Category: Weekly Blog

Seafront Development

Last Wednesday I attended the special exhibition at the Customs House in Folkestone, for the detailed plans for the first phase of the Seafront development. It has been proposed that the first buildings will be constructed at the eastern end of the site, close to the coastal park and the Leas Lift. It is excellent […]

Brexit Update

Following the meeting of European leaders in Salzburg last week, there has been a renewed focus on the Brexit negotiations, with people understandably wanting to know where we stand now. Firstly, let’s be clear that these talks are not about whether or not we leave the European Union, but what our future relationships will be […]

Our local heritage and arts

Last Saturday I was invited to speak about heritage and the arts at the Big Tent Ideas Festival in Cambridge, and was asked in particular about their role in the regeneration of Folkestone. The Festival, which was organised by my parliamentary colleague George Freeman, was a cross party event to bring people together to discuss […]

Back To School

The first week of September marks the beginning of the new academic year, and for many pupils it will mean starting a new school. This is always a big moment, both for the students and their families. This week though, the 120, year seven pupils at the Turner Free School in Cheriton have the added […]

Reducing Crime in Folkestone & Hythe

If you are a victim of crime, there are no statistics that will persuade you as to the safety of the area where you live. However, overall our Folkestone and Hythe district has a crime rate below the average for Kent and is the fourth lowest of the County’s twelve local authority areas; lower as […]

Step Short

For the last ten years, Step Short, Folkestone’s First World War centenary charity, has worked to commemorate the sacrifices of all the men and women who were part of that terrible conflict, either on active service, or as vital support personnel. These acts of remembrance are important for every community in this country, but have […]

The Folkestone to Cliff End flood defence strategy

Last Friday I met with my constituency neighbour, the MP for Hasting and Rye, Amber Rudd, and the Environment Agency, to discuss the Folkestone to Cliff End flood defence strategy. Over the last ten years over £130million has been invested in the coastal defences to protect the Romney Marsh area and the communities that live […]

Heathrow Expansion

This week the House of Commons voted overwhelmingly in favour of the expansion of Heathrow Airport, to create a third runway. This approval from parliament now makes it possible for the operators to come forward with detailed proposals to deliver this scheme. I voted in favour of this motion, believing that it will be good […]

Our National Health Service

This week the Prime Minister announced major new plans to secure the future funding of the National Health Service. Under the government’s proposals, NHS funding will grow on average by 3.4 percent in real terms each year. By 2023 the NHS England budget will increase by £20.5 billion in real terms compared with today. This […]

Highways England

This week marks the start of the Highways England consultation on the permanent solution to Operation Stack. Following the chaos caused in the summer of 2015, when Operation Stack was in force on 32 days, I along with the other Kent MPs secured from the government a commitment to fund a £250 million lorry park […]

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