23 JAN 2017
Work is due to start today to install gates on the barrow crossing at Halesworth Station. The gates will act as a physical barrierbetween pedestrians and the railway and a timely reminder to people to stop, look and listen for trains before they cross.
Therese said: "The work follows the successful campaign last summer to keep the crossing open, after Network Rail agreed to the installation of gates rather than close the crossing.
Network Rail are clear though that if people continue to cross unsafely, then there is a risk that the crossing will have to close in the future. I hope the installation of these gates will help change behaviour...
20 JAN 2017
The School Council from Waldringfield Primary School travelled to Westminster this week, as they visited Parliament's brand new education centre.
Therese said: "It was a huge pleasure to welcome the School Council to Westminster. We talked about their manifestos and compared notes on the huge responsibility of being elected. Whilst they were there they learnt how Parliament works, including the process of passing legislation through both the House of Commons and House of Lords.
I always encourage schools from Suffolk Coastal to make the trip to Westminster and hope to welcome more Suffolk pupils to Parliament in the coming months."
19 JAN 2017
Good news for motorists. It was confirmed last week that Suffolk will benefit from a dedicated £1.8m pothole fund, which willhelp keep the county moving.
Therese said: "Whilst on my constituency tour last year the state of our roads was consistently raised with me by local residents, so I'm delighted the County Council will benefit from this additional fund to help fix our roads. This Government fund builds on the £1.4m we received last year."
Remember you can report potholes to be fixed online at wGood news for motorists. It was confirmed last week that Suffolk will benefit from a dedicated £1.8m pothole fund, which will help keep the...
17 JAN 2017
Therese visited Farlingaye High School in Woodbridge recently to meet new head, Dr Andy Sievewright.
Therese said: "Dr Sievewright took over from retiring head, Sue Hargadon at the beginning of the autumn term. Sue led the school to record exam success, outstanding Ofsted ratings and made Farlingaye one of the most consistently top performing schools in the county.
Dr Sievewright has big shoes to fill so it was useful to understand his priorities for the future. I have every confidence that Farlingaye will continue to go from strength to strength."
13 JAN 2017
Therese is heading back to Suffolk this afternoon as flood warnings continue to be in place along the Suffolk Coast.
No incidents of flooding have occurred as a result of the lunchtime tide but this evening's high tide is expected to be worse with severe flood warnings still in place. The areas expected to be particularly at risk are the communities of Lowestoft down to Aldeburgh with leaflets being distributed along that stretch of the coast, giving details of rest centres at Water Lane Leisure Centre in Lowestoft and Leiston Leisure Centre on Red House Lane. There is also a rest centre at Brackenbury Leisure Centre in...
12 JAN 2017
Therese has welcomed a £2.2m affordable housing boost for Suffolk Coastal as part of a Government initiative to increasehousing supply for first time buyers.
The Community Housing Fund uses money raised from higher rates of stamp duty on second homes to support communities affected by a large number of holiday homes and the crowding out of first time buyers. The fund enables local authorities to deliver additional affordable homes, boosting supply.
This year Suffolk Coastal is in line for £1.5m while £685,000 has been allocated to Waveney. Funding has been prioritised to areas of the country which have a high concentration of holiday...
11 JAN 2017
Last Friday Therese visited Felixstowe Academy to catch up with Prinicipal, Mr Anthony Williams and discuss improvements he has made to the school.
Therese said: "Mr Williams took over at Felixstowe Academy in September 2015 and this summer achieved a step change in GCSE results at the school. His passion is clearly undimmed and with new initiatives such as linking up with Trinity College, Cambridge to help raise aspirations and ambitions for students, an exciting future lies ahead.
Applications for the coming year have increased – a clear vote of confidence in the Academy from local parents."
05 JAN 2017
Additional funding has been unlocked by the Government to give more properties in the hardest to reach parts of the UK quickand reliable internet connections. A £440m fund will now be invested to boost the Broadband Delivery UK programme helping an additional 600,000 homes nationwide.
Suffolk was the first area in the UK to agree a second contract as part of the roll out, which will see broadband available to 95% of properties by 2019. I've already been pressing the County Council and Better Broadband Suffolk to ensure that as much of rural Suffolk is covered as possible and will see if we can take advantage of this additional opportunity...
22 DEC 2016
Merry Christmas. I hope you enjoy your celebrations with family, friends and neighbours.
My office is now closed re-opening on Tuesday 3rd January. Messages will not be checked during this time.
The out-of-hours telephone number for both Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Councils is 01502 527133 if you need to get hold of them in an emergency.
20 DEC 2016
SATs results for primary schools have been released. There has been a reset of the standards expected at primary level which has been assessed. As a county, Suffolk inched up the national league table to 123rd from 134th in 2014.
Therese said: "The new curriculum for primary school pupils raises expectations and works to ensure pupils become more accomplished readers and fluent in basic maths. This added rigour will help to better support pupils when leaving primary school for the demands that come with moving into secondary education.
"Locally, congratulations should go to Nacton and Orford Primary Schools where 75% of pupils respecitvely...