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A monthly update from Vince Cable MP for residents in the Hamptons, Heathfield, St Margarets, Teddington, Twickenham and Whitton
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Monthly email update from Vince Cable

June 2013


Local Hospitals

Some reassuring news on local hospitals. Some painful planned closures in North West and South West London seem likely to leave Kingston and West Middlesex Hospitals retaining full A+E and maternity wards. I have had reassuring meetings with both hospitals.

They will be under more pressure and community services, as with mental health services, are already stressed. I personally am skeptical about the belief - driven by hospitals - that big is beautiful, even if more remote.

Success at Carlisle Park


In April I met with over 80 residents from the Hampton community who raised concerns over changes to Carlisle Park. Richmond Council made the decision to no longer lock the park overnight, without consultation, leaving many residents worried about an increase in anti-social behavior.

I am pleased to see that the Council has u-turned on its decision after a community campaign and petition. The park will once again be locked at night.

Schools

I have always been a defender of faith schools because of the extra choice it gives to parents, respecting their religion. But we are getting into difficult - and nasty - competition for places. In a band from East Twickenham to Teddington there are now five faith schools (three CofE, two RC), and two non-denominational schools which are also bursting at the seams.

Local residents are finding that they cannot get places and are passed over for church goers who live much further away. I am appealing to the church authorities to be community minded on admissions.

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Twickenham Station


It is disappointing that TRAG has lost its court case to improve the development on Twickenham Station. The project will now likely go ahead. The key issue now is to prevent disruption to the life of Twickenham commuters as the work is done in time for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

I am meeting Rugby Football Union and rail authorities shortly to discuss plans. I have also met CrossRail to discuss plans to extend the network to Twickenham (via Kingston and Wimbledon). Delivery would be a long time ahead (over a decade) but worth pursuing.

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