15 AUG 2017

Star Column - 9th August 2017

"Felixstowe's confidence is back as a town with a seafront of which to be proud. Recently, it has hosted the Suffolk Armed Forces Day (which Felixstowe style turned into to a weekend) and the transformation of the Pier is the latest triumph in the renaissance of the town. The owners should be really proud of their investment helping the regeneration. There are still a couple of issues to sort out to make Felixstowe even more beautiful, including the eyesore which is the former North Sea hotel but this tourist season is proving that Felixstowe is, once again, a great day out by the sea.

Residents are being given the chance to have their say on future development across Waveney as the council sets out its Local Plan with preferred locations for building 5,000 new homes over the next 20 years, including significant development in Halesworth. It is important that people read this carefully and respond to the consultation which closes on the 22nd September. Suffolk Coastal are due to publish their updated Local Plan shortly.

Exam results are due out this month and I hope that all our students achieve great results. Schools and colleges will be on hand to support students. There is also a national helpline which will open on results day 0808 100 8000 giving impartial advice. For students and parents, it may be a bit surprising for GCSE results are starting to be given as a rating from 9 to 1, rather than A* to G. Grade 4 upwards will be the new pass level. Schools are now assessed on the progress made by students while at school, rather than the proportion of students that pass 5 GCSEs.

My first few weeks of recess have been dominated by ministerial work, including publication of our new air quality strategy and then a recess road trip taking in visits to councils, businesses and environmental schemes across the country. My own constituency tour returns this month and in bank holiday week, I will be stopping off in over 90 parishes and towns across the 302 square miles of the Suffolk Coastal constituency. This is an invitation for constituents to come and speak to me about any issue that concerns you. You can see my tour timeline online - http://theresecoffey.co.uk/tour 2017"

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