October 2015



Elizabeth's Monthly Report October 2015

The Fourth Monthly Report from Elizabeth Truss MP
Elizabeth welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Culture and the Digital Economy Ed Vaizey that an additional £5.3 million of funding will be provided for the roll out of broadband in Norfolk. This builds on the £25 million already allocated to the county for the provision of superfast broadband.
From left: Roger Mungham, Sheena Hartley, Cllr Vivienne Spikings, Mike Kelly, Ian Smith and MP Elizabeth Truss
Elizabeth visited a new business that was launched in Upwell. She met Sheena Hartley of Narrow Waters luxury skippered boat tours to discuss the business and enjoyed a trip to inspect the river banks that support the network of waterways in the Fens. Also joining Elizabeth and Sheena on the trip was Iain Smith, Clerk and Chief Executive of Middle Level Commissioners, and Kings Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Councillor Vivienne Spikings.
In Downham Market Elizabeth met local businesses who have raised concerns about parking in the town and also toured the site for the new post office. She also visited the Hideout music studio and café in Thetford.
Elizabeth visited STP Recycling with Cllr Ian Monson to see the process of recycling for waste agricultural plastic. She also joined staff at 2 Sisters food group in Thetford to view the operation of the plant. 
Shouldham Primary Academy celebrated its school council election and Elizabeth presented the school council badges to pupils. News that funding has been agreed by the Department for Education for Marshland High School to become an academy has also been welcomed by Elizabeth.
Elizabeth met residents from the Walsoken area and Catherine Brookes from Highways England to discuss the recent safety measures that have been implemented at Broadend Road Junction on the A47. Elizabeth has supported the campaign by local residents to see safety improvements made at the staggered junction. She also met Highways England with other Norfolk MPs to discuss the upgrade work for the A47.
She welcomed the letter from the Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin in which the Transport Secretary said that he recognises the growth in East Anglia’s rail network and he has asked officials to work with Elizabeth to maximise the potential of rail services in the region. Elizabeth has been pressing the Department for Transport on the upgrade of the Ely North rail junction which will allow for half hourly services on the Kings Lynn to London line and increased services on the Thetford route.
Elizabeth attended a meeting of Southery Parish Council to discuss the proposals for reducing HGV access through the village. She also visited Upwell to discuss the damage caused by HGVs and what steps can be taken to alleviate the problem. Elizabeth joined local residents in Garboldisham for the turning on of the new speed signs in the village.
Elizabeth presented a cheque for £2500 that had been raised by the staff of the Downham Tandoori and Castle Hotel in aid of the Great Ormond St Hospital and Cancer Research. She also gave a talk to the Ladies In League Against Cancer (LILAC) group in Swaffham and joined supporters of the Downham Market Old Fire Station at the topping out ceremony. 
Elizabeth attended the Brecks Food Festival and met local traders, producers and artists. She also attended the Harvest Festival at St Peter & Pauls Church, Swaffham and the Local Flavours event at the Norfolk Show Ground.
Elizabeth joined fellow Norfolk MPs to discuss policing with the Police and Crime Commissioner and Norfolk Chief Constable. And she held a meeting with Anna Graves, Chief Executive of Breckland Council and Michael Wassell Leader of Breckland Council and also met UK Power Networks to press for improvements to the power supply in Snetterton.  
Elizabeth joined representatives from the Norfolk Rivers Internal Drainage Board and hosted a meeting with DEFRA Minister Rory Stewart and the Environment Agency at Denver Sluice. Elizabeth and Rory also met the Friends of Thetford Forest in Feltwell and during a visit to the Dogs Trust in Snetterton Elizabeth discussed with staff micro chipping of animals and met some of the dogs waiting to be re-homed.