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TIM LOUGHTON MP
EAST WORTHING AND SHOREHAM
HOUSE OF COMMONS
SW1A 0AA
Dear <<First Name>>

Welcome to the ‘flaming June’ edition of my constituency newsletter. Yes summer has come and gone as has the prospect of escape from lockdown originally scheduled at the beginning of this week. I have included a link below to the speech I made in the debate of whether the lockdown regulations should be delayed for a further 4 weeks and my reasoning for voting against. Let’s hope it really can happen for July 19th now or even sooner when the next review is held in just over a week’s time.

We had a very successful street surgery in Southwick Square last Saturday for the first time since the pandemic and it was good to be able to update local people about the recent unlawful encampment on the south Green which I am glad to say was sent on its way within 24 hours. Adur’s new Council Chairman and Southwick Green councillor Steve Chipp was on hand and I am delighted that he is going to be fundraising for 2 new defibrillators at either end of the Square following on from the good work of former Adur Chair Joss Loader and particularly topical now given recent events on the football pitch at the Euros. I also took away a request for more London bound trains to stop at Southwick given the number of commuters who live locally and otherwise have to go via Brighton. I will be taking this up with Southern Rail.

Details of July’s street surgeries and a new location for my scheduled constituency surgeries in Sompting are included below.

Best wishes and stay safe.
 
Tim Loughton MP
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Surgeries
Upcoming Advice Surgery Dates: (Ring constituency office on 01273 757182 to book an appointment)

9 July Sompting

Upcoming Street Surgery Dates: (Just turn up on the day)

3 July Lancing Market 10-12
10 July Shoreham Farmers' Market 10-12
Sussex Day
As has now become a tradition for an event which has only become a tradition since it was invented in 2007 a group of Sussex MPs met up on the House of Commons Terrace, the Martlets flag was unfurled, the Sussex Charter read out and a feeble attempt at a few tuneless verses of Sussex by the Sea disturbed the innocent bystanders.
Boundary Review

There was a very major shake-up of constituency boundaries in Sussex which was proposed earlier this month that I don’t think anyone was expecting and largely recreates the separate old Worthing and Shoreham seats that existed before Sir Peter Bottomley and I were first elected back in 1997.

There will now be an extensive consultation (which you can take part in - one proposal I am concerned about is splitting Sompting from rest of Adur) before revised proposals are published which will then need to be passed in Parliament by 2023 so we have a long process to go through before then, and I am not making any assumptions. You can see the proposals but forward by the Boundary Commission for England HERE

Unlawful Encampments
And so it was earlier in June that my mailbox started pinging with complaints about an unlawful encampment on Lancing Manor. Constituents were rightly up in arms about quadbikes, vans and cars riding roughshod over this much cherished and much used local amenity. The cricket pitch was being trashed, dogs running wild and abuse flying around with one councillor being treated to a ‘moon’ from one of the new visitors.

Several years ago, Lancing especially was the target of repeated such visitations and we have been relatively lucky since helped by some serious reinforcements of the boundary to Lancing Beach Green and strengthening of barriers by the Leisure Centre. There has been similar work applied to Southwick Green and Adur Rec. Thanks to the hard work of ward councillors Carol and Caron Albury and some relentless reporting of anti-social incidents by local people to the police and on community social media pages, we were able to convince the police to issue a Section 61 Notice forcing the visitors to leave within 48 hours of arriving.

They went the way they came but not without taking a chainsaw to one of the trees lining the road to the Leisure Centre car park to aid their exit. Thanks to Adur Council staff who were on site to repair the damage and clear up the mess at 6.30 the following morning. Later that morning more than 60 local people turned up at the street briefing with police, councillors and me and were rightly asking why the police had not done  more to stop them and would arrests be made and people held to account.

A week later we had a similar issue at Southwick Green - Council officers were onsite from 6am and police served a Section 61 notice requiring the caravans to move from Southwick Green by 3pm which they did which was in time for the cricket academy to go ahead. Thanks to Cllrs Emma Evans and Steve Chipp for all their help.
 
Fortunately measures in the Police & Crime Bill currently going through Parliament will make this sort of trespass a criminal offence and make it easier to seize the property of those causing the damage, and thereby make it easier for the police to take earlier action.
Freedom Day Delay
I was very disappointed that ‘Freedom Day’ was delayed from June 21st to July 19th One of my main concerns was that whilst we are told it is about data, not dates (and quite right), the data that was being studied seemed very limited. As I said in my speech (which you can watch HERE), where is the data that shows how much faster an infection has spread because up to 30 people have been able to meet outside since the original journey out of lockdown?

Where is the data showing that the NHS is being overwhelmed, not by Covid patients, but by a huge increase in children and families suffering mental illness, including many worrying episodes that we have seen as constituency MPs or by the surge in advanced cancer cases that could not be diagnosed and treated early? The problem is that the only data considered seems exclusively to be the worst-case scenarios about the spread of COVID. 
Callie Beach Clean
As mentioned in the previous newsletter, this Sunday I had hoped to join the latest Callie Beach Clean on Shoreham Beach in support of Sea Shepherd, the RNLI and Surfers Against Sewage. Unfortunately due to a COVID outbreak the beach clean this Sunday has had to be postponed but a further date will be announced later.

This is a great initiative by Callie’s family to celebrate her 3rd birthday, support some good causes and keep Shoreham Beach clean. You can find more details HERE
Parliamentary Coronavirus Memorial Quilt
My Parliamentary colleague Dawn Butler MP is organising a Coronavirus Memorial Quilt Project. The finished quilt will become the property of Parliament and will hopefully travel around the constituencies of MPs who participated. Sadly my stitching skills are non-existent but constituents are able to provide a small square for the quilt on behalf of MPs - if this is something of interest please do send me an email!
North Lancing Post Office

The Post Office are introducing a new service at JKS Food and Wine LTD, 4 Hillbarn Parade, Upper Brighton Road, Lancing, BN15 0LH which will be known as North Lancing Post Office. 

You can find out more HERE

Highdown Gardens Opening
Highdown Gardens' team and Worthing Borough council are delighted to have now successfully and officially reopened the gardens in early June. We were blessed with a beautiful, sunny day and the  gardens looked magnificent and full of life once again. The £1m funding for the project came from the National Lottery and the Worthing Mayor, Cllr Lionel Harman, was on hand to cut the ribbon to the new visitors centre. Thank you to all involved!
Kingsland House visit
New councillor Tania Edwards and I were given a very warm welcome by the staff and residents at Kingsland House Residential Home in Shoreham and it was really encouraging to see other family visitors there at last and the steps they have taken to enable that and to keep the residents linked to the outside world. The above photo is from Christmas when we were able to deliver seasonal goodies including chocolates, booze and toiletries to hundreds of key workers who have often been rather overlooked despite all their amazing hard work and dedication throughout the pandemic.
Digging for Britain
As many of you will know I studied archaeology and I chair the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Archaeology at Westminster. We have been increasingly concerned about Government proposals to reduce some of the funding going into archaeology and other non-mainstream subjects at university and indeed some colleges are discontinuing their archaeology studies altogether.

What many people do not appreciate is that archaeological investigation is required before all major infrastructure and other big developments can go ahead and as a result of projects such as HS2 and Crossrail we are actually facing a  shortage of archaeologists in the UK which is going to have an impact on archaeological development. As well as taking this up on the Home Affairs Select Committee where archaeologists have now been added to the ‘shortage occupations’ list to make it easier to import more specialists from abroad I went to see Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden to flag up the problem with him and get ministers to take a more urgent interest.

On a linked issue I instigated a debate on the future of the Learned Societies at Burlington House. These are 5 very old academic institutions covering Antiquaries, Chemistry, Geologists, Linneans (Biology) and the Royal Astronomical Society which are currently based in the Burlington House Courtyard off Piccadilly in London next to the Royal Academy. They are all internationally acclaimed for the work that they do not least advising governments on issues like climate change and scientific research but there is a danger of them being priced out of their purpose built homes due to rent increases.

Many MPs have been lobbied by members of the 5 societies and the debate was well attended and very well informed. You can read the debate HERE
Happy retirement to Alex Bailey!
I want to pay tribute to Alex Bailey who has been the Chief Executive at Worthing and Adur for 7 years and 10 months. He has made a heck of a difference and seems far too young to retire but we wish him well and thank him for everything he has done locally for us all.
Rampion 2 Public Consultation

It is now the intention to hold the consultation for Rampion 2 over a longer time period, from 14 July to 16 September. The purpose of our the consultation is to ensure that local communities and other stakeholders have a chance to understand, comment on and inform the Rampion 2 proposals. You will be able to find it HERE 

Reading!
As a ‘Thank you’ for my participation in the ALCS Westminster, I won £100 worth of National Book Tokens to donate a local school - I am delighted to let you know that the tokens have now been dispatched directly to Chesswood School and hope they are put to good use!

I have also been involved with the ‘Reading Agency’ - thanks to funding from DCMS, the Reading Agency are using the proven power of reading to tackle loneliness and support mental health as part of the country’s COVID recovery. The Read, Talk, Share campaign provides the opportunity for more library services across England to offer Reading Friends, a reading befriending programme which starts conversations and connects people who are lonely and isolated. The Reading Agency are also gifting every library in England their Reading Well mental health book collections, including as free eBooks. To find out more, please visit HERE 
Photocopier Giveaway
A Shoreham business has asked me if I know of a local charity in the Shoreham or Worthing area that could offer a good home to this office photocopier with web connection, A4 and A3 size copying, enlargement, reduction and scanning options...FOR FREE. Please email me if interested.
Transport Questions
I raised the issue of A27 funding in Parliament on Thursday - venting my frustration that action seems to be moving at a snails pace to address this. You can see my question HERE.
Farmers
I had a very interesting morning discussing a range of topics with local farmers at Applesham Farm in Coombes - with updates on the Australia trade deal and what’s affecting them at the moment with a focus around sheep worrying by dogs which has been a big issue locally again. The new Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill is important in addressing these issues as it deals with livestock worrying (when a dog attacks or chases livestock on agricultural land or is at large in a field with sheep) which can result in significant injury or suffering and in the worst cases, death of the animals involved. This also has devastating consequences for livestock keepers, causing personal distress as well as significant financial costs.

Improved powers will enable the police to respond to livestock worrying incidents more effectively - making it easier for them to collect evidence and, in the most serious cases, seize and detain dogs to reduce the risk of further incidents.

HASC Update
The Home Affairs Select Committee is continuing our inquiry into sexual violence  and particularly the prosecution - or the very low prosecution rate - for rapes which is something that we’re looking into jointly with the Justice Committee as well. You can find out more about this inquiry and other topics we’ve been looking into on the Home Affairs Select Committee website HERE
UK Parliament Week 2021
UK Parliament Week (UKPW) will take place on 1-7 November 2021 and constituents can sign up now HERE

Last year, 8,676 UKPW activities took place all over the UK, despite the challenging circumstances, with 986,815 people taking part. Let’s work together to get over one million in 2021!
Disabled Children's Champions
I have pledged my support for targeted recovery policies to help disabled children, young people and families recover from the pandemic.

It comes as new research from the Disabled Children’s Partnership (DCP) – a coalition of over 80 charities – has found that six out of ten families with disabled children are still experiencing delays to health appointments to review and treat long-term conditions. In addition, over 50% of families are still unable to access therapies vital for their children’s health and development. These delays can have a long-term impact on the management of a child’s development.

The DCP has spoken to families where a child has cerebral palsy and hasn’t been able to access appropriate physiotherapy. Due to the lack of therapy, the child’s muscles have weakened and their condition has worsened. You can find out more about this HERE
Together for our Planet Business Climate Leaders

This year, the UK government has partnered with business owners and respected climate groups to help businesses like you to cut carbon emissions and protect the planet. Whatever size your business or industry you’re in, your commitment could make a real difference – to your business, to your customers, to your community, to the planet – and to your energy bills!

That’s why the UK government has created the UK Business Climate Hub, a campaign that asks UK small businesses of up to 250 employees to join the fight against climate change by committing to reducing their greenhouse gas emissions.

Even the smallest businesses produce carbon emissions – it could be through your building, your vehicles or your supply chain. The UK government is asking you to commit to cutting those carbon emissions in half by 2030 and to reach ‘net zero’ by 2050. Net zero means that you are putting no more carbon into the atmosphere than you are taking out of it.

When you commit, you’ll get the tools to help you understand your emissions, how to tackle them, and how to share what you’re doing with your customers and your community. 2021 is the time. This November the UK government is hosting a major conference in Glasgow where world leaders will get together to commit to urgent action to tackle the climate emergency. It’s called COP26, and all eyes will be on the UK to agree the most ambitious plans to fight climate change the world has ever seen.

Disability confident employer training
My Westminster Office spent a really interesting afternoon doing a disability confident employer training session recently - our office is committed to being able to engage with disabled people as effectively as possible and we will be making further steps to facilitate this in the future.
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