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 hehas made t 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...
19 DEC 2016
There is good news for EE customers looking to stay in touch with friends and family over the Christmas period. There has been upgrades to 4G coverage at the following sites:
-Two sites covering the A14 on the drive into Ipswich.
-The site covering Saxmundham train station.
-Two sites covering the A12, east of Farnham and south of Yoxford.
Therese said: "I am pleased that EE have improved their coverage at a number of sites in our area. I have encouraged Suffolk County Council to meet mobile network operators to proactively discuss suitable sites for extending...
16 DEC 2016
From April next year businesses will see the amount they pay in business rates change due to the first revaluation of commercial property by the Valuation Office Agency since 2010. Current rates are based on rateable values from 2008 and next year's change will be based on 2015 valuations.
Three quarters of businesses across the country will see their rates either fall or remain the same and many businesses in Suffolk Coastal will benefit. However, due to the rise in in value of commercial property in Southwold since 2008 businesses there will see their rates rise.
Therese said: "This is not a revenue raising exercise for the government,...
15 DEC 2016
Suffolk Coastal District Council will be consulting on a proposed rise of beach hut rents following a meeting of the Cabinet.
Therese said:"Residents and beach hut owners have approached me about this issue when I've been out and about in Felixstowe and I have also received a lot of correspondence on the matter. I followed this up with local Councillors and am pleased that the changes will now not be implemented immediately, but instead a six week consultation will begin on 3 January 2017."
"Beach hut owners will have the opportunity to give feedback on the proposed conversion of all current site licenses into longer term leases and the...
12 DEC 2016
Therese is encouraging communities and businesses to provide feedback to the Post Office about what services they would like their local branches to provide. A consultation is underway to shape the future of the Post Office network from 2018.
Therese said: "I have always taken an active interest in post offices along the Suffolk Coast. In our smallest villages we have increasingly relied on some sub-postmasters who have been willing to provide an outreach services when owners of post offices have decided to stop or move on. It's vital that local people contribute to this exercise so Suffolk's voice is heard.
"Since 2010 the government has...