Today, local MP, Dr Dan Poulter was pleased to pay a visit to the bustling Crowfield Annual Village Fete, kindly accompanied by Parish Council Chairman, Mr Roger Williamson.
The Fete enjoyed a bumper number of visitors, all keen to enjoy the sunshine and Dr Dan very much enjoyed meeting so many people. Community events such as these play a vital role in our rural communities, bringing together residents and visitors to raise funds for local causes and of course, bringing people together to enjoy a traditional summer fete.
Local events such as these provide a great day out, showcasing all that is best about the local community and Dr Dan was pleased to have been able to support this year's event.
A powerful new campaign group with the support of over 20 parishes throughout both Mid-Suffolk and East Suffolk – "Stop the Ipswich Northern Bypass" - has been launched today. The Group aims to bring an end, once and for all, to Suffolk County Council's plans for an Ipswich Northern Bypass.
Unprecedented levels of local concern have been raised with local MPs and Councillors about the potential devastating impacts the construction of an Ipswich Northern Route would cause to the Fynn Valley and beyond. The area to the north of Ipswich has high agricultural and environmental value and an Ipswich Northern Bypass, would be significantly detrimental to the natural environment and local habitats in one of Suffolk's most beautiful areas of countryside.
With the Orwell bridge closed for, on average, only 2 days a year, there is little evidence that a Northern Bypass will benefit either local business or traffic flow, and Suffolk County Council's own traffic modelling indicates that the bypass will do little to ease traffic congestion in Ipswich itself.
Mid Suffolk and East Suffolk District Councils have already made plans for almost 10 years of future house building in Central and Eastern Suffolk. However, Suffolk County Council's proposals appear to be little more than a thinly veiled attempt to concrete over one of the most beautiful parts of Suffolk by building a new town the size of Bury St Edmunds, with up to 20,000 new houses that are simply not needed, except as a means method of funding the new road.
Commenting on the proposals, joint founder of the Group, Nick Green said "We started the Stop the Ipswich Northern Bypass campaign with the intention of bringing together all affected parties and working as one to halt the devastation these proposals will undoubtedly cause. The reaction and support to date far exceeds anything we could have hoped for."
Fellow Group founder, Nick Deacon said "If a road of this type were to go ahead, the countryside to the north of Ipswich would be ruined forever and quickly built over with substantial house-building, bringing with it thousands more cars and simply adding to the problem of congestion in and around Ipswich. Suffolk County Council should be directing their energy into creating an integrated transport policy that benefits all, not just car owners."
Local MP, Dr Dan Poulter, has also lent his support to the Group and adds "It seems to me that the current proposals are largely about extra house-building that is not needed, and have very little indeed to do with decongesting Ipswich. There is little or no evidence to show that an Ipswich Northern Route, or Bypass – call it what you will, will do anything to reduce traffic congestion in Ipswich. With the road likely to cost in the region of £1 billion, I would far rather see that investment going to support our local public services, such as Ipswich Hospital."
The Stop the Northern Bypass Campaign have already engaged legal advice and are planning to commission an independent Ipswich and East Suffolk transport assessment.
For further information, please visit www.stopipswichnorthernbypass.co.uk or follow the Group on Twitter @stopthebypass and Instagram @stopthebypass
On Saturday, Dr Dan enjoyed a visit to the annual Grundisburgh Village Show, where he was accompanied by the Show Chairman, Mr Martin Cripps.
Dr Dan enjoyed meeting with local residents and visitors alike, taking time to visit the many stalls and in particular, the local Riding for the Disabled Group.
Local shows, such as Grundisburgh, provide a great day out, showcasing all that is best about the local community and Dr Dan was pleased to have been able to support this year's event.
Suffolk MP, Dr Dan Poulter, was today delighted to visit local housing charity – The Day Foundation, in Coddenham, Suffolk.
The Day Foundation is a private housing charity, comprising twenty purpose-built properties in Coddenham, offering independent living to local people aged over 55 years, who are no longer able to stay in their own home, but who wish to remain living locally and independently.
In 2018, the charity purchased two properties in the heart of Coddenham High Street with the ambition of creating two affordable housing units specifically for local young people who wish to remain living locally, but who would otherwise struggle to get onto the housing ladder.
The two cottages, known as Rosie's Cottages in memory of one of the charity's beloved trustees, are now fully restored and home to two young couples and Dr Dan was honoured to have been invited to officially open the properties, alongside Suffolk's High Sheriff – Rosalind Eminson.
After opening the properties, Dr Dan very much enjoyed seeing for himself the sympathetically restored properties, before going on to meet Trustees and residents at nearby Haysel House in Coddenham.
On Saturday, Dr Dan enjoyed visits to the popular Rendham and Monewden Village Fetes and although the weather was, on occasion, unseasonally unkind, it didn't dampen the spirit of those keen to enjoy all the fun of our traditional summer fetes.
Rendham Fete was especially busy and Dr Dan took time out to enjoy the many activities on offer, whilst also stocking up on local Suffolk produce.
The success of community events like these is testament to the hard work of all of those working tirelessly to pull everything together and this community spirit is something which we can be incredibly proud of here in Suffolk.
With the fabulous weather holding out all weekend, Dr Dan also enjoyed visits to Yaxley Fete and the Letheringham Annual Parish BBQ on Sunday 30th June.
Both events enjoyed bumper numbers of visitors and Dr Dan very much enjoyed meeting so many people. Community events such as these play a vital role in our rural communities, bringing together residents and visitors to raise funds for local causes and of course, bringing people together to enjoy the traditional summer fetes.
On this gloriously sunny June weekend, Dr Dan enjoyed visits to Somersham and Mendham Fetes and Withersdale Annual Flower Show.
Fitting in amongst a busy schedule of Fetes around Central Suffolk, Dr Dan was also pleased to visit the annual Withersdale Flower Show.
The popular annual fixture was bustling with visitors, with the flower show looking spectacular in the summer sunshine. Dr Dan especially enjoyed presenting the prizes for the hotly contested Best Village Wheelbarrow display.
The Bengal Restaurant in Wickham Market has been Highly Commended in the prestigious Tiffin Cup competition. Unfortunately it wasn't selected to represent its region in the Grand Final of the Tiffin Cup 2019.
The Bengal will receive a certificate and embroidered Tiffin Cup 2019 apron to mark their achievement in this year's competition.
The Tiffin Cup Champion will be chosen from a shortlist of 11 restaurants, each representing their region of Britain, on Tuesday 2nd July 2019 in the Grand Final cook-off in the House of Commons.
The Bengal was nominated by Member of Parliament for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, Dr Dan Poulter, MP.
Keith Vaz, MP, the Co-Chair of the Tiffin Cup said "We are delighted that The Bengal has been Highly Commended in the Tiffin Cup 2019. This is a great tribute not just to the nomination of Dr Dan Poulter, MP, but also to the constituency of Central Suffolk and North Ipswich as a whole."
Local MP, Dr Dan Poulter said "I am delighted that The Bengal has been Highly Commended in the Tiffin Cup. It is unfortunate that they did not manage to reach the Grand Final, but this is a prestigious award and to be honoured in this way is testament to the fantastic efforts of all the team at The Bengal."
On Tuesday morning, ahead of a busy day in Parliament, local MP Dr Dan Poulter was delighted to attend the second Suffolk Trials Day, hosted by local farmer James Forrest and held in conjunction with Fram Farmers, Walnes Seeds and BASF.
The event attracted over 200 local farmers, as well as agricultural distributors, and also raised much needed support for the East Anglian Air Ambulance and YANA (You Are Not Alone) – a local organisation providing help and support for those affected by stress and depression in the farming community across Suffolk and Norfolk.
Aside from meeting many of the farmers and local businesses, Dr Poulter took part in a Panel discussion titled "Farming Life After Brexit", alongside Agri-Economist Carl Atkin. The discussion covered the potential changes in agricultural policy post-Brexit, farming responsibly, the environment and carbon footprint, as well as tariffs and seasonal workforces.
Suffolk MP, Dr Dan Poulter, has today praised the new leadership at Mid Suffolk District Council for listening to his and residents' concerns and taking positive action to tackle unauthorised development on the outskirts of Mendlesham.
Late last year, Dr Poulter first wrote to the Council urging them to take urgent action against this unauthorised development on land at Brockford Road in Mendlesham, but since then the site has continued to grow dramatically and is now home to some 24 or so caravans and static homes, with more arriving on a regular basis.
At his recent MP's Advice Bureau in Mendlesham, Dr Poulter heard concerns from a number of residents about the inappropriate development of the land at Brockford Road, next to the A140 and how the land, adjacent to an existing caravan park, is being sold off in one acre plots. Local residents continue to become increasingly concerned about the potential for an unplanned permanent travellers site and plots which have already been sold off have seen extensive development, with multiple portacabins, park homes and caravans on site, as well as a number of hardstandings. Extensive groundworks continue at the site, with hedges being ripped out, new ditches dug and areas of the fields being concreted over.
At a meeting with the new Council Leader and Chief Executive on Friday of last week, Dr Poulter was reassured to learn that a number of applications along this stretch of road had already been rejected, the most recent of which were rejected late last week. Now enforcement teams are on stand-by and poised to take remedial action.
Commenting on these latest developments, Dr Poulter said "Following a productive meeting on Friday, I would firstly like to praise Mid Suffolk District Council's new Leader, Suzie Morley, for supporting me in this issue and grasping the importance of it. Working together and following due process, common sense has prevailed and I am reassured that enforcement works will now begin at the site on Brockford Road."
"Since last year, I have been working hard to support local residents and to bring this growing problem to the Council's attention. The unauthorised development at Brockford Road in Mendlesham is having a considerable effect on the surrounding area, and not at all in accordance with the established neighbourhood plan for Mendlesham. There is simply not the infrastructure in place to support development of this scale and as the land in question is cited on a flood plan, it is not at all suitable for residential development. I am pleased that the Council has followed due process and established that planning permission should not be granted here and I welcome news that the Council's Enforcement Team can now take steps to prevent any further damage to an area which is ill-equipped and ill-suited to such a development."
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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...