24 OCT 2016
Felixstowe has been named as one of the top 5 'Rising Star' high streets in this year's Great British High Street competition. There were almost 900 entries across all categories this year which highlights the strength of Felixstowe's application in doing so well.
Therese said: "It is a tremendous achievement for Felixstowe to be named as one of the best up and coming high streets in Britain. Those who know the town well however will not be surprised as there is much to be proud of. The Spa Theatre Pavilion and Seafront Gardens have recently re-opened, we have a huge variety of shops and further investment is coming into the town including...
20 OCT 2016
Therese has welcomed Felixstowe Academy's new partnership with Trinity College Cambridge and Cambridge University's NRICH project, which aims to develop mathematical and problem solving skills among students.
Therese said: "At long last, Trinity College Cambridge is linking up with Felixstowe Academy to develop this exciting new maths partnership which will be of tremendous benefit to our young people. Trinity College makes a lot of money from the Felixstowe peninsula through land ownership and I have long encouraged them to do more here.
"Renonwed for its maths, science and engineering, the collaboration with Trinity College fits...
19 OCT 2016
The Leiston Long Shop Museum has won £1.9m worth of funding from the Heritage Lottery Foundation towards it's restoration. The project will create a better experience for visitors to the museum and will showcase its unique collections, hopefully attracting new visitors from East Anglia and beyond.
Therese said: "I'm delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund has given the initial go ahead for nearly £2m worth of funding to revamp the museum and save the Leiston Long Shop for future generations to enjoy. It is so important we preserve our Suffolk heritage so we can continue to tell the story of the Industrial Revolution."
18 OCT 2016
Following a local consultation the Post Office will be proceeding with its plan to move the Felixstowe branch on Hamilton Road into WHSmith. Local residents raised a number of issues during the consultation, which the post office has responded to in a letter you can read here.
The new branch in WHSmith is due to open on Thursday 24 November. The same range of products and services will still be available and the new branch will be open 7 days a week, opening 9am to 5.30pm Monday to Saturday and 10am to 2pm on...
13 OCT 2016
Therese recently recorded a message for the Flourish - Nurturing Suffolk's Rural Communities conference. The conference looked at problems of deprivation across the Suffolk and challenges faced by those living in the countryside generally.
You can watch Therese's message here:
12 OCT 2016
The Countryside Alliance are once again seeking nominations for their Rural Oscars. The awards aim to promote the best of rural British business and those who go the extra mile.
Therese said: "We have so much to shout about in Suffolk Coastal so there's no reason why our fantastic local businesses can't come out on top given there are awards covering food, enterprise and tourism.
"It is an excellent opportunity to promote local businesses that keep rural Suffolk thriving, so please get involved and nominate those you feel deserve recognition. It would be great to bring a British title home to Suffolk and tell another positive story about...
10 OCT 2016
The 5th Annual Suffolk Coast & Estuaries Community Conference was held last week, seeking to address the issue of flooding resilience along the Suffolk coast. Therese was invited to attend and address the conference.
Speaking after the event, Therese said: "Flooding is at the forefront of many people's minds in along the Suffolk coast and I was pleased to be asked to address the conference not only as the local MP, but with my DEFRA ministerial hat on. Flooding is part of my remit and having represented our area for the last six years in Parliament I'm very aware of the impact it can have on people's lives.
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29 SEP 2016
To mark Hospitality & Tourism Day, Therese met Peter Osborne of TA Hotel Collection Ltd who own the Crown at Woodbridge, Aldeburgh Bay Holidays and others.
Therese said: "One in nine jobs in our area is supported by tourism which contributes more than £500m to the local economy. Attracting visitors to the Suffolk coast is crucial for so many livelihoods and our wonderful hospitality industry is part of what keeps many people coming back year after year.
"Peter and I discussed a number of issues facing businesses and communities which rely on tourism. TA Hotel Collection Ltd employ hundreds of local people and welcome many more who come...
27 SEP 2016
This Friday is the World's Biggest Coffee Morning, in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. The initiative has been raising money for 26 years, totalling £138 million since 1990.
Therese said: "There are coffee mornings happening all over Suffolk Coastal and these are a great opportunity to invite friends, family and neighbours round for a cuppa, cake and a chat.
"Every year more than 4,000 people in Suffolk are told they have cancer and Macmillan play a vital role in providing a support network for patients and families. Please do get involved and my thanks go to all those who will be hosting a coffee morning this Friday."
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23 SEP 2016
During Therese's constituency tour, residents in Leiston shared their concerns about crime in the town and the number of Police Officers out on patrol. In particular, they were worried about the prominence of drug dealing and outbursts of violence.
Therese said: "After residents in Leiston raised their concerns with me I met Suffolk's Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore to discuss this amongst other issues. He assured me that while the front desk at the police station is now closed, there are still Police Officers in the station and working out in the town. More funding is also being put into initiatives to improve youth work in...