Parliament is still in recess so I've been busy in the constiuency meeting local residents and community groups as well as holding my regular constituency surgeries. Read on to find out more about my week.
On Tuesday I took a phone call to discuss smart energy meters. These will be getting installed in all homes across Southampton and the U.K in the next few years and it is something that I am pretty excited about. Smart meters will let people keep track of how much energy they are using in their homes and exactly how much they are spending on fueling them. This is going to give people more control over their energy usage and hopefully encourage energy efficiency, but it should produce more accurate billing saving residents some money at the same time.You can find out more about this here.
I spent the rest of the day on Tuesday helping out colleagues on Southampton City Council chat to their residents and listen to concerns on issues ranging from local parking to education.
I spent some time with the Rose Road Association at their Bradbury Centre in Aldermoor. For those of you that haven't come across the Rose Road Association, they help out children with complex health needs all across Hampshire. I was talking to them about what can be done to increase their capacity so they can provide services to even more children and their families in the years to come.
I also spent some time on Thursday with Southampton Uni and Southampton City Council discussing the possibility of installing solar panels on businesses' roofs across Southampton. This would be a step towards keeping Southampton as the most energy efficient local authority in the U.K.
I finished Thursday with the city's Planning Manager discussing HMOs in Portswood. The Tories' changes to planning laws have already started to cause issues for residents of Southampton, and I will keep working with my constituents to solve problems when this occurs.
I started today off meeting the Business South Cruise Forum which meets regularly to discuss how Southampton can make the most of it's thriving cruise industry but also how to solve any challenges that may arise.
This afternoon saw my first advice surgery of September. I hold these surgeries a few times a month, and I look forward to meeting my constituents and helping them to solve the issues and concerns they raise with me.
Later this evening I will be at The Third Age Centre's AGM, where I am a trustee. The Third Age centre provide some excellent services and activities for the local community and I am proud to be a part of it.
This Saturday I will be holding another advice surgery for my constituents, and then I will be going to speak at the Southampton Malayalee Association's Onam day, which is their annual harvest celebration. I am looking forward to this as its always a great event.
I will be spending Sunday afternoon at a tea party held by one of our members. I am going along to say thank you to all of the Labour Party Members in Southampton who helped get me re-elected so that I can continue to take part in all of the things I have mentioned above.