06 SEP 2017

East Suffolk Merger takes a step closer following meeting with Secretary of State

On Wednesday 6th September, Dr Dan was delighted to welcome colleagues from East Suffolk to Parliament, along with his fellow Suffolk MPs, Therese Coffey and Peter Aldous, ahead of a meeting with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to progress talks on the merger of East Suffolk Councils.

Attending the meeting were the respective Leaders of Suffolk Coastal District Council and Waveney District Council - Cllr Ray Herring and Cllr Mark Bee, along with Joint Chief Executive, Stephen Baker.

The vision is to merge both Suffolk Coastal and Waveney districts into a single council for East Suffolk, delivering more streamlined services for residents, whilst at the same time achieving significant financial savings. Both councils have been working collaboratively for some time now and it is hoped that a decision will soon be taken by DCLG to allow the formal process of merging to begin.

 

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Backbench Business: Geothermal Energy — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (19 Jun 2018)
Daniel Poulter: The hon. Gentleman speaks with great knowledge, and I pay tribute to his work promoting geothermal power in his constituency. What are his thoughts on the potential for geothermal power in more rural areas, where there is great reliance on oil central heating, often at great cost and with a high carbon footprint? Does he believe that more could be done to incentivise and encourage developers...

Backbench Business: Geothermal Energy — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (19 Jun 2018)
Daniel Poulter: A number of new, larger homes—particularly barn conversions, which are very popular in Suffolk—have invested in the technology as a means of heating. My question is more about how we can do more to incentivise developers on small-scale developments, perhaps on the edge of rural villages and towns, to look at similar schemes, and what suggestions the hon. Gentleman may have to...