South West Herts’ Conservative MP David Gauke has taken a ‘fond’ look back at 2015, a year which he says was a ‘real privilege’.
Mr Gauke, whose constituency covers Berkhamsted and Tring, said: “As with all years, I can look back at 2015 and remember fondly the meetings and visits with local organisations , charities, schools, businesses etc in my constituency.
“It is a real privilege as a Member of Parliament to get an insight into the place you represent, such as the 90th anniversary celebration lunch for the Berkhamsted Citizens Association.
“But 2015 was particularly memorable because of the General Election in May. I was delighted to see my majority in South West Hertfordshire increase from 14,920 to 23,263.
“More importantly, I was very pleased that the Conservatives had secured a majority when most opinion polls had suggested an inconclusive result, which would have created uncertainty and a weak government.
“At a local level, I was pleased to see the local economy perform well with unemployment falling once again and the benefits of the recovery increasingly being seen in people’s pay packets.”
Looking forward to 2016, Mr Gauke blames many of the issues faced on the area being such a popular place to live – putting pressures on housing and transport.
He said: “We need to respond to those pressures whilst also ensuring that we protect the attractive countryside in the area.
“There is a need for more housing in the area but we need to maintain the character of our towns and villages.
“For example, I recognise the need for the proposed new housing development in Tring but share the concerns of local residents about the proposed travellers’ pitches prominently located.
“I look forward to working with local councillors on this issue in 2016 in seeking to resolve this.”