Greg met this morning with a number of local businesses for a lively discussion over breakfast – organised by the Federation of Small Businesses. Greg said:
"Local businesses are a vital part of our economy in Tunbridge Wells, so it's always useful to hea from them what the issues are locally and nationally."
After suffering a significant stroke at the age of 44, Lisa Beaumont was determined to help people in the same situation. She set up a Tunbridge wells support group under the auspices of Different Strokes, a national charity that aims to help younger stroke survivors through active peer support and independent recovery.
Greg joined some of the members of the group at one of their regular meetings.
After the meeting, Greg commented:
"When someone suffers a devastating illness such as stroke, being able to talk to other people who have gone through a similar experience can be incredibly helpful. The support group that Lisa Beaumont has set up is a great example of this. Having suffered a significant stroke herself, I am really impressed by her determination to help others in the same situation."
For more information on the Different Strokes group email: email@example.com
Greg was delighted to join representatives from 37 local churches at an event exploring what is being done at a local, national and international level to tackle climate change.
This morning Greg visited one of the UK's largest fruit growers, Adrian Scripps. The farm is a major local employer, global exporter and horticultural innovator with crops chiefly comprising apples, pears and blackcurrants.
Greg is pictured with Adrian Scripps' Managing Director, James Simpson, and team in front of one of the farm's robots, made by innovative Kent firm, Brillopak.
"I am particularly proud to have Adrian Scripps in my constituency producing fine Kentish fruit. Their operation shows how state-of-the-art technology is transforming modern day horticulture and agriculture, with Adrian Scripps being a beacon of exellence."
Greg has written to the Chief Executive of Gatwick Airport, Stewart Wingate, in response to the consultation on the airport's draft Master Plan. Read his full response below:
At the invitation of local residents, Greg attended the first Stonecastle Quarry Liaison meeting which included a site visit.
Tarmac, who own the quarry near Five Oak Green, intend to re-start operations and the Committee has been set up to provide a forum for the company and local residents to share information and discuss any issues of concern.
The local community is keen to see part of the site which has previously been quarried turned into a publicly accessible nature reserve and Tarmac agreed to consider urgently the feasibility of this.
Greg met with staff at the local Jobcentre Plus in Tonbridge to talk about the services they offer to people looking for work.
"I was really impressed by how proactive the Jobcentre is in trying to help people find employment, including working closely with local businesses to fill vacancies. There are many vacancies available in our area at the moment and the team are very experienced in helping people who might have been out of work for some time or are apprenhensive of the effect on their benefits of working, to ensure that they will gain rather than risk losing out."
Greg was delighted to buy the very first ticket in Britain on an Arriva bus using contactless technology.
"Making bus travel more convenient for passengers is really important so it's great that Arriva is introducing contactless ticketing in its vehicles. With its brand new bus depot, state-of-the-art fleet and now contactless payments, Arriva is ensuring that Tunbridge Wells really is leading the way in modern bus travel."
The new payment system is available on all Arriva buses in West Kent, with the exception of some of the route 7's and 6's that come from the Maidstone depot.
Greg visited Baxall, a construction company based in Paddock Wood which was recently listed in the London Stock Exchange Group's 1000 companies to inspire Britain 2018.
Greg met this morning with a number of local businesses for a lively discussion over breakfast –...
After suffering a significant stroke at the age of 44, Lisa Beaumont was determined to help people...
Greg was delighted to join representatives from 37 local churches at an event exploring what is...
This morning Greg visited one of the UK's largest fruit growers, Adrian Scripps. The farm is a...