29 APR 2016
A new Government funded community minibus will boost independence for elderly and disabled Suffolk residents following a successful grant bid from a local community bus operator.
Halesworth Area Community Transport are now the proud owners of a new minibus thanks to a grant from the Department of Transport's Community Minibus Fund. The grant of £70,000 was announced a year ago by the Secretary of State for Transport and the bus was handed to the community transport trust recently. The new Halesworth minibus is one of more than 300 local charities across the country which have received a new vehicle from the £25m Government pot.
27 APR 2016
Therese has met railway bosses to discuss the future of the barrow crossing at Halesworth Railway Station.
With County Councillor Goldson and Halesworth Town councillors, Therese met Network Rail director for East Anglia, Richard Schofield, at Halesworth railway station to discuss Network Rail's proposals to close the barrow crossing. The impact of this would be a 400 metre journey to change platforms along a narrow, steep footpath for passengers.
Therese said, "It was important to show the crossing in person. There is a clear difference in our views on the level of risk. I think Network Rail's initial suggestions to keep the crossing...
25 APR 2016
Therese has welcomed the Government and NHS England's new General Practice Forward View. The plan will invest up to an addition £2.4 billion a year in GP services by 2020/21, a 14% increase.
Therese said: "I'm very pleased that the Government has published our forward view for General Practice. Billions of extra pounds will now go into four key areas; building the workforce, improving access, cutting bureaucracy and investing in infrastructure. We target increasing the number of GPs by 5,000 with additional incentives for returning to work and moving to areas with very high GP patient ratios. We will also fund 3,000 mental health...
23 APR 2016
Therese recently attended the launch of TechEast at the BT Tower in London. TechEast is the new voice for the technology indsutry in Suffolk and Norfolk.
Speaking after the event, Therese said: "The Greater Ipswich area has recently been named as one of the most successful tech clusters in the country, with Adastral Park being home to BT and many other IT companies. This attracts some of the top talent to the area, with some leaving to start start their own tech businesses nearby and therefore creating the multiplier effect, growing the industry further.
"Along with other tech clusters in Norwich and Cambridge we really do have a golden...
22 APR 2016
Therese has congratulated two Felixstowe & Walton United supporter, Chris and Stuart Daynes, on completing their 92 grounds in 92 hours challenge.
Therese said: "The Daynes brothers are well known to regulars at the Goldstar Ground and as well as raising money for the Crohn's and Colitis Charity they are also collected for Felixstowe & Walton United's new clubhouse. They have previously undertaken a similar feat to visit all 39 grounds in the Eastern Counties League, but the challenge of visiting every single Premiership and Football League ground must have been far tougher.
"Congratulations to both who arrived at Portman Road this...
21 APR 2016
Happy Birthday to Her Majesty the Queen who turns 90 today.
The House of Commons paid tribute with addresses in Parliament, led by the Prime Minister. As Deputy Leader of the House of Commons I had the privilege of making the closing speech on behalf of Her Majesty's Government.
The Queen has been a role model of service over the last 63 years and has provided much stability both in our nation and around the Commonwealth. I believe she could be considered as Britain's greatest ever woman.
There will be events taking place across Suffolk Coastal in the next few days, including beacons being lit in Southwold, Aldeburgh, Nacton, Orford,...
20 APR 2016
Therese is writing to local district, town and parish councils urging them not to charge for any running groups using their local park or common. This is in light of a parish council in Bristol which has decided to charge fees.
Therese said: "I was disappointed by the decision of that parish council to charge runners a fee for the use of its grounds in its park. These events are organised by volunteers locally and are a great way to encourage people to take up running as a way to get and keep fit. A shining example of this is the Great Run Local event on Southwold Common held every Sunday at 9.30am. Our county council is responsible for...
13 APR 2016
I'm pleased to see that the Port of Felixstowe has pride of place on the Government's EU referendum leaflet. The Prime Minister visited the Port last month to underline how important staying inside a reformed European Union is not only to Suffolk's prosperity, but for the whole country.
All households should be receiving the leaflet (at a cost of about 34p) outlining the Government's reasons for recommending that people should vote for the UK to remain in the EU.
Credit should go to Mike Page whose fantastic photo made it onto the leaflet. See more of his aerial photography of our county at mike-page.co.uk.
To view the leaflet online, please
12 APR 2016
It's neck and neck between Bombay Nite in Felixstowe and Cinnamon in Leiston. The deadline for nominations in noon on Thursday. This is a fantastic opportunity to showcase the culinary delights of Suffolk right in the heart of Parliament.
Awarded every year by the Tiffin Club of MPs to the best South Asian restaurant in Britain, it not only applauds the quality of cuisine on offer but also raises money for charity. This year the competition is in aid of World Vision UK and WaterAid UK.
To nominate your favourite restaurant, please email or write to me at email@example.com or Dr Therese Coffey MP, House of Commons, London,...
11 APR 2016
Therese has responded to the East Anglian Daily Times' campaign to restrict pedestrian access to the Orwell Bridge in order to help prevent suicides.
"Every suicide is a tragedy, reflecting a lack of hope at a critical moment with devastating consequences for family and friends of the person who commits suicide. The Orwell Bridge has, unfortunately, been the place for over 40 suicides in the last 33 years.
With Ben Gummer, I have asked Highways England to look at this matter on several occasions, including what measures have been taken elsewhere like the Clifton Suspension Bridge. Their answer has been that higher fences and nets would not...