21 APR 2019

East Suffolk Extra Column - 19th April 2019

"Our health service would not be the fantastic organisation it is without the staff and volunteers that support it every single day. Last year the NHS Parliamentary Awards were set-up to recognise individuals who go beyond the call of duty to make the NHS a better service, with hard graft, exciting new ideas or simply by putting patients first. It is an opportunity for MPs to nominate those who work in the health service for an award – and this year I'm looking forward to having the chance to nominate some excellent local people and services. If you know of someone that deserves extra recognition then please email me at therese.coffey.mp@parliament.uk before the 26th April. For more details see - http://www.nhs70awards.co.uk

Consultations on big energy projects - Sizewell C and energy windfarms - closed at the end of March. There will now be some time till the formal planning applications are made, which means that there will still be further consultation stage run by the Planning Inspectorate with their inquiry. My responses can be seen on my website. The government minister is listening carefully to the concerns about the impacts of projects, especially on a cumulative basis.

The provision of renewable and low carbon energy is very important for the UK and global efforts to reduce climate change but we also need to include the natural and community environment. I think EDF need to reconsider their transport options for marine transfers and do all they can to have a rail led strategy. I have already met the Rail Minister and Network Rail on this matter. I have connected the county council and Network Rail to have detailed discussions on this. Thank you to those residents who have contacted me and whom I have met. I have also spoken met the Theberton and Eastbridge Action Group, including one of their exhibitions.

Finally, whilst helping out with a Great British Spring Clean litter pick in Woodbridge recently, I was delighted to present Jason Alexander with the Prime Minister's Point of Light award, recognising his amazing 'Rubbish Walks' work. Jason's campaign is very simple, every day he goes for a walk, picks up some litter and disposes of it properly – recycling what he can. Well done to Jason and everyone who joined me on the Great British Spring Clean."

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