23 FEB 2017
Therese led a small delegation of MPs to meet the Chancellor of Exchequer this week to press the case on behalf of independent retailers in Southwold and Aldeburgh, who are subject to some extraordinary business rate increases following the recent revaluation.
Under the revaluation, three quarters of businesses nationally will either see rates fall or stay the same, however the average rate rise in Southwold High Street is 177% and 70% in Aldeburgh High Street. Philip Dunne and Sarah Wollaston MPs for similar towns, Ludlow and Salcombe, were also present.
Therese said: "I pressed the case on behalf of our local small businesses. I put...
14 FEB 2017
Therese has hit out over plans by the CCG to reduce the number of patients able to seek treatment for minor injuries at Cutlers Hill Surgery in another blow for health facilities in Halesworth.
East Coast Community Healthcare previously contracted Cutlers Hill to provide a minor injury service but gave notice this would be stopping at the end of 2016. Great Yarmouth and Waveney CCG now propose to pay Cutlers Hill to see no more than 162 patients a year when the true total seeking minor injury treatment is 750.
Therese said: "This is another blow to patients in Halesworth and surrounding villages, already let down by failure of ECCH and...
13 FEB 2017
EDF's stage 2 consultation for the construction of Sizewell C came to end on the 3rd February 2017 and I responded with my views.
My full response to the consultation is set out below:
Sizewell C Stage 2 Consultation Response
The construction of Sizewell C is extremely important for the UK's future energy supply and will benefit the local economy here in Suffolk, with the creation of thousands of jobs. That said, a new nuclear power plant at Sizewell will create significant disruption to local communities and the transport network, especially during the construction phase. It is essential that these impacts are mitigated as much as...
02 FEB 2017
Therese was joined by Southwold Mayor, Cllr Melanie Tucker yesterday as they pressed the case with the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Jane Ellison and the Valuation Office Agency over the substantial increase in business rates set for Southwold High Street.
From April businesses will see the amount they pay in rates change due to the first revaluation of commercial property since 2008.
Therese said: "I recognise the problems that traders in Southwold High Street are facing with these proposed increases. The town is successful but I was concerned that the VOA had overestimated when considering new rateable values. It was a...
31 JAN 2017
Therese joined Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner, Tim Passmore and Suffolk County Council Cabinet member responsible for Fire, Matthew Hicks for the cementing of the date stone on the new joint police and fire station in Saxmundham on Friday.
Saxmundham follows Woodbridge in having a joint blue light station, which saves money and promotes better joint working between the emergency services. The project has been supported by a grant by the Department of Communities and Local Government.
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...