08 FEB 2019
Thérèse has helped launch this year's Great British Spring Clean, run by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy. The campaign, which runs from March 22nd to April 23rd, will see up to half a million people taking action to clean up streets, parks and beaches across the country.
The Great British Spring Clean brings together individuals, community organisations, businesses and councils to make a difference to the environment on our doorstep and in 2018 around 370,000 #LitterHeroes collected more than 630,000 bags of rubbish.
Thérése said: "As an Environment Minister, I'm absolutely committed to supporting this important initiative. We...
01 FEB 2019
Ahead of the final consultation on the energy infrastructure needed for the East Anglia offshore windfarm projects, Therese met senior executives from Scottish Power Renewables to ask questions on their decision to site the substation in Friston. SPR chose the Friston site in December following a previous period of consultation where they also considered Broom Covert at Sizewell.
Therese said: "Neither of the sites they considered were wholly appropriate and it was my suggestion, via the consultation, that SPR and National Grid find an alternative, such as the proposed nuclear site at Bradwell. However, if the Friston site does go-ahead then it is extremely...
31 JAN 2019
Care Quality Commission Inspectors came to Parliament recently at the request of Therese to brief East Anglian MPs on the turnaround plan for the Mental Health Trust. This follows a CQC inspection in September 2018, where the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Trust was put into special measures.
Therese said: "Having read the CQC report into our local Mental Health Trust and having heard from patients who have contacted me directly, I was deeply concerned about their capacity to make improvements."
"I'm a little more reassured now they have recruited a new Chief Operating Officer and Nursing Director and am pleased to hear this week that they have...
30 JAN 2019
Therese and local councillors, Graham Newman, Geoff Holdcroft and Tracey Green had a frank exchange of views with theHead of Public Affairs at Marks and Spencer, when they met in Parliament today. They suggested that Felixstowe is a town on the rise and with jobs, population and investment all increasing in the town that it would be a mistake for M&S to close.
The Mayor of Felixstowe, Cllr Graham Newman and local councillors made a presentation to the Head of Public Affairs, Mr Ginty, on the importance of the store to the town and how popular it is with local residents and visitors who enjoy coming to Hamilton Road in Felixstowe to shop....
25 JAN 2019
Therese has expressed her deep disappointment in Marks & Spencer's decision to close their Felixstowe branch in Hamilton Road and will ask them to reconsider when she meets M&S representatives in Parliament next week.
Therese said: "I was deeply disappointed by the news that Marks & Spencer plan to close their Felixstowe branch - and will work hard with the council to try and get their decision changed. While I think it is unlikely they will change their mind, particularly given this is one of their smaller stores, I will be strongly making the case when I meet representatives of M&S with local councillors next week."
Therese added: "I...
24 JAN 2019
Following the recent power outages affecting the Hollesley area, Therese raised the issue with UK Power Networks and asked them to investigate. This is their response:
"Following a review of power cuts in the area, I can confirm that the majority have occurred as a result of autoreclosers operating on our overhead cables. These form part of our safety equipment and will automatically turn the power off if an intermittent fault is detected along the network. This type of fault can be caused by windborne debris, animals, lightning or trees interfering with overhead cables. Once the problem has cleared, the power is automatically switched...
17 JAN 2019
I'm pleased that following a rigorous process the Department of Education has today confirmed that the Unity SchoolsPartnership will take over the running of both Felixstowe Academy and Langer Primary School from the Academies Enterprise Trust (AET) this year.
The Unity Schools Partnership already runs schools in Suffolk and one of its directors is the County Council cabinet member responsible for education. Led by a former schools commissioner who previously had oversight of the academy in recent years, Tim Coulson, I fully expect Unity to hit the ground running and am pleased that they will start working at the school straightaway with...
15 JAN 2019
The third stage of public consultation on Sizewell C is now open. There have been quite a few changes since the last round of consultation so I would encourage you to read and reply to the consultation document which closes on the 29th March.
EDF is also holding a series of public exhibitions across eastern Suffolk throughout January. Details of which can be found here.
I attended their public exhibition in Saxmundham last weekend and I'm currently formulating my early thoughts, which I will share shortly with residents before I reply formally to the...
08 JAN 2019
Yesterday the Prime Minister and NHS England Chief Executive, Simon Stevens launched a long-term plan for the NHS, which includes the biggest cash boost to the health service in its history.
Therese said: "I particularly welcome the focus on supporting our ageing population and increasing independence, which is something Suffolk GPs and health professionals have raised with me in the past. Importantly, mental health provision will also be boosted by an additional £2.3bn a year."
"This additional money has given the health service the certainty it needs to deliver its 10-year long-term plan meaning they can get on and recruit more...
18 DEC 2018
As part of the Government's #25YearEnvironmentPlan, Therese's department has today launched a new Resources & Waste Strategy which will ensure businesses & manufacturers pay the full cost of recycling or disposing of their packaging waste – up from just 10% now. For more information see here.