AUGUST 2017 NEWSLETTER FROM MATT HANCOCK MP
Here’s a snapshot of what has been happening in Westminster and West Suffolk.
We have made great strides across digital platforms with the introduction of important legislation protecting children from accessing adult content, putting parents at ease with the introduction of age verification. As the Digital Minister, I am also committed to having superfast broadband rolled out across the country. The Digital Infrastructure Investment Fund, a scheme which will see £400 million go towards making full-fibre broadband available, will help to get the population online with good speeds. And we've just seen the news that 90% of Suffolk premises have access to superfast broadband. Progress!
In West Suffolk
Haverhill rail link
I am pleased with the positive steps that have been taken towards giving Haverhill a rail link again after 50 years. I met with other MPs, councillors and rail groups in Westminster to begin discussions that will hopefully see a new light rail route running between Cambridge and Haverhill. I look forward to putting my weight behind the scheme to give commuters from Haverhill this very important and necessary public transportation.
I visited Newmarket Academy to congratulate students and staff on their latest Ofsted report which found it is now a ‘Good’ school. The team, led by Nick Froy, has done a fantastic job in reversing the fortunes of the academy and I look forward to seeing continued improvements. It is great to see local schools flourishing and I will continue to champion improvements in education standards across West Suffolk to ensure our children have the best opportunities.
Horseracing economy boost
I was delighted to hear about a recent report which found that the Newmarket economy has continued to benefit from our fantastic horseracing industry. Updated figures now show the industry has boosted the local economy by £34 million with the annual contribution now at £240 million. I recently visited the July festival where Newmarket showed it truly is the international home of horseracing. I would like to extend a huge thank you to all those involved in the racing industry that help to make Newmarket a vital sporting and economic hub.
A1307 Strategy Board meeting
- met with the board to discuss improvements to the A1307. The road, which runs from Haverhill to Cambridge, is extremely dangerous and heavily congested. We, as a group of interested parties from government and the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, have met several times over the past year and the traffic data study is currently being done. We expect to hear of its findings at the next meeting and to discuss future sources of funding. What is agreed is the need for improvements to the road, as a matter of urgency.
Tennis in Brandon
I was delighted to open the newly resurfaced tennis court at Brandon. After falling into disrepair over several years, the Brandon Playing Fields Committee secured the funds needed to repair the court. It’s fantastic that the court will be free to use for the next year and hopefully it will entice the residents, young and old, to take up tennis.
Where in West Suffolk?
Did you guess Bardwell? If so, you are correct!
Tour of the Houses of Parliament
Would you like to take a tour of the House of Commons? Tours during the morning are free for groups of up to twenty-five people. I’m always happy to arrange tours, but please do allow three months’ notice, as they are very popular. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
I am always keen to hear about the issues, both local and national, which matter most to you. Please do get in touch if you feel I can be of any assistance.
Office of Matt Hancock MP
House of Commons
telephone: 0207 219 7186
Swan Lane Business Park
Suffolk CB8 7FN
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