02 DEC 2016
If you want to give something back to our community, the Anglia Care Trust are looking for new trustees to join their Board, in particular a Treasurer to Chair the Finance Committee.
The Trust works to support vulnerable people in our area including families in need, domestic abuse survivors and alcoholism. They meet 8 times a year in Martlesham so if you or someone you know may be interested please encourage them to find out more by emailing email@example.com or by clicking here.
Becoming a charity trustee is a rewarding way to be involved in your community and change it for the better. You can also learn new skills and use your existing...
01 DEC 2016
Therese has welcomed the start of work on the A14 in Cambridgeshire as a major boost for the Suffolk Coastal economy. The new £1.5billion project will create a new bypass for Huntingdon and widen 21 miles of existing carriageway, improving traffic flow along this vital route by 2020.
Therese said: "The A14 is a crucial artery across Suffolk and an economic lifeline for many businesses including the Port of Felixstowe. Widening parts of the carriageway will help the free flow of trade, commuters and other road users, making Suffolk Coastal an even more attractive place to invest in.
"Furthermore, with Sizewell C on the horizon, the...
29 NOV 2016
This Saturday is Small Business Saturday, an opportunity to support Suffolk Coastal's great small businesses.
Therese said: "We are blessed with numerous fanatastic local businesses in our area and I hope as many people as possible will show their support my sending some trade their way in the run up to Christmas. Last year, customers spent £623m with small businesses on the day, an increase of 24% on the year before. Small businesses are the lifeblood of our communities and we have a responsibility to help them thrive all year round.
"The Chancellor announced in the Autumn Statement that the government will inject a further £400...
24 NOV 2016
The second stage of the public consultation for Sizewell C is now open. You can see detailed plans of what is being proposed and respond by clicking here.
Therese said: "We have waited a long time for this and it is vital that residents and business owners contribute. The project will bring the opportunity of high skilled, high paid jobs to Suffolk, but it will also bring disruption during its construction. There is now more information available about traffic movements and similar in the consultation document which is publically available online."
The consultation runs for 10 weeks and will close on 3 February 2017. EDF will also be holding a number of...
23 NOV 2016
Therese has today welcomed the Chancellor's Autumn Statement which includes funding of up to £1 million for a business case to be developed for the Suffolk Energy Gateway.
Therese said: "This funding announcement is a welcome first step for the Energy Gateway, which we can now use to develop the business case to go on to secure the funding necessary to make it a reality. With Sizewell C on the horizon, I will now work with our local councils to progress this as speedily as possible to try and secure improvements to the A12. This follows the recent delegation of local councillors I led to meet the Transport Minister in Suffolk so he could...
22 NOV 2016
Therese is encouraging eligible couples to cut their income tax bill by up to £220 by applying for the government's Marriage Allowance. Introduced last year to reward marriage, the allowance is easy to apply for and takes less than seven minutes to complete online.
Therese said: "Marriage is an important institution at the heart of a strong society and it is right that it is recognised in the tax system. The Marriage Allowance is about more than just giving Suffolk families that extra bit of support, it is about valuing commitment. Families are the bedrock of our society and the Marriage Allowance is about saying that as a society, we...
21 NOV 2016
Therese has hailed the quality of Suffolk's bathing water as a boost for the coastal economy. Tourism is worth £500m to Suffolk's seaside towns and the Environment Agency's recent rating of Good and Excellent for bathing water on Southwold and Felixstowe beaches will help to promote the Suffolk coast as a destination of choice.
Therese said: "Both Felixstowe and Southwold maintaining their high standards of bathing water quality is good news for our coastal economy and undoubtedly part of the reason that so many people choose to visit the Suffolk coast every year. One in nine jobs in our area is supported by tourism which contributes £500m...
18 NOV 2016
Following the announcement earlier this month about the closure of Rock Barracks Therese met Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence, Mark Lancaster MP this afternoon to discuss the future of the site. She was joined by Deputy Leader of Suffolk Coastal District Council, Cllr Geoff Holdcroft.
Therese said: "I fully understand that the local community are upset by the closure and I promised to follow up with the Ministry of Defence to review some of the criteria on which the decision was based. We discussed some of the very special characteristics of the site and the area. I put across that it is vitally important to consider...
17 NOV 2016
Therese has welcomed new fishing regulations which will end the practice of fishermen discarding perfectly good fish back in the sea because of Common Fisheries Policy quotas. From 2017 fishermen will be able to land all demersal species they catch such as cod, plaice and sole.
Therese said: "Fish discards are unacceptable and the government worked hard to reform the Common Fisheries Policy to encourage more sustainable fishing. This ban on demersal species discards follows the 2015 ban on pelagic species discards with further reform due between now and 2019 to end this harmful practice. Suffolk's fishermen need to be aware of these changes...
15 NOV 2016
It's Parliament Week and Therese is encouraging young people in Suffolk Coastal to find out more about democracy and how to get involved.
Therese said: "Decisions taken in Westminster impact our daily lives and I regularly have the privilege of visiting schools throughout Suffolk Coastal to talk about my role as the local MP and explain more about our democratic institutions.
"I often welcome school groups to Parliament who make the trip down and hold Q&A sessions with students. A new education centre has recently opened which offers interactive rooms and augmented reality to bring the parliamentary process to life. I want our local schools...