07 SEP 2017

Suffolk Energy Gateway Consultation to Open Next Week

An important consultation opens next week regarding the Suffolk Energy Gateway, the new road to by-pass four villages alongthe A12.

Therese said: "The proposed improvement to the A12 between Wickham Market and Saxmundham will help mitigate the impact of the construction of Sizewell C and is designed to open up the entire energy coast for further economic growth and development. It is very important that local residents, business and community groups give their views in the consultation which will help Suffolk County Council in its proposal to Government by the end of this year."

Two public exhibitions have been organised to give local communities an opportunity to see the proposals in detail and find out more about the benefits of the scheme. They will both be held at the Riverside Centre in Stratford St Andrew on Wednesday 20 September 2017 and Saturday 23 September, between 10am and 6pm.

In addition, from 12 September, all information will be available online at: www.suffolk.gov.uk/consultations
The consultation will close on 25 October 2017.

Photo: Therese and the then Transport Minister, Robert Goodwill at the A12 in July 2016.

11 AUG 2017

Therese Backs Campaign to Prevent Accidental Drownings this Summer

Therese is backing the Mineral Products Association's campaign to warn young people about the risks of swimming in lakes andformer quarries in Suffolk.

Before the summer holidays the MPA wrote to schools in close proximity to quarries in Suffolk Coastal, identified as presenting a possible risk to members of the public.

Therese said: "During the summer holidays it is inevitable that more people will be tempted to swim or mess around in open water that may be hazardous to them. We have seen across the country that what young people often see as harmless fun can end in tragic circumstances."

Therese added: "I'm pleased that the MPA is warning our school children against the risks of unauthorised open water swimming which could lead to 'cold water shock' and accidental drowning and I urge parents and our young people to make sure they stay safe"

09 AUG 2017

Port Success Post-Brexit is Key Strategic Issue for Therese

Therese joined fellow coastal MPs recently to discuss with the Brexit Minister, Steve Baker the Government's plans to ensure UK ports are ready to thrive after Brexit.

The success of Felixstowe Port post-Brexit is an important strategic issue that affects not only the port but the many local businesses whose business relies on the port and in turn the whole local economy. Therese is working to ensure that UK ports have the tools to be ready immediately after the UK leaves the EU.

Therese said: "The continued success of Felixstowe, the largest container Port in the UK, is essential for our local and national economy. A vital part of our Brexit preparations must be to ensure that our ports are ready on day one, protecting jobs, not just at the port but at the numerous local businesses that support the port. I'm confident that with the planning that's happening within Government we will avoid gridlock at Felixstowe, the key port for UK plc."

Commenting after the meeting Brexit Minister Steve Baker MP said: "The preparedness of our borders for success on day one of exit under all scenarios is a clear priority for the Government. Colleagues representing ports are doing a fine job of representing their constituents concerns together with potential solutions. We will consider these alongside our current, well-developed plans."

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