New Surgery Venues
I try to select venues for advice surgeries which reflect the needs of constituents. We are seeking to establish a new surgery venue at Waitrose supermarket from the new year. We also have a new venue in Oakwood Library. We made the move from Andrew’s United Reformed Church, where we had successfully held Saturday morning sessions for a long time following advice from the Police. In the wake of the murder of JO Cox MP they looked at all the venues used by Members of Parliament in Leeds and advised us that the venue, which had always made us very welcome, was not ideal from a security viewpoint. Full details of how to make an appointment for any of our surgeries are available on the website.
The restored clock at Oakwood has helped to create the sense of Oakwood as a vibrant community, and the Farmers’ Market continues to act as a real hub both for small businesses in the area and for the sort of social interaction which is vital for a community. The café which is being built on the site of the old toilet block is an imaginative and elegant design (a bit reminiscent of ‘Rivendell’ in the film of ‘Lord of the Rings’!) will be a valuable amenity once it is open. I try to attend the Farmers’ Market whenever I can, and the Roundhay councillors Ghulam Hussain, Eleanor Tunnicliffe and Christine MacNiven are always on hand, too.
An impression of what we can hope to see soon…
In October I enjoyed some fresh air in the constituency when I was asked to take part in the ground breaking ceremony for the new development of retirement homes in Devonshire Avenue.