Sad reality of school’s need for rebuild

ONE OF my first visits on Friday was to Foundry Press in Foundry Lane, Horsham. The directors of this long-established company wanted me to have a look around and meet their team, which I did.

They were also very keen to talk about issues affecting the British printing industry generally and Government procurement – of which I am in charge – more specifically.

Next stop was something completely different but which was a real pleasure: I visited the Southwater Community Police Office, located in Beeson House in Lintot Square.

The neighbourhood policing team, working with the energetic and passionate parish council and Horsham District Council, have significantly reduced incidents of anti-social behaviour and created an accessible police office that local residents really value.

I was really pleased to visit and learn more about exactly how they all work together for the good of Southwater.

In fact, I often refer to Southwater when talking to my colleagues about the possibility of multiple public organisations working together truly successfully.

Southwater is a wonderful community and Lintot Square is a really bustling village centre – what a difference it is to what existed before the extensive redevelopment.

I then moved on to Holy Trinity School, Lower Beeding. Readers with good memories may remember that in 2007 funding for a rebuild of the school was withdrawn at very short notice.

I’ve been liaising with the head teacher, governors and their county and district councillors to explore the options available to them ever since.

The sad reality is that there simply isn’t enough money for the rebuild they so desperately need and deserve but I’m hopeful that the whole village community will get together and push for a solution.

I’ll certainly work alongside them until they do.

During an afternoon of meetings with local people on many and varied subjects, I also met with the Chief Constable of Sussex Police.

After discussing the fantastic work of his team in Southwater, we went on to talk about the reorganisation of the force following its reduction in central government funding.

They’ve got quite a job to do but all the changes they’re making are done to ensure that frontline policing and the services that members of the public expect to access are unaffected, if not, ultimately, improved.

If any readers would like me to visit their organisation, please do get in touch with my House of Commons office – my team will be pleased to make the arrangements.

FRANCIS MAUDE

MP for Horsham