05 FEB 2016
For businesses affected by delays on the A14, Suffolk Chamber of Commerce will be holding a breakfast next month to provide an update on the 'No More A14 Delays in Suffolk' campaign. It is important that we continue to press the case for an enhanced A14 that tackles congested sections such as the Orwell Bridge and Copdock interchange. The experiences of businesses who use the road is crucial in building this case.
The breakfast is taking place at Trinity Park in Ipswich and is free for businesses to attend, but you must register beforehand. For more information please
02 FEB 2016
Therese welcomed Suffolk Chamber of Commerce to the Houses of Parliament along with business and civic leaders to discuss plans for Suffolk with the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills Sajid Javid MP.
The Secretary of State explained at the meeting the Government's focus on the importance of business taking a lead on adult skills and investing in this locally. He went on to explain that Government has a commitment to continue to fund Growth Hubs and praised the New Anglia Growth Hub for its success in recent years.
Therese said: "The meeting was a good opportunity to highlight to the Secretary of State the success of the...
01 FEB 2016
Therese attended the opening of the Suffolk Punch pop-up restaurant last week. This is attached to the Vault Festival and is the first time a restaurant has been included at the unusual venue underneath Waterloo station.
The Suffolk Punch specialises in food made by young producers all over the county, including a number in Suffolk Coastal.
Therese said: "Well done to our local young producers, including The Cake Shop Bakery in Woodbridge, the Pump Street Bakery in Orford, Truly Traceable Venison & Game Pies in Halesworth and Pinneys Of Orford for taking full advantage of the opportunity to showcase their goods right in the middle of...
29 JAN 2016
Therese has been given assurances by EE that they aim to have replacement 3G coverage in place in Felixstowe by the end of next week. This follows complaints expressed by local residents about the lack of signal in the town.
Following representations made by Dr Coffey, it was last week revealed that the mast on Felixstowe promenade was turned off on the 5th January as the building the mast was located on is being redeveloped by the landowner.
The telecoms company have now confirmed that a temporary fix should be in place next week with a permanent reciting of mast set for later this year. EE have also stated that once 3G is live then...
27 JAN 2016
Therese has welcomed the enhancement of Southwold Post office as it reopens today, following refurbishment.
The changes at Southwold, including a newly refurbished open plan environment and longer opening hours is part of a major programme of modernisation, underpinned by Government investment.
Therese said: "I'm delighted that Southwold Post Office has been upgraded as part of the Government's Post Office Modernisation Programme. This Government has been clear in its commitment to maintain the size and coverage of the Post Office network whilst improving services for customers. The Post Office is a vital service for local residents and...
22 JAN 2016
Recently Therese met the East of England Director of Highways England to discuss key issues on the local road network.
Therese said: "During the construction phase of Sizewell C, there will be many more heavy goods vehicles on the road, primarily using the A14. It is essential that we are prepared for the additional traffic along this key route, as well as up the A12.
"I am also intending to meet the new National Infrastructure Commission to press the case as to why investment in our area should be prioritised as we take on these projects of national importance."
The roadworks on the Orwell Bridge and road resurfacing, particularly for...
21 JAN 2016
Following concerns expressed by Felixstowe residents Therese contacted telecoms companies EE and THREE about the lack ofsignal in the town.
Therese said: "It has now been confirmed by EE that one of their masts has been removed and they admit there has been a loss of network coverage across Felixstowe town centre. The removal of this mast may also be affecting some THREE customers, though THREE has not yet confirmed that.
The mast on Felixstowe promenade was turned off on 5th January as the building the mast is located on is being redeveloped by the landowner. EE has been working to identify a replacement site and plan to have the new...
21 JAN 2016
Therese is encouraging residents who still have superslow broadband to apply for help with costs to access satellite broadband. This fulfils the Government pledge that everyone could have broadband speeds of at least 2MB, which is enough to access iPlayer.
Therese said: "The rollout of superfast broadband is making good progress. Over 20,000 more households can connect to superfast broadband thanks to government and council investment. However, no more fibre cabinets are being installed in the Suffolk Coastal constituency in the next nine months. Phase 2 will proceed when we get state aid clearance from the EU, which I believe will come...
20 JAN 2016
Following concerns expressed by Felixstowe residents Therese has followed up with telecoms companies EE and THREE about lack of signal in the town.
Therese has had complaints from Felixstowe residents that there has been no EE signal in Felixstowe for two weeks. On the back of Therese's Facebook appeal for more information residents have also been in touch complaining about THREE. There are also reports of a problem in Leiston.
Therese said: "There seems to be an issue with signal drop when one or more of the masts is being removed and the boost in signal from other masts not being enough. I'm trying to get to the bottom of it. The...
19 JAN 2016
The Environment Agency will be carrying out repair work on the flood defences at Slaughden Beach, just South of Aldeburgh. The work will begin in February and last for 2 months. Beach levels at Slaughden have lowered significantly and are not naturally recovering, increasing the vulnerability of the sea wall. There will be a temporary footpath closure, but all properties will remain accessible during the work.
A drop-in session is being held on Thursday from 2pm to 6pm at Aldeburgh Parish Church Hall on Victoria Road where Environment Agency staff will be on hand to answer any questions about the work.