On Friday, Dr Dan Poulter, visited Highfields Nursery in Castle Hill, Ipswich to deliver a very important letter to the children.
As part of their learning experience at Highfields, the children have been learning about the effects of climate change and air pollution. The children were reading popular children's book "Five Little Men in a Flying Saucer" when they were moved to write to the Prime Minister, asking her to help stop further damage to the planet.
The book tells the story of five little men who come to visit Earth from Outer Space and when they arrive, they don't like what they see. Seeing Earth neglected and spoiled by the effects of air pollution, climate change and the destruction of rain forests, the spacemen flew away, one by one.
Writing to the Prime Minister, the children shared their ideas of how we can each play our part in helping to save the planet and Dr Dan was delighted to hand deliver the Prime Minister's response to the children. The Prime Minister thanked the children for their thought provoking letter and for sharing their ideas, and to showcase their passion for saving the planet, Dr Dan was treated to a special rendition of the "Five Little Men in a Flying Saucer" song.
Speaking about the visit, Dr Dan said "I was delighted to deliver this very special letter from the Prime Minister to the children at Highfields Nursery. They have clearly been motivated by the story of the spacemen and I think we can all take little steps to play our part – switching off lights when they're not needed, thinking about food miles, or cycling or walking, instead of taking the car."
"Visits such as these are so important in strengthening the link between what an MP does locally and how they can make sure that the voice of our communities here in Suffolk are heard in Parliament – in this case, the children had a direct audience with the Prime Minister!"
Lil Newton, Head Teacher at Highfields Nursery said "Here at Highfields, we work hard to make education relevant to the children and the world they live in, and to develop their capacity to become active, responsible and connected citizens. This process starts young and has real potential if it is embedded in the ethos of early years provision, rather than a bolt-on."
"Grown ups often under-estimate the capacity of small children to have an active voice in things that matter to them and they are keenly interested in what is fair, and what is right and wrong. They can see what needs to happen and they want adults to take responsibility for the actions the children cannot carry out, to ensure that the world is still a liveableplace when they grow up and become parents themselves."
Suffolk farmers' concerns – from the future of water abstraction licences to the risks posed by a 'no deal' Brexit – were put before MPs and government officials at a special meeting in Westminster. A group of about 15 National Farmers' Union (NFU) members, led by Suffolk county chairman Glenn Buckingham, highlighted other issues including delays to environmental stewardship scheme payments and rural crime.
The 90-minute meeting, hosted by Central Suffolk and North Ipswich MP Dr Dan Poulter, included Suffolk MPs Thérèse Coffey, Sandy Martin, Jo Churchill, James Cartlidge and Peter Aldous.
NFU County Chairman, Glenn Buckingham said "It was a very useful meeting with some worthwhile discussion, particularly around the impact that a no deal could have on farm businesses in Suffolk and worries that farmers' future access to water could be restricted."
"We urged the MPs to support NFU-proposed amendments to the Agriculture Bill, which would put food production front and centre of future Government policies and ban imports of food produced in ways that would be illegal in this country.
"All the MPs stressed the importance of hearing from their constituents about issues of concern. At such a crucial time for food and farming, I would ask all farmers to take the time to write to their MPs to make their views known."
Speaking about the meeting, Dr Dan said "Although I meet regularly with farmers in my constituency, it's always helpful to meet and talk to them collectively with my fellow Suffolk MPs, to hear first-hand the challenges they face. I look forward to continuing to work alongside the agricultural sector to support them as best I can."
Dr Dan Poulter was pleased to meet today with local innovations company, RockFuel Innovations. RockFuel Innovations designs and patents green energy inventions to help overcome some of the environmental threats to our planet.
Dr Dan learned more about how the RockFuel process makes carbon neutral biodiesel for standard diesel engines and suitable for low emission zones. As part of the manufacturing process, it also produces quicklime (calcium oxide), which can capture and hold more CO2 than is released
when the fuel is produced, so the entire process is carbon neutral and potentially even carbon negative.
Dr Dan also learned that the process has direct benefits for the earth's air pollution and climate change problems, specifically rising CO2 levels, poisons in the atmosphere and increasing ocean acidity.
A truly carbon neutral diesel would put standard diesel engines on an environmentally level playing field with electric cars, and Dr Dan raising this issue directly with Government over the coming weeks and months.
Suffolk MP, Dr Dan Poulter was delighted to meet with representatives from Burgh Parish Council to hear their concerns around highways issues and HGV traffic in the tiny village of Burgh.
The key issues concerning residents are the number of HGV movements in the village and the number of accidents taking place on the B1079, which is the main road running through the Parish. These issues have been ongoing for the past five years and the Parish Council, Mr Edward Creasy, wrote to Dr Poulter to request his support.
A great number of lorries are attempting to use Mill Hill in Burgh, which connects the village with the B1079 and onwards to Grundisburgh. Mill Lane is a very narrow lane indeed, on a hill, with a very sharp bend at the bottom, but despite this a number of HGVs continue to use Mill Hill as a shortcut and subsequently become stuck, causing damage to the road itself and to the roadside verges.
The B1079 is a well known accident blackspot, partially due to adverse cambers and tight bends, but also due to the speed of passing traffic. The area of road in question is currently listed as national speed limit (60mph), but with the tight bends and adverse cambers, cars often end up coming off the road and landing in adjacent fields. Burgh Corner, on the B1079, is a pick-up and drop-off point for school children and residents are concerned that unless the speed limit is reduced, there is the potential for a very serious accident to occur.
Dr Poulter has offered his support to the Parish Council and will be taking up the issue of HGV movements and the speed limit with Suffolk Highways.
Dr Dan Poulter particularly enjoyed his visit to Wetheringsett Primary School on Friday 8th February, where he was welcomed by a small group of students and Head Teacher, Mrs Hookway.
The students were desperate to show Dr Dan around their school and quickly set about their task of hosting their visitor. During a tour of the school, a number of students put their questions to their local MP, asking all about Dr Dan's work as an MP, both here in Suffolk and in Westminster, and also about his work as a doctor. Aside from finding out more about the role of the MP, the group were also keen to find out a bit more "behind the scenes", not least of all, what was working in Parliament really like.
Visits such as these are important in strengthening the link between what Dr Dan does as an MP locally and how he can make sure that the voice of our communities here in Suffolk are heard in Parliament and Dr Dan looks forward to perhaps welcoming Wetheringsett Primary School to Parliament in the not too distant future.
A regular visitor to East Suffolk House, Dr Dan Poulter met with the Leader of the Council, Cllr Ray Herring on Friday 8th February.
The productive meeting covered a number of topics from local Government funding to education and early years provision and most notably, local infrastructure projects including the A12, Four Villages Bypass and the latest round of public consultation regarding Sizewell C.
Dr Dan meets regularly with the Leader of Suffolk Coastal District Council, as well as with the Leaders of Mid Suffolk District Council and Suffolk County Council.
Ahead of a busy day in Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, Dr Dan Poulter was pleased to be able to visit Badingham Playschool to see for himself the sterling work going on at this Ofsted-rated Outstanding childcare provider.
This outstanding Playschool initially opened in 1973 and celebrated its 45th birthday in 2018. Keen to support them in their endeavours to grow and secure purpose built facilities, Dr Dan was pleased to visit Michele and her team and to offer his ongoing support.
Local MP, Dr Dan Poulter, has today voiced his concern about potential plans to break up the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Mental Health Trust.
Speaking out just a week after a cross-party challenge to NHS Improvement, criticising a lack of action since the Trust's latest Special Measures rating, Dr Dan warned that "knee jerk reactions to what is happenin at the Trust could be very disruptive."
As someone who works part-time in mental health services in the NHS and who understands the day to day challenges faced, Dr Dan wrote to the Deputy Chief Inspector of the Care Quality Commission to express his concerns. In his letter, copied to all MPs across Norfolk and Suffolk, Dr Dan states that "It is vitally important to understand and evaluate the scale of challenges facing the trust before making longer term recommendations about the future composition of mental health services in Norfolk and Suffolk."
Dr Dan also warned that prior to its merger into the NSFT, Suffolk as a standalone mental health trust experienced "significant financial and patient care challenges".
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Local MP, Dr Dan Poulter, has today praised Mid Suffolk District Council for taking swift action amidst growing concerns about unauthorised development on the outskirts of Mendlesham.
Late last year, Dr Dan wrote to the Council urging them to take urgent action against unauthorised development on land at Brockford Road in Mendlesham.
A growing number of residents had been in touch with Dr Dan citing concerns about inappropriate development of the land at Brockford Road, adjacent to the A140. The land, adjacent to an existing caravan park, is being sold off in one acre plots, and local residents were becoming increasingly concerned about the potential for an unplanned travellers site. Plots which have already been sold off have already seen development, with static homes and permanent fencing being erected.
Responding to Dr Poulter's calls for action, Mid Suffolk District Council has confirmed that all applications for static homes have been refused along this road, primarily as the applications fall short of National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) guidelines around development within flood zones. The Council has confirmed that it is aware that development works have already taken place; these works are unauthorised and the Council's enforcement team is currently considering further action.
Commenting on the response from Mid Suffolk District Council, Dr Dan said "I would like to put on record my thanks to Mid Suffolk District Council's planning team for taking swift and appropriate action in regard to development along Brockford Road in Mendlesham. Aside from the lack of local infrastructure to support wider development in this area, the land in question is part of a natural flood plain and is patently unsuitable for residential development."
Local MP, Dr Dan Poulter was delighted to visit staff and pupils at Occold Primary School today, particularly to congratulate them on their recent Key Stage 2 (KS2) results.
Occold Primary School is amongst a number of primary schools in Central Suffolk and North Ipswich who have seen an increase since last year in the number of pupils achieving the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics.
Thanks to the hard work of teachers and pupils who have adjusted well to the reformed KS2 tests, the national average has increased from 61% to 64% this year. Occold have seen their results dramatically improve, from 50% in 2017 to a very impressive 80% in 2018.
Dr Dan was able to see for himself the enthusiasm and passion for reading amongst the pupils, taking time to enjoy a reading session in the school's library.
The pupils also enjoyed a brief Question and Answer session with Dr Dan and despite their young age, they were very informed on the latest political topics including, of course, the Brexit negotiations
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