NOVEMBER 2017 NEWSLETTER FROM MATT HANCOCK MP
Here’s a snapshot of what has been happening in Westminster and West Suffolk
Test locations for 5G
The government is looking for new test locations to support the future rollout of 5G or fifth generation technology. This technology has the potential for a multitude of smart devices to achieve up to 10 gigabits per second, enabling us to quickly upload and download HD and 3D video. The UK is looking to be one of the first countries in the world to use 5G technology, making it the best place to start and grow a digital business.
Reforms to the digital infrastructure
Reforms have been made to outdated legislation will reduce the costs of housing phone masts and other communications infrastructure on private land. This opens the way for faster and more reliable broadband and mobile services, particularly in rural areas.
The government wants everyone to benefit from the growth of digital services. Removing these outdated restrictions will help promote investment in new technologies such as 5G, and give mobile operators more freedom to improve their networks in hard-to-reach places. By the end of the year all mobile operators are required to deliver coverage to 90 per cent of the UK and 95 per cent of all homes and businesses will be able to get superfast broadband, but more needs to be done.
In West Suffolk
Meeting with the Roads Minister
I met with the Roads Minister, Jesse Norman to discuss the A14/A142 junction, the A1307 and the Fiveways roundabout. The A14/A142 junction and the A1307 are both extremely dangerous and the Fiveways is notorious to the thousands of people who use the roundabout every day - it is dangerous, confusing, and very often congested and gridlocked. The case for including these roads as part of the investment by the government in the roads network is incredibly strong. Improving these areas will not only reduce the number of tragic accidents, but will free up the road network, thus benefitting the local economy. This meeting was an important part of my campaign to bring better roads to West Suffolk.
Meeting with Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner
I met with the Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner, Tim Passmore, about prioritising the police budget for West Suffolk. I have received much correspondence about this from my constituents and I was able to pass their comments to him. Keeping people safe in West Suffolk, both in the rural areas and in the town centres, is of the highest importance and I am working closely with the PCC to make that happen.
Proposed council merger
Fellow Suffolk MPs Jo Churchill (Bury St Edmunds), James Cartlidge (South Suffolk) and I have written to the Secretary of State for Local Government Sajid Javid to express our support for the merger of Forest Heath District Council and St Edmundsbury Borough Council. A single council would provide greater efficiencies - we are working hard in Parliament to drive this forward.
Horseracing and Bloodstock APPG visit Newmarket
The All Party Parliamentary Racing and Bloodstock Group visited Newmarket to learn more about flat racing. They were able to visit John Gosden’s farm and see race winner Golden Horn, go to the Darley Stud, attend the sales at Tattersall’s and catch a bit of racing. This APPG promotes the racing and bloodstock industries within Parliament, informs both MPs and Lords about the industries; and works to service the well-being of the industries.
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. If you are affiliated with a school, then you might be interested in a visit to the Parliamentary Education Centre. http://www.parliament.uk/education/
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
telephone: 01638 577 390