Welcome to this, my 165th news bulletin.
I recently had the opportunity to attend the switch-on of fibre-optic broadband services to homes in Hunsterson, one of the growing number of communities that have benefited from the Government's plans to extend superfast broadband connections to as many homes and businesses as possible.
The Government and local councils like Cheshire East are investing £1.7 billion of public money to bring these fast connections to places that would otherwise miss out. In August, it was announced that we had reached 3 million homes and businesses in the UK, over and above those already reached through commercial roll-out programmes.
I thought you might like to know what progress we have made in our local area. Crewe and Nantwich is part of the Connecting Cheshire programme, which has been allocated more than £6.1m of government funding for the first two phases of the Superfast Broadband Programme.
In Crewe and Nantwich constituency there are 49,984 homes and businesses. Of these, the estimate is that currently 45,046 premises have benefited from superfast coverage through commercial roll-out. A further 3,585 will receive it by June 2017 under the taxpayer-supported programme, of which 2,988 have received coverage so far.
In the three months to June specifically, 1,172 premises gained broadband coverage as a result of the Phase 1 and/or Phase 2 projects, in postcodes across CW1, CW2 and CW5 – swiftly followed by the homes served by the ‘remote node’ I visited in Hunsterson.
That’s great news for residents who have already been connected, and a big step towards 100% complete coverage for our area.
Edward Timpson MP
Member of Parliament for Crewe and Nantwich
Please remember, you can always contact me directly if you have any questions for me, or if there is anything I can do to assist you.
Since my last e-mail, I have...
- Attended this year's biggest-ever Nantwich Food Festival, and congratulated Deborah Robb and her team of organisers, who have made the event such a great success.
- Unveiled the brilliant artwork created by the pupils of Hungerford Primary Academy for the newly-refurbished waiting room at Hungerford Medical Centre
- Taken my family to the first 'Crewe Chronicle Family Fun Day', organised by our local newspaper and supported by a fantastic selection of local groups, performers and businesses.
- Met with Daid Terry, Principal of the new Crewe University Technical College, which is now accepting applications from young people for admission in September 2016.
- Visited Sir William Stanier School, to catch up with students and staff.
- Met with Alison Ross, Police Inspector for the Crewe LPU, the local policing unit that covers Crewe and Nantwich.
- Visited Ruskin High School, where I was pleased to be a guest at their Macmillan coffee morning, which raised more than £830 for this important charity.
- Held two of my regular constituency advice surgeries - remember, you can get in touch if you would like to speak to me about any issue of concern.
Photo: New waiting room at Hungerford Medical Centre
I was pleased to officially open the refurbished waiting room at Hungerford Medical Centre, including the unveiling of this artwork by the talented pupils of Hungerford Primary Academy, whom the practice commissioned to brighten up the area.
Parliamentary expenses watchdog apologises for mistake
You might have read recently that IPSA, the agency that scrutinises MPs' expenses wrongly included me on a list of MP debtors. IPSA's Chief Executive wrote to me to apologise for their mistake and to set the record straight, for which I am grateful.
- Crewe Chronicle: Expenses watchdog apologise to Edward Timpson over 'bill error'
- Nantwich News: Nantwich MP Edward Timpson receives apology over debt error
Photo: Cheshire MPs meet police chief constable and commissioner
With other Cheshire Members of Parliament, I met Chief Constable Simon Byrne and PCC John Dwyer in London recently, to talk about the work that is going on across the County to keep our crime rate as low as possible.
You can get updates from our local police in Crewe and Nantwich by following @PoliceCrewe on Twitter, and if you have any concerns about crime or community safety locally that you would like me to look into, I would be very happy to take them up with our police force.
MP backing Royal Mail dog attack campaign
MP Edward Timpson has backed Royal Mail’s Dog Awareness drive, following news of 11 attacks on postmen and women in the Crewe and Nantwich constituency.
Bentley gearing up for £40m expansion
Bentley Motors has submitted the first planning application for its multi-million pound expansion plans, creating 300 new jobs at Pyms Lane.
Citizens Advice services praised
Edward Timpson MP has praised staff and volunteers at Crewe Citizens Advice. Edward met people from across Citizens Advice at a recent event in London.
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