14 NOV 2018
"I'm pleased to confirm that following representations I made to the Education Minister, Nick Gibb, that the Academies Enterprise Trust (AET) is being replaced in running both Felixstowe Academy and Langer Primary School.
AET were trusted with Felixstowe Academy back in 2011 and unfortunately have just not delivered. In my view, AET responded far too late after the 2017 GCSE results and the Progress 8 scores in 2018 confirmed that Felixstowe children were not making the progress they should have done.
Under AET's leadership Felixstowe Academy was put into Special Measures. Ofsted concluded that outcomes for pupils were below the...
13 NOV 2018
Therese visited RSPB Havergate Island recently to see first-hand the natural flood management work underway to protect this unique habitat against the power of the sea.
Therese said: "In recent years, increasingly frequent tidal storm surges have taken their toll on the island's habitats and wildlife, damaging the seawall, flooding lagoons and washing away shingle banks. The solution though has been not to build up the seawalls, but to lower them in places to allow the sea to flow into the lagoons in a controlled way when storms cause unusually high tides."
09 NOV 2018
Therese has welcomed government plans to consult on closing a tax loophole, which could be costing our councils in lost council tax revenue. By calling second homes 'holiday let accommodation', some owners can potentially avoid paying council tax and instead pay business rates. However, as most holiday lets are liable for small business rate relief – some are able to pay nothing at all.
Therese said: "Second homeowners are really important to the local economy here in Suffolk through their own spending or by bringing in tourists who support local businesses. Many of them already pay council tax. What this proposal does is to ensure any...
07 NOV 2018
Therese attended a meeting with representatives of Saxmundham Town Council last week to hear from Greater Anglia about the future of Saxmundham station. This follows the devastating fire which took place earlier this year.
Therese said: "The good news is that Greater Anglia intend to restore the station as a one-storey building with an indoor waiting room, which I'm sure will be welcomed by passengers and residents. At the same time Greater Anglia have also agreed to improve and resurface the car-park, which will help local traffic. Thank you to Greater Anglia for listening."
05 NOV 2018
The annual Countryside Alliance Awards dubbed 'the rural Oscars' are now open to public nominations. These awards are an anexcellent way to promote local businesses and recognise those individuals who are working hard to keep rural Britain thriving.
The awards run across five categories including best Local Food, Village Shop/Post Office, Rural Enterprise, Butcher and Rural Pub.
Therese said: "Let's see if we can bring a British title home to Suffolk. Get nominating here – www.countryside-alliance.org/caawards"
03 NOV 2018
Therese held talks with Prisons Minister, Rory Stewart this week to put over the concerns of residents on the inclusion of sexual offenders at HMP Hollesley Bay. Therese was joined at the meeting by the Chairman & Vice-Chairman of Hollesley Parish Council, Helen Lewis and James Mallinder.
Therese said: "I thank the Minister for listening to the legitimate concerns about sexual offenders being placed in HMP Hollesley Bay, especially given the close proximity to the school and pre-school. It was important to get answers from the Minister and for him to follow up on outstanding questions posed by the councillors on behalf of local...
30 OCT 2018
Therese met representatives from Greater Anglia recently to understand their initial plans for Saxmundham station, which was devastated by fire earlier this year.
Therese said: "Since then the station has been in a very sorry state and I can understand the frustration of passengers who are wondering what's going to happen next. Greater Anglia and I have a meeting very shortly, with members of the Town Council to go through the plans in detail and the sooner we can make changes to improve that site the better.
30 OCT 2018
Yesterday in Parliament, the Chancellor delivered the Budget. He outlined how the economy is in a better shape than forecast, that we no longer need to borrow for day to day spending - and that thanks to the careful stewardship of the economy there are more people working than ever before.
The economy is forecast to continue to grow - enabling us to deliver our election manifesto pledge one year early in allowing more people to keep more of their money - as well as increasing investment in the NHS and other public services.
The main Budget measures include:
- Overall investment in public services will increase in real terms over the next...
29 OCT 2018
Therese has warmly welcomed the measures set out in today's Budget to help our high streets. This afternoon in Parliament the Chancellor announced he will knock a third off the business rates of pubs, shops, restaurants and cafes that have a rateable value of up £51,000 for the next two years.
Therese said: "This is a very welcome announcement for our small and independent high street traders along the Suffolk Coast. This rate relief of £900M is a big investment in the future of our high streets."
Therese added: "I have continued to highlight the challenges of business rates, particularly for small independent stores and leisure...
25 OCT 2018
In her response to Suffolk Coastal's Local Plan consultation, Therese set out her concerns about the Innocence Farm proposal.
Therese said: "I think it's incredibly important we keep a strategic gap around Felixstowe – to ensure the town keeps its own identity. To that end, I'm concerned about the proposal for Innocence Farm – and have shared that concern with councillors."
See the below video for Therese's take.