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It has been my privilege to serve as Member of Parliament for Suffolk Coastal since 2010 and I'm delighted to have been re-elected in June 2017.

18 JAN 2018

Banning Payment Charges

The Government have this week banned extra charges for paying with a credit or debit card or any sort of payments like Paypaland Apple Pay in a move that will help millions of people avoid unexpected fees when spending their hard-earned money. Therese said: "It is important you know your rights and if someone tries to charge, inform Trading Standards ( who will have the power to take civil enforcement action against traders who breach the regulations." "The Government decided that the EU proposal to just ban charges when paying by VISA & Mastercard wasn't enough, so have included other payment methods such as Paypal in the ban to...

17 JAN 2018

New Steps to Tackle Illegal Waste and Flytipping

As Environment Minister, Therese has this week announced new powers for the Environment Agency to crack-down on illegalwaste sites and further action to prevent fly-tipping carried out by waste criminals. Therese said: "Under our plans the Environment Agency will be able to lock the gates or block access to problem waste sites to prevent thousands of tonnes of waste illegally building up. The powers will also enable the EA to force operators to clear all the waste at a problem waste site, not just the illegal waste." "We have also launched a consultation on new proposals to tackle waste crime by requiring operators to register even...

11 JAN 2018

Therese Welcomes 25 Year Environment Plan

The Prime Minister today formally launched the Government's 25 Year Environment Plan – which outlines steps for a cleaner,greener Britain – with avoidable plastic waste eliminated by the end of 2042. In her capacity as Environment Minister, Therese has been instrumental in developing the plan – which will extend the hugely successful 5p carrier bag charge to all retailers in England; encourage supermarkets to introduce plastic-free aisles to give consumers the choice to make greener decisions; and promote the use of less damaging plastic packaging. Therese said: "I'm delighted that the Prime Minister has unveiled our 25 Year...

11 JAN 2018

Therese Follows up on Bad Odours Causing Problems in Southwold

Therese has followed up with the Group Director of Anglian Water, Mark Pendlington, following continued reports of bad odoursaffecting Southwold. Therese said: "Constituents have shared their concerns with me about the continued odour in Southwold that seems to be coming from Anglian Water property. It is not pleasant for residents or visitors and for a town that thrives on its tourist economy, it is important Anglian Water get a grip on the problem." Therese added: "Anglian Water have carried out an assessment of their Water Recycling Centre but found nothing untoward which would cause increased odours. However, they believe that the...

05 JAN 2018

Bloor Agree Extension to Working Hours to Shorten Woods Lane Closure

Ahead of the phase 2 closure of Woods Lane due to start on Monday, Bloor Homes have committed to extended working hours,which should help reduce the length of the closure. Following a public consultation Bloor have agreed to extend their working hours to 730am – 8pm Monday – Friday and 730am – 4pm on Saturday and Sunday from the normal working hours of the Phase 1 closure. The response to the consultation did not support 24-hour working due to the impact on residents in the immediate vicinity. Therese said: "I'm pleased Bloor have listened to our concerns and although I recognise any closure will be incredibly frustrating for local...

04 JAN 2018

Therese Presses Banks to Keep Last Branch Open

Following the disappointing decision by Lloyds to close their bank branches in Halesworth and Southwold Therese has written to the Chief Operating Officers of the last banks standing in other towns in her constituency to seek reassurance that there will be a long term commitment to keep them open. Therese is seeking reassurance from Barclays Bank that they remain committed to Aldeburgh, Halesworth and Southwold and that HSBC are committed to continuing to operate a branch in Saxmundham – all of which are the last bank standing in these market towns. Therese said: "The disappointing decision by Lloyds to close branches in Suffolk...

22 DEC 2017

Lloyds Give More Information about Mobile Banking Service

Following the disappointing decision by Lloyds bank that they intend to close their both their Halesworth and Southwold bank branches in May 2018 - Therese wrote to their CEO, António Horta Osório, to express her concern. Their reply here gives more information including more detail about their mobile banking service. Therese said: "I have asked Lloyds for more clarity on where and how often the mobile banking servie will operate and I have urged them that they need to commit to it long term. I have also asked whether they are able to keep the ATMs open and await their reply on...

20 DEC 2017

The Butley Oyster Receives 25k to Provide Village Shop

The Oyster Inn in Butley has been awarded a £25k grant from the Prince's Countryside Fund as part of the Pub is the Hubdiversification project in partnership with the People's Postcode Lottery. Therese said: "This is fantastic news. The Oyster Inn was awarded its grant to support the provision of essential village services – with the unused barn buildings due to be converted to provide a village shop. This will complement the community function room, cinema and micro-brewery that opened earlier this year. If you haven't yet been since the Oyster re-opened then I would encourage you to visit."

19 DEC 2017

Sustainable Fishing Quota Rises for Fishermen

Fishermen across the county are set for a boost as the Government's commitment to sustainable fishing has meant an increase inquota for North Sea Cod, Haddock and Monkfish. Therese said: "The Fisheries Minister – and my departmental colleague, George Eustice came back from Brussels with an increased quota for British fishermen because our commitment to sustainable fishing has seen a recovery in key fishing stocks." In the North Sea the Cod quota rises by 10%, Haddock by 23% and Monkfish by 20%.

14 DEC 2017

Therese Expresses Concerns over Quarry Extension

Therese has expressed her concern about the proposed extension of Wangford Quarry which would have an adverse impact onthe Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Therese submitted her concerns in response to Suffolk County Council's consultation on their Minerals and Waste Local Plan - which proposes to include the Lime Kiln Farm site as part of the extended quarry. Suffolk County Council are looking for sites to meet the sand and gravel extraction need up to the year 2036, which has identified that another 10.442 Mt is required. Therese said: "I am extremely concerned about the proposed extension of Wangford Quarry. This is the only...


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