21 JAN 2019

Suffolk MP praises Council for swift action against unauthorised development

Local MP, Dr Dan Poulter, has today praised Mid Suffolk District Council for taking swift action amidst growing concerns about unauthorised development on the outskirts of Mendlesham.

Late last year, Dr Dan wrote to the Council urging them to take urgent action against unauthorised development on land at Brockford Road in Mendlesham.

A growing number of residents had been in touch with Dr Dan citing concerns about inappropriate development of the land at Brockford Road, adjacent to the A140. The land, adjacent to an existing caravan park, is being sold off in one acre plots, and local residents were becoming increasingly concerned about the potential for an unplanned travellers site. Plots which have already been sold off have already seen development, with static homes and permanent fencing being erected.

Responding to Dr Poulter's calls for action, Mid Suffolk District Council has confirmed that all applications for static homes have been refused along this road, primarily as the applications fall short of National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) guidelines around development within flood zones. The Council has confirmed that it is aware that development works have already taken place; these works are unauthorised and the Council's enforcement team is currently considering further action.

Commenting on the response from Mid Suffolk District Council, Dr Dan said "I would like to put on record my thanks to Mid Suffolk District Council's planning team for taking swift and appropriate action in regard to development along Brockford Road in Mendlesham. Aside from the lack of local infrastructure to support wider development in this area, the land in question is part of a natural flood plain and is patently unsuitable for residential development."

18 JAN 2019

Gold stars all round for staff and pupils at Occold Primary School

Local MP, Dr Dan Poulter was delighted to visit staff and pupils at Occold Primary School today, particularly to congratulate them on their recent Key Stage 2 (KS2) results.

Occold Primary School is amongst a number of primary schools in Central Suffolk and North Ipswich who have seen an increase since last year in the number of pupils achieving the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics.

Thanks to the hard work of teachers and pupils who have adjusted well to the reformed KS2 tests, the national average has increased from 61% to 64% this year. Occold have seen their results dramatically improve, from 50% in 2017 to a very impressive 80% in 2018.

Dr Dan was able to see for himself the enthusiasm and passion for reading amongst the pupils, taking time to enjoy a reading session in the school's library.

The pupils also enjoyed a brief Question and Answer session with Dr Dan and despite their young age, they were very informed on the latest political topics including, of course, the Brexit negotiations


18 JAN 2019

Danish Crown visit for Local MP

A regular visitor to businesses across Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, local MP Dr Dan Poulter was delighted to visit BQP Foods in Stradbroke again today. Part of the Danish Crown group of companies, UK Market Director, Rob Smith, was delighted to welcome Dr Dan and to update him on the company's latest growth and investment.

Producing raw and cooked pork meats to an incredibly high standard, Danish Crown continue to invest significantly in the UK market and currently contract to over 500 farmers here in East Anglia. Aside from taking the opportunity to update Dr Dan on the company's successes, it was also an opportunity to share come current concerns around Brexit and the knock-on consequences impacting on the workforce and potentially, investment.

In particular, the company has concerns over access to labour and skills, as well as biosecurity, food standards and animal welfare.

Dr Dan has committed to feeding these concerns back to Government and hopes to come back with some reassurances very soon.


14 JAN 2019

Local MP welcomes A140 funding boost

Member of Parliament for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, Dr Dan Poulter, has welcomed the news that multi-million pound plans to improve journey times and safety on the A140 near Eye have moved a step closer as a formal planning application has now been submitted to Mid Suffolk District Council.

Dr Dan has been supporting local businesses and residents in their drive to improve road safety and journey times, as well as to improve access to the Eye Airfield development area and Mid Suffolk Business Park.

The improvements include creating two new roundabouts, a link road to the B1077, restricted movements at the A140 and B1077 juntion and a closure of the junction with Rectory Road.

Dr Dan worked closely with Suffolk Chamber of Commerce and supported Suffolk County Council in their bid to the Department for Transport, resulting in an award of some £3.8 million in Government cash.

The application is expected to go to Mid Suffolk District Council's planning committee in February or early March, and if approved, works are expected to commence this summer, ahead of a Spring 2020 opening date.

07 JAN 2019

Suffolk MP praises local Cats Protection Champion in Parliamentary Debate

Local MP, Dr Dan Poulter, praised the commitment and dedication of local volunteer who has given decades of her life to looking after and improving the welfare of stray and unwanted cats.

Speaking in a recent Westminster Hall debate on the welfare of cats, Member of Parliament for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, Dr Dan Poulter paid tribute to local volunteer, Kathleen Lusted, praising her unstinting commitment and dedication to improving the welfare and lives of so many stray and unwanted cats.

Almost approaching 100 years old, Kathleen has given almost her entire life to looking after cats who have gone missing or been mistreated, unwanted cats and kittens and providing them with shelter and new forever homes. She has almost single-handedly set up a Cats Protection League in Framlingham and Saxmundham, raising thousands of pounds to provide warmth, food and shelter for stray and abandoned cats in East Suffolk.

Dr Poulter called on Government Minister, David Rutley – Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Food and Animal Welfare, to join him in congratulating Miss Lusted on her achievements.

Dr Poulter said "I have met Kathleen a great many times now and always do my best to support her fundraising efforts, attending events and helping to raise the profile of her invaluable work. Here in Suffolk we are so fortunate to have such a giving and willing band of community volunteers and I would like to especially put on record my thanks to Kathleen and to congratule her on her life's work in protecting and looking after cats here in East Suffolk."


14 DEC 2018

Local MP on the beat in the run-up to Christmas

Knowing all too well the additional pressures faced by our emergency services in the run-up to the festive period, local MP Dr Dan Poulter was keen to show his support for our Police here in Suffolk by shadowing them during an overnight shift.

Previously, Dr Dan has been contacted by a number of residents complaining about escalating anti-social behaviour in the Whitton area, comprising verbal abuse, criminal damage and arson attempts. This behaviour is a blight on our communities, intimidating those who live and work in the area, and affecting quality of life. Therefore, shadowing the Police on a busy Friday night offered the perfect opportunity for Dr Poulter to witness first-hand the types of anti-social behaviour which residents have been complaining about and to see for himself the challenges faced by our excellent Police force here in Suffolk.

Speaking about his shift with Suffolk Police, Dr Dan Poulter said "As someone who understands what it's like to work over Christmas and who also works on the frontline, albeit in the NHS, I am incredibly keen to support our Police and emergency services as best I can. In the run-up to the busy Christmas period, it was great to shadow our outstanding officers and to see for myself the challenges and situations that they face on a daily basis."

"In dealing with a number of difficult and, at times, confrontational situations, I was thoroughly impressed at the professionalism, skill and diplomacy shown by the Officers. Our Police force work hard throughout the year to keep us safe from harm and I would like to put on record my thanks to them for all that they do – at Christmas and throughout the year."

08 DEC 2018

Christmas arrives in market town of Debenham

Fresh from visiting Hogwarts in Castle Hill, Ipswich, local MP Dr Dan Poulter was delighted to visit Debenham village's Christmas event, culminating in switching on the town's Christmas tree lights.

The event was incredibly well attended by residents and visitors alike, with local shops enjoying bumper trade amidst the twinkling lights and festive spirit.

Dr Dan was delighted to have been asked again to switch on the lights and congratulated the organisers, and all who assisted, on their fantastic achievement in bringing Christmas to Debenham.

08 DEC 2018

A magical Christmas on offer in Castle Hill, complete with Hedwig, Hagrid and a host of budding witches and wizards

Local MP, Dr Dan Poulter, was delighted to join residents and visitors to North West Ipswich Big Local Trust's Harry Potter themed Christmas Fair on Saturday 8th December,

With a special visit from Harry Potter's owl Hedwig, there were presents from Hagrid, craft stalls, a Christmas tree display and a special fancy dress competition for all the children.

Events like these bring together the whole community, raising vital funds and Dr Dan congratulated all concerned in bringing together such a fabulous, well attended event.

07 DEC 2018

From Brexit to local Highways, Dr Dan Poulter meets with Suffolk County Council Leader

A regular visitor to Suffolk County Council's headquarters at Endeavour House, Dr Dan Poulter met with the Leader of the Council, Cllr Matthew Hicks on Friday 7th December.

The productive meeting covered a number of topics from broadband and mobile connectivity, to highways infrastructure, education and SEND funding and local Government funding.

Dr Dan meets regularly with the Leader of Suffolk County Council, as well as with the Leaders of both Mid Suffolk and Suffolk Coastal District Councils.

07 DEC 2018

Local MP, Dr Dan Poulter, visits Thomas Wolsey Ormiston Academy to congratulate the special school on their Outstanding Ofsted Rating

Following a recent Ofsted inspection and an Outstanding Rating being awarded, local MP Dr Dan Poulter was delighted to visit Thomas Wolsey Ormiston Academy in Ipswich to congratulate staff and pupils on their inspiring achievements.

Inspectors praised the Academy and the Trust for their strong partnership and the ongoing improvement, since the Academy joined earlier= in February 2018, saying that they found Thomas Wolsey to be an academy where students are very happy, and parents have confidence in the school and feel their child is safe.

Dr Poulter visited the academy, which provides high-quality provision to children and young people with physical and/or sensory, medical or learning needs, to see for himself its outstanding success. During the visit, Dr Dan met the Principal, Helen MacDougall, and was introduced to Thomas Wolsey's 'person-centred approach' through a new curriculum specifically designed to meet the needs of students.

Dr Dan also held a Q&A session with students to discuss his role as a Member of Parliament and his work across the constituency.

Concluding the visit, Dr Dan said "It was a real honour to visit Thomas Wolsey and to support the wonderful work they are doing with the support of its excellent sponsor, Ormiston Academies Trust. It was great to talk with Helen and her brilliant team about how they deliver every day for their students and I very much enjoyed taking questions from a group of very inquisitive and interested young people. I am confident that Thomas Wolsey will continue to go from strength to strength and I look forward to visiting again soon.

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Written Answers — Department for International Development: Developing Countries: Health Services (21 Jan 2019)
Daniel Poulter: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on facilitating health professionals in England to travel to low and middle income countries to provide healthcare education and training; and if she will make a statement.

Written Answers — Department for International Development: Developing Countries: Mental Health Services (21 Jan 2019)
Daniel Poulter: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to improve mental health provision in low and middle income countries.