27 FEB 2015

Secretary of State Upholds Planning Refusal in Rendlesham

It was confirmed this morning that the Secretary of State, Eric Pickles, has turned down the appeal to demolish the Sports Centre and Angel Theatre in Rendlesham for housing. Reacting to the decision Therese said: "This is absolutely brilliant news for Rendlesham. I was pleased to be able to get the Secretary of State to decide on the appeal and I'm delighted he has now turned it down. One reason for turning down the appeal was the proposed Neighbourhood Plan, which is being voted on, on the 5th march. I encourage residents to back the new vision for Rendlesham." "This decision emphasises the importance the Government places on the...

26 FEB 2015

Therese Welcomes East Anglia ONE Offshore Windfarm Contract

Therese has welcomed the news that East Anglia One off-shore wind farm has been given the green light by the Government after the scheme was successful in an auction where energy projects secure a guaranteed price for their output. ScottishPower Renewables will take the 100 wind turbine project forward after winning the auction with a price of £119/MWh, ensuring that East Anglia ONE will be the best value offshore windfarm ever developed in the UK. Therese said: "This is great news. The jobs and investment this will bring will be a major boost to our already successful local economy. Importantly this auction has driven down prices...

19 FEB 2015

East Anglia Rail Franchise Process Gets Underway

Therese has welcomed the start of the East Anglian rail franchise competition process that gets underway today. The publication ofprocurement documents by the Department for Transport marks the first step in the search for an operator to run rail services from October 2016. Therese said: "It is great news that the competitive process to improve our rail services is now underway. This process will ensure that bidders set out how they are going to achieve the recommendations set out in the Great Eastern Main Line Taskforce report to speed up journey times and to improve rolling stock." She added: "I want to see a more reliable service...

19 FEB 2015

The Prime Minister Visits Felixstowe to set out Plans for more Jobs & Investment

The Prime Minister made a speech to business leaders at Felixstowe Port today setting out the long term economic plan for the East of England. Our area has seen the fastest growth in employment outside London since the last election and today the Prime Minister set out ambitious plans to go even further. Therese said: "It was great to welcome the Prime Minister to Felixstowe today to show him the success of our Port and the strength of our growing economy. I was delighted to hear him set out plans secure an even brighter future for hard-working people across Suffolk, including plans to create 250,000 new jobs by 2020 and deliver £4.2...

19 FEB 2015

Norfolk & Suffolk Mental Health Trust put into Special Measures

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, responsible for mental health services, has today been put into special measures, with urgent improvements needed to the care patients receive. Monitor, the health sector regulator, has acted after the Care Quality Commission's Chief Inspector of Hospitals gave the trust an overall rating of 'inadequate' earlier this month. Reacting to the news, Therese said: "This is a disappointing situation. The experience in Suffolk has been largely positive but it is absolutely right that Monitor takes decisive action in the interests of patients." Therese added: "In my time as an MP I have never been afraid...

18 FEB 2015

Suffolk Coastal Obtains Over £520,000 from the Big Lottery Fund

Six good causes in Suffolk Coastal have benefitted from over £520k - including over £470k for a new village hall in Huntingfield – in the latest tranche of Big Lottery funding. Therese said: "This is great news for these projects which do so much to provide facilities to local communities, enabling people to come together." "I am particularly thrilled with the grant for Huntingfield Village Hall as I wrote a letter of support to the Big Lottery Fund. The new hall will be a welcome facility for all residents, enabling older people who feel socially isolated to come together, providing space for young people to meet without the need...

17 FEB 2015

New Highway Fault Reporting Tool Goes Live

Need to report a pothole? A drainage problem? Or damage to a pavement? The County Council's new online highways fault reporting tool has now gone live - www.suffolk.gov.uk/report-a-highways-problem The new map based system allows local residents to plot the exact location of the fault and upload supporting photos. Coloured pins highlight where defects have already been reported in order to avoid duplication and to show updates to the report. Once a new report has been added to the system it is instantly sent to the relevant technician or engineer. Email updates will be sent to the person that reported the defect keeping them informed of...

12 FEB 2015

Therese Pushes for Enhanced Yoxford Post Office Service

Therese met Business Secretary Vince Cable to raise the issue of reduced Post Office operating hours in Yoxford. Due to the inflexibility of the Post Office, Yoxford residents will suffer a much poorer service. The outreach service will be just two hours a week when it could have been over sixty hours per week – even more than when the dedicated Post Office was open. When the Yoxford Post Office closed recently, there was an opportunity for local Horners store to operate the Local Post Office model. Sadly, the Post Office decreed it could not happen as they were insisting that the post office services be open the entire time that the...

11 FEB 2015

Reduced Speed Limit Proposal Withdrawn for the Orwell Bridge

Therese has welcomed the withdrawal of the 50mph speed limit proposal on the Orwell Bridge, following her conversation with the Highways Agency East of England Director yesterday. Therese said: "I am pleased with the decision the Highways Agency has announced. Its own technical note produced in March 2013 suggested that reducing the speed limit to 50mph would be unviable – so it is important they look at all the evidence and the objections to get this right." "I spoke to the Roads Minister on the matter to put forward alternative views and will be following up with him formally at the end of the month." Therese added: "As a regular...

05 FEB 2015

Stroke Care Amongst the Best in the Country

Therese has welcomed the good news in our local NHS, with new figures showing huge improvements in stroke care and more doctors & nurses in our local hospitals. Therese said: "The improvements made at Ipswich & West Suffolk Hospitals with round-the-clock hyper acute stroke care has really transformed the service. Thanks to the efforts of our dedicated doctors and nurses and the commitment of the Suffolk Stroke Care Review Board the service now achieves some of the best standards of care in the country." "Added to this is the increased investment in other services and in staff. Ipswich Hospital carries out 6,000 more operations, over...


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