Update from Parliament – July

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Dacorum Covid-19 Memorial Garden

I am delighted with the support for the Dacorum Covid-19 Memorial Garden campaign. The campaign, which was set up by Margaret Sharp, who is a carers ambassador for Carers In Hertfordshire, has received a donation of £4,100 from Gama Healthcare which specialises in infection prevention products and has recently moved to new headquarters in Maylands Avenue.

The campaign has also been offered a fabulous 9m-high copper beech tree at cost price by Steve McCurdy owner of Majestic Trees in Flamstead.

Dacorum Borough Council has offered a location in Gadebridge Park in Hemel Hempstead. This is fantastic news and we are now well on the way to reaching our objectives. I hope the tree will be planted in the Autumn.

Constituency Boundary Changes

The Boundary Commission for England has published its initial proposals for new constituency boundaries followed by an eight-week consultation process. The new Hemel Hempstead constituency will consist of the town of Hemel Hempstead and parishes of Bovingdon and Chipperfield only.
Kings Langley will join a new constituency created to the south of Hemel called Three Rivers, whilst villages to the north of Hemel – Markyate, Flamstead, Potten End and the Gaddesdens – will be incorporated into a new Harpenden and Berkhamsted constituency.

I recognise that the constituency boundaries need to be redrawn as the population of this area has increased considerably since the last boundary changes, but it is sad to lose areas that I have represented for over 15 years. I have many friends in these areas and enjoy working with the people there and representing them in Parliament.

However, on the bright side, it is great to welcome back Bourne End, Felden, Bovingdon, Flaunden and Chipperfield which all have historic links with the Hemel Hempstead constituency.

Full details can be found on the Boundary Commission for England consultation website
https://www.bcereviews.org.uk/.
The consultation closes on 2 August 2021.

Web: www.penning4hemel.com
Email: mike.penning.mp@parliament.uk
Telephone: 01442 251126

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