May 2015

Elizabeth's Monthly Report May 2015

The first monthly update from Elizabeth Truss MP

Elizabeth has raised concerns on the proposal to introduce wild lynx into Thetford Forest, specifically about the impact on livestock, wildlife and people. She does not support the plans.


Elizabeth is disappointed that the Post Office has decided to proceed with plans to relocate Upwell Post Office despite the objections of local residents, and is raising this with the Chief Executive. She is pushing for the Post Office to work with the parish council to ensure ease of access and an appropriate level of privacy for those using the post office facilities.

Elizabeth is pleased that East Harling Primary School will create two reception classes to accommodate the demand for places in September 2015, following pressure from local residents, councillors and Elizabeth. In a letter to Elizabeth, Richard Snowden – Head of Admissions at Norfolk County Council – confirmed that extra provision will now be made so that the children who had not secured a place at the school can now attend from September 2015. Elizabeth met the Parish Council and local residents in Welney to hear their concerns about the proposed closure of the William Marshall CE VC Primary School. Elizabeth has raised these concerns with Norfolk County Council. She has also raised parents’ concerns with NCC on over-subscribed places at Edmund De Moundeford Primary School in Feltwell. Norfolk County Council has now reviewed the places for in-catchment pupils.


Elizabeth welcomed the measures announced in the Queen’s Speech, specifically the announcements to increase apprenticeships, extend free child care, freeze national contributions, VAT and income tax, and reduce red tape for businesses.

Elizabeth met fellow MPs from across Norfolk to discuss upgrades to the A47. This is a vital infrastructure project that will deliver jobs and economic growth across the Eastern region. The MPs are committed to securing full dualling, and will to continue to lobby the Department for Transport. Elizabeth met local businesses and councillors to discuss the road layout in Thetford town centre, and to proposed the removal of the bollards on White Hart Street.

Elizabeth met representatives from Abellio Greater Anglia, the local council, Thetford Society, and the East of England Historic Preservation Trust to discuss the future development of the Station Master's house at Thetford station.

Elizabeth visited the Marks and Spencer stand at the Chelsea Flower Show, which has sourced flowers from JA Collinson and Sons based near Kings Lynn and plants from the Butters Group.

Elizabeth will be holding a surgery in Swaffham on Friday 5th June from 3pm – 5pm, and a surgery in Thetford on Friday 10th July (times tbc). To arrange an appointment, please email or telephone 01842 757345.

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