September 2020 - News from your local MP

September 01 2020

Looking to a brighter future Chris Skidmore writes for Hanham & Longwell Green Voice

AS lockdown eases it is fantastic to see progress re-start on so many local schemes and projects across Kingswood that are so important for the futures of our children, celebrating our heritage and protecting our local climate.
It is exciting to see the council begin consultation this summer on the design for the new ‘all-through’ Lyde Green School, which will have a 420-pupil primary phase and a 900-pupil secondary phase, aiming to take its first pupils in 2022. The school facilities, including its sports pitches, will be available for community use outside of school hours. This is the latest new school that I continue to campaign for in the area and I have raised with Ministers the importance of this project receiving the necessary government funding.
More than ever, it’s vitally important to champion and celebrate our local history. As a historian, I was delighted to support the approval of the listed building application to stabilise the historic Whitfield Tabernacle in Kingswood town centre.
The Tabernacle is most famous for its role in the emergence of non-conformist religion and the birth of Methodism - its full restoration remains a top local priority for me.
As a former Government Minister who was responsible for signing into law the UK’s commitment to end its contribution to global warming by 2050, I am delighted to learn of the locations for new electric vehicle charging points. More than half of the 14 new charging points across South Gloucestershire, including rapid (50kW) and fast (7-22kW), will be located in the Kingswood constituency, with one fast point in Laburnum Road car park in Hanham and two fast points in Cecil Road car park in Kingswood. A further six points, six rapid and one fast, will compromise a flagship West of England charging hub at the Bristol and Bath Science Park in Emersons Green. The council has said that all are set to be operational by March 2021.
As the local MP, I will continue to support initiatives to help our local area recover and renew from the pandemic and these are just the start of what’s needed.