Dan recently attended a public meeting in Hacheston where many local residents turned out to voice their concerns about plans to build what would be one of the largest solar farms in Europe, spanning around 150 acres of farmland. Developers Hive Energy are currently consulting on proposals to create a solar park in Hacheston that would produce 35 Mega Watts of renewable energy. As an MP, Dan is unable to directly intervene in local planning matters, however he shares residents concerns as a project of this scale would have an enormous impact on our rural environment in Suffolk.
Dan has welcomed the fact that the Government is backing Suffolk as a nationally recognised leader in developing the green economy, which will deliver 5,000 local jobs for people across the county, but being one of the greenest counties also means protecting our most vulnerable asset – our beautiful countryside, for future generations.
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Drug Treatment Services (16 Jul 2019)
Daniel Poulter: I congratulate the hon. Member for Manchester, Withington (Jeff Smith) on securing the debate. I agree with everything he said. I draw the attention of Members to my declaration of interest as a practising NHS psychiatrist and as someone who has worked in drug addiction, or drug treatment, services. I do not intend to rehearse the discussion on the lack of, or reduction in, funding for the...
Children and Mental Health Services — [Mark Pritchard in the Chair] (16 Jul 2019)
Daniel Poulter: I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing the debate; he is making some very good points. As he recognises, CAMHS are the Cinderella services of the Cinderella service—mental health is still woefully underfunded in comparison with many other parts of the NHS. Does he also recognise that CAMHS recruitment is a real challenge? The August 2019 fill rates for higher trainees in the UK stand at...