Community spirit is certainly alive and kicking in Suffolk and Dr Dan has enjoyed meeting a great number of residents and local businesses at a variety of Christmas fetes and markets. Dr Dan was particularly delighted to visit Broomhill and officially open their Christmas Fayre - the event attracted a bumper crowd, with over 300 visitors dropping by to stock up on Christmas treats and gifts.
The event was organised by the Broomhill Trust team and Dr Dan congratulated congratulate Gareth, Mark and the team for all their efforts in keeping the Broomhill community effort on track. The Broomhill Trust have been campaigning for some considerable time now to have the pool re-opened as a lido and community facility and Dr Dan remains impressed by their continued passion and enthusiasm in driving this project.
The library at Broomhill was under threat of closure and Dr Dan is delighted that owing to the dedication and commitment of the Broomhill Trust, alongside his own interventions, the library has now become a thriving community hub and regularly welcomes visitors keen to make use of the library, but also to take part in a number of social groups. Dr Dan also remains hopeful that the same will become true for the Lido - as a strong advocate for the importance of healthy lifestyle choices, a community facility such as Broomhill Lido would be a fantastic asset to the area enabling future generations to come can enjoy the benefits of outdoor swimming in a safe, social and supervised environment.
Of course, the new facility at Broomhill Lido would offer so much more than the original site; it will be East Anglia's only 50m+ outdoor lido which will be heated and will also be suitable for a number of leisure pursuits such as diving, canoeing, water polo, sailing and triathlon. It would certainly be a fitting legacy to the Broomhill Trust to see the Lido being utilised as a leisure facility for young people from the area who may be inspired to try their hand at the many water sports which could be offered from the site.
Dr Dan is proud of the progress that has been made so far with the Library and the Lido at Broomhill and will always do his best to support these initiatives for the residents and communities which they serve.
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Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Addictions: Health Services (19 Jul 2019)
Daniel Poulter: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 8 July 2019 to Question 270772 on Addiction Services, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the number of medically-staffed inpatient detoxification beds in England; and if he will make a statement.
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...