24 MAR 2017
Good news for EE customers. The mobile phone operator has confirmed this week that they have completed various 4G upgrades throughout Suffolk Coastal including in Pettistree, Trimley St Martin, Saxmundham, Aldeburgh, Woodbridge, Halesworth, Frostenden and three further sites around Felixstowe.
The have also improved 4G along some of the major roads, including the A14 (two upgrades on the section going east out of Ipswich), A114, A1152 (around Rendlesham), three upgrades on the A12, the B1119, the B1387, the B1123 and the A1094.
Therese said; "Mobile phone signal has been raised a lot less frequently with me in recent years as our...
14 MAR 2017
Therese was delighted to welcome the Walberswick branch of the Women's Institute and guests to Parliament, on Budget Day, last week. They enjoyed a tour of the Palace of Westminster and were able to watch the proceedings in the House of Commons from the public gallery. If you would like to visit Parliament for a tour then contact Therese via firstname.lastname@example.org
08 MAR 2017
Therese has warmly welcomed the announcement by the Chancellor in today's Budget to introduce a £300m discretionarybusiness rate relief fund to help small businesses hit with large increases in the recent business rate revaluation.
The Chancellor has also promised that those businesses that have just come out of Small Business Rate Relief won't pay more than £600 a year under the new revaluation and pubs that have a rateable value of under £100,000 will get a £1,000 discount on their rates.
Last month, Therese led a small delegation of MPs to meet the Chancellor, Philip Hammond MP to press the case over the extraordinary business rate...
07 MAR 2017
Therese addressed the Suffolk Coast Against Retreat (SCAR) AGM on Saturday at the kind invitation of Chairman, GrahamHenderson.
Therese said: "SCAR do fantastic job in bringing together local action groups in the common pursuit of protecting our coastline. As Minister for coastal erosion, it gave me a good opportunity to set out what the Government has been doing to assist Suffolk communities to protect themselves from the power of the sea."
She added: "SCAR rightly have concerns about the lack of information from EDF on the proposed jetty for Sizewell C, an issue mirrored in my own stage 2 consultation response. It is essential EDF...
01 MAR 2017
Therese has welcomed investment from the Premier League of £8,297 to purchase grounds maintenance equipment at LeistonFootball Club.
Therese said: "I am delighted that the Premier League have awarded this grant to Leiston FC to improve facilities at Victory Road. The Premier League's Football Stadia Improvement Fund is the largest provider of grants to improve facilities in the lower leagues – crucial for our amateur game."
24 FEB 2017
Earlier this month I addressed the Bawdsey Coastal Partnership AGM and was pleased to welcome their new chairman, Nick Crick.
The Government has invested £2.4 million in emergency interventions at Bawdsey since 2010 and Bawdsey Coastal Partnership was formed 2 years ago as a result of the December 2013 storm surge. I was pleased to hear that the partnership is continuing to work with the Environment Agency and have recently funded the Bawdsey Coastal Processes Study to inform future long-term solutions.
23 FEB 2017
Therese led a small delegation of MPs to meet the Chancellor of Exchequer this week to press the case on behalf of independent retailers in Southwold and Aldeburgh, who are subject to some extraordinary business rate increases following the recent revaluation.
Under the revaluation, three quarters of businesses nationally will either see rates fall or stay the same, however the average rate rise in Southwold High Street is 177% and 70% in Aldeburgh High Street. Philip Dunne and Sarah Wollaston MPs for similar towns, Ludlow and Salcombe, were also present.
Therese said: "I pressed the case on behalf of our local small businesses. I put...
14 FEB 2017
Therese has hit out over plans by the CCG to reduce the number of patients able to seek treatment for minor injuries at Cutlers Hill Surgery in another blow for health facilities in Halesworth.
East Coast Community Healthcare previously contracted Cutlers Hill to provide a minor injury service but gave notice this would be stopping at the end of 2016. Great Yarmouth and Waveney CCG now propose to pay Cutlers Hill to see no more than 162 patients a year when the true total seeking minor injury treatment is 750.
Therese said: "This is another blow to patients in Halesworth and surrounding villages, already let down by failure of ECCH and...
13 FEB 2017
EDF's stage 2 consultation for the construction of Sizewell C came to end on the 3rd February 2017 and I responded with my views.
My full response to the consultation is set out below:
Sizewell C Stage 2 Consultation Response
The construction of Sizewell C is extremely important for the UK's future energy supply and will benefit the local economy here in Suffolk, with the creation of thousands of jobs. That said, a new nuclear power plant at Sizewell will create significant disruption to local communities and the transport network, especially during the construction phase. It is essential that these impacts are mitigated as much as...
02 FEB 2017
Therese was joined by Southwold Mayor, Cllr Melanie Tucker yesterday as they pressed the case with the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Jane Ellison and the Valuation Office Agency over the substantial increase in business rates set for Southwold High Street.
From April businesses will see the amount they pay in rates change due to the first revaluation of commercial property since 2008.
Therese said: "I recognise the problems that traders in Southwold High Street are facing with these proposed increases. The town is successful but I was concerned that the VOA had overestimated when considering new rateable values. It was a...