"MY PRIME FOCUS IS ON PROMOTING THE WELL-BEING, HEALTH AND HAPPINESS OF CONSTITUENTS"
SIR PETER BOTTOMLEY MP
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Durrington Residents Advice Surgery - January 2019
I am grateful to the local residents who joined me for my Drop-in advice surgery at Durrington Tesco. Discussion and queries ranged from Brexit to pensions.
Whilst I do my best to speak with every constituent who contacts me, and visit residents when necessary, often constituents may prefer to speak to me in person or are unable to email, telephone or write.
Thank you also to Cllr Jane Sim and Cllr Sean McDonald for joining me in assisting with local residents’ issues, and to Myra and the Tesco team who accommodated us.
My team and I have already taken forward several of the concerns brought to me during the surgery. We will continue to be of assistance when possible and when necessary.
Children In Need Fundraising - January 2019
This years event raised the largest amount so far, welcoming visitors from all across the county to buy unwanted Christmas gifts donated over the last couple of weeks. Over £2,379 was raised by the volunteers, all going directly to the BBC Children in Need charity.
Pictured is myself with BBC presenters Danny Pike and Mark Carter.
Children in Need supports children and their families across the country who face difficult circumstances and may be going through the hardest of times. The money raised will help to support and change the lives of over 582,000 disadvantaged young children and adults.
I commend those involved and encourage many more to join in and contribute when possible.
Christmas Charities in Worthing - December 2018
Christmas is a time of giving, receiving, and cherishing what we have already. It can also be a time of reflection and charity.
There are many local charities that contribute positively to our communities. The volunteers behind these are to be commended for the work they have achieved over the past year.
One such charity is Turning Tides Ending Local Homelessness - a project uniting churches and groups from across Worthing. Another such charity is Worthing's branch of The Salvation Army United Kingdom with the Republic of Ireland.
I was pleased to meet local volunteers and support these important causes during recent months. I wish them the very best for 2019 as we all aspire to support those in need.
More information on how you can help to support the work of Turning Tides can be found here: https://www.turning-tides.org.uk/how-to-help/
Royal Mail Christmas Deliveries - December 2018
It was a pleasure this morning to visit Worthing's Royal Mail Delivery Office on Chapel Road.
The staff there do a tremendous job in ensuring mail is delivered throughout the year. At Christmas time we are reminded how important a lifeline our Royal Mail is.
The letters these dedicated members of staff handle can bring joy to our family and friends across the world. We can all be thankful for their service.
Worthing Job Centre - November 2018
I was pleased to visit the Worthing Jobcentre Plus to speak with the team of advisors as well as the service users about how the centre supports them and how we might further help them.
Those in attendance included Help for Heroes, the Sussex Armed Forces Network, Royal British Legion Industries (RBLI), Sussex Police, Northbrook Metropolitan College and NHS England.
Positively, three people were offered jobs on the spot by the NHS. This was the first event held locally and I look forwards to it continuing in the future.
Queen's Commonwealth Canopy Planting - 08 November 2018
The Queen's Commonwealth Canopy is a unique network spanning all 53 countries of the Commonwealth. The creation of a pan-Commonwealth network of forest conservation projects marks Her Majesty The Queen’s service to the Commonwealth.
This theme extends into the Care for Veterans where we planted a Rowan tree as part of the Queen's Commonwealth Canopy. The Rowan tree has a long, sacred history. Since ancient times people have been planting a Rowan beside their home as the Tree of Life, symbolising courage, wisdom and protection.
The Care for Veterans centre, established in 1919, cares for soldiers returning from World War I with life-changing disabilities. It was poignant and contemplative to be joined by students from Heene Primary School, resident veterans, the High Sheriff of West Sussex 2018 and Adur & Worthing Councils Deputy Mayor, Cllr Hazel Thorpe.
West Durrington Housing Development Update - October 2018
I met with representatives from Chamonix Estates, including Persimmon Homes, Heron Homes and Taylor Wimpey, in addition to Worthing Borough Council to bring forwards the concerns of the community, requesting that those behind the development engage with and respond to local people's concerns.
Permission for the development of 700 new homes was granted by Worthing Borough Council back in 2012 with a number already built and occupied.
Residents have my support in seeking assurance that the most recent additions will be effective and properly maintained at no undue cost to those who have already or have yet to move into the new development.
Macmillan Coffee Morning - September 2018
It was a pleasure to join one of Worthing's local businesses, SJM Electrical Services, for the world's biggest coffee morning.
Every year, over 350,000 people in the United Kingdom are diagnosed with a form of Cancer. Over 3,500 are diagnosed in Worthing West alone, with almost half of those diagnosed unfortunately passing away as a result.
There are many commendable charities and organisations addressing this devastating disease. Macmillan Cancer Support is the UK's largest charity dedicated to supporting and caring for those affected and their families. The money raised by Coffee Mornings held around the country, £29.5 billion last year, goes directly towards helping those suffering.
Boom! Credit Union Launch - August 2018
I attended the opening of the Boom Credit Union in Worthing. Boom is a not-for-profit financial co-operative, committed to providing financial inclusion across West Sussex, and is passionate about keeping local people out of the clutches of high-interest lenders and loan sharks.
I am a keen supporter of Boom and I have backed our Credit Union from the start. The community is at the heart of everything they do, helping local people to save, to borrow and to manage. The Credit Union makes a huge positive impact.
Whilst speaking with the team, I heard how Boom is encouraging all local businesses and charities to open a savings account with them. In return, Boom will donate the equivalent of 1% of these new deposits to local community projects. This is a positive sign of the differences companies and social enterprises can make to our communities.
Worthing Parks Green Flag Awards - August 2018
Four of our fantastic local parks have been internationally recognised as outstanding - receiving the Green Flag Award:
Beach House Park, Worthing; Field Place & Arts Complex; Highdown Gardens; and Marine Gardens.
Thank you to all of those who work hard to ensure these parks continue to be treasured green oasis's within our communities.
The Green Flag Award scheme recognises and rewards well managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for the management of recreational outdoor spaces across the United Kingdom and around the world.
Summer Reading Challenge Launch - July 2018
On Friday 13th July, I joined local residents at Goring-By-Sea Library to celebrate this year's launch of the Summer Reading Challenge. This included some young avid readers that were very excited to complete the challenge as well as Cara Lambert, Team Manager for Families and Wellbeing and Jane Blackwell, Librarian at Goring Library, both of which have made fantastic contributions to our local community.
Research shows that reading for pleasure is a more powerful factor in life achievement than socio-economic background and that children who use libraries are twice as likely to be above average readers. The Summer Reading Challenge builds confidence and independent reading, while helping to prevent the dip in children’s reading levels during the long summer break from school.
Worthing Mayor's Youth Debate - April 2018
On Thursday 26th April, I was very pleased to be part of Worthing inaugural Youth Debate, hosted by the Mayor of Worthing. I was joined by fellow MP, Tim Loughton, the High Sheriff of West Sussex, Director for Communities at Worthing Borough Council Mary D'Arcy, and Worthing's Youth Mayor, as members of the judging panel.
It was a fantastically organised event, and I was very much impressed by the talent and knowledge shown by the many students attending from schools across Worthing.
These kinds of events remind me how aware and 'tuned in' our young constituents are, and as I'm sure my fellow panel members will agree, emphasise the need to engage young constituents in our politics in a way that enthuses them whilst also engaging them. I look forwards to seeing this event go from strength to strength, year by year.
Walking with Guide Dogs UK in Worthing
Sir Peter was delighted to join The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association in Worthing to hear about some of the frequent barriers to accessible streets for people with sight loss.
Sir Peter took a blindfolded walk down Warwick Road and met a working guide dog as well as representatives of the organisation.
The new #StreetsAhead campaign highlights the everyday obstacles that can compromise the safety of blind and partially sighted individuals.
Poorly parked vehicles which block some or all of the pavement cause frequent problems for pedestrians. These can force people who are blind or particularly sighted, parents with pushchairs, wheelchair users, and others, to walk on the road and into the path of oncoming traffic. Excessive street clutter and shared street surfaces also pose a threat to many.
Queen's Award for Enterprise at A World of Buzz
Sir Peter visited Goring business A World of Buzz, alongside the Lord-Lieutenant of West Sussex, Susan Pyper, who presented the company with a prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise.
A World of Buzz – which includes three distinct companies, World of Books, World of Rare Books and Ziffit - is one of only 100 UK businesses receiving the award for outstanding contribution to International Trade.
World of Books, one of the group’s companies, is committed to minimising its environmental impact. Each month over 4 million books are recycled, saving 22,000 tonnes of books a year from going into landfill. All of its paper waste is recycled within the UK and turned into corrugated cardboard.
Armed Forces Day
Sir Peter and his wife Virginia congratulated organisers of the Armed Forces Day events at Steyne Gardens this weekend. Entertainment included a marching band, stalls, displays and military vehicles.
As a community, Worthing united to celebrate Her Majesty's Armed Forces, past and present. The event was very well-attended by our community, with a lot of young people joining in. It’s very important that we engage with young people on these sorts of occasions, both to educate and to inspire.
For more information on Armed Forces Day, CLICK HERE.
With Tim Loughton, MP for East Worthing and Shoreham, Sir Peter has rejected Highways England's proposal to spend £100 million on A27 improvement works to ease traffic in the Worthing area.
'Many will think it is hardly worth reading what Highways England have written in their A27 improvement plan. To ask that the Worthing traffic problems be solved with less than £100m was never going to work. It doesn’t work. It has to be rejected.
Highways England and the Department for Transport have got to allocate a proper sum of money so that local people can have a better environment, local people can have greater safety, and local people can have greater economic prosperity.'
Paying Tribute to Worthing's Islamic Community
Sir Peter visited Worthing Masjid to have a conversation with the Imam and local worshippers. The visit came prior to Eid celebrations and following the appalling terror attack near Finsbury Park Mosque.
During the Debate on the Queen's Speech, Sir Peter followed Tim Farron MP's compliments on the Finsbury Park Imam Mohammed Mahmoud: 'May I just reinforce the hon. Gentleman’s message about Imam Mohammed Mahmoud? His words—that, by God’s grace, they managed to stop the attacker being attacked and prevent worse things from happening—should be in everyone’s mind. Heaven knows what would have happened if the attacker had suffered serious damage. The headlines would have been very different, so we owe a great deal to that imam and people like him.'
East Preston Festival
Sir Peter joined the annual East Preston Festival after his re-election to serve as MP for Worthing West.
The festival, which took place from 2-11 June, included events such as a novelty dog show, raffles, live music and craft competitions.
You find out about East Preston news and events via https://www.eastprestonvillage.co.uk/festival.php
2017 General Election Result
Sir Peter was re-elected to serve Worthing West as its Member of Parliament on 8 June 2017.
He thanks everyone who voted for him and pledged to represent the interests of every constituent, regardless of political sympathy.
The full results of the local vote:
Peter Bottomley (Conservatives) 30,181
Rebecca Cooper (Labour) 18,091
Hazel Thorpe (Liberal Democrats) 2,982
Mark Withers (UKIP) 1,635
Ben Cornish (Green Party) 1,614
Worthing Pensioners Fair
Sir Peter joined Tim Loughton MP and crowds of Worthing residents at the annual Pensioners Fair at the Guildbourne Centre in Worthing Town Centre.
Some of the charities and organisations in attendance included Action for Deafness, Citizens Advice Bureau, Alzheimer's Society, Southern Water and Independent Age.
Fair Funding for West Sussex Schools
Sir Peter visited East Preston Junior School (EPJS) last week. Sir Peter had been invited by the EPJS School Governors to visit the school and to see for himself the reality of the funding crisis in West Sussex schools and the need for the Fair Funding for Schools (‘WorthLess’) campaign. Sir Peter toured the school - hosted by Head Girl Ellie Balchin and Head Boy Louis Howard – and met with school teachers, governors, parents and children during class time.
Sir Peter said, “I was delighted to visit East Preston Junior School. This is a great example of a successful local school, working hard to nurture and develop children, yet impeded by unacceptable and unfair budgetary constraints. I will continue to campaign for fair funding for West Sussex Schools and I give my full support to the Fair Funding for Schools campaign.”
Meeting Worthing Homes
Sir Peter met Suzanne Newman of Worthing Homes to discuss the demand for housing in the constituency.
Worthing Homes is a registered charity that provides affordable rented homes, low-cost shared ownership and sheltered housing to local people. It is registered with and accountable to the Homes and Communities Agency for its policies and actions.
Sir Peter said: 'Housing really does matter. We know that housing is the foundation required for so many other things that we all depend on but often take for granted: security; education; health; employment, and support networks. However, we also know that at the moment we have a housing crisis as we just do not have enough homes to meet the demands particularly in London and the South East.
The housing white paper is trying to address some of the difficulties in bringing forward sites once planning has been granted, reducing the time it takes to get planning permissions and identifying suitable land through local plans.