Fortnightly Update #8 - 23.08.2016

Welcome to my eighth fortnightly update, designed to let you know what I am doing on your behalf as Cheltenham’s MP. Parliament is currently in recess, but there is still much going on affecting our town.

A real personal highlight of the last fortnight has been hosting my third annual internship for 16 to 19-year olds. Many of us are concerned about the apparent lack of political engagement by our young people. This internship is designed to play a small part in addressing that – here in Cheltenham at least. The interns had the chance to try their hand at a mock parliamentary maiden speech, had a go at debating in the Council chamber, and were taught about the (sometimes labyrinthine…) world of local democracy. And they got those all-important CV points of course!
These updates are still a work in progress. Do let me have your feedback as to how they can be improved. Thank you for reading.
Best wishes,

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Alex Chalk MP

Over The Last Two Weeks, Alex has:
  • Hosted his third annual internship week for Cheltenham students, concluding with a formal debate in the Council chamber
  • Called for an urgent inquiry into reports that Cheltenham's Banksy has been removed READ MORE HERE
  • Condemned 'unacceptable’ disparities in life expectancy in Cheltenham READ MORE HERE
  • Supported the launch of the Holst Museum's fundraising campaign READ MORE HERE
  • Welcomed the Government's £9 million investment into an improved ‘hamburger junction’ at Elmbridge Court roundabout READ MORE HERE 
  • Held talks with BT Openreach to discuss their proposed Community Fibre Partnership scheme to help local residents living in broadband 'e-poverty' across the town. A full detailed update for each of the affected areas will follow shortly
  • Was quizzed by service-users of the P3 charity on Prestbury Road about issues ranging from housing to crime
  • Joined local business people for the launch of new Cheltenham design firm ‘&Sons' at Formal House on St George's Place
  • Supported the excellent Cheltenham Science Group at the 'Create on the Square’ pop-up in Hesters Way
  • Met staff and patients at the Brownhill Centre in St Paul’s to discuss support in Gloucestershire for people suffering from eating disorders
  • Welcomed a representative from the charity 'Teens in Crisis' to his Cheltenham office to learn more about their work 
  • Met with the Councillors for Lansdown ward to receive an update regarding the proposed permit parking zone in Cheltenham
  • Held a constituency surgery for local people
  • Met residents in Warden Hill to support the St Christopher’s Church Gardening Club Annual Show
  • Addressed members of the Cheltenham Macular Society in Christchurch Parish Hall
  • Held talks with the Chair and Chief Executive of the NHS 2gether Trust about mental health provision in Cheltenham
  • Unveiled a memorial bench to local disability champion and former director of Moss Construction, Len Gayler READ MORE HERE
  • Made a flying visit to West Wales to support Gloucestershire's Army Cadet Force at their summer camp (and did a regulation abseil down a dam of course!)
  • Held a community surgery at Tesco on Tewkesbury Road
  • Welcomed the Davis Cup tennis trophy to Cheltenham
  • Supported Cheltenham Rotary Club's annual garden party
  • Spoke out about the issue of dog fouling, raising it with the local council 
  • Launched his MP’s Christmas card design competition in local schools
  • Interviewed by BBC Radio Gloucestershire regarding the Holst Museum's fundraising efforts following severe flooding damage. 
  • Spoken to the Press Association and the BBC regarding the apparent damage to Cheltenham's Banksy
  • Written two columns for the Echo READ HERE
Alex will be holding a constituency surgery in September for residents who wish to raise any issues with him. Appointments must be booked in advance by calling Hannah Wright on 01242 210473 or emailing

As part of his ‘grot spot’ campaign, Alex and his office regularly report local eyesores to the local councils and the relevant utility companies. The photos below are examples of those that have been reported in the last fortnight. Do send in a photo of your particular bugbear. Let’s make our beautiful town look its best!
A damaged sign on Cirencester Road
Graffiti on a utility cabinet on Montpellier Terrace
Damaged utility cabinets on the Park
Graffiti on a lamppost on St James Square
Welcoming the Davis Cup to Cheltenham in Montpellier Gardens
Supporting St Christopher's Church Gardening Club Show in Warden Hill with the Mayor Chris Ryder
Hosting a community surgery at Tesco on Tewkesbury Road
Visiting the NHS 2gether Trust on Charlton Lane
Joining Gloucestershire's Army Cadet Force at their summer camp in Wales, together with Richard Graham MP (Gloucester)
Taking part in the traditional abseil
With his politics interns during their internship week programme 
Introducing local youngsters to debating in the Council chamber
Supporting the Holst Museum's fundraising campaign in Imperial Gardens
Signing the visitors book at the Holst Museum
At the opening of Create on the Square in Hesters Way
Meeting clients at P3 on Prestbury Road
What's on in Cheltenham
  • Wind in the Willows at Sandford Park Lido - 27 August READ MORE HERE
  • An evening of swing music at Sandford Park Lido - 28 August. READ MORE HERE
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