Westminster View 9th August 2012 – Out and About Throughout the Summer

Parliament has recently risen for the Summer Recess which, as always, gives me an excellent opportunity to get out and about in Chester.

Aside from my regular routine of door knocking across the city, and in addition to the usual advice surgeries that I hold, I have also recently launched a regular programme of summer Street Surgeries across Chester, where I will be trying to meet as many local residents as I can and hear their views on a variety of issues.

I must admit that getting out and about in Chester is the most enjoyable part of my job. Being in Parliament for the majority of the year and debating the important issues of the day is of course an intriguing and important role for every MP, but it is always great to get out to meet local residents and to be able to offer help and advice.

I have already been able to hold my Street Surgeries in Upton, Blacon, Handbridge, Hoole and outside the Town Hall, and I hope to get to every corner of the constituency before the end of the summer.

One of the most interesting aspects of being an MP is the variety of issues that people come to you with; and so far the Street Surgeries haven’t failed in that sense. Issues discussed at a recent Street Surgery included overgrown bushes, Richmond Court, litter, housing issues, West Cheshire College, Hoole library and development issues around the city.

Street Surgeries also serve as an ideal opportunity to talk with local business owners and local PCSOs about issues that are affecting them and I have been pleased with the number of people who are keen to stop for a chat.

For more information on when and where your local Street Surgery will be, I try to give regular updates through my Twitter page, @mp4chester, or you can contact my Chester office on 01244 458120.

It is always nice to catch up with old faces and to introduce myself to new ones, so even if you don’t have any specific problems to discuss, please just stop and say hello.

In addition to my regular advice Surgeries and Street Surgeries across Chester, I also hold frequent meetings with local charities, businesses, schools and local community groups and can be contacted by phone, letter or emailed at stephen@chestermp.com.

For full details of how to contact me, please visit www.chestermp.com.