Infrastructure and local services are vital to communities like ours. We should not lose sight of the importance of service hubs and the role that town centres and high streets play in this regard.
I will continue to champion efforts to bring investment to Stowmarket and enjoyed a recent visit to the Regal Theatre to see the exciting plans for this centre piece of the local community. Such investment will ensure local high streets remain destinations, giving a boost to local businesses and attracting further investment.
State of the art leisure facilities locally play an important role in getting people involved in grass roots sport. I know from my role at the Department of Health and Social Care the benefits this brings. The exciting plans to develop a new leisure centre in Bury St Edmunds as part of the Western Way development and the plans laid out by Suffolk FA have my full support.
Delivering justice locally is vitally important. It shows the community that crime is taken seriously and acts as a deterrent to those who may be inclined to break the law. That is why I continue to push for local provision of court facilities in Bury St Edmunds. I am very keen that we look at building provision into the public service village in West Suffolk to bring joined up services to the area.
The Public Sector Village offers the chance to create a hub for a wide range of services. The transport links would allow people from across our area to access support. I have submitted my thoughts to West Suffolk Council and continue to monitor the progress of the plans with interest.