On Saturday 19th August, Dr Dan was delighted to visit the 40th Annual Metfield Food and Produce Show, celebrating the very best in homegrown and local produce.
The show was postponed last year to allow for refurbishment of the village hall, but this milestone 40th anniversary event drew bumper crowds and keen growers and gardeners all vying for the coveted top prizes.
Events such as these showcase the fantastic community spirit which thrives here in Suffolk, with visitors and residents all coming together to enjoy food and drink, and wider attractions of the village fete.
Dr Dan was pleased to visit Sweffling Fete on Saturday 19th August, where he very much enjoyed visiting the many stalls and talking to a number of visitors, all of whom were enjoying the traditional Fete activities and local produce. Community events such as these play a vital role in our rural communities, bringing together residents and visitors to raise funds for local causes and of course, bringing people together to enjoy the traditional summer fetes.
Contrary to the poor weather over the previous week, Dr Dan was delighted to officially open the annual Westerfield Fete on Saturday 12th August. With so much work being put in by teams of volunteers, it's always a disappointment when the weather scuppers things on the big day.
Thankfully, this was not an issue for Westerfield Fete, where visitors enjoyed the warm weather and sunshine, along with a range of traditional activities. Dr Dan very much enjoyed visiting the many stalls, which seem to grow in number each year. As a keen supporter of local produce, Dr Dan was happy to browse the local food and drink stalls exhibiting at the Fete.
Supporting Westerfield Church, this annual fete raises much needed funds for the Church and this year, fundraisers were hoping to top last year's efforts.
On Saturday 12th August, Dr Dan was pleased to visit the newly revamped Anglia Retail Park in North West Ipswich.
The newly re-developed park offers a welcome boost in shopping choices for residents in North West Ipswich, but will also help to ease traffic congestion in the town centre at Suffolk Retail Park, which has long been a hot spot for traffic problems in the town centre.
During his visit, Dr Dan was impressed with the range and diversity of the new facilities at Anglia Retail Park and judging by the number of cars filling the car park, the shoppers were equally pleased with the choices and range available to them. Clearly, the park's close proximity to the A14 is a major draw and Dr Dan welcomes this boost to the North West of Ipswich.
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Dr Dan was pleased to visit Claydon and Barham Surgery on Wednesday 9th August, bringing together key parties to discuss the future of this popular GP surgery.
Dr Dan has been working for some time now with Dr Naqvi and his team, to fight for new and improved facilities and a new building. The surgery has operated from a temporary porta-cabin for some years now and with growing patient numbers and increased services, the time has now come to push further for a new building.
As an NHS doctor, Dr Dan understands the important of first class, local medical services and he welcomed the opportunity to meet once more with Dr Naqvi and his team to talk about their growth, their plans for the future and to see what more Dr Dan can do to support the development of a new building for the practice.
Dr Dan has called on all parties to work together to find a solution and is looking forward to revisiting the practice later this year to check on progress.
Dr Dan Poulter has called on authorities for urgent action to be taken to end the misery caused by the significant and inappropriate number of heavy goods vehicles travelling along Town Lane, Wetheringsett.
In recent months, these lorry movements have increased dramatically causing considerable distress and disruption to neighbouring residents and properties as the vehicles travel to and from the haulage yard which is located at Town Lane. The road in question is a narrow country lane and local drivers and residents are growing increasingly concerned about the very real potential for a serious road traffic accident. The road is barely wide enough to accommodate a lorry and a car passing each other safely, but it is simply impossible for two lorries to pass each other at all. During peak times, lorries can be forced to queue on the roadside as they await access to the site, causing further disruption as passing road users attempt to navigate around them.
On Tuesday 8th August, police were called to the scene as lorries attempting to pass each other had become grounded and the road became impassable. Residents were unable to use the road and further lorries were stacked at the roadside as attempts to recover the stranded vehicles were mounted. The road itself has become pitted and damaged through constant use by heavy goods vehicles and the roadside has become dangerously eroded in placed where vehicles attempt to pass each other safely, without collision.
After meeting with the Parish Council and concerned residents, Dr Dan is very worried by such an unacceptable increase in lorry movements on this particularly narrow road. En route to his meeting, Dr Dan witnessed first hand the perilous nature of trying to navigate around these massive vehicles, struggling to avoid the sharp gulleys which have been cut into the highway through excessive weight and traffic movements. Dr Dan has now asked the appropriate authorities to step in and work together to bring an end to this intolerable and dangerous situation and he has called a summit meeting to get everyone round the table over the coming weeks to try and find a solution.
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Dr Dan was delighted to visit Rodwell Farm in Baylham, where he met with a number of farmers and representatives from the NFU.
Despite the particularly unseasonal weather, Dr Dan very much enjoyed a tour of the farm and hearing about the issues which are currently concerning our farmers here in Suffolk.
Following the visit, Dr Dan was then pleased to attend the annual Wickham Skeith lunch, where he met with a number of local residents and very much enjoyed a traditional, home-cooked, lunch with members of the local community.
Member of Parliament for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, Dr Dan Poulter, has today welcomed the news that a bid for funding to improve the A140 near Eye Airfield has been submitted to the Department for Transport.
Mid Suffolk Business Park, located adjacent to the former site of Eye Airfield, plays host to a number of haulage and light industrial businesses who have been attracted to the area by the strong transport and infrastructure links, with the A140 being a key route. Not only is the road the key route between Ipswich and Norwich, but it also carries through traffic from the Midlands and from the Port of Felixstowe, linking directly with the A14.
Many businesses have reported concerns about access to and from their business bases on the Industrial Park, with lengthy queues and delays entering and exiting the area. The main access into the Industrial Park is via an incredibly busy junction and the flow of traffic is all too regularly slowed or halted by vehicles attempting to enter or leave the site, creating the further risk of accidents or diminished road safety,
Dr Poulter has been working closely with Suffolk Chamber of Commerce in pushing for improvements to the A140, a vital economic route for the region, to ensure that Suffolk's road infrastructure is fit for purpose and serves to bolster Suffolk's economic potential.
Aside from access to and from the Industrial Park being difficult, there are also a number of concerns around accidents at the site with a number of road traffic collisions being previously recorded. It is felt by many that the development of a roundabout at this site would significantly help to improve the flow of traffic and reduce the risk of further accidents.
Dr Poulter is delighted that Suffolk County Council has submitted its bid to the Department for Transport to improve traffic flow and safety on the A140 – work here is long overdue and Dr Poulter has been working closely with Suffolk Chamber of Commerce and businesses in the area to bring about this change. A number of businesses here are growing and providing a welcome boost to the local economy, providing much needed employment opportunities for those living nearby, but Dr Poulter fully empathises with the frustration caused by such poor access to and from their business premises. For businesses operating in the road haulage or supply chain sector, scheduling is absolutely critical and delays such as those experienced at this junction are simply unhelpful at best and potentially detrimental to the flow of business.
With further development expected in the area, the time has now come for improvements at this very busy junction. Dr Poulter is delighted that Suffolk County Council is now working to prioritise these vital Highways improvements and he remains optimistic that the outcome of the bid will be successful.
Stephen Britt, Managing Director of Anchor Storage said "Thanks to the collective efforts of local businesses with support from our local MP, Dr Dan Poulter and Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, I am pleased that a bid has now been submitted to the Department for Transport to bring about much needed improvements to the A140. The Eye Airfield and surrounding industrial areas have been undergoing continuous development and expansion for many years. However, there has been no significant corresponding highway works in the vicinity to complement this growth and improvements are now well overdue. Any failure to address this oversight will undoubtedly discourage further businesses from coming to the area and will also contribute to major traffic holdups, not just on local roads but also on the A140 Norwich Road itself."
Ahead of a busy day of meetings in Suffolk, Dr Dan very much enjoyed a visit to Easton Primary School.
Dr Dan enjoyed meeting with the Headteacher and staff, before going on to a lively Question and Answer session with the pupils. The pupils were all to keen to put their questions to Dr Dan, who was thoroughly impressed with the time they had taken to research and think in advance about their ideas, given the wide range of questions which they put to Dr Dan on the day.
It's always encouraging to see younger students so engaged with politics, especially coming up with their own ideas and putting forward their own views. 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.
Pausing briefly from the pomp and ceremony of the annual State Opening of Parliament, Dr Dan and his Parliamentary colleagues from across Suffolk came together to celebrate the first ever Suffolk Day on Wednesday 21st June.
Championed by BBC Radio Suffolk and the East Anglian Daily Times, Suffolk Day recognises and celebrates all that is great about Suffolk.
On one of the busiest days in the Parliamentary calendar, Dr Dan was delighted that Suffolk's MPs all came together to celebrate all that is great about Suffolk. But he was especially pleased that they were all carrying the official Suffolk flag – designed by Framlingham community stalwart and business owner, Bill Bulstrode.
It's no wonder that so many visitors choose to make Suffolk their destination of choice each year. With the most easterly point in Britain, Ness Point in Lowestoft, offering early risers the first glimpse of the sunrise, Suffolk also promises the most amount of sunshine and driest climate in the whole of the UK, which only allows for more hours in the day to explore this great county of ours.
With it's glorious coastline and unspoilt beaches, to its infamous wide open skies and from its picturebox, historic villages to its bustling medieval market towns, Suffolk truly has something to offer for everyone.
The ancient wool towns of Long Melford and Lavenham offer a quintessentially English day out, with heritage and history abound, a host of antique shops and traditional afternoon tea to welcome weary shoppers. Bury St Edmunds, aside from being the seat of Suffolk's patron saint, is home to Suffolk's only cathedral and stunning cathedral gardens.
For centuries Suffolk's natural landscape has inspired writers, musicians and artists – Constable, Munnings and Britten to name but a few, but of course more recently our very own Ed Sheeran was inspired to write about Framlingham's Castle on the Hill. Each year, arts, music and culture all come to life with the world famous Aldeburgh Festival, bringing visitors from far and wide.
Over in the west of our county Newmarket is no stranger to royalty, playing home to the sport of kings, horseracing, for centuries and now boasting a state of the art heritage centre, opened by HM The Queen only last year.
And then there's the fabulous maritime heritage to be experienced in our coastal resorts of Aldeburgh and Southwold, but also in our county town of Ipswich, with its annual maritime festival taking place on the stunning waterfront. Nearby the Victorian town of Felixstowe welcomes those in search of traditional English seaside fun, but the other side of Felixstowe is home to the largest container port in the country.
Boasting a long history in farming and food production, Suffolk can also lay claim to some of the finest food and drink in the country – with fine and casual dining, dog-friendly pubs to welcome weary walkers, cafes and farmshops, fish and chip shops and fisherman's huts on the beach in abundance. And after a busy day's exploring, a welcome tipple from one of Suffolk's award winning brewers or vineyards is sure to satisfy.
With such a vibrant, growing economy, and outstanding transport links, it's no wonder that so many major businesses and small rural start ups are choosing to make Suffolk their home.
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Written Answers — Home Office: Electronic Warfare (3 Aug 2017)
Daniel Poulter: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to tackle global cyber terrorism.
Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Infrastructure: Suffolk (18 Jul 2017)
Daniel Poulter: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what fiscal measures his Department is taking to support infrastructure projects in Suffolk.