March 2020: News from your local MP
THE beginning of a new season brings fresh news of improvements for our area, with the recently approved South Gloucestershire Council budget promising to deliver record investments to support residents and infrastructure across the district.
I was pleased to see the council’s new budget reflects residents’ priorities and keeps the focus on improving our services – with a record amount being invested to maintain and upgrade the road network, extra school funding, and rolling out a tougher enforcement approach against littering.
An extra £400,000 is also being made available to extend support to more of our high streets, learning from the exciting work being carried out in Kingswood as the pilot ‘Love Our High Streets’ project. I also welcome the news that £30,000 in grants will be made available to support community groups who wish to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of VE Day this May.
I was also delighted to hear about the Government’s plans for a revolution in transport which will see residents benefit from a more modern network, thanks to a £5 billion package aimed at transforming buses and cycling. This will help deliver more affordable and reliable bus services and new dedicated cycle routes for the area, making our town centres safer. I will be campaigning to ensure we get our fair share of this investment locally.
I am always keen to hear from residents about their concerns and ideas on improvements to our infrastructure and have recently met with the Chair of the South Gloucestershire Over 50s Forum to discuss transport issues and how we can improve access for elderly residents, and I look forward to raising this and other concerns in a meeting with the Transport Secretary soon.
As ever if there is anything you would like to raise with me please do not hesitate to get in touch with me on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone my office on 0117 9081524.