and send in objections. Read more....
MP helps celebrate 25 years of curry success for Taste of Nawab
Chipping Barnet MP, Theresa Villiers, has congratulated restauranteur, Abdul Rahman, on the 25th anniversary of his popular Taste of Nawab restaurant. Situated in Colney Hatch Lane in Muswell Hill, at the southern end of her constituency, Theresa Villiers visited recently for celebrations to mark the silver anniversary of the establishment of this award-winning restaurant. Read more....
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Face-to-face surgery meetings have resumed, but Zoom calls are also available as an alternative. Theresa’s next surgery takes place from 1015 to 12 noon on Saturday 4th September at her constituency office at 163 High Street. Constituents wishing to see Theresa or her staff will need to make an appointment in advance. You will NOT be seen if you turn up without a pre-booked appointment. Bookings can be made using the contact details set out in the preceding paragraph.
To comply with continuing Covid secure guidance and avoid too many people gathering in the constituency office at one time, the waiting room which was previously available during surgeries remains closed. Constituents will need to arrive at the time of their appointment and may be asked to queue outside if they are early, or if there are delays to the appointment schedule. We apologise for this inconvenience, but a cautious approach is still needed on Covid.