South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon brings Diss Express readers up to date with some of his recent work in the community.
DISS HIGH SCHOOL
One of the best parts of my job is that I get to talk to young people about the work of Parliament and why it’s so important. It’s even more fun when I can welcome them to Westminster and show them first hand.
That’s why I was delighted that pupils from Diss High School made the trip down to the Houses of Parliament.
After showing them around the Lords, the Commons, the voting lobbies and Westminster Hall (including the Jubilee window, above), I took their questions, which ranged from how Parliament works to issues of the day.
It’s always a pleasure to see school children from South Norfolk visiting Parliament and I hope other schools will arrange visits too. For more information please telephone 01379 643728.
I was pleased to hear that South Norfolk Council’s planning committee rejected pleas from the Long Meadow developer, CZero, for massive cuts in the contributions to schools and roads it had promised to make when it first got planning permission.
South Norfolk Council sent out a clear message to developers across the district: we expect you to stand by your promises. I couldn’t agree more.
The National Audit Office has also written to me to say that it’s looking very closely at the £3 million of taxpayers’ money which the Department of Energy and Climate Change provided to CZero.
I’m told that a team is reviewing papers and interviewing officials.
It’s good to know that the public spending watchdog is taking this matter seriously and I’ll report back when I know more.
FLYING THE FLAG FOR DISS’S PARK
Diss is rightly proud of its park, which I’m lucky enough to be able to see from the windows of my office in the town.
It’s excellent news that the hard work which Diss Town Council puts into keeping the park clean and green has been recognised with the award of a Green Flag.
The Green Flag Award scheme sets the national standard for parks and green spaces in the UK. Launched in 1996, the scheme is similar to the Blue Flag for beaches and marinas.
The Green Flag also helps to encourage parks to achieve high environmental standards and the public can be sure that a park flying a Green Flag is a high quality green space, which can only boost to its popularity.
Congratulations to everyone involved in this achievement!
27 July 2012