06 JUL 2019

Monewden and Rendham brave the weather to welcome local MP

On Saturday, Dr Dan enjoyed visits to the popular Rendham and Monewden Village Fetes and although the weather was, on occasion, unseasonally unkind, it didn't dampen the spirit of those keen to enjoy all the fun of our traditional summer fetes.

Rendham Fete was especially busy and Dr Dan took time out to enjoy the many activities on offer, whilst also stocking up on local Suffolk produce.

The success of community events like these is testament to the hard work of all of those working tirelessly to pull everything together and this community spirit is something which we can be incredibly proud of here in Suffolk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


30 JUN 2019

Yaxley and Letheringham welcome visit from local MP, Dr Dan Poulter

With the fabulous weather holding out all weekend, Dr Dan also enjoyed visits to Yaxley Fete and the Letheringham Annual Parish BBQ on Sunday 30th June.

Both events enjoyed bumper numbers of visitors and Dr Dan very much enjoyed meeting so many people. 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


29 JUN 2019

Fetes aplenty across Central Suffolk and North Ipswich

On this gloriously sunny June weekend, Dr Dan enjoyed visits to Somersham and Mendham Fetes and Withersdale Annual Flower Show.

Fitting in amongst a busy schedule of Fetes around Central Suffolk, Dr Dan was also pleased to visit the annual Withersdale Flower Show.

The popular annual fixture was bustling with visitors, with the flower show looking spectacular in the summer sunshine. Dr Dan especially enjoyed presenting the prizes for the hotly contested Best Village Wheelbarrow display.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


27 JUN 2019

Wickham Market Restaurant nominated by local MP Highly Commended in National Contest

The Bengal Restaurant in Wickham Market has been Highly Commended in the prestigious Tiffin Cup competition. Unfortunately it wasn't selected to represent its region in the Grand Final of the Tiffin Cup 2019.

The Bengal will receive a certificate and embroidered Tiffin Cup 2019 apron to mark their achievement in this year's competition.

The Tiffin Cup Champion will be chosen from a shortlist of 11 restaurants, each representing their region of Britain, on Tuesday 2nd July 2019 in the Grand Final cook-off in the House of Commons.

The Bengal was nominated by Member of Parliament for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, Dr Dan Poulter, MP.

Keith Vaz, MP, the Co-Chair of the Tiffin Cup said "We are delighted that The Bengal has been Highly Commended in the Tiffin Cup 2019. This is a great tribute not just to the nomination of Dr Dan Poulter, MP, but also to the constituency of Central Suffolk and North Ipswich as a whole."

Local MP, Dr Dan Poulter said "I am delighted that The Bengal has been Highly Commended in the Tiffin Cup. It is unfortunate that they did not manage to reach the Grand Final, but this is a prestigious award and to be honoured in this way is testament to the fantastic efforts of all the team at The Bengal."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


25 JUN 2019

What next for agriculture in a post-Brexit landscape?

On Tuesday morning, ahead of a busy day in Parliament, local MP Dr Dan Poulter was delighted to attend the second Suffolk Trials Day, hosted by local farmer James Forrest and held in conjunction with Fram Farmers, Walnes Seeds and BASF.

The event attracted over 200 local farmers, as well as agricultural distributors, and also raised much needed support for the East Anglian Air Ambulance and YANA (You Are Not Alone) – a local organisation providing help and support for those affected by stress and depression in the farming community across Suffolk and Norfolk.

Aside from meeting many of the farmers and local businesses, Dr Poulter took part in a Panel discussion titled "Farming Life After Brexit", alongside Agri-Economist Carl Atkin. The discussion covered the potential changes in agricultural policy post-Brexit, farming responsibly, the environment and carbon footprint, as well as tariffs and seasonal workforces.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


23 JUN 2019

New Council Leadership supports MP's calls to tackle inappropriate development in Mendlesham

Suffolk MP, Dr Dan Poulter, has today praised the new leadership at Mid Suffolk District Council for listening to his and residents' concerns and taking positive action to tackle unauthorised development on the outskirts of Mendlesham.

Late last year, Dr Poulter first wrote to the Council urging them to take urgent action against this unauthorised development on land at Brockford Road in Mendlesham, but since then the site has continued to grow dramatically and is now home to some 24 or so caravans and static homes, with more arriving on a regular basis.

At his recent MP's Advice Bureau in Mendlesham, Dr Poulter heard concerns from a number of residents about the inappropriate development of the land at Brockford Road, next to the A140 and how the land, adjacent to an existing caravan park, is being sold off in one acre plots. Local residents continue to become increasingly concerned about the potential for an unplanned permanent travellers site and plots which have already been sold off have seen extensive development, with multiple portacabins, park homes and caravans on site, as well as a number of hardstandings. Extensive groundworks continue at the site, with hedges being ripped out, new ditches dug and areas of the fields being concreted over.

At a meeting with the new Council Leader and Chief Executive on Friday of last week, Dr Poulter was reassured to learn that a number of applications along this stretch of road had already been rejected, the most recent of which were rejected late last week. Now enforcement teams are on stand-by and poised to take remedial action.

Commenting on these latest developments, Dr Poulter said "Following a productive meeting on Friday, I would firstly like to praise Mid Suffolk District Council's new Leader, Suzie Morley, for supporting me in this issue and grasping the importance of it. Working together and following due process, common sense has prevailed and I am reassured that enforcement works will now begin at the site on Brockford Road."

"Since last year, I have been working hard to support local residents and to bring this growing problem to the Council's attention. The unauthorised development at Brockford Road in Mendlesham is having a considerable effect on the surrounding area, and not at all in accordance with the established neighbourhood plan for Mendlesham. There is simply not the infrastructure in place to support development of this scale and as the land in question is cited on a flood plan, it is not at all suitable for residential development. I am pleased that the Council has followed due process and established that planning permission should not be granted here and I welcome news that the Council's Enforcement Team can now take steps to prevent any further damage to an area which is ill-equipped and ill-suited to such a development."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


21 JUN 2019

Local MP visits Kesgrave High School

Kesgrave High School today welcomed their local MP, Dr Dan Poulter, and students had the opportunity to learn more about the role of an MP, both in Westminster and here in the Central Suffolk and North Ipswich constituency.

Dr Dan first met with Head Teacher, Mr Burgoyne, to talk about the many successes of the school and to learn more about how the current cohort of students had just completed their GCSEs. Afterwards, Dr Dan joined a group of A level politics students where an in-depth discussion followed on the Conservative Party Leadership, topical and environmental matters and the role of women in politics. The group of students were impressively engaged with current politics and enjoyed putting their many and challenging questions directly to their local MP.

After talking with the students, Dr Dan added that "It's always gratifying to see our outstanding students and young adults here in Suffolk so engaged with politics and the wider issues, especially putting forward such carefully considered and well informed questions. Kesgrave High School always offers me an exceptionally warm welcome and it was abundantly clear that the students had very carefully considered their views in preparing their challenging questions."

 


20 JUN 2019

Local MP lends support to Save the George

After a busy day in Parliament, Central Suffolk and North Ipswich MP, Dr Dan Poulter, met with the dedicated team leading the Wickham Market "Save the George" campaign to lend his support in restoring this historic public house back to the Wickham Market community.

The project seeks to provide a major restoration of the pub and much needed community hub for Wickham Market and other villages in the outlying area. An application has been made to the National Lottery for funds to support the project to which Dan has given his full support.

For further information, visit the Save the George website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


20 JUN 2019

Dr Dan Poulter joins Wickham Market Parish Council to discuss local infrastructure

On Thursday 20th June, local MP Dr Dan Poulter met with members of Wickham Market Parish Council to feed back the results of a recent survey he carried out about facilities and infrastructure around the town.

Over 200 people took part in the survey and Parish Councillors took the opportunity to also add their own views. Dr Dan will be vigorously supporting the views of Wickham Market residents and Parish Council in their opposition to the route proposed for the Park and Ride and their preference for a 4 Village Bypass.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


18 JUN 2019

Suffolk MP, Dr Dan Poulter, demands urgent action to tackle unauthorised development in Mendlesham

Central Suffolk and North Ipswich MP, Dr Dan Poulter, has today called on Mid Suffolk District Council to take swift action amidst growing concerns about unauthorised development on the outskirts of Mendlesham.

Late last year, Dr Poulter first wrote to the Council urging them to take urgent action against this unauthorised development on land at Brockford Road in Mendlesham, but since then the site has continued to grow dramatically and is now home to some 24 or so caravans and static homes, with more arriving on a regular basis.

A growing number of residents have been in touch with their local MP citing concerns about the inappropriate development of the land at Brockford Road, next to the A140. The land, adjacent to an existing caravan park, is being sold off in one acre plots, and local residents continue to become increasingly concerned about the potential for an unplanned permanent travellers site. Plots which have already been sold off have seen extensive development, with multiple portacabins, park homes and caravans on site, as well as a number of hard-standings. Extensive groundworks continue at the site, with hedges being ripped out, new ditches dug and areas of the fields being concreted over.

In response to previous concerns raised by Dr Poulter, Mid Suffolk District Council had confirmed that a number of applications along this stretch of road had already been rejected and enforcement teams were on stand-by to take remedial action. However, the unauthorised development continues to take place, despite the lack of planning permission, and Dr Poulter is now calling for more robust action to be taken to stop any further illegal and inappropriate development.

In raising his concerns with Mid Suffolk District Council, Dr Poulter said "A growing number of local residents have been in touch with me to raise their concerns and having seen the site for myself in the last day or so, I too share their concerns about the sheer scale of the unauthorised development."

"It is clear to see that the unpermitted development is having a considerable effect on Brockford Road and the surrounding area, and not at all in accordance with the established neighbourhood plan for Mendlesham. Given that the village has recently rejected an application for 60 new homes because of concerns about a lack of local infrastructure, I would ask that the Council's Enforcement Team takes rapid action before any further damage is caused to an area which is ill-equipped and ill-suited to such a development."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Written Answers — Department for Transport: A14: Bridges (10 Jul 2019)
Daniel Poulter: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many days the A14 Orwell Bridge has been closed in each year since 2000.

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Compulsorily Detained Psychiatric Patients (8 Jul 2019)
Daniel Poulter: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of working-age adult mental-health bed admissions have taken place under the Mental Health Act 1983 in each year since 2009.