On Tuesday the 5th of September, Seema Malhotra, the Member of Parliament for Feltham and Heston, used the Chancellor’s Spending Review as an opportunity to hold the Government to account on the dropped rebuild of Heston Health Centre.
She said: “I look forward to sharing plans for the Southern Rail access to Heathrow, which I hope will form an important part of the Chancellor’s new infrastructure strategy.
This month, Hounslow clinical commissioning group was due to present the full business case for the planned and urgently needed Heston health centre redevelopment to its governing body. However, the project is on hold after questions about whether the local improvement finance trust scheme, which was originally advised by the Department of Health and Social Care as the best-value funding option, could still go ahead following confusion around the Treasury’s policy on LIFT schemes last year. Will the Chancellor meet me to review the situation, so that we can see whether the existing plans can be approved or whether any of the alternative capital funding he has announced will be available to enable this important and urgent development to go ahead?”
The Chancellor replied: “I will happily discuss with officials the issue that the hon. Lady has raised, and I am sure that they will be happy to meet her.”
You can read the Chancellor’s full statement, including the response from MPs, here.