As part of his campaign for a step-free High Brooms station, Greg gave representatives from Network Rail a guided tour of the station and the surrounding area. Greg said:
"I'm grateful to Network Rail for coming to see the situation at High Brooms station for themselves.
"Anyone who travels from the station knows its limitations, and with its narrow, steep staircases and tunnel it can be difficult to negotiate for anyone with mobility issues.
"High Brooms is now the second busiest station in my constituency, with passenger numbers increasing by over 50% over the last decade, and is the only station in Kent where over 1 million journeys a year are made which is not yet step-free. So I hope that having seen it, Network Rail will have a better understanding of not just how busy the station is, but of the everyday challenges it poses for people."
Photo: Greg with Network Rail's Director of Route Investment, Paul Harwood.
Greg enjoyed an autumnal visit to Four Winds Farm during one of their Pick Your Own Pumpkin Days.
This morning Greg launched the 2018 Cards for Good Causes Christmas store. The annual pop-up is open between 10.00 and 4.30 Monday to Friday until Tuesday 18 December.
"Today I had the great pleasure of officially opening the Cards for Good Causes shop at the United Reformed Church in Tunbridge Wells. Particularly pleasing to see were local charities and local artists. It may seem a little early but beating the crowd will give the best choice."
Google's Digital Garage visited Tunbridge Wells to offer free advice and coaching on digital skills to local businesses.
"Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and it's really important that they are given the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to thrive – these days that means digital marketing. It's great that Google is offering these free workshops which I am sure will give a welcome hand to local businesses."
Greg was delighted to show off the delights of Tunbridge Wells to the judges of the Great British High Street Awards during their visit to the town.
Tunbridge Wells is one of the 38 shortlisted finalists, out of 237 applications, for this award which aims to celebrate the best high streets across the nation.
"Now that they've had the opportunity to look round the town, I'm sure the judges will agree that Tunbridge Wells is a great destination for people who want to shop and dine out.
"But it's not just the judges who will decide. Everyone can get involved by voting for their favourite high street. To support Tunbridge Wells, simply post on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, using #MYHIGHSTREET and #GBHSTUNBRIDGEWELLS."
Greg has written to Kent County Council's Health Overview & Scrutiny Committee asking it to use its powers to investigate serious problems with the Children & Young People's Mental Health Service.
"Six years ago I raised alarm bells about young people having to wait an unacceptably long time to get the treatment they needed for mental health difficulties and the distressing impact this was having on families. Since then, two different NHS Trusts have been appointed to run this service and still there are problems. Now the information that we are being provided on waiting times is so poor that we can't assess whether the service is running well or not. We need to have the confidence and visibility that things are improving which is why I have asked this powerful health committee to question how this situation has arisen and to require the necessary information to be provided."
Greg had a tour of Skinners' Kent Primary School, meeting staff and pupils, ahead of meeting its Executive Headteacher, Sian Carr.
Greg heard about the life-changing work that West Kent Drug & Alcohol Wellbeing Service does during a visit to their new centre in Tunbridge Wells.
Greg met with local businesses to discuss the experience of self-employment at a roundtable event organised by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).
Greg has called for High Brooms station to be made step-free, after the Government announced up to £300 million of funding for the 'Access to All' programme – which pays for access improvements at stations. Following successfully lobbying for improvements at Paddock Wood, in 2015 Greg opened the station's new lifts which were delivered under the scheme. With the announcement of additional funding, both rail operator Southeastern and Network Rail are consulting on which stations should benefit.
"For the last three years High Brooms has been the second busiest station in the constituency, and has seen passenger numbers increase by over 50% over the last decade – substantially more than any other nearby station. High Brooms is increasingly popular with commuters, and with the amount of development going on nearby the numbers using the station are only going to increase. It is also the nearest and by far the most convenient station for access to Tunbridge Wells Hospital.
"Therefore, I have written to Southeastern's Chief Executive, David Statham, urging him to make High Brooms a priority in their submission. I will also press the case for High Brooms with both Network Rail and the Department for Transport, and I would encourage constituents to have their say on this as well."
Southeastern & Network Rail Consultations
As part of his campaign for a step-free High Brooms station, Greg gave representatives from Network...
Greg enjoyed an autumnal visit to Four Winds Farm during one of their Pick Your Own Pumpkin...
This morning Greg launched the 2018 Cards for Good Causes Christmas store. The annual pop-up is...
Google's Digital Garage visited Tunbridge Wells to offer free advice and coaching on digital skills...