From Your MP Dr Thérèse Coffey MP
As Environment Minister, I was pleased to have the privilege of formally opening the new Ipswich Tidal Flood Barrier last week, a £67m project to help keep the town safe from tidal surges during storms. Whilst I hope it is never used, apart from monthly testing, this investment from the government to better protect the 1,600 homes and 400 business in the area is essential for our County town. This new piece of infrastructure will give businesses increased confidence to come and invest here, creating 4,000 extra jobs and making the Waterfront an attractive place. Being a Suffolk MP it is really important to me that the County Town of Suffolk thrives because we in other parts of the County really rely on Ipswich becoming stronger and getting more investment to make sure we have that high quality offer for people to live and work in Suffolk, ensuring the sustainability of our communities.
I arranged for CQC inspectors to come to Parliament recently to brief East Anglian MPs on the turnaround plan for the Mental Health Trust. This follows a CQC inspection in September 2018, where the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Trust was put into special measures. I’m a little more reassured now they have recruited a new Chair, Chief Operating Officer and Nursing Director. The Trust will now have an oversight meeting led by the CQC every month and each patient referral that is downgraded will be reviewed to make sure it is an appropriate decision. A 24/7 phone line has now also been put in place for patients. The clock is ticking on whether these changes mean the Trust is fit for purpose for patients. That’s all that matters to me and I will keep on it.
Finally, I was delighted to help launch this year’s Great British Spring Clean, run by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy. The campaign, which runs from March 22nd to April 23rd, will see up to half a million people taking action to clean up streets, parks and beaches across the country. As an Environment Minister, I’m absolutely committed to supporting this important initiative. We need to be united in making sure this becomes a habit that everyone gets into on a regular basis, of not allowing litter to be left. I hope local people will get involved by taking part and organising events. For more information or to register an event visit – www.keepbritaintidy.org