Local Campaigns

Forest Hills Driving School Closure


The Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) have announced their intention to close the Forest Hills Drive driving test centre on 10th April. This centre came into use in 1980 and for over forty years has been providing driving tests for people predominantly on the east of Southampton. Its closure will be a big blow to [...]

Forest Hills Driving School Closure2022-02-22T17:51:49+00:00

Statement on the Fire Safety Bill


Yesterday there was a debate in the House of Commons on the Fire Safety Bill. I and a fellow MP, Stephen McPartland had tabled a number of amendments to the Bill which sought to ensure that no leaseholder would be held liable for fire safety remediation work. Although unfortunately there was not the opportunity to [...]

Statement on the Fire Safety Bill2021-02-25T19:23:14+00:00

Times Red Box: Cladding crisis is a living nightmare for thousands of people


This week I had an article published in The Times on the cladding crisis and how the government now has an opportunity to fix it. Many residents in Southampton have been caught up in this crisis through no fault of their own. You can see the full article which I wrote in support of leaseholders [...]

Times Red Box: Cladding crisis is a living nightmare for thousands of people2021-02-04T10:56:01+00:00

My Campaign on Cladding


Earlier this month, I asked the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government a series of question on subjects relating to cladding on behalf of people living in Southampton. Many leaseholders of high rise flats have yet to receive adequate support for fire safety improvements and I have been leading a campaign [...]

My Campaign on Cladding2020-12-01T11:26:02+00:00

A National Spitfire Memorial


For many years Royston has campaigned for a national memorial to the Spitfire in Southampton This year we are marking the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, which was the first major military campaign fought entirely by air forces. The Spitfire played a crucial role in defending Britain and will always have [...]

A National Spitfire Memorial2021-03-23T10:59:16+00:00

A New Lease of Life for The Bittern


Today the Bittern Pub officially reopens after a major refurbishment costing Punch Taverns £400,000. The pub has had its challenges, most recently when it looked like it was going to be sold to McDonald's, but thanks to a great campaign from local people the fast food giant failed to achieve the planning approval it needed.  The [...]

A New Lease of Life for The Bittern2016-06-03T10:29:57+00:00
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