Broadband minister and fellow Suffolk MP Matt Hancock updated Therese this week on the progress of broadband rollout in Suffolk Coastal. Since 2010 22,996 homes have been connected thanks to investment by the government and Suffolk County Council.
Suffolk has contracted with BT for the next stage of the roll out, which will see broadband available to 95% of properties by 2019. Therese said: "I recognise it is incredibly frustrating for those who do not yet have superfast broadband which is why the Government has legislated for the Universal Service Obligation through the Digital Economy Act."
Therese has reacted with surprise to reports that Trinity College, Cambridge is applying to row back on its affordable housingobligation on a housing development on the edge of Felixstowe.
Under current policy the application for 385 homes at the Walton Green site should provide 127 affordable homes – one third of the total number of homes on the development. However, Trinity College, Cambridge claim that providing that many affordable houses is financially unviable and instead propose to develop just 17% of homes on the site as affordable.
Therese said: "I'm surprised that one of the wealthiest institutions in the country is claiming that providing the correct amount of affordable homes on this site is financially unviable. Having considered Trinity College's argument, the Council are also clear that they think many more affordable homes can be provided on the site - and I urge Trinity College to think again."
Councillors are considering Trinity College's application at a planning meeting today.
Update: I'm delighted that Councillors voted to reject Trinity College, Cambridge's application to significantly reduce the amount of affordable housing.
Good news for EE customers. The mobile phone operator has confirmed this week that they have completed various 4G upgrades throughout Suffolk Coastal including in Pettistree, Trimley St Martin, Saxmundham, Aldeburgh, Woodbridge, Halesworth, Frostenden and three further sites around Felixstowe.
The have also improved 4G along some of the major roads, including the A14 (two upgrades on the section going east out of Ipswich), A114, A1152 (around Rendlesham), three upgrades on the A12, the B1119, the B1387, the B1123 and the A1094.
Therese said; "Mobile phone signal has been raised a lot less frequently with me in recent years as our communications infrastructure improves but there is still more to do to eradicate our not-spots."
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