30 JAN 2015

Therese Visits Local Primary Schools

Therese re-visited Coldfair Green, Rendlesham and Eyke Primary Schools recently and enjoyed meeting their new headteachers as well as the children. Therese said: "I want to particularly thank pupils Maria Lucas and Archie Briggenshaw who gave me a personal tour of Eyke Primary School." Therese added: "We discussed the focus on attainment and some of the challenges for governors. I enjoyed being a school governor and it is challenging to get the balance right on being a critical friend. If you are interested, contact your local school or the council. It is rewarding to play a role in shaping the future of our next generation."

28 JAN 2015

£490k Government Boost to Suffolk Coast Economy

Therese has warmly welcomed a £490,000 boost to improve the tourism sector along the Suffolk Coast obtained through the Government's Coastal Communities Fund. The money which will help to create jobs and drive economic growth in Suffolk will go to Suffolk Coastal District Council, which put in a joint bid with Waveney District Council The money will help fund improvements to a section of the Suffolk Coast Path Network between Southwold and Covehithe, installing a sculptural viewing platform at Snape Maltings, the development of food tourism and the creation of a film festival. Therese said: "I'm delighted Suffolk Coastal and Waveney...

19 JAN 2015

Have you ever Thought of Starting your own Business?

Therese is encouraging individuals who have thought about setting up in business to apply for a Government backed start-up loan. Her call comes as new figures reveal that 23 local people in Suffolk Coastal have already been helped by the scheme – enabling them to provide growth and jobs for hardworking people. Therese said: "The Government start-up loan scheme helps turn the dream of setting up your own business into reality. I'm pleased that 23 local people have now taken advantage of the scheme providing just under £100k of capital. I urge anyone who is thinking of setting up in business to take a look at the scheme, which provides...

14 JAN 2015

Patrick Stead Hospital to Re-open for Overnight Patients

Therese has welcomed the news that the Patrick Stead Hospital in Halesworth will be re-opening for overnight patients in earlyMarch. The news comes days before her meeting with health professionals to discuss the matter and the future ambitions for Halesworth Health. Therese said: "I know how important the Patrick Stead Hospital is to Halesworth residents and I'm delighted it is re-opening for overnight patients. I met the Chief Executive of East Coast Community Healthcare, which runs the hospital, late last year to press the case and had already convened a further meeting for this Friday to discuss this further." "The hospital closed...

13 JAN 2015

Government Provides Cash Support to Help Councils Crack Down on Unauthorised Development

Therese has welcomed the news that an additional £1m has been made available from the Government to tackle unauthoriseddevelopment to make sure everyone plays by the planning rules. The new Planning Enforcement Fund gives councils funding towards the legal costs in seeking a court injunction against those who flout planning laws and cause misery to local residents. Therese said: "This is great news for our local councils. In the past Suffolk Coastal and Waveney councils have had to shoulder the cost of court injunctions. Now they can apply for up to £10,000 per case to secure a court injunction – giving them the tools they need to...

08 JAN 2015

Affordable Flood Insurance a Step Closer

People in the higest flood risk areas will be better protected against spiralling insurance costs as successful negotiations tookbetween the insurance industry, Flood Re and the Government in late December. This will enable legislation to be laid in Parliament later this year and - once approved by the financial regulators - enable Flood Re to operate as a reinsurer. The eligibility criteria has also been widened to include those properties in Council Tax Band H. This received wide support in the public consultation and from the insurance industry, which has agreed to fund this without passing costs on to other consumers. Therese said:...

02 JAN 2015

Fish Discard Ban Comes Into Force

The ban on fish discards has now come into force with fishermen targeting pelagic quota species such as mackerel and herringhaving to land all the quota fish they catch. Therese said: "It has been a long fight to reform the Common Fisheries Policy but this ban marks a significant milestone in our commitment to fish more sustainably by ending the shameful practice of discarding perfectly good fish." The ban will first apply to pelagic species including blue whiting, boarfish, herring, horse mackerel, mackerel, Norway pout, sandeel and sprat. It will also include by-catch of quota species, such as cod and whiting, and any quota fish that...

19 DEC 2014

Government Secures Landmark deal for UK Mobile Phone Users

The Government this week unveiled a landmark deal with the four mobile networks to improve mobile coverage across the UK. Therese said: "One of my few irritations in our part of Suffolk is the poor mobile phone signal. These "partial not-spots" are bad for residents, businesses, health and care workers as well as tourists. I'm therefore delighted the Government has secured a binding agreement with the mobile networks EE, O2, Three and Vodafone to tackle poor signal issues in these areas." Under the agreement all four of the mobile networks have collectively agreed to: A guaranteed £5bn investment programme to improve mobile...

18 DEC 2014

Therese Says Thank You to Our Local Posties

Thérèse visited the Royal Mail's Felixstowe and Lesiton delivery offices recently to pass on her Christmas wishes and encouragement to the hardworking postmen and women at their busiest time of year. Therese was shown around the offices and introduced to the posties who are working hard sorting and delivering mail in the run-up to Christmas. Therese said: "It was great to meet postmen and women at Royal Mail's delivery offices in Felixstowe and Leiston and see first-hand just how much effort they put into delivering for people at this time of year. "Our postal workers do such an important job at this time of year and help to deliver...

17 DEC 2014

Government Publishes Proposals for English Votes for English Laws

Yesterday in Parliament the Governmnet published proposals for English Votes for English Laws. Therese said: "I pleased the Governmnet has published proposals on this important matter. Devolution to other parts of the United Kingdom has created the situation in which MPs representing constituencies outside England may vote on legislation which does not affect their constituents while English MPs are not able to influence these policies in other nations where they are devolved. Further powers devolved to Scotland as a result of the recent independence referendum campaign has added to this. The situation is fundamentally unfair and has got...


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