Ahead of a busy advice bureau in Kesgrave, Dr Dan enjoyed a visit to Roundabout Day Nursery where he met the team and a number of children who were enjoying their day's activities at the nursery.
Dr Dan was impressed with the range of facilities on offer at Roundabout and following the tour, he spent time with the proprietors and team.
Dr Dan was pleased to visit Inspire Suffolk, a charity working to help young people in Suffolk overcome challenges and to take positive steps into further training and/or employment.
The charity works to support young people with new skills, activities and team building and Dr Dan was very impressed to learn more about the hard work and achievements of Inspire Suffolk.
He looks forward to a return visit soon.
Dr Dan is delighted that a bid he supported for funding to improve the A140 near Eye Airfield has been successful and will bring £3.75 million from the Department for Transport.
Dr Dan was pleased to support Suffolk County Council's bid to the Department for Transport and thanks to this Government funding, much needed road safety improvements for all those living and working in the area will now be forthcoming. The funding will also provide a welcome boost to local businesses operating nearby, who are currently hampered by lengthy delays entering and leaving their business premises.
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,
For some time now, Dr Dan has been working closely with Suffolk Chamber of Commerce and Suffolk County Council to push 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.
Following a busy advice bureau in Mendlesham, Dr Dan chaired a meeting for residents affected by the ongoing disruption caused by HGVs on Town Lane Wetheringsett, with around 150 people attending the meeting.
The meeting brought together representatives from Mid Suffolk District Council, Suffolk County Council and Suffolk Constabulary in a bid to find a multi-agency solution to end the misery caused to residents. A number of outcomes were discussed at the meeting and Dr Dan is following these up individually with the respective authorities.
Dr Dan remains committed to helping the residents and is hopeful that a solution can soon be found.
Dr Dan was delighted to take part in BBC Politics East programme presented by Amelia Reynolds and joined by Kelvin Hopkins, Labour MP for Luton North.
Following a visit to Stradbroke High School, Dr Dan was pleased to visit Stradbroke Primary School where he met with the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team, before going on to a lively Question and Answer session with a group of pupils.
The pupils were all too 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.
Starting off a busy day in Suffolk, Dr Dan was delighted to be invited along to a special assembly, where he spoke with a number of students about their chosen career paths.
Dr Dan was the guest speaker at the careers assembly, where he spoke with students about careers in both healthcare and politics.
There were a number of questions from the floor, from both staff and students alike, with many asking about the correlation between Dr Dan's role as a practicing NHS doctor and as a Member of Parliament.
Dr Dan looks forward to a return visit to the school and to perhaps meeting some of the students wishing to visit Parliament as a result of the assembly.
Following a busy day of meetings at Suffolk County Council's headquarters, Dr Dan enjoyed a visit to Barking Hall Residential Home, where he very much enjoyed meeting staff and residents.
Dr Dan enjoyed a tour of the impressive facilities before taking time to meet with a number of residents, and enjoying some traditional team word games and sampling the afternoon tea. Dr Dan very much enjoyed meeting and talking to so many residents and listening to how much they enjoy the range of opportunities and events that the team at Barking Hall regularly put on.
Dr Dan was pleased to visit the newly joined Castle Hill Infant and Junior School in North West Ipswich, where he met with the new Head Teacher and members of staff before enjoying a tour of the school.
Dr Dan was very impressed with the changes since his last visit – the positivity and enthusiasm from staff and children alike was clear to see and during a question and answer session with a group of students, there was no doubting that the pupils are feeling excited and pleased with the positive changes happening throughout their school.
Dr Dan is very much looking forward to a return visit and wishes the school all the very best as they settle into the new academic year.
On Saturday 9th September Dr Dan was delighted to visit Coddenham, where the community were enjoying their first village fete for many years. The weather was kind and many came along to support the local community and enjoy the afternoon's activities.
50% of all monies raised at the fete were donated to EACH – East Anglian Children's Hospice, with a special Wishing Tree raising vital funds through the sale of its raffle leaves. Along with traditional games and stalls, Dr Dan was pleased to see the community come together to raise money for this very worthwhile cause and looks forward to returning to the revised Coddenham Fete next year.
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Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Energy: Billing (23 Oct 2017)
Daniel Poulter: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what information the Government holds on how many households have been on British Gas, E.on, EDF, Npower, Scottish Power and SSE's standard variable tariffs for (a) five years or more and (b) 10 years or more.
Written Answers — Department for Education: Pre-school Education: Admissions (17 Oct 2017)
Daniel Poulter: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the report entitled, Study of early education and development: the potential value for money of early education, published in July 2017, what sample size was used to calculate the mean hourly delivery cost for a three to four-year old place in the east of England.